Israel continues bombing Gaza refugee camps, says war 'not close to conclusion'

Israel continues bombing Gaza refugee camps, says war 'not close to conclusion'
Violent strikes hit the Bureij, Maghazi, and Nusseirat camps, as Netanyahu said the 'war not close to conclusion'.
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26 December, 2023

Israel's war on Gaza has entered its 81st day with a no let-up in the airstrikes that have killed tens of thousands of Palestinians so far. Early this morning, Israeli aircraft launched a series of intense strikes targeting the Bureij, Maghazi, and Nusseirat camps in the eastern central area of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military's continued indiscriminate attacks killed and injured many people, with the majority being women and children.

On the ground, heavy fighting continued between Palestinian fighters and Israeli forces, which have made incursions into several areas of the Gaza Strip amid fierce resistance by Hamas and other armed groups.

International observers and humanitarian organizations continue to express concern over the escalating violence and its devastating impact on the civilian population. At least 20,674 people have been killed so far - most of them women and children, and 54,536 injured according to figures from the Palestinian health ministry.

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Israel says missile strike hit Greek Catholic Church
5:50 PM
The New Arab Staff

Israeli sources say an anti-tank missile launched during the escalating fighting between Hezbollah and the Israeli army struck near a Greek Catholic Church in northern Israel.

Adviser and spokesperson for Holy Land churches, Wadie Abunassar, said that the missile did not directly hit the church, but impacted a nearby shed, resulting in injuries to an 87-year-old man.

Abunassar added that while the exact condition of the injured man is not clear, his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Israel forecasts $14 Billion additional war costs
5:13 PM
The New Arab Staff

The Israeli finance ministry said that the war on Gaza is expected to incur an extra cost of $14 billion for Israel over the next year, widening the country's budget deficit.

In a briefing to the Knesset, Israel's parliament, Itay Temkin, Deputy Budget Commissioner of the ministry, said that this escalated expense will nearly triple the nation's budget deficit, with the conflict anticipated to persist until at least February.

According to the ministry's breakdown, the projected additional expense, amounting to 50 billion shekels ($14 billion), comprises 30 billion shekels ($8.3 billion) allocated for security purposes and another 20 billion shekels ($5.6 billion) for civilian and miscellaneous costs.

Israeli army chief says war to extend for 'many more months'
4:25 PM
The New Arab Staff

Israeli army chief of staff, Herzi Halevi, said Israel plans to expand military operations into southern and central Gaza, and that the war is expected to continue for "many more months."

During a press conference in southern Israel, Halevi stated, "I just left the Gaza Strip, I met the troops in the north of the Strip. I was impressed by the way the forces are fighting, working, and achieving the goals we set for them. The IDF is close to completing the dismantling of the Hamas battalions in the northern Gaza Strip."

"We eliminated many terrorists and commanders, some of them surrendered to our forces and we took hundreds of prisoners. We destroyed many underground infrastructures and weapons," Halevi added.

Blinken and Sullivan to meet with Israeli Minister over Gaza
4:08 PM
The New Arab Staff

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan are scheduled to meet on Tuesday with Ron Dermer, Israel's Minister for Strategic Affairs. 

The meeting will discuss the Gaza war and negotiations on the release of Israeli hostages currently held by Hamas, The White House said in a statement.



Nine Israeli soldiers wounded by missile strike
3:24 PM
The New Arab Staff

Israeli army says nine soldiers were injured, one of them in critical condition, after anti-tank missile was fired near Shomera in western Galilee.


UN says displacement crisis in Gaza a 'human chessboard'
3:11 PM
The New Arab Staff

A UN humanitarian deployed to Gaza reported a lack of space for displaced Palestinians, describing the situation as a "human chessboard."

Most of the population, after being displaced multiple times, continue to face attacks even at sites Israel claims as safe.

"People were heading south with mattresses and all of their belongings in vans and in trucks and in cars in order to try and find somewhere safe," Gemma Conell reported.

"There’s so little space left here in Rafah that people just don’t know where they will go, and it really feels like people being moved around a human chessboard because there’s an evacuation order somewhere."

Explosion near Israel's embassy in India
2:19 PM
The New Arab Staff

An explosion has been reported close to the Israeli embassy in India. The New Delhi police are investigating this incident, according to the news channel NDTV.

Israel's foreign ministry has stated that the cause of the explosion is still unidentified.

There have been no reports of any injuries resulting from this incident.

Internet, phone services cut across Gaza: Paltel
2:01 PM
The New Arab Staff

The main telecom company in Gaza, Paltel, said on Tuesday that telephone and internet connections have been cut across the besieged and heavily bombardment enclave.

UN 'gravely concerned' by Israeli strikes on central Gaza
1:52 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies


The United Nations said Tuesday it was "gravely concerned" by Israel's continued bombardment of the central Gaza Strip and urged Israeli forces to take all available measures to protect civilians.

"We are gravely concerned about the continued bombardment of Middle Gaza by Israeli forces... all attacks must strictly adhere to the principles of international humanitarian law, including distinction, proportionality and precaution," UN Human Rights Office spokesman Seif Magango said in a statement.

Witnesses report "unprecedented" violence in the last 24 hours in Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

Iranian President to meet with Erdogan over Gaza
1:32 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi will visit Ankara on 4 January to meet his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan for talks likely to focus on the situations in Gaza and Syria as well as bilateral ties, a Turkish official said on Tuesday.


PCRS headquarter in Khan Younis targeted in Israeli shelling
12:41 PM
The New Arab Staff

Teadquarters of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Khan Younis, Gaza, has been targeted by Israeli artillery shelling on Tuesday, the organisation wrote on X.

The attack, which struck the upper floors of the building, has resulted in several injuries among displaced individuals seeking shelter there.

The PRCS headquarters has been serving as a refuge for thousands of internally displaced persons in the war on Gaza.

241 killed in the last 24 hours in Gaza, 382 injured
12:27 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

241 Palestinians have been killed and 382 injured in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry in Gaza.


Gaza death toll hits 20,915 with injuries close to 55,000
12:10 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

The health ministry in Gaza said on Tuesday that at least 20,915 people have been killed in the Palestinian territory since the war with Israel broke out on October 7.

The ministry said another 54,918 people have been wounded in more than 11 weeks of fighting.

Drone downed near Dahab, Egypt: Reuters
11:42 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Two security sources told Reuters that a drone was intercepted near Dahab, a resort city along Egypt's Red Sea coast, on Tuesday.

The sources were unable to verify the drone's origin.

Egypt's Al Qahera News TV earlier reported that explosions had been heard in the vicinity of Dahab.

Witnesses  quoted by Al Qahera News TV claimed, "A flying object was downed approximately 2 km from Dahab's shores."

Earlier in December, Egyptian air defences were reported to have destroyed a suspected drone near Dahab, according to security sources.

This incident follows an increase in attacks by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis on Red Sea shipping, in response to Israel's military actions in Gaza.

Defence minister says Israel attacked on seven fronts
11:15 AM
The New Arab Staff

Israel's Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said that Israel has been engaged in "a multi-arena war" since 7 October, to Haaretz has reported.

At a Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee hearing, Gallant stated, "in a multi-arena war, from the beginning we were attacked from seven fronts - Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Iraq, Yemen and Iran. We have already reacted and acted in six of these fronts, and I say here in the most explicit way: anyone who acts against us is a potential target, there is no immunity for anyone."

Two Palestinians killed, one injured in West Bank raid
10:45 AM
The New Arab Staff

Israeli forces killed 17-year-old Ahmad Yousef Yaghi and 31-year-old Ibrahim Majid Abdel Majeed Al-Titi during a raid at the al-Fawwar refugee camp in the West Bank, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported on Tuesday.

The raid also injured one Palestine, local medical sources told Wafa.

Overnight raids have been conducted by Israeli forces in Bethlehem, Tulkarem, and Qalqiya.

Fungal outbreak kills an Israeli soldier in Gaza, infects 10
10:15 AM
The New Arab Staff

An Israeli soldier died and 10 other Israeli soldiers were infected with an infectious fungus in the soil of Gaza, the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation "Kan" reported on its website on Tuesday.

The soldier who died had reportedly arrived at the "Assuta" Hospital in Ashdod about two weeks ago with a severe limb injury. At the hospital, it was diagnosed that he had contracted a resistant fungus on the battlefield.

Professor Gilah Rahav, the head of the Israeli Association for Contagious Diseases and the former director of the Contagious and Infectious Diseases Unit at Sheba Medical Center in Israel, said in a radio interview this morning that there are about 10 soldiers who were wounded in Gaza during battles and have been infected with these soil-borne fungi in the enclave. She added that these fungi had not been seen in previous wars.

Rahav pointed out that the contaminated fungi might have originated from soil contaminated with sewage water.

Next week, the Association for Contagious Diseases will hold an emergency session regarding these fungi, with the participation of epidemiology experts from the Israeli military.

Israeli military announces four-hour pause in Deir el-Balah
9:42 AM
The New Arab Staff

The Israeli military has announced a brief pause to its operations in two areas of Deir el-Balah, in central Gaza, for what it claims are humanitarian reasons. 

This temporary halt in combat is set to last four hours, having begun at 10 AM local time (08:00 GMT).

Former Israeli official says Israel lost war against Hamas
9:13 AM
The New Arab Staff

Former Israeli Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said that Israel has lost its war against Hamas, suggesting that a change in leadership, specifically the resignation of Netanyahu, is necessary for "victory". 

He expressed these views during a discussion with anti-government protestors in Haifa, and his remarks were broadcasted on Israeli Channel 14.

Two Israeli soldiers killed in northern Gaza
8:45 AM
The New Arab Staff

The Israeli military announced that two of its soldiers were killed in battles in northern Gaza, bringing the death toll to 156.


Iran top advisor killed in Israeli airstrike near Damascus
8:30 AM
The New Arab Staff

Three security sources and Iranian state media reported that Sayyed Razi Mousavi, a high-ranking advisor in Iran's Revolutionary Guards, was killed in an Israeli airstrike near Damascus on Monday.

According to Reuters, Mousavi played a key role in managing the military collaboration between Syria and Iran.

Israeli military spokesperson Daniel Hagari stated, "I won't comment on foreign reports, these or others in the Middle East."

"The Israeli military obviously has a job to protect the security interests of Israel," he added

Israel's war on Gaza far from over, says Netanyahu
8:15 AM
The New Arab Staff

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a statement on Monday, refuted any suggestions that Israel might cease its military violence against Gaza.

“We are not stopping. We are continuing to fight, and we will be intensifying the fighting in the coming days, and the fighting will take long and it is not close to concluding,” he said