Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised, on Sunday, November 12, in an interview with the American channel NBC the possibility of an agreement to release some of the approximately 240 hostages kidnapped by Hamas, a condition according to him for any cease-fire. fire.
“The less I express myself on the subject, the more I increase the chances that this will materialize,” declared Benjamin Netanyahu, without commenting on the negotiations for the release of the hostages.
A “serious” situation at al-Chifa hospital
Concerning the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army indicated that it had “secured” passages to evacuate civilians from certain health establishments including the site of the al-Chifa hospital where 15,000 people were crowded according to figures from Hamas and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid. In a message on X, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) described the situation at al-Chifa hospital as “serious and dangerous” after “three days without electricity, without water”.
Besides Al-Chifa, the situation remains complicated in other hospitals in Gaza according to Mohammed Zaqout, director of hospitals in this territory: patients “are in the streets without care” after the “forced evacuations” of two pediatric hospitals, al- Nasr and al-Rantissi. And another hospital in Gaza City, al-Quds, stopped operating on Sunday due to a lack of fuel and electricity, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.
Shooting on Israel-Lebanon border intensifies
Ten people were injured in Israel by an anti-tank missile that fell in the north of the country, emergency services said, while the Israeli army said it responded by targeting the origin of the shot, in southern Lebanon, where Hezbollah, an ally of Iran, operates.
The risk of conflagration concerns the entire region. The United States launched strikes in Syria on Sunday “on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iranian-affiliated groups, in response to continued attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria,” said U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. This is the third time in less than three weeks that the US military has targeted sites in Syria that it says are linked to Iran, which supports various armed groups accused by Washington of being behind of an increase in attacks against its forces in the Middle East.
Interview between Emmanuel Macron and the Israeli president
In an interview with his Israeli counterpart Isaac Herzog, French President Emmanuel Macron said, according to the Israeli presidency, that he was not “accusing Israel of intentionally harming civilians” in Gaza, in reference to an interview with the BBC during which he had earlier “urged Israel to stop” the bombings killing civilians in Gaza.
The humanitarian issue and the protection of the Palestinian civilian population of Gaza is “absolutely key” and calls for “measure and proportionality” on the part of Israel, said French Minister of the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu on Sunday during an interview. on LCI. The Palestinian Islamist group “Hamas must be put out of harm’s way but the way in which civilian populations are treated can have an impact on controlling the overall escalation,” insisted the minister.
Condemning on Sunday “Hamas’ use of hospitals and civilians as human shields”, the European Union called on Israel for “maximum restraint” to protect civilians and at a time of fear of regionalization of the conflict.
The march against anti-Semitism in Paris brought together more than 100,000 people
A very large crowd, a signal sent by the French: more than 100,000 people marched on Sunday in Paris and tens of thousands of others throughout France for the “great march” against anti-Semitism, in the presence of a good part of the political class, but without the head of state or the radical left opposition. In total, the Ministry of the Interior had 182,000 participants at the end of the day, including the capital, in more than 70 cities.
UN flags at half mast
Flags were lowered to half-mast at UN buildings across Asia on Monday, and staff called to observe a minute’s silence in memory of their colleagues killed in the war between Israel and Hamas. The blue and white flag of the United Nations was lowered at 9:30 a.m. local time in Bangkok, Tokyo and Beijing, the day after the UN announced “a significant number of dead and injured” in the “bombing ” from the headquarters of the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Gaza. UNRWA announced on Friday that more than 100 of its employees had died in the Gaza Strip since the start of the war.