Picture:On Sunday, October 8, 2023, individuals gather outside a mosque in Khan Younis, Gaza, that had been destroyed by an Israeli air strike. As Israeli retaliation strikes destroyed structures in Gaza, Hamas militants broke out of the blockaded Gaza Strip and rampaged through nearby Israeli communities, capturing people (AP)
Israel declared a “state of war” following Hamas’ surprise attack on occupied Shebaa Farms. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for mortar strikes, while Israel responded with artillery. Fears of a ground invasion of Gaza have grown, with 370 Palestinian deaths and 600 Israelis reported. Hamas’s operation followed Israeli settler attacks, tensions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and a record number of Palestinian deaths.
Palestinians will fight against Israeli occupation until it is lifted: Ambassador
Palestine’s ambassador to the UK, Husam Zomlot, has expressed hope that the recent fighting in the Middle East will serve as a wake-up call for the world to continue fighting for Palestinian rights. Zomlot believes that the Palestinian people have the right to defend themselves and will continue to struggle for 100 years or more.
He emphasized that Western nations should not give Israel carte blanche over international law and bypass the Palestinian issue. Zomlot emphasized the need for a Palestinian sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital and equal application of international law for Palestinian refugees.