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Israel declares blockade on Gaza strip

Last Updated on October 10, 2023 at 2:57 pm

In a strategic move, Israel has declared a complete seizure of Gaza imposing a complete blockade on the strip, as Palestinians brace for ‘living another Nakba’. A senior official said that the Hamas group is ready for discussions over truce talks with Israel, reports said.

The Israeli military said on Tuesday it had found no aerial infiltration from Syria or Lebanon after scrambling forces in response to a report it had received.

Israel is on high alert for any spread of its Gaza war to the north, where on Monday it repelled a Lebanese border incursion.

Meanwhile, Austria is arranging an evacuation of its citizens from Israel by military transport aircraft on Wednesday, Chancellor Karl Nehammer said on Tuesday.

Roughly 200 Austrians have so far informed the Austrian authorities that they wish to leave Israel, Nehammer told Puls 24 television on a trip to Turkey. The Foreign Ministry later asked Austrians in Israel who want to take up the offer of the evacuation flight to contact the Austrian embassy in Tel Aviv. It is happening in cooperation with the Austrian armed forces.