Latest casualty figures for Palestine and Israel, humanitarian crisis & aid update, bombing update, hostage news, West Bank news.
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 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).
Palestinian death toll: 10,514* (10,341 in Gaza** (including at least 4,324 children and 2,823 women), and at least 173 in the West Bank). *NOTE: The official UN death toll includes 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast. IAK does not yet include those deaths 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.
Palestinian injuries: 28,872** (including at least 26,475 in Gaza** and 2,397 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. The Associated Press has reported ~32,000 in Gaza, while the UN number is 26,475. Our total for Gaza and the West Bank is based on the conservative figure.
***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.
West Bank: at least 18 Palestinians were killed today, Thursday – 14 in Jenin and 4 elsewhere across the West Bank.
Humanitarian update: Turkey has sent 10 planes carrying 230 tons of humanitarian aid to El Arish airport for Gaza with the help of Egypt. (09:12 GMT)
Palestinian mothers sheltering in schools and hospitals in central Gaza have reported children being dehydrated and severely underweight. The World Health Organization has said that more than 33,551 cases of diarrhea had been reported since mid-October, the majority of which were among children aged under five. (08:40 GMT)
A total of 106 trucks carrying humanitarian aid entered Gaza on 8 November, bringing the number of trucks that have entered Gaza since 21 October to 756. Prior to the start of hostilities, an average of 500 truckloads entered Gaza every working day. The entry of fuel, which is desperately needed to operate electricity generators to run life-saving equipment, remains banned by the Israeli authorities.
On average, 160 people sheltering in UNRWA schools facilities share a single toilet and there is one shower unit for every 700 people.
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Evacuation from northern Gaza: Photos show thousands of civilians streaming out of northern Gaza after the Israeli army announced another four-hour evacuation corridor earlier today (Thursday). On Wednesday, it is estimated that at least 50,000 evacuated. Many residents have been resisting the idea of moving south, either due to the danger of crossing or due to the risks of being targeted in the south too.
The UN estimated that up to 30,000 people have returned to their homes in the north after failing to find shelters as Israeli air strikes heavily bombarded areas in southern Gaza. (11:35 GMT)
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Hostage update: Negotiations being brokered by Qatar, Egypt and the US are under way for a three-day humanitarian ceasefire in exchange for the release of about a dozen captives in Gaza.
“Killing knowledge”: Israel has repeatedly attacked universities in Gaza, destroying years of work and research by Palestinian scholars and students. Scholars allege that this amounts to epistemicide, the killing of a knowledge system. “They [Israel] want to erase Palestinian existence from history, and that includes a targeting of Palestinians as a cultural group, as a group of people that produce knowledge,” said Muhannad Ayyash, a Palestinian professor in Canada. (09:40 GMT)
Healthcare update: Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City has shut down “most operations” after running out of fuel and withstanding daily Israeli bombardments around the medical complex since Sunday.
Eight hospitals have been bombed by Israeli forces in the past 3 days, and 18 hospitals have gone out of service since October 7, Gaza’s government media office said. “The bombing of hospitals is a war crime according to international humanitarian law, and is criminalized by 16 international agreements and UN resolutions that call for the protection of these health facilities,” it said. (08:40 GMT)
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Gaza bombings: An overnight Israeli bombardment on Jabalia refugee camp in the north and Sabra in western Gaza has killed dozens, based on reports from Al Jazeera Arabic and Palestinian news agency Wafa.
Israeli attacks on Thursday damaged 2 mosques in Khan Younis, bringing the number of completely destroyed mosques since October 7 to 59 and partially destroyed ones to 136. (07:35 GMT)
On 8 November, an UNRWA school in Gaza city sheltering thousands of displaced people was hit by an airstrike, resulting in dozens of Palestinians fatalities, according to initial reports.
Among the deadliest incidents in the past 24 hours was an airstrike in Gaza city that reportedly killed 43 members of one extended family.
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West Bank deaths: 10 Palestinians were killed and at least 14 others were injured by Israeli forces in a raid on Jenin city and refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said on Thursday. Israel’s military said it was conducting “counter-terrorism” raids in Jenin, but gave no further details.
Earlier reports said that Israeli forces took up sniper positions, as the army moved from home to home in some areas, breaking walls and looking for armed fighters. (10:55 GMT)
On Wednesday night, a Palestinian man was fatally shot through the heart by Israeli forces in Tabaka village of Hebron, according to Al Jazeera correspondent Zein Basravi.
At least 173 Palestinians had been killed in the West Bank since October 7, according to Palestinian health ministry figures.
West Bank news: Amnesty International has condemned Israeli authorities for having “dramatically increased” their use of arbitrary detention, and for using emergency measures that “facilitate inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners,” while failing to investigate “incidents of torture and death in custody” since the start of the war.
Israeli “thought policing”: Israel’s parliament has passed an amendment to the country’s counterterrorism law that introduces the “consumption of terrorist materials” as a new criminal offense.
“This law is one of the most intrusive and draconian legislative measures ever passed by the Israeli Knesset since it makes thoughts subject to criminal punishment,” said Adalah, the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. It warned that the amendment would criminalize “even passive social media use” amid a climate of surveillance and curtailment of free speech targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Ben Gvir statement: Israeli National Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir wrote in a post on X, formerly twitter, saying that “the criticism internally and externally over ‘settler violence’ needs to completely disappear from public discourse.” The far-right minister said that it was time to change the doctrine on the subject, and that “everyone knows exactly who is being violent in Judea and Samaria,” citing a terror attack carried out on Wednesday in the West Bank against Jews.
Ben Gvir’s statement contradicts the facts in the West Bank. Read about Israeli state violence in the West Bank here.
Israeli casualties: Several Israeli soldiers have died in northern Gaza, bringing the official number of military casualties within the army to 34.
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"This is my land. I was born here and I will never leave it to anyone."
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) November 8, 2023
— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) November 8, 2023
AL-JAZEERA: Israeli warplanes bombed several homes in the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, leading to the death of at least 7 Palestinians.
— The Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) November 9, 2023