In Beijing, Arab and Muslim ministers push for ceasefire; Israel expands ops south of Gaza

Israel military warned Gazans to evacuate Jabalia refugee camp

Israel Hamas war Israeli soldiers scan an area in the Zeitoun district of the southern part of the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2023, as battles between Israel and the Hamas movement continue | AFP

With Israel ‘expanding’ its military operation to south of Gaza City, civilians are caught in the crossfire with no place to go. Israel warned the Gazans in the refugee camp, Jabalia, to evacuate as they were “expanding its operational activities in additional neighbourhoods," of Gaza

Israel military also warned the residents to evacuate from the nearby coastal camp as well.

A double Israeli strikes on Jabalia refugee camp on Saturday left more than 80 civilians including children dead.

Israel military has said Jabalia is among the areas of focus as troops "target terrorist and strike Hamas infrastructure."

With two more Israeli soldiers killed, IDF said it had lost 66 soldiers in total during the war since the Hamas attack on October 7.

So far Israel-Hamas war has claimed the lives of over 13,000 Palestinians.

Meanwhile, evacuation of Gaza’s biggest hospital, al-Shifa, is underway. Palestine Red Crescent Society posted on social media saying that 28 of 31 premature babies were evacuated from the hospital in the north of Gaza to the Rafah border crossing.

The babies will be getting further treatment in Egypt.

“A few moments ago, the Palestine Red Crescent ambulance teams departed from in front of the Emirati hospital in Rafah to transport 28 premature infants to the Rafah crossing, in preparation for their transfer to receive medical treatment in Egyptian hospitals. This comes in coordination with the World Health Organization and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)," read the statement.

Arab and Muslim minister meet in Beijing

Arab and Muslim ministers called on for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, as their delegation visited Beijing on Monday. A meeting is underway with ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Indonesia in Beijing.

China is a good friend and brother of Arab and Islamic countries, Wang said ahead of the talks.

China has long backed the Palestinians and been quick to denounce Israel over its settlements in the occupied territories.

The Saudi foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, called for an immediate cease-fire and the entry of humanitarian aid and relief to the Gaza Strip.

“There are still dangerous developments ahead of us and an urgent humanitarian crisis that requires an international mobilization to deal with and counter it,” he said.

This isn't Israel's first war against the Palestinian people, said Riyad Al-Maliki, the Palestinian Authority foreign minister.

Israel's ambassador to China, Irit Ben-Abba, said Monday, that her country is allowing sufficient humanitarian aid into Gaza in collaboration with international organizations and that putting pressure on Israel in this regard is politically motivated and is not conducive to the humanitarian assistance which is needed.


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