Israel-Hamas War

Hamas and Israel indicate willingness to extend ceasefire deal

Hamas announced in a statement on Sunday local time that it is seeking to extend the truce should serious efforts be made to increase the number of Palestinian detainees released from Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he told US President Joe Biden that Israel will resume its campaign in Gaza with full force once the temporary truce comes to an end.

However, Mr Netanyahu also said he would welcome extending it if it facilitated the release of 10 additional hostages every day, as agreed under the original Qatari-brokered deal. 

Gaza Hospital besieged, medics say patients unable to evacuate

While Israel denied firing on the largest hospital, Al Shifa, saying people can evacuate safely. 

Gaza health authorities said on Friday that at least 11,078 Palestinians, including 4,506 children, have died since Israel launched its retaliation for the October 7 terrorist attack by Hamas. 

About 2,700 people have been reported missing and are thought to be possibly trapped or dead under the rubble. 

Israel says about 1,200 Israelis were killed in the October 7 attack, a figure revised down from the previously reported 1,400. 

PNG embassy in Israel closed

This is due to the current situation where Israel is in a state of war since the attacks conducted against it by the Palestinian group, Hamas, on 7 October 2023.

Two officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs who were assigned to set up the Embassy following its opening in September this year, departed Israel on 17 October 2023, in view of the security concerns there.

Israel prepares to evacuate residents

Now — they are makeshift morgues for victims of the Israel-Gaza war. 

Health officials in the Gaza Strip have resorted to storing the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli air strikes in ice cream freezer trucks because moving them to hospitals is too risky and cemeteries are short of space.

"The hospital morgue can only take 10 bodies, so we have brought in ice cream freezers from the ice cream factories in order to store the huge numbers of [dead]," said Dr Yasser Ali of the Shuhada Al-Aqsa hospital in Deir Al-Balah.