- The war between Israel and Hamas was sparked by the Palestinian Islamist movement's unprecedented attack on Israeli soil from the Gaza Strip on October 7.
- In retaliation, Israel vowed to “destroy Hamas,” relentlessly shelling the besieged area home to 2.4 million Palestinians and launching a ground operation on Oct. 27.
- Will you resume a small debate on Palestinian sovereignty between Benjamin Netanyahu and the United Nations this Saturday?
To better understand the latest events in the conflict between the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Israel, 20 Minutes takes stock every evening. Between the strong statements, the diplomatic advances or the dramatic results of the fighting, here are the most important points of the day.
The fact of the day
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his opposition to “Palestinian sovereignty” in Gaza and said Israel must maintain “control over the security” of the area, where violence continued on Saturday, the 106th day of the war against Hamas Fights take place.
Israel must “ensure that Gaza no longer poses a threat” and this demand “contradicts the demand for Palestinian sovereignty,” Benjamin Netanyahu said in a telephone interview with US President Joe Biden on Friday, according to the prime minister's office.
The number of the day
Four Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, including two senior officials, were killed in an Israeli attack on a road on Saturday
A Syrian NGO reported at least ten deaths in a building in Damascus, according to a military source and Iranian media.
The attack destroyed a four-story building in the Mazzé district where a “meeting of pro-Iranian leaders” was taking place, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), an NGO with a vast network of sources in war-torn Syria.
Sentence of the day
The right of the Palestinian people to build their own state must be recognized by all.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said this on Saturday during the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Uganda, adding that any “denial” was “unacceptable”. Do you see the problem in the news of the day two paragraphs earlier and in Benjamin Netanyahu's statement?
Thousands of people carrying Palestinian flags and chanting anti-Israel slogans marched in Madrid and other Spanish cities on Saturday to demand “an end to the genocide in Palestine.” According to the government, around 25,000 people live in the capital.
The main banner, in the colors of the Palestinian flag, called on the Spanish government to “end the arms trade and relations with Israel.” Some protesters held signs that read “Stop Genocide” in English.
Within the European Union (EU), Spain has been one of the most critical voices towards Israel in the conflict sparked by the October 7 Hamas attack in Israel that killed 1,140 people, mostly civilians.