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Israel-Hamas war latest news: Israel 'fired US-supplied white phosphorous' into Lebanon in possible war crime

A shell that appears to be white phosphorus from Israeli artillery explodes over Aita al-Shaab, a Lebanese border village with Israel, south Lebanon, on Oct. 15, 2023. The human rights group Amnesty International said Tuesday Oct. 31, 2023 that civilians in southern Lebanon were injured earlier this month when Israeli forces hit a border village with shells containing white phosphorus, a controversial incendiary munition.

Israel reportedly fired US-supplied white phosphorus on southern Lebanon in October in an attack that experts believe could constitute a war crime.

Remnants of three 155-millimeter artillery rounds, used to fire white phosphorous, were found in Dheira, near the border of Israel by a Washington Post reporter. The attack incinerated at least four homes, according to residents, and nine people were injured. The lot production codes on the munitions identify them as being made in the US, the Post found.

White phosphorus ignites when in contact with oxygen and burns at temperatures up to 1,500 degrees, meaning that it can cause severe injuries.

Legitimate use of the weapon is to provide a smoke screen to conceal soldiers from enemy troops, the possibility of its illegal use was first raised when residents of Dheira said that the attack was launched at night in an effort to displace them for more significant military operations in the area.

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04:05 PM GMT

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That’s all from us for today. We will be back tomorrow with all of the latest from the war between Israel and Hamas. Here is a roundup of the day’s most significant news.

  • Twelve UN Security Council envoys entered Rafah on Monday to see the extent of the humanitarian catastrophe gripping Gaza.

  • The UAE organised the visit as it continues to push the Security Council to vote for a ceasefire. The UK sent an envoy, but the US and France did not.

  • The Lebanese state news agency has reported that the mayor of the village of Taybeh in south Lebanon has been killed by an Israeli strike on Monday.

  • Israel’s military says that 104 members of its forces have been killed in Gaza since the ground operation began. In addition, the IDF states that 582 soldiers have been injured inside the Gaza Strip.

  • The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said that casualty toll had risen to 18,205 people killed, and 49,645 injured on Monday. Thousands more are believed to be buried under the rubble.

  • France is considering imposing sanctions on those involved in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the French foreign minister, Catherine Colonna, has said. “The situation in the West Bank is worrying us, in particular, because of the too numerous cases of violence committed by extremist settlers”, Colonna said.

  • In an update this morning, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that “multiple health facilities and personnel were attacked” throughout the Gaza Strip over the weekend, and three medical workers were shot while trying to reach medical supplies for hospitals from Gaza Health Ministry warehouses.

  • Italy, France and Germany called on the European Union to impose ad hoc sanctions against Hamas and its supporters, the foreign ministers of the three nations wrote in a joint letter to the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

  • Middle Eastern cities from Beirut, to Amman, to Ramallah were widely shuttered today in solidarity with Gaza as activists called for a global strike that might pressure governments into supporting a ceasefire.


03:50 PM GMT

Children queue for water in Rafah, one of the only places where limited aid is available in Gaza

Boys hold containers while they line up, as displaced Palestinians, who fled their houses due to Israeli strikes, shelter in a tent camp near the border with Egypt, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, December 11, 2023.
Boys hold containers while they line up, as displaced Palestinians, who fled their houses due to Israeli strikes, shelter in a tent camp near the border with Egypt, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, December 11, 2023. - REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

03:45 PM GMT

Gaza death toll surpasses 18,000

The health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip said Monday the death toll of the Israel-Hamas war has risen to 18,205.

An additional 49,645 people have been wounded it said.

Israel today said that it has carried out more than 22,000 air strikes on Gaza since the war began on October 7.


03:07 PM GMT

Israel airdrops supplies to troops as Khan Younis offensive intensifies

Israel has airdropped seven tonnes of supplies to its troops in Khan Younis as fighting in and around the key southern city intensifies.

Footage released by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) showed a night-time airdrop into the enclave’s south. The supplies were parachuted from a C-130J transport aircraft to the battlefield below.

The IDF said it had delivered seven tonnes of water.

It marks the first time the Israeli military has used an airdrop to supply its troops in battle since the 2006 war with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

It came as Israeli tanks reached the centre of Khan Younis on Sunday, after a night of intense combat that had slowed the Israeli advance from the east.

Warplanes are pounding an area to the west. Residents on Monday reported an intensification of fighting across Khan Younis , fuelling fears flagged by the United Nations at the weekend of a breakdown in public order and a mass exodus of Palestinians into Egypt.

Israel has slammed suggestions that it is trying to push Gazans into the Sinai as “outrageous”.


02:58 PM GMT

Israeli strike kills Lebanese official

Israeli bombardment killed a local official in south Lebanon on Monday, Lebanese state media said, amid cross-border exchanges of fire mainly between the Israeli army and Hezbollah.

The Lebanese news agency reported the death of Hussein Mansour, a local official from Taybeh near the border, “in an Israeli enemy attack” on the village.


02:26 PM GMT

Pictured: The injured from today's strikes in Deir Al Balah being taken to hospital

Injured Palestinians are brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital for medical treatment as Israeli attacks continue in Deir al Balah, Gaza on December 11, 2023.
Injured Palestinians are brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital for medical treatment as Israeli attacks continue in Deir al Balah, Gaza on December 11, 2023. - Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images
Injured Palestinians are brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital for medical treatment as Israeli attacks continue in Deir al Balah, Gaza on December 11, 2023.
Injured Palestinians are brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital for medical treatment as Israeli attacks continue in Deir al Balah, Gaza on December 11, 2023. - Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images
Injured Palestinians are brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital for medical treatment as Israeli attacks continue in Deir al Balah, Gaza on December 11, 2023.
Injured Palestinians are brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital for medical treatment as Israeli attacks continue in Deir al Balah, Gaza on December 11, 2023. - Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images

02:16 PM GMT

At least 25 deaths in Deir Al Balah today, Palestinian news agency reports

At least 25 people were reportedly killed in the early afternoon today in a raid by Israeli aircraft against a residential area of ​​Deir al-Balah and the camp of Al Maghazi in the centre of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian news agency Wafa reports.

Two other people were also reportedly killed after being targeted by a drone in Jabalia al-Nazla, in the north of the strip from Gaza.

The dead and injured were transferred to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah.


01:58 PM GMT

Qatar will continue to make payments to Gaza

Qatar will continue to make payments to Gaza to support the enclave, Mohammed bin Abdulaziz al Khulaifi, the Qatari minister of state for foreign affairs, told CNN on Monday.

“We’re not going to change our mandate. Our mandate is our continuous help and support for our brothers and sisters of Palestine. We will continue to do it systematically as we did it before,” he said.

For years, the Qatari government had been sending millions of dollars a month into the Gaza Strip to prop up the Hamas government. According to a recent New York Times report, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “not only tolerated those payments, he had encouraged them.”

Israel approved the deal in a security cabinet meeting in August 2018, during one of Netanyahu’s previous stints as prime minister.


01:14 PM GMT

Berlin drops Abbas probe into Holocaust remarks

Berlin prosecutors said Monday that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s comments on the Holocaust during a visit last year amounted to inciting racial hatred, but they won’t pursue a criminal case due to his diplomatic immunity, AFP reports.

Police in Berlin launched a probe “on suspicion of inciting hatred” in August 2022 on the basis of two complaints accusing Abbas of “relativising the Holocaust” during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The Berlin prosecutor’s office said in a statement it had reached the conclusion that “Abbas had committed the crime of inciting racial hatred” but enjoyed “immunity so that there is an obstacle to him being tried”.

At the press conference with Scholz, which pre-dated the current war between Israel and Hamas by more than a year, Abbas accused Israel of committing “50 Holocausts” against Palestinians since 1947.

Scholz did not immediately challenge Abbas on his comments but, following widespread criticism, tweeted the next day that he was “disgusted by the outrageous remarks” made by the Palestinian leader.

In Israel, Abbas’s remarks drew a hail of condemnation from Prime Minister Yair Lapid who called them “not only a moral disgrace, but a monstrous lie”.

The Berlin prosecutor’s office stressed that while Abbas was covered by immunity, his comments were a clear violation of German law.

Abbas’s comparison “obviously lacks an objective factual basis because the situation of the Palestinian population since the founding of the state of Israel is not even close to comparable with the situation of the Jewish population of Europe under the rule of the National Socialists and trivialises both the quantity and the quality of the atrocities committed at that time,” it said.


12:57 PM GMT

Israel blames UN for lack of aid into Gaza; UN says it can't reach current stocks because of intensity of bombing

The part of the Israeli defence ministry responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs has blamed the UN for the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.

“We have expanded our capabilities to conduct inspections for the aid delivered into Gaza. Kerem Shalom is to be opened, so the number of inspections will double. But the aid keeps waiting at the entrance of Rafah,” COGAT posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“The UN must do better — the aid is there, and the people need it,” it added.

In daily updates over the past week the UN has repeated: “Aid distribution in the rest of the Gaza Strip [besides part of Rafah] has largely stopped over the past few days due to the intensity of hostilities and restrictions of movement along the main roads, except for limited fuel deliveries to key service providers.”

“The ability of the UN to receive incoming aid has been significantly impaired over the past few days by several factors. These include a shortage of trucks within Gaza; telecommunications blackouts; and the increasing number of staff who were unable to travel to the Rafah crossing due to the intensity of hostilities.”


12:51 PM GMT

The aftermath of an Israeli airstrike on Al Maghazi camp in Deir Al Balah today

A view of the damaged area after Israeli attacks on Al-Maghazi refugee camp, in the centre of the Gaza Strip, on December 11, 2023.
A view of the damaged area after Israeli attacks on Al-Maghazi refugee camp, in the centre of the Gaza Strip, on December 11, 2023. - Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images
A view of the damaged area after Israeli attacks on Al-Maghazi refugee camp, in the centre of the Gaza Strip, on December 11, 2023.
A view of the damaged area after Israeli attacks on Al-Maghazi refugee camp, in the centre of the Gaza Strip, on December 11, 2023. - Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images

12:41 PM GMT

Iranian foreign minister says neither Iran nor Israel believe in a two state solution

The only thing Iran and Israel share is that both do not believe in a two-state solution, Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Monday via translation at an international forum in Doha, Qatar.

During the forum, Amirabdollahian reiterated Iran’s proposal that a referendum be held to determine the fate of Palestine, with only descendants of those who lived there prior to 1948 being permitted to vote.


12:17 PM GMT

Agencies warn of ‘apocalyptic’ situation in Gaza as half of population go hungry

The situation in Gaza is “apocalyptic”, aid agencies have said, with half of the population now starving and the cost of a bag of flour rising to $95 (£76) in parts.

While Israel says that it is working to increase the amount of aid entering Gaza, the UN reported that it had barely been able to deliver its current stocks because of the intensity of the fighting and restriction of movement by Israeli troops.

Rafah, near the Egyptian border, is one of the only locations where aid deliveries are currently possible but aid workers said deliveries have been so sparse that the streets are teeming with people in search of food.

“The humanitarian operation is collapsing,” said Carl Skau, deputy executive director of the UN World Food Programme. “Half of the population are starving, nine out of 10 are not eating every day.”

Amid dire warnings of food shortages and mass displacement in Gaza as a winter chill sets in, Bushra Khalidi, of aid group Oxfam, warned that the plight of trapped Palestinians “is not just a catastrophe, it’s apocalyptic”.

In Al Awda, a non-governmental hospital in the north of Gaza, a group of 250 staff, patients and families is rapidly running out of food and water. Mohammed Salma, a hospital staff member, told The Telegraph that Israeli snipers had been surrounding the building for the past six days.

They estimated that there may be enough food to last another two days if each person was restricted to one meal.

Read the whole story here.


12:10 PM GMT

German minister urges Israel to adapt war strategy to reduce civilian suffering

Germany expects Israel to adapt its military strategy to better prevent suffering among Palestinian civilians, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Monday, adding that too many had already become victims of the conflict.

“We expect Israel ... to allow more humanitarian aid, especially in the north, that its military actions are more targeted and cause fewer civilian victims,” the minister said at a news conference in Dubai on the sidelines of the U.N. climate summit.

“The question of how Israel carries out this battle is central to the perspective of a political solution,” she said.


11:38 AM GMT

Pictured: 'Global Strike for Gaza' empties Middle East cities from Beirut to Amman

A view of closed shutters and schools during a one-day strike in solidarity with Gaza, on December 11, 2023 in Beirut, Lebanon.
A view of closed shutters and schools during a one-day strike in solidarity with Gaza, on December 11, 2023 in Beirut, Lebanon. - Houssam Shbaro/Anadolu via Getty Images
A sign is placed on a closed shop, in response to a global call for a strike in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Amman, Jordan December 11, 2023.
A sign is placed on a closed shop, in response to a global call for a strike in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Amman, Jordan December 11, 2023. - REUTERS/Jehad Shelbak

11:26 AM GMT

UN Security Council envoys arrive at Arish airport

As we reported earlier, twelve UN Security Council envoys are visiting Rafah today on a UAE-organised tour as the emirate continues to push for a ceasefire. Around an hour ago they arrived at Arish airport in Egypt.

The UK has an envoy in attendance, but the US and France did not send delegates.

“There is no justification to turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering inflicted on the Palestinian people in Gaza,” an Egyptian foreign ministry official told the envoys during a briefing following their arrival.

Lana Nusseibeh, the UAE’s envoy to the Security Council, said member states were taking part in the trip in their “national and personal capacities”.

She said the visit aims to help them “understand not only the suffering and destruction experienced by the people of Gaza but also their hope and their strength”.

The diplomats are due receive briefings from UN agencies, Egyptian authorities and health officials on the crisis in Gaza ahead of a trip to the Rafah crossing, the only gateway into the narrow enclave.

They are also due to make a stop at a hospital treating Palestinian patients in the Egyptian town of El-Arish near the Gaza border.


11:02 AM GMT

Israel accuses Hamas of firing from inside a school in southern Gaza

Israel has said Hamas fired on its troops from inside a school in southern Gaza.

“Over the past day, shots were fired at the forces from a school in the southern Gaza Strip. Soldiers of Battalion 8111 initiated a targeted raid on terror infrastructure sites in the area of the school,” the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said in an operational update.

“Yesterday, during the battle, an explosive device was detonated at the forces and terrorists were identified in the area. The troops responded with live fire, directed aircraft and tanks, initiated contact, killed the terrorists, and struck the terror infrastructure in the area.”

Five Israeli soldiers were killed in the battle, it said.

“In parallel, soldiers of the 4th Brigade conducted a targeted raid on an Islamic Jihad command center where they located numerous weapons, mortar shells, explosive devices, technological equipment such as detonation systems, intelligence-gathering documents, and a tunnel shaft leading to underground infrastructure that was struck.”

The Telegraph cannot immediately verify battlefield reports from either side.


10:55 AM GMT

Gaza's shelters more than four times over capacity

Shelters in Gaza are now at more than four times their capacity, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees has said.

In total, nearly 1.3 million displaced people are now sheltering in 154 UNRWA installations, the latest update from UNRWA said.

“The average number of IDPs in UNRWA shelters is 10,500, more than four times their capacity.”


10:35 AM GMT

Pictured: Israel's ground offensive in Gaza's Shijaiyah

Israeli soldiers take part in a ground operation in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Friday, Dec. 8, 2023.
Israeli soldiers take part in a ground operation in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. - AP Photo/Moti Milrod, Haaretz
Israeli soldiers take part in a ground operation in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Friday, Dec. 8, 2023.
Israeli soldiers take part in a ground operation in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. - AP Photo/Moti Milrod, Haaretz

10:28 AM GMT

UN humanitarian official says it's "as if we have learned nothing in the past 75 years"

A top United Nations official has said Israel’s war against Hamas shows that “the world has learned nothing” last night as they marked International Human Rights Day.

In a statement, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator in the Occupied Palestinian Territory Lynn Hastings condemned Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel but said Israel’s ongoing response in Gaza was disproportionate.

“Today could have been a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, born from the atrocities of two world wars,” Hastings said. “Instead, human rights are assaulted in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The violations perpetrated on both populations will bring neither peace nor security to either of these nations.”

“The killings, sexual violence and kidnappings … traumatised an entire nation. Elderly, disabled, and children have not been spared,” she said.

But Israel’s response “cannot be justified” Hastings said. “The air strikes against civilians and civilian infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, and UN facilities and the repeated displacement of the civilian population cannot be justified. Nor can the siege, depriving the entire Gaza population of food, water, health care and hygiene.”

“In 2023, I should not have to issue such a statement. It is as if we have learned nothing in the past 75 years,” she added.

Israel recently revoked Hastings’ visa, accusing the UN of bias against Israel.


10:16 AM GMT

France weighing sanctions to address West Bank settler violence

Paris is considering imposing national sanctions on actors involved in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said ahead of a European Union meeting on Monday.

“The situation in the West Bank is worrying us, in particular because of the too numerous cases of violence committed by extremist settlers”, Colonna said.

France in recent weeks opened the door for talks among European Union members on potential EU sanctions against Israeli settlers who have targeted Palestinians in the West Bank, but the matter so far hasn’t been met with consensus.

Since 7 October, 265 Palestinians, including 69 children, have been killed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. In the same time period the UN has recorded 331 settler attacks against Palestinians, in what was already one of the most violent years for settler attacks.


10:02 AM GMT

Italy, France, Germany call for ad hoc EU sanctions on Hamas

Italy, France and Germany called on the European Union to impose ad hoc sanctions against Hamas and its supporters, the foreign ministers of the three nations wrote in a joint letter to the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

“We express our full support for the ... proposal to create an ad hoc sanctions regime against Hamas and its supporters,” said the letter seen by Reuters.

“The swift adoption of this sanctions regime will enable us to send a strong political message about the European Union’s commitment against Hamas and our solidarity with Israel,” the letter said.


09:44 AM GMT

Israel airdrops equipment to troops for first time since 2006

Israel has airdropped equipment to its troops in Khan Younis, according to The Times of Israel military correspondent Emanuel Fabian.


09:41 AM GMT

Voices from Khan Younis

The Associated Press has spoken to people in Khan Younis, where Israeli ground forces opened a new line of attack last week. Tanks are now reported to be in the middle of the city.

“The situation is extremely difficult,” said Hussein al-Sayyed, who is staying with relatives in Khan Younis after fleeing Gaza City earlier in the war. “I have children and I don’t know where to go. No place is safe.”

He and his three daughters are staying in a three-story home with around 70 others, most of whom have fled from the north, and said they have been rationing food for days. “Over many days, I have eaten just one meal a day to save food for the girls. They are still young,” he said.

Another Khan Younis resident, Radwa Abu Frayeh, witnessed heavy Israeli strikes around the European Hospital, where the UN humanitarian office says tens of thousands of people have sought shelter. She said a strike hit a home close to hers late Sunday.

“The building shook,” she said. “We thought it was the end and we would die.”


09:32 AM GMT

Mother of 26-year-old killed by Hamas at the Nova music festival feels forgotten

The mother of a 26-year-old woman killed at the Nova music festival on October 7 says she feels abandoned, The Times of Israel has reported.

“Children were murdered simply because of criminal neglect. My heart goes out to the hostages, but they forgot us,” Hannie Ricardo, whose 26-year-old daughter Oriya was killed at the festival, told Israel’s Army Radio, according to the report.

“Everyone is busy with the war and I understand the pain, but what about our pain? We want someone to engage with us, to say that the sacrifice we made is not for nothing,” she said.


09:26 AM GMT

Cities in the occupied West Bank shutter for the global strike to pressure a ceasefire

As we reported earlier, Palestinian activists across the world have called for today to be a global strike to stand in support of Palestinians and to pressure governments into supporting a ceasefire.

In the occupied West Bank cities of Nablus, Ramallah and Hebron, photos show shops shuttered and streets empty.

In Lebanon, schools and banks are also closed for the day, alongside many shops, bars and restaurants.

A Palestinian man walks along an empty street during a general strike in the West Bank city of Nablus, 11 December 2023.
A Palestinian man walks along an empty street during a general strike in the West Bank city of Nablus, 11 December 2023. - ALAA BADARNEH/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Closed shutters are viewed in the city of Ramallah as part of the 'Global Gaza Strike' day in Ramallah, West Bank on December 11, 2023.
Closed shutters are viewed in the city of Ramallah as part of the 'Global Gaza Strike' day in Ramallah, West Bank on December 11, 2023. - Issam Rimawi/Anadolu via Getty Images
A man rides his donkey next to a shuttered shop during a general strike in solidarity with Gaza, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on December 11, 2023
A man rides his donkey next to a shuttered shop during a general strike in solidarity with Gaza, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on December 11, 2023 - HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images

09:02 AM GMT

UN reports multiple attacks on healthcare facilities in Gaza

In an update this morning, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that “multiple health facilities and personnel were attacked” throughout the Gaza Strip over the weekend, and three medical workers were shot while trying to reach medical supplies for hospitals from Gaza Health Ministry warehouses.

“Personnel attacked included Gaza’s MoH Director General of Pharmacy, alongside two other staff, who were shot and injured,” the update read.

An ambulance trying to reach the injured medics was also reportedly hit, it said.

The update detailed attacks on six separate hospitals across Gaza over the weekend: Al Yaman As Saeed Hospital in Jabalia camp, Al Awda Hospital, European Hospital in Khan Yunis, Nasser Hospital, Jordanian Field Hospital and the European Gaza Hospital.

The Telegraph could not immediately verify the reports.


08:52 AM GMT

100 Hezbollah fighters killed so far in war

Hezbollah announced the deaths of two more of its fighters this morning, bringing the total to 100.

The group did not say where the fighters died, but some initial reports suggested that it might have been in overnight Israeli strikes in Syria.

The Lebanese border is tense following another turbulent day of back and forth fire between Hezbollah and Palestinian militants against Israel. Tensions have been rapidly escalating over the past week, as all of Iran’s proxy forces have stepped up their attacks.

Israel has vowed to keep Hezbollah away from its border, whether by diplomatic means or military force, further raising the spectre of war in Lebanon.


08:42 AM GMT

Area surrounding Al Amal hospital facing air raids this morning, Palestinian Red Crescent says

The area surrounding Al Amal hospital in Khan Younis has come under several air raids this morning, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

“Today at dawn, occupation aircraft launched several violent raids in the vicinity of Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis Governorate, and artillery shelling continued in the city center and in the northern areas of the association’s headquarters, which houses 13,000 displaced people,” it posed on X, formerly known as Twitter.


08:28 AM GMT

IDF releases photos of its ground offensive in Gaza

Israeli troops fighting in the Gaza Strip as the battle rages across the enclave
Israeli troops fighting in the Gaza Strip as the battle rages across the enclave - Israel Defence Forces
Israeli troops fighting in the Gaza Strip as the battle rages across the enclave
Israeli troops fighting in the Gaza Strip as the battle rages across the enclave - Israel Defence Forces
Israeli troops fighting in the Gaza Strip as the battle rages across the enclave
Israeli troops fighting in the Gaza Strip as the battle rages across the enclave - Israel Defence Forces
Israeli troops fighting in the Gaza Strip as the battle rages across the enclave
Israeli troops fighting in the Gaza Strip as the battle rages across the enclave - Israel Defence Forces

08:11 AM GMT

Global strike in support of Palestinians

Palestinian activists across the world have called for today to be a global strike to stand in support of Palestinians and to pressure governments into supporting a ceasefire.

“No school, no work, no banking, no buying,” posts on social media read.

While the strike is unlikely to catch on globally, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati decided to shut down the country for the day in solidarity with Gaza and the southern Lebanese villages that are facing Israeli fire.

Schools and banks are closed, with many bars and restaurants opting to join in.


07:57 AM GMT

UAE arranges tour of Rafah for UN Security Council envoys in continued push for ceasefire

Twelve UN Security Council envoys are set to visit Rafah, near the Egyptian border, today to see the extent of the humanitarian crisis that is gripping Gaza.

The United Arab Emirates arranged the trip to Rafah - where limited humanitarian aid and fuel deliveries have crossed into Gaza - as the 15-member council negotiates a UAE-drafted resolution that demands the warring parties “allow the use of all land, sea and air routes to and throughout” Gaza for aid.

A UAE-backed resolution at the Security Council on Friday failed to vote for a ceasefire in Gaza after the US used its veto power against it.

The US is not sending an envoy on today’s Gaza visit.

Meanwhile, the UN General Assembly has scheduled an emergency meeting for tomorrow to vote on a draft resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. Unlike at the Security Council, adopted resolutions are not legally binding.


07:52 AM GMT

More than 100 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza ground offensive

More than 100 Israeli soldiers have now been killed in the Gaza ground offensive against Hamas after four troops were killed in the enclave on Sunday.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the deaths brought its overall toll to 101 troops since the operation was launched in the wake of Hamas’s October 7 attack.

Three of the soldiers were killed in the southern Gaza strip, where Israeli troops are battling Hamas in and around the key city of Khan Younis. The fourth died in a military-related traffic accident, according to the IDF.

About 18,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since the fighting began, according to the territory’s Hamas-run health ministry.

The fighting in Khan Younis comes as Israel refocuses its more than two month war effort to the south after pounding northern Gaza and driving the majority of the Palestinian enclave’s 2.3 million people from their homes.

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