Prominent Updates on the 53rd day of the Israeli war on Gaza Featured

By Gamal Khattab November 29, 2023 1822


Prisoner Exchange and Diplomatic Efforts

On the 53rd day of the Israeli war on Gaza, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movement handed over Israeli detainees to the International Committee of the Red Cross. In return, the Israeli occupation authorities released 30 Palestinian prisoners. This exchange of prisoners between the two parties took place as diplomatic discussions were held in Doha, Qatar, to reach a broader deal and strengthen Qatari mediation for a permanent ceasefire.

Challenges in Gaza

Gaza, which is currently on its fifth day of a truce, is still facing challenges. Aid continues to enter the Strip, but it is not sufficient to meet the needs of the people, especially in terms of food, medical supplies, and fuel.

Notable Developments

Here are some of the most notable developments today:

Prisoner Release

A bus carrying Palestinian prisoners left Ofer Prison and arrived in Beitunia in the West Bank. The fifth batch of detainees liberated from Gaza are now in Israel.

Ceasefire Negotiations

The Qatari Foreign Ministry expressed hope for progress in reaching a permanent ceasefire in the coming hours and days. However, the Israeli military spokesman stated that a ceasefire is not currently on the table.

Clashes and Losses

Armed clashes between occupation forces and Palestinian resistance fighters were reported in the city of Jenin. Hamas leader Osama Hamdan stated that Israel's losses will increase, as its soldiers have not set foot on 80% of Gaza's land.

Humanitarian Concerns

International pressure is mounting on Israel to immediately open the Kerem Shalom crossing. The King of Jordan condemned the deprivation of water and food in Gaza as a war crime. UNICEF reported that Gaza's hospitals are full of injured children, and UNRWA stated that conditions in Gaza are very bad.

Other Developments

Other developments include the prevention of a fuel truck from entering the northern Gaza Strip, the occupation holding the bodies of three soldiers killed on October 7, and the Israeli Finance Minister's announcement of plans to enhance settlement in the West Bank.

Source: Al Jazeera + agencies + Israeli press