Israel-Hamas war, what is happening today October 21, 2023

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The war between Israel and Hamas has been going on for more than two weeks since it began, where the bombings against the Islamist group continue in the Gaza Strip and the international community is asking for both a ceasefire and allowing the passage of humanitarian aid.

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Yesterday, the Islamist group released two American women who had been held since the beginning of the attacks on October 7, while the countries continue negotiating for the release of others. The US president promised to give more aid to Israel and urged the US Congress to give it money.

Follow here the latest news on the conflict between Israel and Hamas for this Saturday, October 21, 2023.

8:50 AM | Humanitarian aid begins to enter Gaza

Trucks loaded with humanitarian aid began to enter the Gaza Strip from Egypt, through the Rafah border crossing, a security source and an official from the Egyptian Red Crescent told AFP this Saturday. Egyptian state television showed images of several trucks crossing the gate of this border post, on the fifteenth day of war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which governs Gaza.

Trucks with tons of humanitarian aid had been waiting for days to be authorized to enter the besieged enclave of 2.4 million inhabitants, deprived of water, electricity and fuel. Only 3 percent of the medical aid needed for the Gaza Strip has reached the besieged coastal enclave today, the Health Ministry says.

8:30 AM | Homemade bomb explodes near Israeli embassy in Cyprus

A bomb exploded outside the Israeli embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus. The police arrested four young people between 17 and 21 years old who, according to preliminary data, all four are from Syria. In the suspects' car the police had two knives and a hammer; The owner of the car was arrested for possession of weapons.

The explosives detonated 30 meters from the embassy entrance. The homemade bomb was not very powerful, so no one was injured in the incident.

8:00 AM | At least 4,385 Palestinians killed in Gaza since the start of the conflict

At least 4,385 Palestinians have died in the Gaza Strip since the start on October 7 of the war between the Islamist movement Hamas, which governs the enclave, and Israel, the Gaza Ministry of Health announced this Saturday. According to this new balance communicated by the Palestinian Islamist movement, another 13,561 people were injured in the Strip, bombed two weeks ago by Israel in response to the surprise offensive launched in its territory by Hamas militiamen.

7:30 AM | "The Hamas attack cannot justify collective punishment": Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned Hamas's attack on Israel at the regional summit on the Israel-Hamas war in Cairo, but added that it "can never justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people." Guterres referred to the "broader context" of the war and said the two-state solution is "the only realistic basis for true peace and stability."

With information from AFP, Reuters and Europa Press

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