President Joe Biden’s administration has informed Congress of its intention to transfer precision air bombs worth $320 million to Israel, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there would be no general ceasefire in the Gaza Strip without the release of the hostages. At tvn24.pl we summarize the most important events in the Middle East in recent hours.
> Without the release of the hostages, there will be no general ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, said the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview for the American station ABC News. However, the head of the Israeli government did not rule out “small tactical breaks” in order to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip or enable the release of hostages held by Hamas. – An hour here, an hour there. We’ve had interruptions like this before, Netanyahu said.
> Director CIAWilliam Burns came to Israelto talk about the war with the Palestinian Hamas and efforts to free hostages taken by terrorists to the Gaza Strip, reported the American website Axios. Burns – the portal claims, citing contacts in the Israeli authorities – was to meet, among others, with Defense Minister Yoav Galant and Mossad chief David Barnea.
> Presidential administration Joe Biden informed Congress of its intention to transfer precision air bombs worth $320 million to Israel, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. As the daily writes, on October 31, the administration sent Congress a formal notification of its intention to transfer the Spice Family Gliding Bomb Assemblies, kits for precise guidance of air bombs. These are sets produced by the Israeli arms company Rafael.
> Talks with Israel about a “humanitarian pause” in the fighting in the Gaza Strip are only in the initial stages, said National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby. He also said that although Israel is making “some” efforts to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza, they are not sufficient.
> Bulgarian Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov paid a short visit to Israel. In talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Yitzhak Herzog, he emphasized his country’s full support in the war against Hamas.
> Since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Israel has increased dramatically Germany. However, the number of anti-Semitic crimes was already growing rapidly. In the third quarter of 2023, the police recorded 540 of them, which is much more than in the previous quarters, the Rheinische Post newspaper reported.
> The number of civilian victims in the Gaza Strip reaches into the thousands, admitted Pentagon spokesman Gen. Pat Ryder. The military also reported that 46 soldiers suffered brain injuries as a result of ongoing attacks on American soldiers in Syria and Iraq.
> The catastrophe caused by the war between Israel and Hamas makes the need for a humanitarian ceasefire more urgent by the hour, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He described the Gaza Strip as a “children’s graveyard.”
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