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Iranian FM: "Possible spread of war to other fronts" - Did the Palestinians shoot down an Israeli helicopter?

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian traveled to New York for international consultations following the escalation of conflict between the Palestinians and Israel and the possibility of an escalation of war, Iranian media reported.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on Wednesday evening as part of the Islamic Republic of Iran's regional and international consultations and was received by Amir Saeed Iravani, Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.
Speaking to reporters in New York, Amir-Abdollahian warned against the war spreading to other fronts in the region.

He also noted that Iran's permanent mission in New York has made many efforts to prevent the passage of the US-drafted unilateral resolution on Gaza and secure vetoes from China and Russia.

Iranian media also reported that the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, announced on Thursday, the 20th day of Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, that its forces targeted an Israeli helicopter east of the Bureij camp in Gaza.

The military wing of the Hamas movement announced on Thursday that it targeted an Israeli enemy helicopter with a SAM-7 missile, and al-Qassam fighters confirmed that the missile hit the helicopter.

Earlier, Palestinian media reported that the Israeli army attacked with artillery attacks the refugee camp east of Buraij in Gaza which is located in the center of the Gaza Strip.

Twenty days have passed since Hamas launched Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against Israel. The operation, which has so far resulted in the deaths of at least 1,400 Israelis, the vast majority of them civilians, was followed by Israel's violent and retaliatory attacks on the Gaza Strip, which also resulted in the destruction of residential areas and its infrastructure, as well as death, injury and displacement of thousands of Palestinians.

An official with the International Committee of the Red Cross says it hopes to bring more than half a dozen trucks filled with vital medical supplies to Gaza.

"This is a small amount of what is needed, a drop in the ocean if you will, given the severity of the consequences of the violence of the last two and a half weeks," says William Shoburg, the agency's head in Gaza. "Today, we see eight to 10 trucks coming in. We have more lined up," he says. "We're trying to create a pipeline."

In recent days, Israel has let more than 60 truckloads of aid enter from Egypt, which aid workers say is insufficient and only a fraction of what was coming in before the war. Israel continues to block deliveries of fuel - needed to power the generators - saying it believes Hamas will take them.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Ministry intends to extend the evacuation of communities along the Gaza and Lebanon borders until December 31, public broadcaster Kan reports.

The publication says such a move would cost the state billions of shekels, and several other government ministries are opposed to such a statement at this time, calling it premature.

About 200,000 Israelis have been internally displaced due to the ongoing war with Hamas in the south and skirmishes with Hezbollah in the north.

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