Prominent Updates on the 103rd Day of the Ongoing Israeli Aggression on Gaza

By Gamal Khattab January 18, 2024 1998

 

Gaza

On the 103rd day of the Israeli war on Gaza, there were several important developments. The Israeli army carried out an airdrop in Khan Yunis, while the Al Jazeera correspondent reported that wounded soldiers were being transported from the battle areas. The Al-Qassam Brigades and Al-Quds Brigades, two Palestinian militant groups, claimed to have destroyed Israeli tanks and troop carriers and killed Israeli soldiers. The Ministry of Health reported that the number of victims in Gaza had risen to over 24,000 martyrs and 61,000 injured. The Israeli army also admitted that 4 soldiers were killed in the ongoing battles.

Political Developments

Hamas leader Osama Hamdan held the US administration responsible for the Israeli occupation's crimes in Gaza. He expressed hope that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not obstruct the agreement reached with Qatar to introduce medicines to prisoners. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant emphasized the need to dismantle Hamas, while Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that the conflict with Hamas may continue until 2025. In the United States, Senators Mark Warner and Chris expressed concerns about Israel's management of the conflict. Colombian President Gustavo Petro called the situation in Gaza a genocide and a crime against humanity. Bloomberg News reported that the European Union plans to impose sanctions on Hamas.

The West Bank

The Israeli occupation forces stormed the town of Bani Naim, and young men were martyred in an Israeli drone bombing near Balata refugee camp. Palestinian workers from Gaza were also arrested in Qalqilya.

Lebanon

Israeli Chief of Staff Herzi Halevy stated that the possibility of war erupting on the northern border is higher than before. There have been mutual bombing operations between Israel and Hezbollah, with sirens sounding in Israeli towns along the border with Lebanon.

The Red Sea

The US has relisted the Houthi group in Yemen as a "global terrorist organization." The US Secretary of State expressed concerns about Houthi attacks on ships and forces in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. The Houthis responded by saying that the American classification would not discourage them from supporting Palestine.

Source: Agencies