General authority for crossings and borders in Gaza announces Rafah land crossing to re-open Sunday for foreign passport holders; Hamas loses control of northern Gaza— day 36 Israel-Hamas war

What you need to know

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is giving his second speech, right now, since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas .

Arab leaders are meeting for an emergency Arab League summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

There are reports of multiple rounds of shelling in south Lebanon, including Zahrani, which is 40km from Lebanon's southern border with Israel.

21:28 Beirut Time

Thanks for following our LIVE blog on day 36 of the Israel-Hamas war. We will be back tomorrow with more news updates.

21:16 Beirut Time

The Israeli army raided the village of Aita al-Shaab in southern Lebanon, state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.

According to our correspondent Muntasser Abdallah, Israeli bombing raids targeted the outskirts of Aita al-Shaab and the town of Ramaya.

The Israeli army claimed to have targeted Hezbollah, without giving further details, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

21:02 Beirut Time

Hezbollah announced the death of one of its fighters, Abbas Nazir Rachini, from Hermel (Bekaa), killed by the Israeli army. However, the party did not specify when or where the militant was killed.

The total number of Hezbollah fighters killed since the start of the war now stands at 73, according to our count.

20:46 Beirut Time

The Israeli military will help evacuate babies trapped in Gaza's al-Shifa Hospital on Sunday, Chief Israeli military spokesperson Daniel Hagari said on Saturday.

"The staff of the Shifa hospital has requested that tomorrow we help the babies in the pediatric department to get to a safer hospital. We will provide the assistance needed," Hagari told a news conference.

20:44 Beirut Time

al-Qassam Brigades, armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas, said on Saturday they had completely or partially destroyed more than 160 Israeli military targets in Gaza, including more than 25 vehicles in the past 48 hours.

"The confrontation is unequal, but it frightens and terrifies the most powerful force in the region," said spokesperson Abu Obaida.

20:36 Beirut Time

An Israeli rocket fell near the Khiam technical institute without causing any injuries, the mayor of the village told our correspondent in southern Lebanon. This information was also reported by state-run National News Agency (NNA).

20:35 Beirut Time

During a press conference held on Saturday for a joint Arab-Islamic conference on Gaza, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that any talk about the future of Gaza should only be about an immediate ceasefire.

"The only future, and this is the unifying position of the Arab [world], is an immediate ceasefire,” he said.

19:36 Beirut Time

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah delivered his second speech since the start of the Israel-Hamas war on Saturday during a commemoration for the party’s martyrs.

"Our front will remain a front of pressure," he said.

Read the main statements he made here: "Key points from Nasrallah's speech on Saturday"

19:31 Beirut Time

At least three homes were hit by Israeli rockets in the village of Tayr Harfa in Sour, southern Lebanon, according to state-run National News Agency (NNA). No injuries have been reported.

18:26 Beirut Time

An Arab-Islamic summit hosted by Saudi Arabia on Saturday called for an end to the war in Gaza and rejected justifying Israel's actions against Palestinians as self-defense, according to Reuters.

The summit condemned "Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, war crimes and barbaric and inhumane massacres by the occupation government," a final joint statement said.

The statement also called for an end to the siege on Gaza, allowing humanitarian aid into the enclave and halting arms exports to Israel.

18:20 Beirut Time

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) described the situation at al-Shifa hospital, where it said that more than 14,000 Palestinians are sheltering, as “extremely dangerous,” according to X (formerly Twitter) posts from the PRCS.

al-Shifa continues to be surrounded by Israeli tanks while it faces “artillery shelling and intense shooting,” a PRCS member said in the video shared on social media. The hospital was forced by Israeli aggression to stop operations earlier today, endangering at least 45 newborns in incubators and raising the risk of contamination from improperly stored bodies.

The Israeli military denied targeting al-Shifa, saying that there were clashes with Hamas in its vicinity. "We can coordinate anyone who wants to leave the hospital safely," Col Moshe Tetro from Commander of the Liaison Directorate with Gaza said in a statement posted on the Arabic-speaking Israeli spokesman Avichay Adraee's X (formerly Twitter) account.

18:10 Beirut Time

BREAKING: Israeli military Minister Yoav Gallant warned Hezbollah on Saturday not to escalate fighting along the border, according to Reuters.

"Hezbollah is dragging Lebanon into a war that might happen," Gallant told troops in a video aired by Israeli television channels. "It is making mistakes and ... those who will pay the price are first and foremost Lebanon's citizens. What we are doing in Gaza we can do in Beirut."

17:47 Beirut Time

Hezbollah said it struck at 4 p.m. the [Israeli] point of Malikiya, inflicting "direct injuries."

17:46 Beirut Time

Handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Nov. 11, 2023, shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) speaking with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during an emergency meeting of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Riyadh.

Arab leaders and Irani President are in the Saudi capital on Nov. 11, for a summit meeting expected to underscore demands that Israel's war in Gaza end before the violence draws in other countries.

17:31 Beirut Time

“We’re gathered today to insist on the centrality of the Palestinian cause,” Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said from the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation Summit in Riyadh.

“We must work together for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, for the opening of passages to deliver aid to our bothers in Gaza and for the launch of a serious and effective political process towards a global, just and permanent solution to our cause,” he added.

"The two-state solution remains the best path forward and to build a better future for us all, based on the Arab peace initiative launched during the 2002 Beirut summit," he continued.

"Peace is and will remain Lebanon's choice. Our culture is a peaceful one, based on justice, laws and international resolutions," Mikati added.

17:19 Beirut Time

Clashes resumed in southern Lebanon this afternoon:

The Amal Movement announced that Israeli shelling on one of its positions in Rab Thalathine, Marjayoun, killed one of its fighters, Ali Jamil Hajj Daoud, and wounded others.

Hezbollah said around 2 p.m. that it inflicted casualties in a strike on Israeli militants in Shomera valley, in Tal Chaar and Badid (the occupied Lebanese village of Tarbikha and its surroundings).

Israeli shelling struck the surroundings of Salhani, the Yater Valley in Bint Jbeil, Jibbayn in Sour and near residential areas in Naqoura, the state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.

Israeli bombardment also fell near Khiam, Blida and Aitaroun, according to our correspondent in the region.

17:09 Beirut Time

"It was a very clear speech. He was honest about everything. He will always surprise us and we will always be with him. We are whole-heartedly with Gaza. It breaks our hearts when we see elderly people, children and mothers. Where is the Arab world?” asked a man among the crowd listening to Hassan Nasrallah’s speech on the giant screen.

16:54 Beirut Time

While Nasrallah has been important update from the emergency Arab summit in Riyadh.

We have seen the first meeting between Mohammed bin Salman and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi since the Saudi-Iran reconciliation.


16:50 Beirut Time

The reactions from a gathering in Dahieh after Nasrallah's speech - our journalist, Lyana Alameddine, is on the ground:

A woman in the crowd:  "He can't say anything more. He said what he had to say. We continue as is. We do what we have to do."

Another follower: "It was a good speech. It was what we expected from him."

(Photo João Sousa in the southern suburb of Beirut)

16:41 Beirut Time

The speech of Hassan Nasrallah has finished

Analysis and reaction to follow.


16:40 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "We promise all our martyrs to continue the path as Resistance, to protect their goals, accumulate achievements and achieve the final victory. This victory is coming. Our future generations will witness the liberation of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and pray at Al-Aqsa. We only need to be responsible to reach the end of the road."

16:40 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "The enemy is struggling and that is clear. In the morning, Netanyahu says one thing, in the afternoon, he says another."

"The failure to subdue the Gazan population, the failure in terms of public opinion, the fear of an expansion of fronts, direct and indirect economic pressure against this entity, the displaced population (Israeli), the pressure from the families of the prisoners in Gaza—all these factors will ultimately lead to the defeat of the enemy. This pressure must continue."

16:35 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "It's not me announcing a measure and then the brothers implement it. The brothers lead the action on the ground, and then we express our stance. The ground takes precedence."

"Time is necessary for Resistance movements. Time helps to inflict defeat on the occupiers."

16:33 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "In recent days, we have witnessed a series of threats from Netanyahu, Gallant and Gantz. We will continue on this path. Every day, we conduct our assessments. Our front will remain a front of pressure."

"There are dissenting voices in Lebanon, but these voices are limited."

16:33 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "There are other operations that we have not revealed, such as introducing surveillance drones into occupied Palestine, especially over Haifa. Some of these drones return with images, others do not, but they exhaust the Iron Dome and Patriot missiles of the enemy. Every day, two or three drones are launched, but we do not mention it in statements."

16:30 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "In terms of depth, there is also an improvement, especially when we retaliated with drones and Katioucha-type rockets, the response went even deeper."

16:28 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "In terms of depth, there is also an improvement, especially when we retaliated with drones and Katyusha-type rockets, the response went even deeper."

16:26 Beirut Time

Nasrallah on Hezbollah's military operation from southern Lebanon against Israel: "After my speech last Friday, daily military operations continued despite all preventive measures taken by the enemy. The Resistance persists. Despite the enemy's armed drones. This is a new factor, but it does not prevent the continuation of operations."

"Without a doubt, last week saw an improvement in operations, both qualitatively and in terms of the number of operations and the quality of the missiles we use, notably the Burkan missile carrying a payload between 300 kg and 500 kg. Imagine half a ton of explosives falling on the enemy's head."

16:24 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "For years of his life, the martyr Qassem Soleimani did not leave any weapon, training, support or effort without offering it to the Resistance, despite the threats."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran does not decide in place of the Resistance movements, but it supports them."

16:22 Beirut Time

Nasrallah on Iran: "Iran provides military, financial and diplomatic support. This is no longer a secret for anyone. If the Resistance is strong in Lebanon, Palestine and the region, it is thanks to the material, military and financial support from Iran."

16:21 Beirut Time

Nasrallah on Syria: "The drone that targeted Eilat two days ago caused great fear in Eilat, and the Israeli enemy acknowledged it. This event was of significant magnitude and importance."

"Israel was confused when determining the origin of this drone, whether it was from Yemen, Iraq or elsewhere. In the end, they accused a Hezbollah cell in Syria. Therefore, they bombed Syria and we lost several martyrs there. This is how Syria pays a heavy price."

"We cannot ask more of Syria if we have to be realistic. Syria has been undergoing a global war for 12 years and is suffocated by the Caesar Act, facing armed groups over hundreds of kilometers and being attacked by Daesh under American protection."

16:16 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "To the Americans, I say: If you want the secondary fronts to stop, you must cease the aggression on Gaza."

16:14 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "Undoubtedly, the ongoing operations (in Iraq) contribute to liberating Iraq and Syria from American occupation, but the immediate goal is to secure a halt to the aggression against Gaza."

16:07 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "The second support front is Yemen. Its population and leaders have made courageous decisions. They have sent large numbers of missiles and drones against targets in occupied Palestine."

16:06 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "Hopes lie in the support fronts, especially the occupied West Bank."

16:05 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "Even if Gaza continues to fight, couldn't 57 states open a passage to deliver aid and treat the wounded? The world is waiting to take the necessary measures."

16:04 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "The Arab and Islamic summit brings together 57 Arab and Islamic states. The people of the region and Palestine have their eyes on this summit. The Palestinians have spoken."

"They do not want this summit to send soldiers to break the blockade against Gaza. But they ask this summit for the minimum. That the Islamic and Arab world adopts a unified position to demand from the Americans to put an end to this offensive and these crimes and to take measures."

16:01 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "All pressure elements must target the American administration in the first place because it is the one holding the decision in the first place."

16:00 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "Today, Western leaders have joined calls for a ceasefire."

"Today, due to the aggression and massacres, and the bombings of hospitals, the world can no longer tolerate this. This will exert pressure on the Americans and the Israelis, making time an urgency. Those who can stop this aggression are the ones leading it. It is the Americans."

15:59 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "The most important thing at the moment is the change in world opinion regarding Israel, which is killing thousands of children and women. This transformation is in the interest of the Resistance, its project and the population of Gaza, especially through demonstrations in Washington, London, New York... Time is putting pressure on the enemy."

15:56 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "The one who should despair is the Israeli. From the tatters of the children of Gaza and its elderly, the Resistance will be launched. It is not our people who should despair."

15:54 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "During the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, the number of destroyed homes, the number of deaths and injuries, all of that is estimated in the thousands. But it did not lead the Lebanese to abandon the Resistance. On the contrary, it is from that date that the Lebanese Resistance began."

15:51 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "This painful event and these significant crimes prove that the Israeli enemy seeks revenge without moral, legal or humanitarian limits. This demonstrates the nature of this entity."

15:50 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "They [Israeli officials] say that all these killings, all this terrorism, has a purpose. It's not just a question of revenge. One of the main goals of the enemy is submission. The submission of the Palestinian, Lebanese and regional peoples."

15:47 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "The ongoing events today in Gaza have two notable aspects. The Israeli offensive against the population of Gaza, including its children, women and elderly, is the first."

"The second is the Palestinian resistance against the enemy. The first event is significant and dangerous. These war crimes and ferocity against Gaza, the besieged enclave, day and night, where there are no more prohibitions."

15:41 Beirut Time

Nasrallah: "The families of our martyrs are believers, responsible, patient and rely on God, accepting that God chooses one of their loved ones to become a 'martyr'."

15:34 Beirut Time

Hassan Nasrallah speech, LIVE:

"The operation on Oct. 7 is the most significant, largest and most glorious in the history of the Resistance and the struggle of this nation against the Zionist enemy," said Nasrallah, in the opening remarks of his speech.

15:28 Beirut Time

Hassan Nasrallah has started to speak in his second speech since the start of the Israel-Hamas war. LIVE updates to follow. 

15:24 Beirut Time

A security source told L'Orient Today's correspondent in southern Lebanon that an Israeli drone bombed the outskirts of Aita al-Shaab in southern Lebanon.

15:21 Beirut Time

Latest from the Arab League summit: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has urged a halt to any political process with Israel, Reuters is reporting.

"Talking about the two-state solution, launching the peace process and other details is not the priority at this emergency moment, and today there is no sponsor, authority or law when talking about the peace process," he stated

15:13 Beirut Time

Testimony from the southern suburbs of Beirut: “I came to attend the ceremony because my father died as a martyr in 2015,” confided Zahra, 11 years old, from Marjayoun, to L'Orient Today's journalist on site.

“We are waiting for Hassan Nasrallah's speech, he is the one who will tell us if there is a war or not,” said his mother, Kemleh.

“We think there will be a war. We have already packed our bags,” said the woman who lives in the southern suburbs of Beirut. Her daughter, however, says she is not afraid of war.

15:09 Beirut Time

Israeli bombings hit the outskirts of the towns of Helta and Kfar Shuba in southern Lebanon, security sources report to L'Orient Today's correspondent. Around 15 shells fell in the region in around twenty minutes.

15:08 Beirut Time

We are awaiting the speech of Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah. He hasn't started speaking yet, but we will have LIVE coverage, in english, as soon as he starts speaking. 

15:02 Beirut Time

Testimonies from the southern suburbs of Beirut: At the Mahdi Shahed school, a crowd of Hezbollah supporters gathered, ahead of the speech by the party leader, Hassan Nasrallah, reports L'Orient Today's journalist on site. Women and men are separated. These supporters, relatives of the party's "martyrs," wear Hezbollah-colored scarves and hold up portraits of the killed fighters.

Mariam Mohammad Zwein, carries a portrait of her husband, Mohammad Mortada. “He died in Aleppo on Nov. 3, 2016,” she explained. “That day is a sacred day,” she said. “When I see the other fighters dying as martyrs, it reminds me of the day my husband was martyred too.”

Asked if she fears a wider war with Israel, Mariam responded: "We are not afraid because we have God, the Sayyed (Hassan Nasrallah) and the martyrs with us."

(Photo: Joao Souza)

14:47 Beirut Time

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called on Islamic countries to impose oil and goods sanctions on Israel during his speech at the joint Islamic-Arab summit in Riyadh, according to Reuters.

Raisi insisted that the "blind bombardment" of Gaza could not continue and that there should be an end to the "siege on Gaza should end immediately."

The Iranian president also praised Hamas and its efforts, saying that "there is no other way but to resist Israel, we kiss the hands of Hamas for its resistance against Israel."

Iran is the biggest military and financial backer of Hamas.

14:36 Beirut Time

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said that the international community failed to "bear its responsibilities" for what is happening in Gaza, Reuters reported.

"For how long will the international community treat Israel as if it is above international law," the emir stated.

During his speech at the extraordinary Islamic-Arab summit in Riyadh, Qatar's emir said that his country was working to mediate a hostage release and that they "hope to reach a humanitarian truce very soon."

14:30 Beirut Time

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called for an international peace conference to be held that would find a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Reuters reported.

"What we need in Gaza is not pauses for a couple of hours, rather we need a permanent ceasefire," Erdogan said during his speech.

The Turkish president also added that "Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims."

14:24 Beirut Time

This handout picture provided by the Iranian Presidency on Nov. 11, 2023, shows Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi (11thR) posing during a family group portrait prior to the start of an emergency meeting of the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Riyadh. (Credit: Iranian Presidency/AFP)

14:11 Beirut Time

The UAE is planning on maintaining its diplomatic ties with Israel despite the ongoing war in Gaza, Reuters reported.

Emirati officials have called for an immediate ceasefire and that there needs to be a "just, lasting, and comprehensive peace in the region."

However, despite the UAE's close economic and security ties with Israel since the establishment of relations in 2020, they have had little success in getting the Israelis to reign in its offensive in Gaza.

You can read the full report here.

14:04 Beirut Time

Speaking from the summit in Riyadh, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian people are facing a "genocidal war" at the hands of Israel, Reuters reported.

Abbas called for "international protection," for the people in Gaza and for the United States to play a role in halting what he describes as an "ongoing Israeli aggression not only in Gaza but also in the West Bank and Jerusalem, where daily confrontations are occurring between occupation forces and Palestinians."

14:02 Beirut Time

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Saturday that Israel bears responsibility for what he called "crimes committed against Palestinian people," calling for an end to the siege of the Gaza Strip, Reuters reported.

Speaking during an extraordinary joint Islamic-Arab summit in Riyadh, the crown prince also called for the immediate end of military operations and the release of hostages.

13:30 Beirut Time

French President Emmanuel Macron called on Israel to stop killing civilians in Gaza during an interview with the BBC.

In the interview, Macron said that there was "no justification" for taking such actions and that it would only lead to further "resentment."

"So there is no reason for that and no legitimacy. So we do urge Israel to stop," the French president stated.

Read the full details here.

12:51 Beirut Time

Fabrizio Carboni, Middle and Near East regional head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said the situation at al-Shifa Hospital “cannot continue like this.”

“Thousands of wounded, displaced people and medical staff are at risk. They need to be protected in line with the laws of war,” he wrote on X, calling the information coming from Gaza’s largest hospital, where there is no food, water or electricity, “distressing.”

12:43 Beirut Time

Hezbollah has targeted the Israeli Ramim barracks in Hounin with rocket weaponry this morning, according to a statement by the group.

- At 09:50 a.m. it says it targeted an infantry force positioned on the Karnetina Hill in the Hadb Yaroun area.

- At 10:55 a.m. it targeted the Israeli Hadb al-Bustan site with rocket weaponry.

- At 11:30 a.m. it says it targeted the Jaradah site with artillery shells "achieving direct hits and causing confirmed injuries."

12:25 Beirut Time

The latest on Israeli strikes in southern Lebanon:

- Israeli airstrikes are continuing in the southern town of al-Labouneh and the outskirts of the southern town of Alma al-Shaab, the state-run National News Agency is reporting.

- Four Israeli airstrikes also landed on the outskirts of the southern town of Ramieh, NNA reported.

- L'Orient Today's correspondent in the south, also reported airstrikes on the town of Jabal el-Blatt.

12:21 Beirut Time

The latest on al-Shifa hospital, Gaza:

Gaza's health ministry said that 39 babies at al-Shifa Hospital are at risk of dying due to a lack of medicine and oxygen since the electricity to Gaza's largest hospital has been cut off, Reuters reported.

The hospital ran out of fuel earlier this morning, forcing medical staff to suspend operations. One baby has already died since the power was cut.

Israel has been closing in on al-Shifa Hospital, claiming that Hamas has a command center either directly under the facility or nearby – a claim that has been repeatedly denied by Hamas and current and former medical staff at the hospital.

The Israeli military has urged patients and medical staff to evacuate the hospital as they consider it in a combat zone, but doctors have refused these calls as they say that there are patients in critical condition at the hospital who cannot be removed and that they will not leave them to die.

12:19 Beirut Time

The Palestinian health minister accused the Israeli army of using white phosphorus on al-Shifa Hospital - the largest hospital in Gaza. Mai al-Kaila said in a press conference in Ramallah, within the last hour, that “this is an internationally banned weapon" and that they are asking "who is responsible for holding Israel to account" for it.

“Inevitable death has become the fate of patients in Gaza hospitals – and we hold Israel, the United Nations and the international community responsible for that," she concluded.

11:39 Beirut Time

At least one newborn baby in an incubator at al-Shifa hospital has died after fuel supplies were depleted, Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesperson for the Gaza health ministry, told Reuters. There are 45 babies in incubators at al-Shifa, al-Qidra added.

At least 120 premature infants in incubators in Gaza are at risk due to fuel shortages, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson Jonathan Crickx previously told AFP.

11:39 Beirut Time

Hezbollah fired a rocket on an Israeli barracks in Ramim, it has said in a statement, published on its Telegram account. The group said it happened at around 9:50 a.m. this morning. It also said it conducted an "unspecified attack" on a mechanized infantry unit in Hadab Yaroun in northern Israel.

11:34 Beirut Time

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to participate in an Arab-Islamic summit on the war between Israel and Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to images broadcast by the Saudi state television channel Al -Ekhbariya.

Wearing the traditional Palestinian keffiyeh as he got off the plane, Mr. Raisi was greeted by Saudi officials at the airport, for his first visit to the kingdom since the announcement in March of the restoration of relations between the two countries.

11:16 Beirut Time

The director of al-Shifa Hospital, the largest medical center in Gaza, said "patients are dying by the minute," in a report by Haaretz.

"Victims, and wounded are also dying – even babies in the incubators. We lost a baby in the incubator, we also lost a young man in the intensive care unit," he added.

He also said the hospital is without power, internet, water and medical supplies. In the last hour, it was confirmed that the hospital has run out of fuel.

10:49 Beirut Time

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been unable to get in contact with any of its staff at al-Shifa Hospital, adding that there are still patients in the hospital with some of them being in critical condition and unable to be moved to a secondary location.

“There is a patient who needs surgery. There is a patient who's already asleep in our department. We cannot evacuate ourselves and [leave] these people inside. As a doctor. I swear to help the people who need help,” MSF surgeon Dr Mohammed Obeid previously said.

10:49 Beirut Time

BREAKING: Gaza’s health ministry said that operations at al-Shifa Hospital, the largest medical facility in the besieged enclave, have been suspended after the hospital ran out of fuel.

The Israeli bombardment of Gaza’s al-Shifa Hospital has intensified in recent hours, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said in a statement posted on X (formerly Twitter).

Military sources told Haaretz that they have contacted the director of al-Shifa Hospital and told him that the hospital is now considered to be in a combat zone and that all patients must be evacuated.

10:35 Beirut Time

The Israeli army said sirens have been sounding in northern Israel because of a "warning of a hostile aircraft intrusion" - according to a statement posted on its official Telegram channel.

"No aircraft were identified infiltrating Israeli territory," it added.

The army has also said that it is undertaking artillery strikes in Lebanon against the source of a rocket which it says was fired towards the town of Margaliot, which "landed in an open area."

It also reported that an Israeli army drone struck a rocket launching "platform" overnight after shells were fired against one of its aircraft operating in the area of the border with Lebanon.

10:14 Beirut Time

Sirens have been going off in northern Israel over fears of a possible drone infiltration from Lebanese territory, Haaretz reported. Residents in northern Israel have been instructed to go to their safe rooms until further notice.

This comes around an hour after Israel struck a car near Zahrani in southern Lebanon – the deepest that Israel has struck since Hezbollah and Israel began trading blows on Oct. 8.

10:04 Beirut Time

A Civil Defense spokesman told L'Orient Today that the "Israeli attacks in Zahrani did not result in any injuries or deaths."

09:34 Beirut Time

Dunya, residing in Zahrani told L'Orient Today tbat she "woke up to a massive explosion that shook the house. My children started screaming. I woke up my husband, and we sought refuge in a small protective room. I yelled at my husband not to look out the window."

She added that the explosion occurred at 6:45 am and expressed growing concern. "Zahrani is far from the borders, and it seems like the war is expanding. May God protect us," she concluded.

09:32 Beirut Time

More details on reports of a Israeli airstrike on Zahrani in southern Lebanon this morning:

Dana Husseini, who lives in Zahrani told L'Orient Today that she and her family woke up terrified at the sounds of the strikes.

"We thought a full war had broken out. We are still shaking and in shock. Israel needs to be stopped," she said.

09:26 Beirut Time

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday that the time had come for action over the conflict in Gaza, rather than talk, as he headed to Saudi Arabia to attend a emergency Arab League summit on the crisis - Reuters is reporting.

"Gaza is not an arena for words. It should be for action," Raisi said at Tehran airport before departing for Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. "Today, the unity of the Islamic countries is very important," he added.

08:53 Beirut Time

An Israeli drone has targeted a vehicle in a banana field in the Zahrani region of South Lebanon, according to our correspondent Muntasser Abdallah, citing security sources. This information is also confirmed by the state-run National News Agency.

It marks the first time Israel has struck a target not near the border, as Zahrani is about 40 km from Naqoura, a border town in the South where previous strikes have been reported, adds our correspondent. Additionally, seven explosions were heard this morning by residents in Majdel Zoun and Chihine (Tyr district), reports our correspondent.

20:03 Beirut Time

Hi there,

Find us here, Saturday at 14:30 Beirut time, to follow LIVE, in english, the second speech of the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, sine the start of the Israel-Hamas war, on October 7.