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Summerize this News Article Biden says U.S. ‘stands ready to take further action’ following attacks by Iran-linked groupsPresident Joe Biden speaks during an event on the economy, from the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, Monday, Oct. 23, 2023.Jacquelyn Martin | APU.S. President Joe Biden said in a letter to House Speaker Mike Johnson on Friday that the United States “stands ready to take further action” following attacks by Iran-linked groups against U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria.Biden’s comments in the letter came after U.S. fighter jets carried out air strikes in eastern Syria on Friday.— ReutersNew York City’s Grand Central Terminal closed Friday night due to demonstrationsNew York City’s Grand Central Terminal closed Friday night due to demonstrations by a group calling for peace in Israel and Gaza, NBC News reported, citing officials.Metro-North Railroad said on X that the terminal was closed due to demonstrations. — Riya Bhattacharjee’We’re not drawing red lines for Israel,’ White House official saysU.S. White House spokesman John Kirby speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2023. Ken Cedeno | ReutersWhite House National Security spokesman John Kirby repeatedly refused to comment on Israel saying its ground forces were expanding activity in Gaza and also refused to comment on what a satisfactory long-term objective might be for the fighting.”We’re not drawing red lines for Israel,” Kirby said Friday on a call with reporters. “We’re going to continue to support them” but “since the very beginning we have, and will continue to have, conversations about the manner that they are doing this.”Kirby said the U.S. is still evaluating the impact of airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias and “we will not hesitate to take further actions in our own self-defense.”He also said 10 additional trucks filled with humanitarian aid had made it to Gaza, bringing the total to 84, but that the U.S. is aware that fuel there “is only anticipated to last a couple of days.”The White House previously said President Joe Biden was briefed Friday morning by his national security team on the latest developments in Israel and Gaza.— Associated PressExplosions shatter the night sky over Gaza as Israel expands bombingGAZA STRIP, GAZA – OCTOBER 28: Smoke rises and billows in different regions of Gaza as the Israeli army conducts the most intense air attacks on the 21st day in Gaza Strip, Gaza on October 28, 2023. Due to Israel cutting off electricity and not allowing fuel supplies, Gaza was plunged into darkness, and the sky was frequently illuminated by the bombs being dropped by Israeli aircraft. (Photo by Ali Jadallah/Anadolu via Getty Images)Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty ImagesThe dull orange glow of Israeli flares shone in the night sky over Gaza, slowly descending through the haze to illuminate targets for warplanes before eventually flickering out, plunging the scene back into darkness.Multiple explosions from Israeli airstrikes tore into northern Gaza on Friday, quick flashes of bright orange silhouetted against the rooftops of Palestinian apartments and refugee camps. The sharp crunching sound of the bombs followed each time, seconds later, one after another.Overhead, the buzz of Israeli military drones cut through, growing quieter and louder as the crafts circled the airspace overhead.For most Palestinians trapped in the Gaza Strip, their world has shrunk to these few sounds and colors.Israel dramatically ramped up its bombardment Friday after knocking out internet and communication in Gaza, largely cutting off the tiny besieged enclave’s 2.3 million people from contact with each other and the outside world.— Associated PressUN official: ‘Gaza has lost contact with the outside world’Smoke rises and billows in different regions of Gaza as the Israeli army conducts the most intense air attacks on the 21st day in Gaza Strip, Gaza on October 27, 2023. Ali Jadallah | Anadolu Agency | Getty ImagesUN Humanitarian Coordinator Lynn Hastings posted on social media that “Gaza has lost contact with the outside world amid reports of intensified bombardment.”Hastings said phone lines, internet and mobile networks had stopped working and that it was impossible for hospitals and humanitarian operations to continue without communications, energy, food, water and medicine. She said that the safety of civilians, including health workers, journalists and UN staff were at grave risk.WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also posted on X that the agency had lost touch with its staff in Gaza as well as health facilities, health workers and other humanitarian partners on the ground.— Riya BhattacharjeeOil prices tick higher Friday but end the week lowerGlobal oil prices ticked higher Friday as Israel increased its air attacks on Gaza. Brent Crude and West Texas Intermediate futures closed 1.8% and 2% higher for the day, respectively.Despite that uptick, however, both benchmarks were about 4% lower for the week and down about 4.5% from than their October highs.Prices spiked after Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, but have since moderated. However, analysts worry an expanded conflict in the region could cause major disruptions in supply and lead to much higher prices.— Gabriel CortesGaza’s largest hospital struggles to keep its neonatal units running as Israel tightens siegeEditor’s note: The following post contains a photograph with graphic content.Premature babies wiggle and squirm, some with oxygen tubes under their noses, in rows of clear plastic incubators inside the neonatal unit of Gaza’s largest hospital, which, like the rest of the besieged Palestinian territory, is running out of fuel, food, water and electricity.Doctors in Gaza say conditions have reached catastrophic levels. They say a lack of basic supplies has left them struggling to maintain hygiene and sanitation, and hospital grounds are overcrowded with displaced civilians seeking refuge from Israeli airstrikes.”We have noticed an increase in premature birth cases,” said Dr. Nasser Bulbul, head of the NICU at al-Shifa Hospital.”We had to perform a premature delivery of the fetus from the mother’s womb while she’s dying,” he said. “Many of these infants are orphaned, and we don’t know the fate of their relatives or have information about their identities.”Around 50,000 pregnant women are caught up in the conflict, with around 5,500 due to give birth within the next 30 days, according to the United Nations Population Fund.If fuel supplies run out, neonatal intensive care units will be impacted and planned or emergency caesarean sections will be impossible, the U.N. agency said.— Associated PressWomen and children from displaced families, who returned from Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip to the north due to the dangers and difficulties they faced there under Israeli bombardment, take shelter at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on October 25, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.Dawood Nemer | Afp | Getty Images(EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts graphic content) People injured after Israeli attacks, are taken to Al-Shifa Hospital as Israeli attacks continue on 17th day of clashes in Gaza City, Gaza on October 23, 2023. Ali Jadallah | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images(EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts graphic content) A Red Crescent (Hilal Ahmar) volunteer carries an injured Palestinian child to Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza following an Israeli airstrike.Youssef Alzanoun | Afp | Getty ImagesAbout 1.4 million people displaced in Gaza, UN saysInternally displaced Palestinians are pictured in an United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) school in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on October 21, 2023. (Photo by Mahmud HAMS / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)Mahmud Hams | Afp | Getty ImagesLynn Hastings, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, told reporters in Geneva that there are about 1.4 million people displaced in Gaza since the start of the war on Oct. 7.Hastings said that nearly 630,000 of those displaced are taking shelter in United Nations Relief and Works Agency facilities. She added that the shelters are crowded and are at least double their capacity. — Amanda MaciasUN adopts resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian truceWorkers of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) agency in the playground of an UNRWA-run school that has been converted into a shelter for displaced Palestinian people.Mahmud Hams | Afp | Getty ImagesThe United Nations adopted a resolution calling for an immediate and sustained humanitarian truce as the Israel-Hamas conflict enters its third week.The resolution, that was put forward by Jordan, received 120 votes in favor, 14 against and 45 abstentions.The measure also calls for the “continuous, sufficient and unhindered” provision of…

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