“120 civilians are being held captive in Gaza by the Hamas”: IDF

News Desk: The IDF on Saturday confirmed that over 120 civilians are being held captive in Gaza by the Hamas terrorist organisation. Israel’s military said early on Saturday it had struck a Hezbollah target in southern Lebanon in response to the “infiltration of unidentified aerial objects into Israel” and fire on an Israeli drone. The military intercepted the objects and the fire on its drone, it said.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands in Gaza are estimated to have fled south after Israel gave Palestinians 24 hours notice to evacuate from the enclave’s north before an expected ground offensive, U.N. humanitarian office OCHA said on Friday. Prior to the evacuation order, more than 400,000 Palestinians had been internally displaced due to the hostilities, OCHA said on its website.

The second batch of 235 Indian nationals, including two infants, wishing to leave Israel were safely evacuated on Friday, a day after 212 Indians were flown out amid Israel’s raging conflict with the Palestinian militant group Hamas.