Prominent Updates on the 85th Day of the Israeli Aggression on Gaza Featured

By Gamal Khattab December 31, 2023 3886


Intense Clashes and Casualties

On the 85th day of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, there were fierce confrontations between the occupation forces and the Palestinian resistance. The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that there have been 21,672 deaths and 56,165 injuries since the start of the war. In the past 24 hours alone, there were 165 deaths and 250 injuries due to 14 massacres committed by the occupation forces.

Ground Operations and Bombardment

The occupation forces intensified their operations in the Gaza Strip, especially in Khan Yunis. They also fired shells at the beaches of Deir al-Balah and Khan Yunis. Israeli fighters and artillery increased their bombardment on the central region, targeting camps with a high population density of refugees and displaced people.

Losses on Both Sides

The Israeli army reported that an officer and a soldier were killed, and an officer and three soldiers were seriously injured. Two officers were also killed during the battles. The Israeli army stated that 431 wounded soldiers are still receiving treatment in hospitals, with 44 in critical condition.

Possible Prisoner Exchange Deal

The Israeli War Council will meet to discuss a new prisoner exchange deal with the Palestinian resistance. This comes after Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and War Council member Benny Gantz refused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's participation in a joint press conference.

Developments in the West Bank

In the occupied West Bank, the occupation forces shot a Palestinian vehicle driver and a Palestinian was killed by occupation bullets at the entrance to Al-Fawwar camp. The occupation forces also arrested 15 citizens from West Bank towns.

Escalation on the Lebanon Front

The Israeli Air Force launched raids on Lebanese Hezbollah infrastructure, while Hezbollah targeted Israeli soldiers. Rockets fired from Lebanon landed in open areas in the Upper Galilee, causing injuries.

Global Demonstrations and Boycotts

Demonstrations took place in European cities and in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, to demand an end to the Israeli war on Gaza. The French Urgent Palestine movement called for a demonstration in central Paris. In addition, the Malaysian McDonald's company filed a lawsuit against a pro-Palestinian group for calling to boycott companies that support Israel.

Canadian-Jordanian Discussions

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the humanitarian situation in Gaza with King Abdullah II of Jordan. Trudeau expressed his country's support for the right of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and the importance of renewing efforts towards a two-state solution.

Martyred Journalists and Disease Outbreaks

Journalist Jabr Abu Hadros and his family members were martyred in an Israeli bombing. The number of martyred journalists in the Strip since October 7 has risen to 106. The World Health Organization has warned of the increasing risk of infectious diseases in the Gaza Strip due to the displacement of people and overcrowded health facilities.


Source: Al Jazeera