Israel may change battle tactics against Hamas, UN issued statement over ambulance strike in Gaza. Key facts
Israel has claimed responsibility for the attack on an ambulance near Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, saying that the vehicle was used by Hamas militants. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement on the attack.
Meanwhile, the IDF continues ground operations in the north of the Gaza Strip, and Washington states that the original plan of war with Hamas in Israel has been "significantly improved". OBOZ.UA has collected the main news about the war between Israel and Hamas at this hour.
The day before, on November 3, it became known about an attack on an ambulance near Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. According to local health authorities, the attack killed 15 people and injured 50.
There is no information on casualties or injuries from sources not affiliated with Hamas. Videos from the scene that appeared online show at least ten bloody people near the car that was hit and another car damaged by debris.
Meanwhile, Israel has claimed responsibility for the attack, CNN reports. An official statement on the matter said that the ambulance was attacked because it was used by militants. However, a representative of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip said that the ambulance was in a medical convoy from a hospital and was heading to the Rafah border crossing. He informed the International Committee of the Red Cross about the movement.
Guterres reacted to the strike near Al-Shifa hospital.
"I am horrified by reports of an attack in the Gaza Strip on an ambulance convoy near Al-Shifa Hospital. The images of bodies scattered on the street outside the hospital are horrifying," he said, adding that the war between Israel and Hamas "must stop."
Meanwhile, the IDF continues its ground operation in the Gaza Strip. Israeli ground troops are approaching Gaza City, an advance confirmed by satellite images and video from open sources.
At the same time, according to the administration of US President Joe Biden, Israel has "significantly improved" its initial military plan for the war against Hamas after negotiations with the United States.
According to The Times of Israel, a senior U.S. administration official said that during contacts with Israel, the United States raised the issue of increasing civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip and "the hard questions for clarity on the goals [they] are pursuing."
"They have significantly improved on the original plan," the official said.
He emphasized that the United States does not believe it has the right to call on Israel to cease fire after what Hamas terrorists did in the south of the country on October 7. He noted that the ceasefire "depends on Israelis feeling safe and having guarantees that this will not happen again." However, the official acknowledged that a certain "pause" would allow for the safe evacuation of civilians and increased humanitarian aid to Gaza.
The official stated that on November 3, 100 trucks entered Gaza. And the United States hopes that this figure will increase significantly in the coming days.
On November 3, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken arrived in Israel for the third time since the Hamas attack. He met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other high-ranking Israeli officials and gave a press conference.
Speaking to journalists, Blinken emphasized the need to "do more to protect civilians" in Palestine and condemned Hamas' actions. He also emphasized that the United States expects that "humanitarian pauses" will help not only in the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip but also allow for progress in the release of hostages taken by terrorists.
Blinken also emphasized that the United States and Israel have "identified mechanisms" to deliver fuel to Gaza hospitals.
At the same time, Netanyahu said on behalf of the government that Israel is against any temporary ceasefire in Gaza until Hamas releases all hostages: their number as of November 3, according to the Israeli army, is 241.
Netanyahu also assured that Israel would continue to block the flow of fuel to Gaza.
The day before, on November 3, the leader of the Lebanese group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, spoke publicly for the first time since 2006. He called for a ceasefire. Nasrallah called the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 "a great, blessed operation" and stressed that the Palestinian militants had planned and implemented the attack on their own, allegedly keeping it a secret from Hezbollah.
The families of 11 victims of the attack, which, according to the Hezbollah leader, is a "great, blessed operation," filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In a statement, they accused Hamas terrorists of "crimes against humanity."
Meanwhile, the Israeli government urged its citizens to refrain from traveling anywhere abroad. If a trip is unavoidable, people are advised to be as cautious as possible due to the increase in anti-Semitic attacks and violence that have been recorded in many countries since October 7. In particular, FBI Director Christo said a few days ago that anti-Semitism in the United States is reaching "historic levels."
Earlier, it became known that Israel reacted to Nebenzi's words that the country has no right to self-defense against Hamas. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan said that "Russia is the last country" that can make such statements. And Israel will be the last to listen to advice on "human rights" from Russia, which was expelled from the UN Human Rights Council.
Erdan also added that Russia is using the Hamas attack to divert the world's attention from its invasion of Ukraine.