Prominent Updates on the 72nd Day of the Israeli Aggression on Gaza Featured

By Gamal Khattab December 18, 2023 3014

Israeli Army Continues Bombing Civilians in Gaza

On the 72nd day of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, the occupation army continued to bomb different areas in the Gaza Strip. At the same time, the resistance fought back with violent battles. The Israeli War Council also met to discuss a new prisoner exchange deal with Hamas.

Toll of Palestinian Casualties

Since the start of the aggression on Gaza, 18,800 Palestinians have been killed and around 51,000 have been wounded. Most of the casualties are women and children. In the occupied West Bank, 505 Palestinians have been killed by occupation bullets this year, including 297 since October 7th.

New Exchange Deal on the Table

The War Council is discussing a new direction for a prisoner exchange deal. The killing of 3 hostages in the Shujaiya neighborhood had a big impact on the Israeli decision-making circle. Benny Gantz, a member of the War Council, spoke with the prisoners' families about the possibilities of reaching an agreement.

Palestinian Authority Ready to Rule Gaza!

The Palestinian Authority is preparing to take control of the Gaza Strip after the war ends. Hussein Al-Sheikh, a Palestinian Authority figure proposed to succeed Mahmoud Abbas, emphasized that the Authority is the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. He also stated that Hamas' approach to managing the conflict with Israel is not the best solution.

Call for International Investigation

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor called for an independent international investigation into reports of the Israeli army burying wounded Palestinians alive in the yard of Kamal Adwan Hospital in Gaza.

Discovery of a "Giant" Tunnel

The Israeli occupation army announced the discovery of a large tunnel network led by Muhammad al-Sinwar, the brother of Hamas' leader in Gaza. The tunnel, according to the occupation,  extends for 4 kilometers and is located near the Erez Beit Hanoun crossing.

Settlement Projects in Gaza!

15 Israeli organizations are preparing for settlement projects in the Gaza Strip if the Israeli army gains control over the area. An Israeli real estate company has also opened reservations for residential units in Gaza.

Israel Transfers Money to the Palestinian Authority

Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed on a mechanism for the Authority to receive funds held by Israel. The mechanism allows Israel to see the names of those receiving salaries in Gaza.

Battle in Khan Yunis Will Take Months

The Israeli Army estimates that it will take months to resolve the battle against Hamas' military wing in Khan Yunis, located in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Anti-Tunnel Wall Planned

Israel is planning to build an underground anti-tunnel wall between the Gaza Strip and Egypt after the war. The Egyptian side has been notified of this plan.

Golani Brigade Suffers Losses

The Golani Brigade has lost a quarter of its forces, with 82 officers and soldiers killed during the aggression on Gaza.

American Response to the Houthis

The US administration is considering options to respond to the Houthis following their attacks on ships in the Red Sea. The Houthis have targeted Israeli ships and announced a strategy to prevent cargo ships from reaching Israel.

Source: Al Jazeera