Prominent Updates on the 102nd Day of the Ongoing Israeli Aggression on Gaza Featured

By Gamal Khattab January 17, 2024 2557

 

Gaza

On the 102nd day of the Israeli war on Gaza, there were some major developments. The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which is a group fighting against the Israeli occupation, successfully defended the northern Gaza Strip from Israeli attacks. There were also intense battles in the city of Khan Yunis in the southern region, where unfortunately 19 Palestinians lost their lives due to Israeli raids.

The al-Qassam Brigades launched mortar shells at the Israeli enemy's concentrations in Gaza City, and they also fired a large batch of missiles towards several towns in the Gaza Strip and the western Negev. One of the missiles hit a building in the city of Netivot directly.

Israel decided to withdraw some of its forces from the Gaza Strip, which means they are reducing their military operations there. However, this decision was criticized by Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir, who thinks it's a mistake.

The White House announced that Israel is moving to a less intense phase in its military operations in the southern and northern Gaza Strip.

Surprising Tunnels and Political Accusations

The New York Times published a report about the tunnels built by Hamas in Gaza. Israeli officials and soldiers, as well as American officials, were astonished by the scope, depth, and quality of these tunnels. The Israeli army now believes that there are even more tunnels under the Gaza Strip.

Hamas accused the European Union of being biased in favor of the Israeli occupation. They were upset about the sanctions imposed on their leader, Yahya Sinwar. Hamas believes that these sanctions are unfair and show support for the occupation.

Al Jazeera Correspondent's Tragic Story

Wael Al Dahdouh, a correspondent for Al Jazeera in the Gaza Strip, arrived in Doha, Qatar, for treatment. He lost his wife, son, daughter, and granddaughter in an Israeli raid last October. He was also injured in another bombing last month, and recently his eldest son, Hamza, was martyred.

Qatari Mediation and Aid

Qatar successfully mediated an agreement between Hamas and Israel. This agreement allows for the introduction of medicines and humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. In return, Israel will receive the medicines needed by Israeli detainees.

Israeli Raids in the West Bank

The Israeli occupation forces continued their raids on cities and towns in the occupied West Bank. There were confrontations between Palestinian youth and the occupation forces in several places. Many Palestinians were arrested during these raids.

Lebanon's Diplomatic Approach

The Israeli army launched attacks on Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon, and in response, Hezbollah targeted Israeli occupation sites. The head of the Lebanese caretaker government, Najib Mikati, stated that Lebanon's choice is a diplomatic one, seeking permanent stability of the borders with Israel. Mikati emphasized the importance of diplomatic solutions and respecting international resolutions.

Tensions in the Red Sea

American forces bombed Houthi sites in Yemen, and the European Union agreed in principle to form a military mission to deter the Houthis in the Red Sea. The United States is working to confront Houthi aggression in the Red Sea while also trying to reduce escalation and stop the expansion of the conflict in the Middle East.

Source: Al Jazeera