Truce/prisoner update, humanitarian situation, West Jerusalem shooting, Rashida Tlaib, Argentina president and more
Palestinian death toll: OCHA reports at least 14,571* (~14,329 in Gaza** (including at least 6,150 children and 4,000 women), and at least 242 in the West Bank). This does not include an estimated 7,000 more still buried under rubble. Euro-Med Monitor reports 20,360 Palestinian deaths.
*IAK does not yet include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile is being disputed; although much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, experts are still looking into the incident. Israel is blocking an international investigation. Israel killed more Palestinians in a little over a month after Oct. 7 than in all the previous 22 years combined.
Palestinian injuries: 39,093** (including at least 36,000 in Gaza** and 3,128 in the West Bank). **NOTE: it is impossible to offer an accurate number of injuries in Gaza due to the ongoing bombardment and communication disruption.
It remains unknown how many Americans are among the casualties. in Gaza**, . About 1.8 million people have been displaced (nearly 80% of the population); 7,000 are missing (4,700 women and children) and presumed to be under rubble.
NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel may have been caused by Israeli soldiers; additionally, since Israel has a policy of universal conscription, it is unknown how many of those attending the outdoor rave a few miles from Gaza on stolen Palestinian land were Israeli soldiers.
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Truce, hostage, and prisoner updates:
Truce extended: Last night, Israel and Hamas agreed to a last-minute extension to the truce deal for 24 hours, just minutes before the then-current deal was set to expire. The new agreement included the release of 10 Israelis captured by Hamas and 30 Palestinian prisoners, as well as the provision of the same levels of humanitarian relief as during the previous six days.
Reported truce violations: Al Jazeera reported in its live feed this morning on a video on Instagram showing a group of men rescuing an injured man on a stretcher after he was shot by an Israeli sniper in Gaza yesterday on the sixth day of the humanitarian truce. The journalist wrote that Israeli forces deployed snipers on rooftops and targeted anyone who approached them.
A reporter from Khan Younis says that in spite of the one-day truce extension, Gazans are expecting an Israeli air strike at any minute because earlier today, Israeli gunboats opened fire on the coast of Khan Younis. Meanwhile, Israel’s Walla news website reported a further incident off the coast of Gaza’s shores.
Thirty Palestinians women and children have been released from Israeli prison in the early hours of Thursday, after 16 captives were released by Hamas in Gaza on Wednesday evening. They include 10 Israelis, four Thais, and two Russian-Israelis.
Fears grow for youngest Gaza hostage after Hamas claims 3 family members killed in Israeli bombing. Israel’s military said Wednesday it was assessing a claim by the militant group that 10-month-old Kfir, his 4-year-old brother, Ariel, and their mother, Shiri Bibas, had been killed.
Ahed Tamimi on prison conditions for women: Palestinian resistance icon Ahed Tamimi has been released as part of the sixth batch of a prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hamas. She spoke to the press:
We left behind about 30 jailed women, including ten from the Gaza Strip, who were arrested in the recent Israeli ground operation [which began on 27 October] and their situation is very bad.
The circumstance in the prison is very difficult, with daily abuse against female prisoners. They are left without water or clothes, sleeping on the floor and being beaten.
Despite everything, we are stronger than the occupation. We will continue [resisting] until freedom.
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The World Health Organization says it has documented 427 attacks on healthcare in the occupied West Bank and in the besieged Gaza Strip since October 7. “Attacks have resulted in 566 fatalities and 758 injuries,” the UN’s health agency wrote on X. (11:00 GMT)
The fatality toll since 7 October includes at least 198 Palestinian medics, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health; 112 UN staff; 70 journalists and media workers, according to the Palestinian Journalist Syndicate; and at least 15 Civil Defense staff, according to the Palestinian Civil Defense.
Despite the pause, there has been almost no improvement in the access of residents in the north to water, as most of the main water production facilities remain shut down, due to the lack of fuel and some also due to damages. Concerns about dehydration and waterborne diseases due to water consumption from unsafe sources persist.
Electronic Intifada reports: The Israeli military left five Palestinian babies to die in their small beds at al-Nasr Pediatric Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip after soldiers raided it nearly three weeks ago. The tiny infants died starving, cold and alone. Their bodies decomposed. They were still connected to ventilation and intravenous tubes. Video footage, which went viral on Tuesday, showed that the babies had been left alone for 17 days.
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Deadly West Jerusalem shooting: Three Israelis were killed and 16 injured after two Palestinian gunmen opened fire at a bus stop on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Israeli police said. The attackers were also killed. Israeli media reported that the two attackers were brothers from occupied East Jerusalem. 5 of the injured are in serious condition.
Hamas claimed as its members two gunmen. Hamas said in a statement “the operation came as a natural response to unprecedented crimes conducted by the occupation.”
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his government will continue to distribute weapons to civilians in light of the shooting.
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Palestinians say that no matter how many prisoners are released, there is no real net gain for the Palestinian people. They are being arrested as fast as they are being released. Read more here.
A 21-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces outside Ofer prison.
Since 7 October, OCHA has recorded 295 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians. In nearly half of all incidents, Israeli forces were either accompanying or actively supporting the attackers.
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting Israel today. It is his 4th visit since the war began.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the only Palestinian American member of the US Congress, stressed at an event outside the White House that pausing the fighting is not sufficient to end the suffering of Palestinians. She also hit out at the White House for calling lawmakers calling for a ceasefire early in the war “repugnant”.
How many more lives will be enough? How many more children need to be killed? How many more families have to be traumatized and torn apart? There is nothing humanitarian, my friends, about giving innocent civilians a few days of rest before they are bombed again.
The bombing of innocent civilians and children is repugnant and disgraceful. The refusal to support a ceasefire and an end to violence and the killing is repugnant and disgraceful. Our president calling on Congress to fund more bombs that are being dropped on innocent civilians is repugnant and disgraceful.
US ship shoots down drone launched from Yemen: CENTCOM: The US military’s Central Command specified that the drone was launched from the area of Yemen controlled by the Iran-allied Houthi rebels. (00:15 GMT)
The president-elect of Argentina, Javier Milei, intends to move Argentina’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Milei says he plans to convert to Judaism: “When he arrived in the United States on Monday morning, before he even met with U.S. officials or the International Monetary Fund, Milei went straight to the grave of the late Chabad-Lubavitch leader Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson to pay his respects.” Schneerson is known for supremacist teachings.
****Some people are led to be skeptical of the Al Jazeera news network. However, the network has won several Emmys, a Peabody and the Overseas Press Association’s Edward R. Murrow award, among many other honors. The New York Times reports that “its reporting hews to international journalistic standards and provides a unique view on events in the Middle East.” it’s important to remember that all news sources may potentially have bias. For example, CNN uses anchors who used to work for the Israel Lobby, who have lifelong attachment to Israel, and who often exhibit pro-Israel spin and omission in their broadcasts. Similarly, Fox News is strongly influenced by Rupert Murdoch, who has a similarly strong attachment to Israel, and who may have fired Tucker Carlson, the network’s most popular host, in part due to the host’s opposition to war and his pattern of failing to exhibit sufficient devotion to Israel).
Media report the shocking execution in cold blood of 9-year old #AdamAlGhoul in occupied West Bank. He is one of the 230+ Palestinians killed by Israeli army&settlers in WB since Oct 7.
— Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur oPt (@FranceskAlbs) November 29, 2023
🚨PRCS is deeply worried about Awni Khattab, our colleague the head of Khan Younis Emergency Medical Center, #Gaza. Israeli forces arrested him and now his whereabouts are unknown. #NotATarget#IHL #HumanRightsViolations pic.twitter.com/rdDlno7Rzz
— PRCS (@PalestineRCS) November 30, 2023
Since 7 October, @WHO has documented 427 attacks on health care in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Attacks have resulted in 566 fatalities and 758 injuries.
— WHO in occupied Palestinian territory (@WHOoPt) November 30, 2023
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