The Latest Updates on the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza: UN Reports, Israeli Attacks, and International Aid Efforts

2023-12-06 15:57:38

16:57

Head of UN refugee agency says regional exodus of Palestinians from Gaza would be ‘catastrophic’

“We must never forget that two thirds of the population of Gaza are already refugees from the first Israeli-Arab war” of 1948-1949, he added, in reference to the exile of the Palestinians in 1948, or “Nakba”, which refers to the approximately 760,000 Palestinians who had then fled or been expelled from their homes.

16:56

An exhibition of children’s drawings in the rubble in Khan Younes

The Palestinian Red Crescent in Khan Younes organized an exhibition of children’s drawings in this city where there has been heavy fighting in recent days.

The objective is to “help displaced children express their experiences through drawing”, explains the organization on X (formerly Twitter).

“The event, organized in the rubble of a bombed house, saw the active participation of children who survived the bombings,” she added.

16:32

UN calls on Israel to investigate alleged Hamas sexual violence

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, reported “very serious accusations” of sexual violence committed by Hamas members during the October 7 attack, and called on Israel to allow its services to investigate.

“There are very, very serious accusations and we must investigate them, we must properly document” the facts, he declared Wednesday during a press conference in Geneva.

“We take these accusations very seriously,” he said, but “we must examine precisely whether this is a premeditated, widespread and systematic act.” “I am not in a position to confirm it,” he also said.

He stressed that for weeks he had “asked the Israeli authorities” to “deploy a team, my team, to monitor, document, investigate matters relating to the horrific attacks against Israelis.” “I have reiterated this appeal and I hope it will be heard, but so far I have received no response.”

16:02

UN says Rafah is only place in Gaza where humanitarian aid can be distributed

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha), Rafah is now the only place in the Gaza Strip, placed since October 9 by Israel under total siege, where humanitarian aid is still distributed , in limited quantity.

According to his daily report on the situation in Gaza published today, Tuesday, and “for the third day in a row, Rafah was the only governorate in Gaza where limited aid distributions took place.”

Aid practically no longer arrives in Khan Younes, “due to the intensity of hostilities” and access to areas further north is cut off.

14:20

Israeli army claims to have discovered “considerable weapons depots” in civilian area of ​​Gaza

“One of the largest weapons depots in the Gaza Strip was discovered near a clinic and a school in the north” of the Palestinian territory, by a military unit, indicates the Israeli army in a statement.

It contained “hundreds of RPG anti-tank rocket launchers and their munitions, dozens of anti-tank missiles, dozens of explosive devices, long-range missiles intended to reach central Israel, dozens of grenades and drones”, according to this same press release.

The Israeli army sees this as “further proof of Hamas’ cynical use of residents of the Gaza Strip as human shields.”

14:11

France “deplores the Israeli strike” which killed a Lebanese soldier

France declares to deplore the Israeli strike which killed a Lebanese soldier, the first since the start on October 8 of almost daily exchanges of fire on the border between Israel and Hezbollah.

France “is deeply concerned by the continuation of the clashes on the border between Lebanon and Israel”, added the spokesperson for the Quai d’Orsay in a press release, calling on “all parties” to “the greatest restraint”. The Israeli army claims to have not targeted the Lebanese armed forces, but a position of the Lebanese armed movement Hezbollah.

12:51

Empty streets and a full hospital in Khan Younes

Thousands of them, on foot, piled into carts or their luggage piled on the roofs of their cars, continue to flee towards the south and the neighboring town of Rafah, responding to the orders of the Israeli army.

“We want to understand. If they want to kill us, let them surround us in one place and eliminate us all together. But pushing us to move from one place to another is not fair. We “We are not just numbers. We are human beings,” he added.

12:38

Putin in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Russian President Vladimir Putin landed in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, the first stop on a short diplomatic visit to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and oil, according to the Kremlin.

Upon his arrival, Vladimir Putin went to the Emirati presidential palace to meet with his counterpart Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

Vladimir Putin will then travel to Saudi Arabia to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, before leaving again, according to the Kremlin.

11:52

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights denounces ‘utter horror’ experienced by Palestinians in Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza are living in “utter horror”, denounced the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, on Wednesday at a press conference in Geneva.

Two months after “the horrible attacks perpetrated against Israel by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups”, “civilians in Gaza continue to be bombarded relentlessly by Israel and collectively punished”, he added, claiming to fear “atrocities”.

10:58

Israeli army demands International Committee of the Red Cross access to hostages

The Israeli army demanded Wednesday that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) be able to have access to Israeli and foreign hostages held since October 7 by the Palestinian movement Hamas and its allies in the Gaza Strip, territory under intense bombardment Israelis.

“Every minute in captivity puts the lives at stake” of the hostages, declared army spokesperson Daniel Hagari, “the international community must act. The Red Cross must have access to the hostages,” he said. he says.

10:55

“Nightmarish”: MSF head of mission in Palestine warns of the situation in Gaza

“The situation is nightmarish” in the Gaza Strip, according to the Doctors Without Borders teams on site, reports the head of mission for the NGO in Palestine, Leo Cans.

The humanitarians on site told him about “children whose limbs were torn off”, to whom they had to tell after an operation that “their whole family is dead”, he explains.

“We have a population that is now completely crowded into the south of the Gaza Strip, where “the infrastructure is no longer up to the task of meeting the basic needs of the population,” he warns.

“We cannot justify the fact that we are going to operate on a child, having to amputate a child without morphine, because we refuse to bring morphine into hospitals,” declares the humanitarian on BFMTV.

10:01

Israeli army says Khan Younes ‘remains an extremely important epicenter of Hamas’

While the fighting in Khan Younes, in the south of the Gaza Strip, rages, Colonel Olivier Rafowicz, spokesperson for the Israeli army, confirms a “major IDF effort” around this city.

“Khan Younes remains an extremely important epicenter of Hamas” and it is “also, perhaps, the place where Hamas leaders are currently hiding,” he said on BFMTV.

The Israeli army drops leaflets every day on Khan Younes warning of an imminent bombing, ordering residents to leave their neighborhood. But “for those who have been ordered to evacuate, there is nowhere to go safely and there is very little to survive on,” he said. declared the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday.

9:49

Israeli army accuses Hamas of having “committed abuse” on hostages

Colonel Olivier Rafowicz, spokesperson for the Israeli army, affirms on BFMTV that “it is clear that abuse was committed by the terrorists” on hostages held by Hamas, “among other things, drugs (administered, Editor’s note ) which are not the correct ones.

The spokesperson also denounces the “atrocities committed” by Hamas on October 7, rapes for example.

He sees it as “the DNA of Hamas, which is one of the cruelest terrorist groups in the world today.”

9:38

A “new wave of displacement” has taken place in Gaza since the resumption of hostilities, according to the UN

The UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, asserts on minute”.

“There is no ‘safe’ zone, the entire Gaza Strip has become one of the most dangerous places in the world” and the agency’s accommodation centers are “overflowing”, continues the ‘UNRWA.

8:40

MSF warns of “critical level” of medical equipment at Al-Aqsa hospital

“Fuel and medical equipment have reached critical levels at Al-Aqsa Hospital” in central Gaza due to road closures and as “hundreds of patients require emergency care due to incessant Israeli bombings”, warns the NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on X (formerly Twitter).

The hospital receives “on average 150 to 200 war wounded per day” since the resumption of hostilities on December 1, according to MSF.

“It is essential to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid. The hospital is in urgent need of surgical equipment, external fixators to hold broken bones, and essential medicines, including medicines for chronic diseases,” also says Marie-Aure Perreaut Revial, MSF coordinator in Gaza.

8:26

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with Blinken on the conflict

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke by telephone with his American counterpart Antony Blinken on Wednesday about the conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to their respective ministries.

“The top priority is for a ceasefire to end the fighting as soon as possible,” Wang Yi said during the call, according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

8:25

Images of the hostages returning home, cheered by the crowd

Mia Schem, a Franco-Israeli woman kidnapped by Hamas on October 7, left the hospital on Tuesday where she had been since her release on November 30. Riding in a car with her family, she was cheered by the crowd, as these images show.

8:14

Images of the overwhelmed Khan Younès hospital, where the injured are flocking

A catastrophic humanitarian situation. While Israel has resumed its offensive, the situation of the population of the Gaza Strip is worsening as the days go by.

In the Khan Younès hospital, where part of the population from the north of the enclave has found refuge, patients are treated on the ground in extremely precarious conditions. A situation that makes the local population angry.

“They told us to leave Gaza because there is a war, we left the north to go to the south as they asked us and now it’s the same in the south, what can we do? “, says a father.

7:55

Did Hamas enrich itself during the attacks of October 7?

In a 66-page study entitled “trading on terror”, written by Robert J. Jackson, professor at New York University, and David J. Greenwald, of Columbia University, the two researchers estimate that Hamas bet against Israel before the October 7 attacks.

According to this work, unusual stock market activities, including significant short sales, including downward stock market bets and even sales at a loss, were spotted on Israeli stocks over a period from September 14 to October 5, i.e. a few days before the attack.

For the financial newspaper Globesthese suspicious movements particularly concerned Leumi, Israel’s largest bank.

Read the full article on BFMTV.com

7:52

Elie Korchia asks for a date for the tribute to the French victims of Hamas

The president of the Central Consistory of France called on Emmanuel Macron this Wednesday to set a date for the tribute to the French victims of the Hamas attack on October 7 in Israel.

“We can understand why the President had not previously wished to give a date, because of his diplomatic action to try to free the French hostages, and in agreement with the families,” he told AFP.

But two months after the Hamas attack, “it is important that a date is now officially announced for the ceremony of homage to the 40 French victims”, he nevertheless insisted.

6:04

Former Hamas hostage, a little girl returns to school after 49 days of detention

Five-year-old Emilia Aloni was kidnapped on October 7 during attacks by Hamas. Released on November 24, she was able to reunite with her classmates on December 5.

Israel’s Education Ministry shared a video of the reunion with her friends on X, formerly Twitter, adding: “There is nothing more exciting than this.” We see Emilia being hugged by the other children.

“They were greeted by a crowd holding Israeli flags, who came to applaud their return,” told our colleagues from I24 News.

Read the full article here

5:49

Netanyahu insists on his desire to “demilitarize the Gaza Strip”

What will happen to the Gaza Strip when the war between Israel and Hamas, which controls the enclave, is over? On Tuesday, the Israeli Prime Minister emphasized during a press conference his desire to “demilitarize” this territory which is bombed almost daily. by its troops since October 7 and the response of the Hebrew State to the attacks of the Palestinian Islamist group.

“Gaza must be demilitarized and, to do this, there is only one force capable of enforcing this demilitarization. This force is the Israeli army,” declared Benjamin Netanyahu.

>> Our article

5:28

82 Israeli soldiers killed in fighting in Gaza since the start of the IDF offensive

A total of 82 Israeli soldiers have died in fighting in the Gaza Strip since the start of the Israeli offensive aimed at “wiping out Hamas”, the army said.

On Tuesday afternoon, the army communications office reported that the number of soldiers killed so far in military operations in Gaza reached 80, following the deaths of five soldiers yesterday.

In the evening, the army announced in a statement that two additional soldiers had fallen today in combat in the Gaza Strip.

5:00

US announces sanctions against Israeli settlers accused of violence in occupied West Bank

The United States announced the imposition of sanctions against Jewish settlers accused of attacks against Palestinians, in an attempt to stem the violence in the occupied West Bank.

“Today, the State Department is implementing a new visa restriction policy against individuals suspected of helping to undermine peace, security, or stability in the West Bank, including by committing acts of violence” against Palestinians, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

>> Read the article

4:40

Israel now counts 138 Israeli and foreign hostages in the Gaza Strip

Israel now has 138 Israeli and foreign hostages held in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced, after adding a person previously considered missing to the list.

The cabinet did not want to give any details on the hostage in question (identity, age, sex, etc.) or on how the authorities had confirmed his situation.

Before the new figure, these identified 20 women and two children among 137 hostages held in Gaza.

4:20

Fierce fighting in Khan Younis surrounded by Israel

The Israeli army on Wednesday surrounded the large town of Khan Younes, in the south of the Gaza Strip, where some of the most intense fighting in two months of war against Hamas is raging.

“We have secured many Hamas strongholds in the northern Gaza Strip, and we are now carrying out operations against its strongholds in the south,” Israeli Army Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi said. in a press release.

4:00

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