Civilian casualties continue to rise on 100th day of the Israel-Hamas war


Mr Netanyahu is under intense domestic pressure to account for political and security failings surrounding the attack, as well as bringing home hostages. He is also on trial for corruption charges that he denies.

On a cold and rainy Sunday in Tel Aviv, Israelis danced, sang and prayed at a series of events to mark the 100 days of captivity for the Gaza hostages.

“I don’t think we imagined a situation where we would be here on the 100th day,” said Gili Dvash Yeshurun, who attended the commemoration.

Israel’s trade union federation, the Histadrut, said hundreds of thousands of workers joined a 100-minute strike.

“I hoped that a miracle would happen and we wouldn’t need to stand here today,” Histadrut chairman Arnon Bar-David told a rally.

He added it was necessary to “remind the whole world” that the hostages were still held “in Gaza, in tunnels, in basements”.

Defence Minister Yoav Gallant vowed: “We will not let the world forget. We will not leave them behind.”

In the occupied West Bank, where violence has surged since early October, Israeli forces killed three Palestinians including two shot dead when their car broke through a checkpoint, sources on both sides said.

Troops also detained two sisters of Saleh al-Aruri, Hamas’s deputy leader killed in a strike in Beirut this month, Palestinian sources and the Israeli army said.

A US defence official has said Israel carried out that strike, which stoked fears of wider war.

On the latest foreign diplomatic mission to the region, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in Egypt, urged the establishment of a Palestinian state and a ceasefire in Gaza.



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