Gaza: Over 16,200 dead as Israel intensifies assault on Khan Younis

Gaza: Over 16,200 dead as Israel intensifies assault on Khan Younis
As the Israeli military has launches new attacks in the southern Gaza Strip, the death toll in the conflict has risen to over 16.200.
22 min read
05 December, 2023

The death toll on Israel's war on Gaza has risen to more than 16,200, including over 7000 children, according to Gaza's ministry of health.

This comes as Israel intensifies its assault on Gaza's soth, where the Israeli military has committed what is being called a massacre in Khan Younis, hitting a school sheltering displaced people and killing at least 30 people. 

Israeli tanks have also besieged the Kamal Adwan hospital, one of the last functioning hospitals in the north of the besieged Palestinian territory.

The assault on Khan Younis, southern Gaza's main city, suggest a new and bloody phase of Israel's war. Israel had previously ordered civilians in the northern part of the Gaza Strip to flee to the south of the territory but is now committing large scale attacks on them there.

Functioning ambulances and civilian cars were racing into the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis throughout the night, carrying injured people into the only functioning hospital in the city which was home to more than 400,000 Palestinians before the war.

Witnesses reported aggressive military offences, including the use of tank shells and bulldozers in civilian areas.

The UN's humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, Lynn Hastings, said on Monday that "an even more hellish scenario" looms in Gaza where the delivery of humanitarian aid might come to a complete halt.

"The conditions required to deliver aid to the people of Gaza do not exist."

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Two Palestinian teens killed in Israeli raids in West Bank
3:29 AM
The New Arab Staff

Citing sources from the Palestine Red Crescent, Palestinian news agency Wafa said two Palestinians were killed and three others injured in raids in al-Fara’a refugee camp and the town of Tammoun, south of Tubas.

Wafa identified the two teens killed as 18-year-old Moaz Ibrahim Zahran, from al-Fara’a, and 16-year-old Abdul Rahman Imad Bani Odeh from Tammoun

Palestine UN mission asks Security Council president to act
3:24 AM
The New Arab Staff

The State of Palestine’s mission to the UN has written to the president of the UN Security Council (UNSC), urging it to act on Israel’s “non-compliance” with international law.

“The international community can not allow Israel to continue to make a mockery of the law,” the letter said. “How can the Security Council accept that its resolutions are spat on by Israel?”

The UNSC on November 15 adopted a resolution calling for “urgent and extended humanitarian pauses” in Gaza but it has yet to use its powers to call for a legally-binding ceasefire.

The letter was addressed to Jose de la Gasca of Ecuador, which holds the presidency for the month of December.

Israel claims to have 'eliminated' several Hamas commanders
2:54 AM
The New Arab Staff

The military said in a post on X that four battalion commanders of Hamas’s largest brigade in the Gaza Strip were among the senior leaders of the Palestinian group killed in recent Israeli strikes.

It also said it “significantly damaged” other Hamas units, including those in central Gaza.

On Tuesday, senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan said Israel is “sinking deeper and deeper into the swamp of Gaza”, adding that the group is “well prepared” to fight no matter how long the war lasts.

UN: attacks on civilian targets ups risk of atrocity crimes
2:27 AM
The New Arab Staff

The UN says Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has “significantly intensified” since yesterday afternoon.

At the same time, attacks on civilian infrastructure have raised serious concerns about “Israel’s compliance with international humanitarian law and significantly raises the risk of atrocity crimes,” the UN Human Rights Office said on Tuesday.

UN Envoy: Israel's civilian 'massacre' excuse is 'madness'"
2:08 AM
The New Arab Staff

Francesca Albanese, the UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, said nothing “other than pure madness” could be a justification for Israel’s “massacre of civilians” in Gaza.

In a post on social media accompanied by harrowing video footage of grievously wounded and deceased Palestinian infants and children receiving medical treatment on the floor of a hospital in Gaza, Albanese had this blunt message:

“This massacre of civilians must be stopped. There is nothing, absolutely nothing (other than pure madness) that can justify THIS.”

“No more functioning hospitals. No more medications. No more words."

18 arrested, seven people injured as Israel raids Jenin
1:27 AM
The New Arab Staff

Israeli forces arrested at least 18 Palestinians in Jenin and its refugee camp following an hours-long raid, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Wafa said that at least seven people, including a woman and a girl, were also injured.

Palestinian photographer: Isn't this enough to stop the war?
1:06 AM
The New Arab Staff

Palestinian activist and photographer Ismail Jood has published a video message appealing for an end to Israel’s war on Gaza.

While standing next to the bodies of Palestinians killed in the latest bombardment of Deir el-Balah, Jood said, “We don’t know what to document more than this in order to stop the war on Gaza.

“All these massacres happened and you did nothing,” he said in the Instagram video.

“Today, more than 50 people who have nothing to do with the war were killed. Children, women and the elderly. Honestly, we don’t know what we want to say,” he added. “As long as you live in Gaza, you are a target. There’s no safe place in Gaza."

Fuel, med supplies severely low at Al-Aqsa Martyr's hospital
12:30 AM
The New Arab Staff

Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) also says hundreds of patients are seeking emergency care at the facility in Deir el-Balah in central Gaza “due to unrelenting bombardment by Israeli forces”.

Marie-Aure Perreault Revial, the group’s emergency coordinator in Gaza, said the shortages could prevent the hospital from providing “lifesaving surgeries or intensive care”.

“Without electricity, ventilators would cease to function, blood donations would have to stop, the sterilization of surgical instruments would be impossible,” she said in a statement shared on social media.

Earlier, we reported that dozens of Palestinians killed and injured in Israeli attacks in Deir el-Balah had been brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital

Netanyahu: Israel to turn Gaza into ‘demilitarised zone'
12:23 AM
The New Arab Staff

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated the goals for the war: The complete dismantling of Hamas’s military and political capabilities to ensure that Israel feels no future threat coming from the Gaza Strip and to bring back all of the captives currently being held inside of Gaza, as reported by Al Jazeera.

While [Netanyahu] didn’t necessarily mention anything new, he did say that after the war is over, the Israeli military will work to create a demilitarised zone in the Gaza Strip.

[Netanyahu was] saying that the only force that could do this was Israel and that he did not trust any sort of international force or effort for the demilitarisation of the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s Defence Minister Yoav Gallant also speaking at that press conference [was] saying that while the military is achieving big gains, it doesn’t come without big losses. He is directly referring to the deaths of 80 Israeli soldiers who have been killed since the beginning of the ground operation in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army says that it is in the third stage of their ground campaign inside the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army says that it has totally surrounded the city of Khan Younis and they are operating in the heart of it.


US aid chief announces new help on visit near Gaza border
12:16 AM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

The US aid chief on Tuesday announced new support for the war-battered Gaza Strip on a visit to Egypt, as a renewed Israeli offensive again puts Palestinians at risk.

Samantha Power, the administrator of the US Agency for International Development, travelled to the Egyptian town of El-Arish, the gateway to Rafah, the border crossing that has been reopened but at limited capacity since the war started.

Power announced $21 million in new US assistance that will include hygiene and shelter supplies and food for people in Gaza, where water and other basics have been in short supply.

USAID said the assistance was in addition to $100 million announced by President Joe Biden on October 18.

Power accompanied the delivery by the US military of another 16.3 metric tonnes (36,000 pounds) of previously announced assistance that includes medical supplies, winter clothing and emergency food.

Read the full report here.

WHO moves med supplies amid Israeli attacks on southern Gaza
10:57 PM
The New Arab Staff

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on X that the UN health agency’s supplies were moved from a Khan Younis warehouse to a smaller facility in Rafah.

“It required significant effort to make it happen in a short period of time,” Tedros said, adding that the transfer resulted in a postponement of planned medicine deliveries to Doctors Without Borders and UNRWA health facilities.

“The movement has already been delayed and will continue to challenge our deliveries to hospitals in Gaza, amid widespread armed conflict and limited staff on the ground. We need a sustained and safe flow of medical aid to provide care to people in Gaza,” he said.

Yesterday, Tedros said the WHO was ordered by Israel’s military to evacuate its warehouse at Khan Younis within 24 hours, as Israel’s expanded ground operations “will put it beyond use”. The army rejected the allegation, saying it never issued the warning. 

Israeli hostage families angry after meeting with Netanyahu
10:26 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met families of returned hostages on Tuesday in an encounter that some of those present described as loud and angry.

The meeting came as fighting has resumed in the Gaza Strip following a seven-day pause that saw the return of more than 100 hostages from the enclave. The fate of 138 captives who remained behind is still open.

Several of the relatives who attended the meeting left bitterly critical of the government.

Dani Miran, whose son Omri was taken hostage on October 7 by Hamas along with around 240 other Israelis and foreigners, said he felt his intelligence had been insulted by the meeting and had walked out in the middle of it.

"I won't go into the details of what was discussed at the meeting but this entire performance was ugly, insulting, messy," he told Israel's Channel 13, saying the government had made a "farce" out of the issue.

"They say 'we've done this, we've done that.' (Hamas' Gaza leader Yahya) Sinwar is the one who returned our people, not them. It angers me that they say that they dictated things. They hadn't dictated a single move."

Read the full report here.

US House adopts res declaring ‘anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism
9:09 PM
The New Arab Staff

The Republican-controlled chamber passed the measure in a 311-14 vote, with 94 Democratic members voting present – essentially abstaining, according to Al Jazeera.

The symbolic resolution is one of several pro-Israel motions approved by Congress since October 7.

Palestinian rights supporters have long rejected conflations of Zionism – a nationalist ideology – with Judaism, noting that many Jewish Americans identify as anti-Zionist.

The resolution “clearly and firmly states that anti-Zionism is antisemitism”.

It also condemned the slogan “From the River to the Sea”, an aspirational call for equality in historic Palestine, falsely describing it as a “rallying cry for the eradication of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

German state requires Israel support for naturalisation
8:51 PM
The New Arab Staff

Applicants for naturalisation in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt are now required to declare their support for Israel’s “right to exist”, Deutsche Welle reports.

Applicants also must confirm in writing immediately before naturalisation that they “condemn any efforts directed against the existence of the State of Israel”, the report said.

Sunak tells Netanyahu of disappointment at truce breakdown
8:44 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed his disappointment about the breakdown of the pause in fighting in Gaza in a call with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, his office said in a readout.

“The Prime Minister spoke to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this afternoon. He expressed disappointment about the breakdown of the pause in fighting in Gaza, which had allowed hostages to be released," a Downing Street spokesperson said.

"The leaders discussed urgent efforts to ensure all remaining hostages are safely freed and to allow any remaining British nationals in Gaza to leave."

Sunak's spokesperson said the British prime minister stressed the need for Israel to take greater care to protect civilians in Gaza and for humanitarian aid to be allowed to enter the Palestinian enclave.

Defence minister Grant Shapps said Britain was considering sending a military support vessel to provide medical and humanitarian aid in the Middle East.

‘Humanitarian response at breaking point’: UNRWA chief
8:39 PM
The New Arab Staff

Philippe Lazzarini has said the limited assistance being allowed into Gaza “strangles” the operations of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

“The siege might become a major source of death,” he warned.

US: Israel not doing enough to allow fuel, aid into Gaza
7:54 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Israel is not doing enough to allow more fuel and aid into Gaza and should step up efforts, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said on Tuesday, adding Washington is engaging with Israel to allow more trucks in.

"There is not enough being done right now. The level of assistance that's getting in is not sufficient. It needs to go up and we've made that clear to the government of Israel. The level of fuel that is going in is not sufficient. It needs to go up," Miller told reporters.


US to place visa restrictions on violent Israeli settlers
7:45 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

In a rare punitive move against Israel, the State Department said Tuesday it will impose travel bans on extremist Jewish settlers implicated in a rash of recent attacks on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the step after warning Israel last week that President Joe Biden's administration would be taking action over the attacks. Blinken did not announce individual visa bans, but officials said those would be coming this week and could affect dozens of settlers and their families.

The decision comes at a sensitive moment in U.S.-Israeli relations. The Biden administration has firmly backed Israel since it began its war on Gaza.

Read the full report here

Strike on south Gaza school kills at least 25
7:40 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

At least 25 people were killed Tuesday in a strike that hit a southern Gaza school sheltering Palestinians displaced by war, the Hamas-run health ministry said.

Witnesses said dozens of injured people, as well as bodies recovered from under the rubble of Ma'an school in Khan Yunis had been taken to the city's Nasser hospital.

Khan Yunis, Gaza's second-largest city, has been targeted for several days by intense bombing by the Israeli army, which has now also sent ground troops to the area.

Mohammed Salou, whose sister was killed in Tuesday's strike, told AFP: "My cousin called me and told me to come because my sister's body was lying in a schoolyard, and we couldn't retrieve it."

He eventually managed to take the body to hospital, he said.

Salou said he believed "it was not the school itself which was targeted, but rather the area around it".

Many Palestinians have found refuge in schools or hospitals since the start of the Israeli offensive in October, believing they were relatively safe from attacks.

Israel's war on Gaza has left 16,200 dead, mostly women and children, according to authorities in Gaza.

Numerous schools and hospitals or their direct surroundings have been struck in the Gaza Strip since the war began.

Israel not 'receptive' to US appeal to limit civilian deaths
7:10 PM
The New Arab Staff

Despite public statements hailing Washington’s role in curtailing Israeli operations in Gaza, a senior Biden administration official has told CNN that Israel has been less than “receptive” to its attempted guidance, according to Al Jazeera.

The official said the administration, which has resisted calls to support a ceasefire in Gaza, is concerned about the next stages of Israel’s operations in the south. They told the news organisation that the Biden administration has been “hard”, “firm”, and “direct” in private, urging Israel to take a more measured approach in the south than it did in its operations in the north.

The official added that the Biden administration continues to avoid directly admonishing Israel’s approach in public, and continues to pledge support for Israel. It has said it will not condition military aid to its “ironclad” ally.

Israel army says 82 soldiers killed in Gaza invasion
6:36 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

The Israeli army said on Tuesday that 82 soldiers had been killed since the start of its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

After weeks of heavy bombing, Israel launched a ground offensive in the territory on October 27.

The army on Tuesday afternoon gave a toll of 80 soldiers killed, following the deaths on Monday of five troops. Later on Tuesday a statement announced two more had been killed inside Gaza.

In nearly two months since the beginning of Israel's attack on Gaza, at least 16,248 people, most of them children or women, have been killed in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza death toll rises to 16,248
6:29 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Israeli forces have killed at least 16,248 people, including 7,112 children and 4,885 women, in Gaza since October 7, a statement from Gaza's media office said on Tuesday.

At least 43,616 people have been injured and at least 7,600 people are missing, it said.

"During the aggression on Gaza, Israeli forces dropped more than 50,000 tonnes of explosives on civilian homes, hospitals, schools and other institutions, resulting in the complete destruction of 52,000 housing units, 69 schools, 121 government buildings and 100 mosques," it said.


Israel’s goal of ‘eliminating’ Hamas far from achieved
6:22 PM
The New Arab Staff

After 60 days of war, Israel’s main goal of “wiping out” Hamas still has not come to fruition.

According to the Washington Post, about 5,000 Hamas fighters have been killed in the conflict out of 30,000 soldiers in its military wing.

Quoting three unnamed Israeli security officials, it reported Hamas is still active in northern Gaza, even though Israel is now expanding ground operations to the south.

“Though much of Gaza City has been leveled by air strikes, [Israeli] ground forces have yet to enter some of Hamas’s key strongholds there,” the news report said.

Meanwhile, the killing of Gaza’s civilians continues daily with over  16,000 now dead – including 7000 children. 

Catastrophic situation in Khan Younis amid Israeli strikes
5:13 PM
The New Arab Staff

Eyewitness accounts describe a critical situation in Khan Younis hospitals as the city endures continuous airstrikes, leading to a surge in the number of casualties and fatalities.

The Chief of General Staff of the Israeli army, Herzi Halevi, has stated that their forces are now encircling Khan Younis. 

“Sixty days after the war began our forces are now encircling the Khan Younis area in the southern Gaza Strip,” he said.

“We have secured many Hamas strongholds in the northern Gaza Strip, and now we are operating against its strongholds in the south.”

Hamas says it destroyed 24 Israeli army vehciles in Gaza
5:08 PM
The New Arab Staff

The military arm of Hamas, al-Qassam Brigades, reported fights with Israeli military forces across the Gaza Strip since early Tuesday.

In a message shared on their Telegram channel, they confirm having destroyed or severely damaged 24 Israeli army vehicles in Khan Younis.

The statement also mentions an attack targeting 18 Israeli soldiers, with al-Qassam snipers reportedly killing and injuring 8 of them.


Death toll reaches 16,160: Palestinian Health Ministry
4:15 PM
The New Arab Staff

Palestinian Health Minister Mai Alkalia has urged for an immediate ceasefire and halt to Israeli aggression in Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem, after the number of Palestinians killed by Israel has reached 16,160.

Alkalia stressed the urgent need for global intervention to ensure access for medical personnel, relief vehicles, and medical equipment into the besieged strip.

“We call on the United Nations, international and human rights organisations to immediately implement international humanitarian laws that prohibit attacks on hospitals, health centres, ambulances, health teams and paramedics,” she said, and to “urgently allow sufficient humanitarian and health supplies to enter the Gaza Strip, especially medicines, medical supplies, food, dairy, and fuel for generators in hospitals,” she said in a press conference in Ramallah on Tuesday.

Lebanon says soldier killed by Israeli bombardment
3:30 AM
The New Arab Staff

The Lebanese military said that a soldier was killed by Israeli fire near the southern border.

"An army military position in the … Adaysseh area was bombarded by the Israeli enemy, leaving one soldier martyred and three others injured," the army said in a statement.

UNRWA confirms 130 staff killed in Gaza
3:00 PM
The New Arab Staff

"No one is spared, a devastating and endless human tragedy," Philippe Lazzarini, UNRWA's commissioner general wrote on X.

Gaza reaching 'humanity's darkest hour': WHO
2:30 PM
The New Arab Staff

The situation in the Gaza Strip is getting worse all the time and approaching humanity's "darkest hour", the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

King’s College London suspends SU officers over Gaza support
1:50 PM
The New Arab Staff

The student union at a prominent UK university has temporarily removed three of its elected officers from duty following their public support of Palestine.

The King’s College London Students Union (KCLSU) suspended the three officers over Instagram posts advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza. 

The suspended officers are Hassan Ali, Vice President of Welfare and Community; Sadaf Abbas Cheema, Vice President for Education in Arts and Sciences; and Alizeh Abrar, Vice President for Postgraduate Students.

These officers have reported experiencing intimidation and pressure from KCLSU's higher management, including verbal threats, aimed at retracting their pro-Palestine solidarity statement.

'Safe zones' in Gaza are 'not possible' amid bombings: UN
1:20 PM
The New Arab Staff

The United Nations has issued a warning that establishing "so-called safe zones" for civilians in Gaza is not feasible during Israel's ongoing bombing campaign.

The Israeli military, initially targeting the northern part of the enclave, has now extended its operations to the south, advising Palestinian civilians through dropped leaflets to evacuate to other areas.

"The so-called safe zones... are not scientific, they are not rational, they are not possible, and I believe the authorities are conscious of this," James Elder, a UNICEF spokesperson, stated in a video link from Cairo to reporters in Geneva.

Nasser Hospital appeals for blood donations
12:46 PM
The New Arab Staff

The Nasser Hospital  in Gaza is urgently requesting blood donations as death toll rises.

The Health Ministry's spokesperson in Gaza reported that 43 bodies were received at the hospital on Tuesday morning, as a result of the Israeli strikes in southern Gaza.

The hospital is facing a critical need for blood due to the influx of severely wounded individuals arriving continuously.

26 of 35 hospitals and 52 of 72 primary healthcare clinics in Gaza are currently non-operational.

Israeli artillery attacks on PCRS ambulances in Gaza
12:15 PM
The New Arab Staff

Footage released by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) shows an Israeli artillery tank firing near two ambulances in Gaza.

The PRCS said that these ambulances were attending to injured individuals in Deir el-Balah in the southern part of Gaza.

Israeli minister calls for executing Palestinian prisoners
11:50 AM
The New Arab Staff

Israeli Minister of Heritage, Amichai Eliyahu, called for the execution of Palestinian prisoners so that they won't be released later in negotiations.

"We must execute the terrorists in the field. We are a state of law, but we desperately need to refer these terrorists to God, so they are not released in deals," he said in an interview with the Hebrew site Yedioth Ahronoth.

Last month, the right-wing minister said that "dropping a nuclear bomb is a possible solution."

"This is a genocide committed by Israel," says Qatar's Emir
11:30 AM
The New Arab Staff

The Emir of Qatar urged the U.N. Security Council to pressure Israel to reengage in peace talks on Gaza. He criticised the global community's failure to stop the ongoing hostilities as "shameful."

"This is a genocide committed by Israel." Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said in a speech to Gulf leaders at the GCC summit.

"It is a disgrace upon the international community to allow this heinous crime to continue," he added.

Israel's war on Gaza kills almost 16,000 Palestinians
11:15 AM
The New Arab Staff

Almost 16,000 Palestinians were killed since 7 October 7 in Gaza in Israel's brutal assault on Gaza.

The enclave remains besieged, preventing necessary medical aid and basic survival needs from reaching more than 42,000 injured and 1.9 million displaced.

Third telecom blackout since Gaza war began
11:05 AM
The New Arab Staff

Complete communication blackout in the whole of Gaza Strip Monday night through Tuesday, for the third time since the beginning of this genocide.

“We regret to announce the complete cessation of the communications and Internet services with the Gaza strip, as the main paths that were previously reconnected were disconnected again,” Paltel,  the main telecom company in Gaza, said in a statement on Monday.

Israeli forces raid West Bank cities, at least one killed
9:01 AM
The New Arab Staff

Israeli forces raids in Jenin, Ramallah and Bethlehem Monday night killed at least one Palestinian.

Mohammad Yousef Hassan Manasra, 25, was killed reportedly killed in the Qalandiya refugee camp, early Tuesday, Israeli forces attacked his house to arrest his brother.

A 'massacre' feared at Kamal Adwan hospital: Health Ministry
8:46 AM
The New Arab Staff

The Health Ministry in Gaza warns against a looming massacre at the Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza where, according to reports cited by Al Jazeera, Israeli tanks and snipers have encircled the hospital, targeting anyone in motion. 

Around 7,000 Palestinians are taking refuge in the hospital, according to the health ministry. Israeli military assaults in the areas surrounding the hospital have killed 108 civilians and injured many.

“We fear a massacre inside Kamal Adwan Hospital, as happened in [al-Shifa Hospital] and the [Indonesian Hospital]”, the Director General of the Health Ministry, Adnan al-Bursh, told Al Jazeera .

Kamal Adwan Hospital is among six medical hospital still functional in the besieged strip, struggling to treat hundreds of injured individuals daily.

Israeli strikes target UNRWA school in Khan Younis
8:34 AM
The New Arab Staff

Israeli airstrikes targeting the Ma'an UNRWA school in Khan Younis, kill 30 displaced civilians who were taking refuge in the building.