Al-Shifa Is Now a Death Zone

Posted By: Pawan George Posted On: Nov 19, 2023

Gaza's largest hospital has become a “death zone,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, announcing plans to evacuate the facility, as Israel's army said it was expanding operations to destroy Hamas.

The assessment came after a visit by WHO and other UN officials to the hospital, which Israeli troops raided earlier this week.

Elsewhere, a Hamas health official said more than 80 people were killed Saturday in twin strikes on a northern Gaza refugee camp, including on a UN school sheltering displaced people.

Social media videos verified by AFP showed bodies covered in blood and dust on the floor of a building where mattresses had been wedged under school tables, in Jabalia, the Palestinian territory's biggest refugee camp.

Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA, described “horrifying images” from the incident, while Egypt called the bombing a “war crime” and “a deliberate insult to the United Nations”.

A separate strike Saturday on another building in Jabalia camp killed 32 people from the same family, 19 of them children, Hamas health authorities said.

Without mentioning the strikes, the Israeli army said “an incident in the Jabalia region” was under review.

Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas in response to the October 7 attacks, which Israeli officials say killed about 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and saw about 240 people taken hostage.

The army's relentless air and ground campaign has since killed 12,300 people, more than 5,000 of them children, according to the Hamas government which has ruled Gaza since 2007.

The UN says some 1.6 million people have been displaced inside the Gaza Strip by six weeks of fighting, and Israel said Saturday its military was now “expanding its operational activities in additional neighbourhoods in the area of the Gaza Strip.”

Gaza's largest hospital, Al-Shifa, has been a key focus in recent days, with Israeli forces alleging Hamas uses it as a command centre — a claim denied by the group and medical staff.

On Sunday, the WHO said a UN assessment team reached the hospital found a “death zone”, with a mass grave at the entrance and nearly 300 patients left inside with 25 health workers.

“WHO and partners are urgently developing plans for the immediate evacuation of the remaining patients, staff and their families,” the body said, warning however that nearby facilities were already overstretched.

It urged an immediate ceasefire given the “extreme suffering of the people of Gaza.”

On Saturday, hundreds of people fled the hospital on foot on orders from the Israeli army, according to the facility's director.

Columns of sick and injured — some of them amputees — were seen making their way towards the seafront along with displaced people, doctors, and nurses, as loud explosions were heard around the complex.

At least 15 bodies, some in advanced stages of decomposition, could be seen along the route, lined with heavily damaged shops and overturned vehicles, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

NGO Doctors without Borders said a convoy carrying its staff and family members came under attack Saturday while evacuating from near Al-Shifa, despite coordinating with both sides. One person was killed.

Israeli forces denied ordering the evacuation of the hospital, saying it had “acceded to the request of the director” to allow more civilians to leave.

The WHO said 29 patients at the hospital with serious spinal injuries cannot move without medical assistance, and others have infected wounds due to lack of antibiotics.

There are also 32 babies in “extremely critical condition,” WHO said.

An Israeli siege on Gaza has left food, water, medicine and fuel in short supply, with just a trickle of aid allowed in from Egypt.

Under US pressure, Israel permitted a first consignment of fuel to enter late Friday, allowing telecommunications to resume after a two-day blackout.

The UN said Israel had agreed to allow in 60,000 litres (16,000 gallons) of fuel a day from Saturday, but warned it was little more than a third of what is needed.

Israel has told Palestinians to move south for their safety, but deadly strikes have continued there too, including on a residential building where at least 26 people were killed on Saturday, according to the director of the Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis.

“I was asleep and we were surprised by the strike. At least 20 bombs were dropped,” Imed al-Mubasher, 45, told AFP.

Diplomatic efforts are currently focused on securing the release of hostages, with US President Joe Biden's chief adviser for the Middle East saying more fuel deliveries and a “significant pause” in fighting would come “when hostages are released.”

Relatives of those taken, who range from infants to octogenarians, piled pressure on Israel's government Saturday after arriving outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Jerusalem office on a march from Tel Aviv.

“It's not normal to have children kidnapped for 43 days. We don't know what the government is doing, we don't have any information,” said marcher Ari Levi.

The bodies of two female hostages were recovered in Gaza this week, the Israeli military said, while four abductees have so far been released.

Gaza's fate after the conflict remains unclear, and Biden argued in an opinion piece published Saturday that the coastal territory and the Israeli-occupied West Bank should come under a single “revitalised” administration.

“As we strive for peace, Gaza and the West Bank should be reunited under a single governance structure, ultimately under a revitalised Palestinian Authority,” he wrote in the Washington Post.

However, Netanyahu has insisted the Palestinian Authority “in its current form is not capable of receiving responsibility for Gaza.”

Biden also threatened sanctions, including visa bans, against settlers who have ramped up attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank in recent weeks.

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UNSC’s Immediate Gaza Ceasefire Bid Backed by UN General Guterres Fails as US Vetoes Move Published 40 minutes ago

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Dec 09, 2023

The United States on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have called for an immediate ceasefire in the intense fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Washington dashed a growing clamour for an immediate ceasefire that had been led by UN chief Antonio Guterres and Arab nations.

American envoy Robert Wood said the resolution was “divorced from reality” and “would have not moved the needle forward on the ground.”

He attacked the resolution's sponsors, criticising them for rushing it through and leaving the call for an unconditional ceasefire unchanged.

“This resolution still contains a call for an unconditional ceasefire… it would leave Hamas in place able to repeat what it did on October 7,” Wood said.

Guterres had convened an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after weeks of fighting left more than 17,487 people dead in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the latest toll from the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza.

“The United Arab Emirates is deeply disappointed,” said the representative of the UAE which had sponsored the resolution.

“Regrettably… this council is unable to demand a humanitarian ceasefire.”

As a permanent Security Council member, Washington can veto any resolution, while Britain, also a member, abstained on the vote, and the 13 other members voted in favour.

“If you support it (this war) you are supporting crimes against humanity,” said the Palestinian representative to the UN Riyad Mansour. “This is a terrible day for the Security Council.”

Israel praised Washington's veto, with the country's UN envoy Gilad Erdan thanking “the United States and President Biden for standing firmly by our side.”

Ahead of the vote, Guterres had said that “the brutality perpetrated by Hamas can never justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.”

Vowing to destroy the Islamist movement, Israel has relentlessly bombarded Gaza and sent in tanks and ground troops since the war began on October 7 with unprecedented attacks by Hamas on southern Israel.

Those attacks left 1,200 people dead, Israel says.

Earlier this week, Israel called on the UN to investigate one aspect of the attack — alleged sexual violence by Hamas fighters against Israeli women.

“I unreservedly condemn those attacks. I am appalled by the reports of sexual violence,” Guterres said ahead of the vote.

“There is no possible justification for deliberately killing some 1,200 people, including 33 children, injuring thousands more and taking hundreds of hostages.”

Guterres deployed rarely-used Article 99 of the UN Charter to bring to the council's attention “any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security.”

No one in his job had done this in decades.

Guterres had sought a “humanitarian ceasefire” to prevent “a catastrophe with potentially irreversible implications for Palestinians” and the entire Middle East.

Russia's deputy envoy to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, said “our colleagues from the USA have literally before our eyes issued a death sentence to thousands, if not tens of thousands, more civilians in Palestine.”

Medecins Sans Frontiers said Security Council inaction made the body “complicit in the ongoing slaughter” while Human Rights Watch said “by continuing to provide Israel with weapons and diplomatic cover… the US risks complicity in war crimes.”

Several previous attempts to pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire were vetoed.

Vast areas of Gaza have been reduced to a wasteland. The United Nations says about 80 percent of the population has been displaced, facing shortages of food, fuel, water and medicine, along with the threat of disease.

“International humanitarian law includes the duty to protect civilians,” Guterres said.

His spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres “remains determined to push for a humanitarian ceasefire.”

Four draft resolutions had already been rejected in the weeks following October 7, for lack of sufficient backing, or because of Russian, Chinese or US vetoes.

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UNSC’s Immediate Gaza Ceasefire Bid Backed by UN General Guterres Fails as US Vetoes Move Published 27 minutes ago

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Dec 09, 2023

The United States on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have called for an immediate ceasefire in the intense fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Washington dashed a growing clamour for an immediate ceasefire that had been led by UN chief Antonio Guterres and Arab nations.

American envoy Robert Wood said the resolution was “divorced from reality” and “would have not moved the needle forward on the ground.”

He attacked the resolution's sponsors, criticising them for rushing it through and leaving the call for an unconditional ceasefire unchanged.

“This resolution still contains a call for an unconditional ceasefire… it would leave Hamas in place able to repeat what it did on October 7,” Wood said.

Guterres had convened an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after weeks of fighting left more than 17,487 people dead in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the latest toll from the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza.

“The United Arab Emirates is deeply disappointed,” said the representative of the UAE which had sponsored the resolution.

“Regrettably… this council is unable to demand a humanitarian ceasefire.”

As a permanent Security Council member, Washington can veto any resolution, while Britain, also a member, abstained on the vote, and the 13 other members voted in favour.

“If you support it (this war) you are supporting crimes against humanity,” said the Palestinian representative to the UN Riyad Mansour. “This is a terrible day for the Security Council.”

Israel praised Washington's veto, with the country's UN envoy Gilad Erdan thanking “the United States and President Biden for standing firmly by our side.”

Ahead of the vote, Guterres had said that “the brutality perpetrated by Hamas can never justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.”

Vowing to destroy the Islamist movement, Israel has relentlessly bombarded Gaza and sent in tanks and ground troops since the war began on October 7 with unprecedented attacks by Hamas on southern Israel.

Those attacks left 1,200 people dead, Israel says.

Earlier this week, Israel called on the UN to investigate one aspect of the attack — alleged sexual violence by Hamas fighters against Israeli women.

“I unreservedly condemn those attacks. I am appalled by the reports of sexual violence,” Guterres said ahead of the vote.

“There is no possible justification for deliberately killing some 1,200 people, including 33 children, injuring thousands more and taking hundreds of hostages.”

Guterres deployed rarely-used Article 99 of the UN Charter to bring to the council's attention “any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security.”

No one in his job had done this in decades.

Guterres had sought a “humanitarian ceasefire” to prevent “a catastrophe with potentially irreversible implications for Palestinians” and the entire Middle East.

Russia's deputy envoy to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, said “our colleagues from the USA have literally before our eyes issued a death sentence to thousands, if not tens of thousands, more civilians in Palestine.”

Medecins Sans Frontiers said Security Council inaction made the body “complicit in the ongoing slaughter” while Human Rights Watch said “by continuing to provide Israel with weapons and diplomatic cover… the US risks complicity in war crimes.”

Several previous attempts to pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire were vetoed.

Vast areas of Gaza have been reduced to a wasteland. The United Nations says about 80 percent of the population has been displaced, facing shortages of food, fuel, water and medicine, along with the threat of disease.

“International humanitarian law includes the duty to protect civilians,” Guterres said.

His spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres “remains determined to push for a humanitarian ceasefire.”

Four draft resolutions had already been rejected in the weeks following October 7, for lack of sufficient backing, or because of Russian, Chinese or US vetoes.

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Israel-Hezbollah Strife Intensifies

Posted By: Jogendra Kumar Posted On: Dec 09, 2023

Three Hezbollah fighters and a Syrian were killed on Friday in an Israeli drone strike on their car in the south of Syria, a war monitor said.

“A Syrian and three Lebanese Hezbollah fighters from the surveillance and missile-launching unit were killed in the Israeli drone strike on their rented car” in Madinat al-Baath town in the province of Quneitra, close to the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Later Friday Hezbollah said that three of its fighters had been killed, without giving any further details.

The previous day the Observatory, which has a network of sources in Syria, reported that Israel hit sites close to Damascus with eight missiles, as well as a “regime military post in the province of Quneitra”, without causing any casualties.

The strikes were a response to the bombardment of Israeli-annexed Golan, the monitor said.

On December 2, two Syrian Hezbollah fighters and two officers of Iran's Revolutionary Guards were killed in an Israeli air strike on Hezbollah sites close to Damascus, the monitor said.

The official news agency of the Revolutionary Guards, Sepah News, reported on the same day that two members of the guards had died on an “advisory mission” in its ally Syria, but did not specify where and when they were killed.

Israel has undertaken hundreds of air strikes in its neighbour Syria since the start of the country's civil war in 2011, targeting the positions of the Syrian army and groups affiliated with Iran, such as Hezbollah.

Those missions have intensified since the start of Israel's war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on October 7, which was triggered by the Islamist group's unprecedented attack on Israeli soil.

On November 8, three Hezbollah fighters were killed in an Israeli strike against the militant group's positions close to Damascus, according to the Observatory.

Israel rarely comments on its operations in Syria, but says it wants to prevent Iran, its sworn enemy, from establishing itself on Israel's doorstep.

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Ashok Gehlot is responsible’ says Balmukund Acharya on Sukhdev Singh's murder

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Dec 06, 2023
Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Swami Balmukund Acharya. (PTI Photo) (PTI)

On the murder of Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, BJP leader Balmukund Acharya slammed the previous Congress government in the state and alleged that Ashok Gehlot was responsible for this incident.

As reported by ANI, Acharya said, “Ashok Gehlot is responsible for this incident. Mafia flourished in the state under this government."

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Macron Tells Israel to ‘Precisely Define’ Gaza Aims

Posted By: Pawan George Posted On: Dec 05, 2023

French President Emmanuel Macron increased his criticism of Israel and its military strategy in Gaza and said the aim to eliminate Hamas may take a decade and could lead to “resentment of all public opinion in the region”, according to a report by the Guardian.

“We are at a moment where the Israeli authorities will have to define more precisely their objective and the desired final state. The total destruction of Hamas, what is it, and does anyone think it is possible? If that's it, the war will last 10 years, and I don't think anyone knows how to seriously define this objective,” Macron said as the second phase of Gaza war began last week following the collapse of the truce deal.

“(The proper response to a terrorist attack or a terrorist group is not) to bomb the entirety of civilian capabilities,” Macron further added.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is yet to respond to the comments but if he does it would be the second time both leaders have aired their differences over how Israel should retaliate to the October 7 terror attacks led by Hamas and two other Palestine-based terrorist groups.

Hamas killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and took over 240 hostages, according to Israeli authorities. In retaliation for the worst attack in its history, Israel has vowed to eradicate Hamas and secure the release of all the hostages held in Gaza. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says the war has killed nearly 15,900 people in the territory, around 70 percent of them women and children.

The seven-day pause in fighting, which ended last week, brokered by Qatar with support from Egypt and the United States, led to the release of 80 Israeli hostages in exchange for 240 Palestinian prisoners. More than two dozen other captives were freed from Gaza outside the scope of the truce deal.

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Hamas Kept 12-Yr-Old Boy in Solitary Confinement

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Nov 29, 2023

Doctors and medical professionals treating the released hostages said they were kept in poor conditions and were given less nutritious food and were exposed to only two hours of daylight when Hamas terrorists held them captive.

Those released were instructed to refrain from disclosing details about the conditions they were kept in, lest those reports harm those still held captive in Gaza, according to a report by news agency AFP.

However, details have emerged from under a veil of secrecy, detailing how they were mistreated and the hardships they have endured.

Palestinian terrorists have released more than 50 Israeli women and children since a Qatar- and Egypt-mediated deal took effect on Friday, along with several other foreign nationals, among them at least 17 Thais.

But 160 other hostages, including a large number of Israeli males across all age groups, taken in the Hamas attacks on October 7 are still held in the Gaza Strip.

The report citing Ronit Zaidenstein, head of the medical team at Shamir Medical Center where 17 released Thai nationals were treated said they were fed “very unnutritious food” when they were held hostage.

Ronit said the people he treated “lost a significant amount of their body weight in such a short time –- 10% or more”.

Margarita Mashavi, a doctor at Wolfson Medical Centre, another major hospital treating the released hostages said they were kept several stories underground.

The hostages did not get much exposure to daylight and were only given two hours of exposure to daylight. “They didn't give them light. They gave it to them for only two hours,” the doctor said.

“(They were fed) rice, canned hummus and fava beans, and sometimes salted cheese with pita, but not more than that. No fruit, no vegetables, no eggs,” she further added.

The lack of proper food could be attributed to food supplies running short in Palestinian territories following the war and the UN's World Food Programme has warned of “widespread hunger”.

To pass time, when the hostages asked for pen or pencil to write they were also denied that. “Even when they asked for a pencil or pen to write in order to pass the time, the Hamas men didn't allow it because they were afraid they would transmit information in writing,” Margarita told Israeli news agency Ynet.

The hostages passed the time by talking to one another in the absence of television, radio or books to read.

12-year-old French-Israeli boy Eitan Yahalomi was kept in solitary confinement for 16 days, his grandmother Esther Yaeli said while speaking to news agency Walla.

“The days that he was alone were horrible. Now Eitan appears very withdrawn. The noises of the bombs hurt him, his ears hurt for a very long time,” Esther Yaeli was quoted as saying by Walla.

Roni Krivoy, a Russian-Israeli hostage, initially managed to flee Hamas captors after being kidnapped from the Supernova Music Festival but he was apprehended by Gazan civilians who handed him back to Hamas.

“(They were held in) horrible conditions and the medical consequences are pretty clear,” Hagar Mizrahi, the head of the Israeli health ministry's operations for returning hostages, told AFP.

Kidnapped 84-year-old Elma Avraham was also released after being held in captivity and sent to an intensive care unit. Her condition improved slightly on Tuesday.

“Some of the things that I've heard in recent days are heart-wrenching. They're simply outrageous in every way,” Hagar Mizrahi said, declining to elaborate, citing patient privacy concerns.

Source: News18
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Two-State Solution

Posted By: Jaydatt Chaudhary Posted On: Nov 28, 2023

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will pay his third wartime visit to West Asia this week and meet Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah.

The US officials gave only a few details about the agenda of the meetings but a report by AFP citing senior American officials said the US secretary of state will discuss the principles he laid out for “future of Gaza and the need to establish an independent Palestinian state”.

“The secretary will stress the need to sustain the increased flow of humanitarian assistance to Gaza, secure the release of all hostages and improve protection to civilians in Gaza. (He will discuss) the principles he laid out for the future of Gaza and the need to establish an independent Palestinian state,” the official told the news agency.

The US is also pressuring Israel to work with the Palestinian Authority and rein in settlers who have launched attacks against Palestinian villagers in the West Bank since October 7.

Netanyahu is a long-time critic of Abbas and does not prefer the two-state solution.

The US and Biden have backed Israel following the Hamas-led October 7 attacks which killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, in Israel's deadliest-ever attack.

But they have also expressed concern regarding the Israeli retaliation's toll on civilians, which have galvanised public opinion in much of the world. The bombing and ground campaign has left almost 15,000 people dead, mostly Palestinian civilians, according to Gaza's Hamas government.

US President Joe Biden on Monday (local time) said he and his country will keep working towards the two-state solution and believes that it can bring lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians as Israel and Hamas extended their truce by 48 hours.

“A two-state solution is the only way to guarantee the long-term security of both the Israeli and the Palestinian people. To make sure Israelis and Palestinians alike live in equal measure of freedom and dignity, we will not give up on working towards that goal,” Biden said.

Both US President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier said that following the war Gaza should be unified with the Israeli-occupied West Bank under a “revitalised” Palestinian Authority (PA) led by Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas' PA, also known as Fatah, controls large parts of the West Bank in close coordination with Israel but Palestinians call them “collaborators”.

A report by the New York Times said that only a small section of people in the West Bank as well as Israel feel the authority is capable of governing a post-conflict Gaza. The West Bank Palestinians view Fatah as a subcontractor to the Israeli government which controls almost every aspect of life in the West Bank.

The report also pointed out that without the security provided by the Israeli Army the Fatah may struggle to even survive in the West Bank. It also said that Palestinians consider the Fatah authoritarian, corrupt and undemocratic administration.

The New York Times report said that if elections were held imminently, it is probable, based on what experts and polls suggest, that Hamas would win again.

Source: News18
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We Continue Till Victory

Posted By: Jogendra Kumar Posted On: Nov 27, 2023

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday visited Gaza for the first time since the Israel-Hamas war began. He is the first prime minister of Israel in two decades to visit the Gaza Strip.

“We continue until the end — until victory,” footage posted online by his office showed him saying, on his first such trip since the war began October 7.

“Nothing will stop us, and we are convinced that we have the power, the strength, the will and the determination to achieve all the war's goals, and we will,” he further added.

Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 to its internationally recognized border with the enclave. It destroyed its 21 settlements there and handed the control of the coastal enclave to the Palestinian Authority (PA) but in 2007 the PA's Fatah Party was ousted from the enclave in a bloody coup.

The Israeli Prime Minister's visit to Gaza comes amid a four-day pause in the Gaza war.

Hamas took about 240 captives from southern Israel in an unprecedented October 7 terrorist attack and killed around 1,200 people, most of them civilians, according to Israeli officials.

Israel has vowed to eliminate Hamas and embarked on an aerial bombing campaign and ground invasion of Gaza and killed over 15,000 people, as claimed by Hamas.

The ceasefire agreement which spans for four days and is set to expire Monday midnight saw the release of 42 hostages. Hamas is expected to free a total of 50 hostages in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners in Israel over the course of a four-day pause brokered by Qatar, Egypt and the United States.

Hamas on Sunday said that the commander of its northern brigade and four other senior leaders were killed during Israel's offensive against the terrorist group. The Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades said Ahmed al-Ghandour was a member of its military council and said that three others, including Ayman Siyyam, head of its rocket division, were killed. The West Bank branch of Hamas also confirmed that another of its leader died.

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Will Gaza Truce Be Extended

Posted By: Jaydatt Chaudhary Posted On: Nov 27, 2023

Hamas wants to extend the pause in the ongoing war between the terrorist group and Israel, news agency AFP reported citing people familiar with the developments.

“Hamas informed the mediators that the resistance movements were willing to extend the current truce by two to four days,” the person mentioned above told AFP.

The person also said that Hamas believes it is possible to ensure the release of at least 20 to 40 Israeli hostages if the ceasefire deal is extended. “The resistance believes it is possible to ensure the release of 20 to 40 Israeli prisoners”in that time,” the person further added.

Under the truce deal 50 hostages held by the terrorist are to be freed over four days in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners. There is a built-in mechanism in the deal that extends the ceasefire if Hamas releases at least 10 Israeli captives each day.

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is yet to show any indication that the offensive will halt anytime soon. He visited Gaza for the first time since the war began on October 7 and also became the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit the blockaded coastal enclave since 2005.

“We continue until the end — until victory,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Gaza on Sunday as he met Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers stationed there. Dressed in green military fatigues, he vowed to free all the hostages and “eliminate Hamas”.

At least 58 hostages have been released from Gaza in the three days of the ceasefire, including citizens from Thailand, the Philippines and Russia. Israeli authorities have released 117 Palestinian women and children who were languishing in Israeli prisons.

The US has backed the plan of extending the ceasefire. Biden expressed a similar hope “so that we can continue to see more hostages come out and surge more humanitarian relief into those in need in Gaza”.

At least 120 aid trucks have entered Gaza through the Rafah border on Sunday, the Egyptian government told news agency CNN. The delivery of aid to the blockaded coastal enclave is one the crucial factors in sustaining the ceasefire and hostage-for-prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.

On October 7, Hamas terrorists broke through Gaza's militarised border with Israel in the country's deadliest attack and killed about 1,200 Israelis and foreigners and took around 240 people hostage, according to Israeli authorities.

In response, Israel launched a military campaign to destroy Hamas, killing nearly 15,000 people, mostly civilians and including thousands of children, according to Gaza's Hamas government.

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Clemente Del Vecchio

Posted By: Vanshika Pathak Posted On: Nov 26, 2023
Clemente Del Vecchio was the youngest billionaire in the prestigious list by Forbes. (Bloomberg)

Forbes recently released their list of billionaires for 2023, and among them, the only person who caught international attention was a 19-year-old Clemente Del Vecchio, who marked a net worth of $400 crores.

Clemente's father, Italian billionaire Leonardo Del Vecchio, former chairman of EssilorLuxottica, the world's largest eyeglasses firm, passed away at 87 in June last year. His substantial $25.5 billion fortune was inherited by his wife and six children, including Clemente- who became the world's youngest billionaire in 2022.

Clemente Del Vecchio was the youngest billionaire in the prestigious list by Forbes.

Some facts about the youngest billionaire Clemente Del Vecchio

-Clemente Del Vecchio became a billionaire at the age of 18.

He has inherited a 12.5% stake in his father's holding company, Delfin, based in Luxembourg.

-Clemente Del Vecchio's net worth currently stands at $4 billion, as per Forbes

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-Clemente Del Vecchio, despite his substantial inheritance, is reportedly focused on his studies and personal interests. He has shown a keen interest in science and technology, expressing a desire to attend college and pursue a career in these fields.

Clemente Del Vecchio reportedly owns several luxury properties in Italy, including a villa in Lake Como and an apartment in Milan.

Despite the vast family wealth stemming from Leonardo's leadership, which included the acquisition of major brands like Sunglass Hut and Ray-Ban, Clemente maintains a low profile and reportedly does not directly engage in his father's businesses.

Clemente Del Vecchio's oldest brother, Claudio, rose to prominence after his father sent him to the United States at 25 in 1982. For 15 years, he managed Luxottica in the US and made notable acquisitions like LensCrafters for $1.4 billion in 1995.

In 2001, Claudio bought Brooks Brothers for $225 million, but it faced financial troubles and filed for bankruptcy in July 2020. Clemete's second-oldest brother, Leonardo Maria, is involved in the family business, leading Italian retail for Luxottica. Interestingly, not many know that Clemete Del Vecchio's grandfather worked as a vegetable peddler in Milan and passed away before he was born.

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Bussiness She moved to the US from India at a tender age of 11. She was just 15 when she launched her technology startup. She now employs 10 people in her firm, valued at a whopping ₹100 crore. This is the life story of Pranjali Awasthi, the 16-year-old Indian protégé who has proved age is merely a number when it comes to entrepreneurship.
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Bussiness Bengaluru: As part of its pre-Series B funding round, elder care platform Age Care Labs has raised $11 million in fresh capital from fintech unicorn Zerodha's investment arm Rainmatter Capital and proptech investment firm Gruhas. Bengaluru: As part of its pre-Series B funding round, elder care platform Age Care Labs has raised $11 million in fresh capital from fintech unicorn Zerodha's investment arm Rainmatter Capital and proptech investment firm Gruhas.
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World The United States warned against any "escalation" in the Middle East in the wake of Israel's war with Hamas, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Sunday, hours after the Pentagon moved to step up military readiness in the region. The United States warned against any "escalation" in the Middle East in the wake of Israel's war with Hamas, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Sunday, hours after the Pentagon moved to step up military readiness in the region.
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Sports Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu's journey came to an end at the Denmark Open Super 750 tournament in Odense on Saturday. Sindhu, who has not been at her best in recent outings, endured a tough 18-21, 21-19, 7-21 defeat against Spain's Carolina Marin in the semifinals.
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Latest News The Pakistan Cricket Board puts an end to rumours of alleged discord and infighting in the cricket team which is currently competing in the ODI World Cup in India. Pakistan started the campaign on a high with a couple of wins but their campaign witnessed a drop with defeats in the last two matches. After Pakistan's underwhelming performances, and the reports of internal discord on the side went viral.
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Latest News Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl
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Technology Chinese e-commerce platforms including JD.com, PDD Holdings' Pinduoduo and Alibaba's Taobao are offering big discounts on Apple's latest iPhone 15, with some going for up to 1,501 yuan ($205.14) below the retail price. Chinese e-commerce platforms including JD.com, PDD Holdings' Pinduoduo and Alibaba's Taobao are offering big discounts on Apple's latest iPhone 15, with some going for up to 1,501 yuan ($205.14) below the retail price.
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Latest News Many people turn to social media as a platform for voicing their grievances with companies. A passenger flying with Ryanair, also took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to share a complaint, however the response he received from the airline has left many people in splits.
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Latest News This was India's third gold in women's kabaddi which was introduced in the 2010 Asian Games. This was India's third gold in women's kabaddi which was introduced in the 2010 Asian Games. This was India's third gold in women's kabaddi which was introduced in the 2010 Asian Games.
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World Hostages remain an important political currency for the Hamas. Hostages remain an important political currency for the Hamas. Hostages remain an important political currency for the Hamas. Hostages remain an important political currency for the Hamas.
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Latest News Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India.
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Technology YouTube on Monday said it did not detect materials related to child sexual abuse on its platform despite multiple probes and also has not received evidence of such content on the video streaming platform from regulators. YouTube on Monday said it did not detect materials related to child sexual abuse on its platform despite multiple probes and also has not received evidence of such content on the video streaming platform from regulators.
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World Canadian police are searching for a suspect after three temples were robbed on Sunday. Canadian police are searching for a suspect after three temples were robbed on Sunday. Canadian police are searching for a suspect after three temples were robbed on Sunday.
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Latest News In a fur-tastic twist, a cat recently showed a heartwarming - and a tad bit hilarious - exception to the common cat-and-dog rivalry. How? The cat got very protective while hugging a dog and became angry with its human who tried to pet the pooch. In a fur-tastic twist, a cat recently showed a heartwarming - and a tad bit hilarious - exception to the common cat-and-dog rivalry. How? The cat got very protective while hugging a dog and became angry with its human who tried to pet the pooch.
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World Israel has formed an emergency government to conduct war against Hamas, five days after the group's fighters killed civilians in their homes and on the streets in an unprecedented assault on Israeli soil. Israel has formed an emergency government to conduct war against Hamas, five days after the group's fighters killed civilians in their homes and on the streets in an unprecedented assault on Israeli soil.
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Latest News Delhi High Court directed both platforms to refrain from using each other's copyrighted material Delhi High Court directed both platforms to refrain from using each other's copyrighted material Delhi High Court directed both platforms to refrain from using each other's copyrighted material
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World Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday thanked US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for United States' support to the country in the war against terror group Hamas saying that his visit is a tangible example of America's unequivocal support in the time where they should stand tall, proud and united against the sheer evil.
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World Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday alleged babies were murdered and burned by Hamas terrorists during their onslaught against Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday alleged babies were murdered and burned by Hamas terrorists during their onslaught against Israel.
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Latest News Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath. Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath. Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath. Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath. Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath.
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Life Style In a world where traditional work norms and relentless work hours have been the norm, a new trend is emerging that challenges these conventions and is poised to reshape India's workforce. Dubbed the “lazy girl job,” this trend champions work-life balance, defying the old paradigm of relentless work hours and potential burnouts. It has the potential to not only change the way we work but also transform gender inclusion and the gig economy.
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Latest News A video capturing impatient passengers rushing to enter a train through a narrow opening of the door, each vying for a coveted spot inside, was shared online. The video was posted on Reddit with a caption that reads, “Automatic door in Mumbai trains.” The clip shows how the passengers hurled themselves through the half-open doors.
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Latest News Humans of Bombay (HOB) recently filed a case in Delhi High Court against People of India (POI) over protecting their intellectual property. The platform's founder Karishma Mehta has now taken to Instagram to address the controversy around the case and also inform that the court has ‘upheld their contentions'.
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Technology The Meta-owned instant messaging application WhatsApp is reportedly planning to roll out a revamped interface by introducing new colours and icons. The Meta-owned instant messaging application WhatsApp is reportedly planning to roll out a revamped interface by introducing new colours and icons.
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World Darryl George,18, a black junior student at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas was suspended from his school over his dreadlocks hairstyle. Darryl George,18, a black junior student at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas was suspended from his school over his dreadlocks hairstyle.