An Egypt-brokered ceasefire between Israel and the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militant organisation has come into force after three days of fighting.
The ceasefire, which both sides had confirmed, came into force at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, and followed a targeted Israeli military operation that killed several high-ranking PIJ members in the Gaza Strip, including military chief Taisir al-Jabari and Islamic Jihad’s southern commander, Khaled Mansour, reports dpa news agency.
The PIJ said it was insisting on its right “to respond to any Israeli aggression”, while the Jewish state also stressed that it “maintains the right to respond strongly” if the ceasefire is violated.
The Times of Israel reported that the country’s Iron Dome defence system intercepted a projectile launched from Gaza minutes after the ceasefire came into force.
The newspaper also cited the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) as announcing shortly after 11.30 p.m. a raid on a Palestinian village to destroy the homes of two suspected terrorists accused of carrying out a deadly terror attack earlier this year.
The ceasefire, however, initially appeared to hold after a shaky start, the paper reported.
A high-ranking delegation from Egypt arrived in Gaza on Sunday evening to negotiate the deal, dpa has learned from security sources.
Both sides said they were welcoming Egyptian efforts to mediate.
Last year, Cairo successfully brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, ending 11 days of fighting.
UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland welcomed the truce and thanked Egypt “for its crucial role in establishing the ceasefire” on Twitter.
“The situation is still very fragile, and I urge all parties to observe the ceasefire,” he added.
Wennesland also said that the UN “has been intensively engaged and closely working with Egypt on mediating a restoration of calm”, pledging to “continue to work with all relevant parties to de-escalate the situation urgently”.
The Israeli military had launched a large-scale operation dubbed “Breaking Dawn” against the PIJ on August 5. Al-Jabari, Mansour and other PIJ members were killed.
The group, which is closely linked to Iran, is classified as a terrorist organization by the EU and the US.
On August 6, the army attacked several targets in the Gaza Strip. Israeli border towns on the edge of the besieged enclave were again on rocket alert on Sunday morning.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 44 people were killed and 360 injured in the attacks, including 15 children and four women.
Israel blames Islamic Jihad for the deaths of five children and one adult in the Jabalia refugee camp. According to the military, they were killed by a misguided jihadi rocket.
For the first time since the beginning of the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, rocket alarm was also sounded in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on Sunday.
Residents reported explosions. In Tel Aviv, people rushed to shelters.
Since August 5, more than 900 rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to the IDF.
The Palestinian Health Ministry warned that medical supplies in the Gaza Strip would be cut off within 48 hours due to the shutdown of the only power plant in the enclave.
The emergency generators of the hospitals were already almost empty in view of the continuing blockade of the crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Israel halted the import of fuel into the territory on August 1, citing fears of attacks following the arrest of the Islamic Jihad leader.
Israel tightened a blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2007, which has since been joined by Egypt.
Both countries justify the measure with security considerations.
3 New Projects Inaugurated Between India & Bangladesh
Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday virtually inaugurated three new projects between the two countries.
Inaugurating the new projects Modi said, “The work that is done in the past nine years between India and Bangladesh’s cooperation has not been done in decades.”
Rail link between 2 countries
The first project that was inaugurated was a rail link between India’s Northeastern state Tripura and Gangasagar railway station in Bangladesh’s Brahmanbaria district.
The trail run of the rail project of 12. 24 km was completed on Monday.
“It is indeed a matter of joy as it is a historic moment because it is the first rail link between Northeast and Bangladesh,” further added Modi.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the new projects will strengthen the infrastructural development of the two countries.
Strengthening bilateral ties between India & Bangladesh
“The efforts between the two neighbouring countries established connectivity from India’s Northeastern states and Bangladesh’s Chittagong and Mongla part. The inauguration of the new projects shows the friendship between the two countries,” mentioned Hasina also thanking Modi for inviting and showing hospitality in G20 Summit.
The other two projects include the 65 km Khulna Mongla Port railway line which is expected to give a boost to cross-border trading.
The traveling timing from Akhura to Tripura’s Agartala and Kolkata via Dhaka will be less than earlier as 1600km will be just 500km.
The third project that was inaugurated was unit 2 of the1320 MW Maitree Super Thermal Powerplant which is the 50:50 joint venture between India’s NTPC and Bangladesh Power Development Board.
Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza’s Jabalia Refugee Camp Kills At Least 50; Arab League, Egypt, Jordan Condemn Attack
Arab League (AL) Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit has strongly condemned the deadly Israeli airstrike on the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. In a statement on Tuesday, the AL chief said that it was “a new crime” in Gaza and that the international community should no longer remain silent, Xinhua news agency reported.
“Flagrant violation of international laws”
Meanwhile, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement the attack was a “flagrant violation of international laws”. Jordan’s Foreign Ministry also condemned the attack and said Jordan held Israel responsible for the dangerous development.
It also denounced Israel’s ongoing escalation of tension in the West Bank and Israeli settlers’ increasing attacks on Palestinian civilians. It also called on the international community to assume its responsibility, stop the ongoing conflict, and provide international protection for Palestinians.
Densely populated Jabalia refugee camp
Israeli warplanes hit the densely populated Jabalia refugee camp on Tuesday. After the attack, the Gaza-based Health Ministry said in a statement that more than 50 people were killed, approximately 150 others injured, and “dozens” of others buried under the rubble.
Israel Attack: Congress Leader Priyanka Gandhi Expresses Shock After India Abstains From Voting At UN For Ceasefire In Gaza
New Delhi, October 28: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday expressed shock over India abstaining from the voting for a ceasefire in Gaza, and slammed the Central government saying that refusing to take a stand and watching in silence as every law of humanity is pulverised in Palestine is being annihilated goes against everything our country has stood for.
She also said that our country is founded on the principles of non-violence and truth and they represent the moral courage of India that guided its actions as a member of the international community.
‘An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind’
In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Priyanka Gandhi said: “’An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind’, Mahatma Gandhi. I am shocked and ashamed that our country has abstained from voting for a ceasefire in Gaza.”
‘Our country was founded on the principles of non-violence and truth’
Reminding of the principles of India, she said that our country was founded on the principles of non-violence and truth, principles for which our freedom fighters laid down their lives, these principles form the basis of the Constitution that defines our nationhood. “They represent the moral courage of India that guided its actions as a member of the international community,” the Congress leader said.
“To refuse to take a stand and watch in silence as every law of humanity is pulverised, food, water, medical supplies, communication and power is cut off to millions of people and thousands of men, women and children in Palestine are being annihilated goes against everything our country has stood for throughout its life as a nation,” Priyanka Gandhi added.
Her remarks came after India abstained in the UNGA from voting
Her remarks came after India on Friday abstained in the UN General Assembly from voting on a draft resolution submitted by Jordan, that called for an immediate humanitarian truce in the Israel-Hamas conflict, as it did not make any mention of the terrorist group Hamas.
In a first, India has voted against a UN General Assembly resolution backing the Palestine cause. India’s opposition to the resolution on Friday was because it failed to condemn Hamas for its terrorist attack and the Assembly rejected an amendment supported by New Delhi that would have named the terror group. India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Yojna Patel said after the vote: “The terror attacks in Israel on October 7 were shocking and deserve condemnation.”
‘Our thoughts are also with those taken hostages’
“Violence as a means to achieve political objectives damages indiscriminately, and does not pave the way for any durable solutions. The terror attacks in Israel on October 7 were shocking and deserve condemnation. Our thoughts are also with those taken hostages. We call for their immediate and unconditional release. Terrorism is a malignancy and knows no borders, nationality, or race. The world should not buy into any justification of terror acts. Let us keep aside differences, unite and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to terrorism,” she added.
Even Indian Overseas Congress Secretary Virendra Vashisth on Friday met Palestine Ambassador to India in solidarity. “Our foundation with Palestine from first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru era to all successive prime ministers and it was the reason why the government had to change its statement earlier. And non violence and peace is the only way to find a solution and we also follow the policy of zero tolerance omn terrorism,” he said.
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