Israel-Hamas War, Day 11 : As the Israel-Gaza conflict continued, Hamas said that they were holding 200 people hostage in Gaza following the October 7 attack on the Jewish nation. Hamas spokesperson described the non-Israelis as “guests” and said they would be released “when circumstances allow.”
US President Joe Biden is set to visit Israel tomorrow in a show of support. His visit follows State Secretary Antony Blinken’s visit to Tel Aviv where he announced that Israel has agreed to establish a humanitarian aid plan for the civilians in Gaza.
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said that Israel would not be allowed to act in Gaza without consequences, reported news agencies. “All options are open and we cannot be indifferent to the war crimes committed against the people of Gaza,” Amirabdollahian said. “The resistance front is capable of waging a long-term war with the enemy.”
As new information about Hamas’s devastating attack on Israel trickles in, the narrative of the “colossal intelligence failure” is getting amplified even more. Contrary to the earlier reports that Israel’s intelligence agencies failed to detect any activity by or warning from Hamas, new information reveals that Israeli intelligence did pick up a surge in activity on the Gazan militant networks it was monitoring. A New York Times report published last week revealed that an alert was also sent to soldiers guarding the borders, who “either did not act on the intelligence or ignored it”.