Israel Hamas war: Israel to allow Egypt to deliver limited humanitarian aid to Gaza

Palestinian children wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip for treatment in a hospital in Khan Younis, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023.
Palestinian children wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip for treatment in a hospital in Khan Younis, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. Copyright AP Photo
By Joshua AskewLaura Llach & Saskia O'Donoghue
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Follow our live updates on day 12 of the Israel Hamas war.



  • Hamas alleges that an Israeli strike on a hospital in Gaza has killed hundreds. Israel blames Palestinian militants 
  • Protests have broken out across the occupied West Bank and major world cities over the incident
  • Biden's summit with Arab leaders in Jordan has been cancelled over the hospital bombing, though he is still expected to visit Israel as planned
  • UN Chief has called for an "immediate humanitarian ceasefire", as the crisis in Gaza continues to deepen
  • More than 3,478 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza. Hamas’ 7 October attack inside Israel killed more than 1,400 people.

Euronews' live blog coverage of the Israel-Hamas war has ended for today. Stay with us on air and online for further updates.

We will be back tomorrow with the latest developments.


Saudi Arabia reiterates its 'strong' support for the 'Palestinian cause' to Iran

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan held a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hosein Amirabdolahian on Wednesday in which he reiterated Riyadh's "firm" support for "the Palestinian cause".

Faisal bin Farhan advocated support for efforts to achieve a "comprehensive and just" peace in the region.


US President Joe Biden leaves Israel after his meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister


US vetoes UN resolution condemning Hamas attacks on Israel and all violence against civilians

The United States vetoed a UN resolution on Wednesday that would have condemned Hamas attacks on Israel and all violence against civilians, and urged humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza.

The vote in the 15-member Security Council was 12 in favour, with the United States against and two abstentions.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said after the vote that President Joe Biden was engaged in diplomacy in the region "and we need that diplomacy to work". She also criticised the resolution for saying nothing about Israel's right to self-defence.


Since 7 October100 Palestinian children have been killed in Israeli attacks, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, an independent organisation based in Geneva.

Palestinians children wounded in Israeli air strikes on Gaza Strip are brought to al-Aqsa hospital in Deir el-Balah City.

Israel to allow Egypt to deliver limited humanitarian aid to Gaza

Israel said on Wednesday it would allow Egypt to deliver limited amounts of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the decision was made in light of a request from visiting US President Joe Biden.

It said in a statement that it would 'not thwart' deliveries of food, water and medicine as long as they did not reach Hamas. The statement made no mention of the desperately needed fuel.

It was not clear when the aid would start flowing. Egypt's Rafah crossing has limited capacity and Egypt says it has been damaged by Israeli air strikes.

Israel, which controls most of the crossings into Gaza, says it will not allow deliveries from its territory. It has also demanded that the International Red Cross be allowed to visit kidnapped Israelis held in Gaza.


Israel responds to multiple attacks in southern Lebanon

The Israel Defense Forces is responding to several small attacks on military posts along the border with Lebanon, IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said on Wednesday.


Iran's president accuses the US of being an 'accomplice to Israel's crimes' in Gaza

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has accused the United States of being "complicit in the crimes" of Israel, following an attack on a hospital in Gaza.

"The bombs that are falling on the people of Gaza are American (...) The world considers the United States to be an accomplice in the crimes of the Zionist regime," Raissi told several thousand demonstrators gathered in a Tehran square.


Russia calls on US to provide satellite imagery to identify those responsible for Gaza hospital attack

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova condemned the massive explosion at the Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza, Russian news agency TASS reported.

"(Israel) must not only comment in the media or on social media, it must provide the evidence."

Zakharova also called on the United States to provide satellite imagery that would help identify the perpetrator of the deadly attack.

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