Infostani Sources- On Friday, the Israeli army killed six Palestinians, including two boys aged 14 and 18, in al-Farah refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli military also claimed to have arrested two wanted Palestinians during the operation. Simultaneously, the Israeli bombing resulted in the death of the well-known Palestinian poet, professor, and author of the book “Gaza Writes Back,” Rafat Alir. Israel asserted that it conducted a drone strike inside Syria, killing four pro-Hezbollah Mujahideen on Friday. Additionally, two Israeli army personnel lost their lives in a ground attack in Gaza by Hamas, including one named Gil Daniel from India.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported on Friday that the death toll in this conflict has risen to 17,487 Palestinians. Videos from Israeli and Palestinian media depicted the harsh treatment of many Palestinian citizens in Israeli army custody. The visuals showed Palestinians stripped in the cold, blindfolded, hands tied, and made to sit outdoors. The European Union, in a statement from Brussels, included two Hamas commanders, 58-year-old Muhammad Daif and his deputy Marwan Isa, on the list of terrorists, accusing them of direct involvement in Hamas’ operation against Israel on October 7.
International Responses to Gaza Crisis: UN Resolutions, Ceasefire Calls, and Diplomatic Measures
During an attack in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza, the Israeli army arrested Palestinian civilians. The United Nations General Assembly approved five resolutions in favor of the Palestinians, addressing issues such as Jewish settlers and the denial of basic rights. In a meeting on the situation in Gaza, the UN Secretary-General, Guterres, called for a ceasefire. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed Guterres’ move regarding Article 99, considering it crucial to ending the Gaza war. Meanwhile, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Anne-Claire Legendre. Announced stringent measures against Israeli settlers engaged in violence against Palestinians in the West Bank. These measures include travel restrictions and freezing financial assets.
British Defense Minister Grant Ships expressed efforts to persuade the Palestinian Authority to replace Hamas in Gaza. Aiming to restore peace in the Middle East. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). Stated that over 80 percent of Gaza’s 2.3 million population has been internally displaced. US Secretary of State Lincoln criticized the Israeli military operation’s civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip after a meeting with British Foreign Minister David Cameron in Washington.
Middle East Unrest: Destruction, Disruption, and Cultural Loss
Germany emphasized that lasting peace in the Middle East would be impossible if the militant group Hamas did not cease its attacks. The Israeli Ministry of Defense confirmed the receipt of 200 cargo planes loaded with military equipment from various countries. Including weapons, ammunition, and military vehicles. The ministry did not disclose the names of the countries providing defense assistance. Meanwhile, Palestinians affected by the bombardment face a cut-off in water supply. Additionally, authorities prohibit the transportation of aid supplies from the Rafah Crossing to Gaza.
Israeli forces prevented Palestinians from performing Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque. In Gaza, the Israeli army destroyed the 650-year-old al-Omari mosque during an attack on the archaeological site. This led to UNESCO expressing regret over the loss of cultural history.
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