Palestinians in Gaza are finding food in UNRWA warehouses. More than 8000 people have been killed in the past in Gaza, according to the Ministry of Health
An Israeli soldier was killed in Gaza when a tank overturned. In total, 312 Israeli soldiers have been killed, most of them on Oct. 7.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza says that around 1000 Palestinians have died there since Friday, bringing the deaths there to more than 8000.
After two nights of internet and phone service problems, Palestinian communications came back on Sunday. Palestinians expressed relief as they were able to communicate with their loved ones.
Israel is still pushing for theevacuation of Gaza, including hospitals, where there are so many injured people that beds are completely full and hallways are overrun with Palestinians looking for refuge from airstrikes. At least a third of the hospitals in Gaza have been forced to shut down due to a lack of fuel.
At Ah-Ahli Arab Hospital, hospital officials have evacuated displaced people, but staff are still treating patients, said Dr. Fadel Naim, an orthopedic surgeon working there. The hospital was the site of a blast that killed at least 100 people.
According to Palestinian witnesses, Israeli troops have entered Gaza from its north and east. Israeli military officials have reported skirmishes between Hamas fighters and Israeli soldiers. The main highway through the Gaza Strip, which runs north-to-south, was reported to be occupied by an Israeli tank and bulldozer by an NPR producer.
Food in Gaza is hard to come by. The lack of electricity and fuel for generators has put many food suppliers out of operation. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have told NPR about searches for open vendors and lines for bread for days at a time.
Thousands of people broke into several warehouses operated by the UNRWA on Saturday to steal wheat flour and other survival supplies.
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“This is a worrying sign that civil order is starting to break down after three weeks of war and a tight siege on Gaza. People are scared, frustrated and desperate,” said Thomas White, UNRWA’s top official for Gaza, in a statement Saturday.
“Very few trucks, slow processes, strict inspections, supplies that do not match the requirements of UNRWA and the other aid organizations, and mostly the ongoing ban on fuel, are all a recipe for a failed system,” he said.
The water supply to central Gaza will be restored by Israel and the Palestinian Water Authority will be authorized to make repairs to damaged pipes. The U.N. reported that water supply in southern Gaza had experienced “significant improvement” in recent days as its agencies have delivered small amounts of fuel to desalination plants and pumping stations.
“We have been taking extreme measures to reserve whatever water we had left. For instance, showers are something of the past,” said Abood Okal, a Palestinian-American and Massachusetts resident who was visiting family in Gaza when the war began and has since been stranded.
He, his wife and 1-year-old son are sheltering in a home in southern Gaza with about 40 or so other people, he said. Everyone in the house has been walking to the Filtration station every day to fill up a few gallons.
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Okal said last Thursday that the station ran out of diesel to run its generators. We are close to being out of drinking water. I think we have just enough to last us through tonight, then tomorrow we’ll be basically out,” he said.
In New York City, London, Madrid, Casablanca, Istanbul, Islamabad and other cities worldwide, tens of thousands of people took part in pro-Palestinian protests this past weekend, calling for a cease-fire.
The airport in Russia’s Muslim-majority region of Dagestan was closed Sunday after pro-Palestinian protesters forced their way in.
The video posted on social media appeared to show a group of people surrounding the plane at the Makhachkala airport.
All of us in the republic sympathize with the suffering of the victims of the actions of unrighteous people and politicians. But what happened at our airport is outrageous and should receive an appropriate assessment from law enforcement agencies,” said Sergey Melikov, head of the Dagestan Republic, in a post on Telegram.
The Israeli military intensified ground operations in the Gaza Strip on Monday as part of its second phase of the war with Hamas.
Israel’s ground campaign continued into it’s fifth day on Tuesday as it clashed with fighters from Hamas in central Gaza.
JENIN, West Bank — The mosque is unrecognizable. The stairway to the upper floor lacks a wall to support it. Pillars holding up the ceiling are bowing. Rubble is piled up outside. The basement has holes in the floor where Israeli security forces say Palestinian militant were storing weapons.
Just a few days after last week’s airstrike on the mosque, an Israeli drone strike killed three young males in Jenin — two teenagers and a 20-year-old, according to witnesses. A fourth, another teenager, was killed in gun fighting that followed, witnesses said.
Palestinians in the West Bank say that Israel has continued to tighten restrictions and that its security forces have stepped up their operations after Hamas killed 1,400 people in Israel.
For decades, Jenin and its densely populated refugee camp have been a place where Palestinian militants have been active. Over the years, militants from Jenin have carried out suicide bomb attacks and armed assaults on Israeli settlers.
The mosque airstrike came after midnight on Oct. 22. When it hit, Noor Damaj was outside drinking tea with relatives in an unfinished apartment above his uncle’s home, next door to the mosque.
I wanted to go and look at what had happened to my family. Damaj says that he could not get in. “There was so much dust, we couldn’t see anything.”
He says the mosque had piled up rubble against their home’s doors, trapping other family members inside. It took an hour and a half to clear.
According to the statement, the target of the strike was an “underground terror compound” at the mosque that was being used by members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Israeli security forces have periodically raided the refugee camp. Hundreds of troops entered the camp in July. Israel has conducted large operations in the West Bank in the past.
Things had grown relatively quiet since then, residents say — until last week. At least one Palestinian died and three were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the space of a few minutes.
Zakarneh’s wife, Yasmin Radwan, sent an email to the State Department last week, begging for their case to be expedited. She showed NPR the email, in which she described their proximity to the airstrike and the ongoing violence. “We are not living in [safety] and peace. Every day, we see militants walking around in the streets,” she wrote.
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The issues in Jenin are not easy to solve. He has a good job, a nice house and a family to care for — but not everyone in the refugee camp has a life like that. Many of Jenin’s residents are young, impoverished and unemployed.
Their blood was still on the ground hours later. They had leftover pieces of the homemade explosives that they were holding.
The strike hit the Palestinians who are buried in the cemetery. Locals said that the cemetery is full. The people who died in last week’s attacks were all buried near a new graveyard.
He wouldn’t have held the homemade explosives. But when asked what his future holds, he has only one answer: Muqawim, freedom fighter.
Matthew Miller said at Monday’s press conference that there are still hurdles to be overcome. There is no higher priority than the President.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been in close contact with officials in Qatari who are attempting to release Americans from Gaza and other hostages, according to the State Department. The Rafah border crossing with Egypt is controlled by Hamas and foreign citizens are not allowed to leave.
Netanyahu said during the press conference Monday that Israel would reject a cease-fire. The calls for a ceasefire were compared to asking the U.S. to cease hostilities after 9/11.
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According to officials in Israel, the number of Hamas hostages has increased due to the difficulties in identifying foreign citizens. Israel says the number of hostages has increased to more than 200. Five have been freed so far.
On Tuesday, Israel claimed to have recovered the body of Nasim Abu Ajina, a Hamas fighter who it said was involved in organizing the attacks on Gaza. Abu Ajina “directed” the portion of the assault in two Israeli towns just north of Gaza, a statement from Israel’s military said.
Israel continues to deny that its current operation is a “ground invasion,” referring to it only as an “expanded operation” or a “new phase” in the war despite the continual presence of its troops in Gaza.