Prominent Updates on the 116th Day of the Ongoing Israeli Aggression on Gaza

By Gamal Kattab January 31, 2024 111

 

  • 26 soldiers injured in the past 24 hours, including 7 in Gaza Strip battles.
  • Wounded have risen to 2,797 since the war's start, including 1,283 since the ground attack on October 27 last year.
  • Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades and Al-Qassam targeted an Israeli Merkava tank, leaving them dead and wounded.
  • Israeli forces arrested 18 Palestinians, bringing the number of detainees to 6,390 since October 7.
  • Israeli special force assassinated 3 young Palestinians inside Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin.
  • Lebanese Hezbollah targeted Israeli spy equipment and a gathering of Israeli army soldiers in the vicinity of Hadab Yarin site.
  • Israeli Minister of Immigration and Integration, Avir Sofer, stated the war may continue until after 2024, 2025, and 2026.
  • Ismail Haniyeh of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said the movement would study a Paris ceasefire proposal.
  • UNRWA's funding suspension by 12 countries has been criticized by 21 international organizations.

The Israeli Aggression Continues

On the 116th day of the Israeli war on Gaza, there were some significant developments. The Israeli occupation forces committed 13 new massacres, resulting in the deaths of over 114 people. There were also intense clashes between the resistance and the occupation forces near Al-Shifa Medical Complex.

Fighting in Gaza

The Israeli army used a method to flood tunnels with water in order to destroy the tunnel network of Hamas in Gaza. They reported that 26 soldiers were injured in the past 24 hours, with 7 of them injured in battles in the Gaza Strip. Since the beginning of the war, a total of 2,797 soldiers have been wounded, including 1,283 since the ground attack started on October 27 last year.

The occupation army also bombed residential areas in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood and areas west of Gaza City. Jabalia, located in the north of the Strip, was also targeted.

The Israeli occupation army stormed the Palestinian Red Crescent building and Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Yunis, demanding their evacuation at gunpoint and disrupting communications.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that the number of victims of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip had risen to 26,751 martyrs and 65,636 wounded.

Resistance

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, targeted an Israeli Merkava tank and clashed with soldiers around it, resulting in casualties. They also targeted an Israeli tank in another area.

The Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, targeted 4 Israeli tanks with RPG shells in the Al-Arayshiyah and Jourat Al-Aqqad areas, west of Khan Yunis.

West Bank

The occupation forces arrested 18 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, bringing the total number of detainees to 6,390 since last October 7. They also conducted raids in various areas and towns in the West Bank.

An Israeli special force assassinated 3 young Palestinians inside Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin. The hospital was stormed by Israeli forces during violent clashes.

Lebanon Front

Lebanese Hezbollah targeted Israeli spy equipment near the southern village of Wazzani. They also targeted a gathering of Israeli army soldiers near the Hadab Yarin site with missiles.

Israeli artillery bombed sites in southern Lebanon, and 3 shells were fired at Western Galilee.

Israeli Statements

Israeli Minister of Immigration and Integration, Avir Sofer, stated that the war on Gaza may continue until after 2024, and possibly until 2025 and 2026.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant said that Israel would retain military control over the Gaza Strip after the war.

Galant added that Hamas will not control Gaza after the war, and Israel will impose its military control.

Exchange Deal

Hamas received a ceasefire proposal from Paris and will study it to respond. Progress has also been made towards reaching a long truce and releasing the hostages, according to the White House.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressed hope regarding the talks about the detainees and the proposed proposal, which has strong agreement among the concerned countries.

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid pledged to provide a safety net for any deal that would return Israeli prisoners held by the resistance in Gaza.

UNRWA

21 international non-governmental organizations expressed dissatisfaction with the suspension of funding to UNRWA by 12 countries. This suspension affects basic assistance to over two million civilians, more than half of whom are children. UNRWA has lost employees and facilities due to the bombing.

The World Health Organization believes that the controversy surrounding UNRWA's work distracts attention from the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Response to the Al-Tanf Attack

US President Joe Biden has decided how to respond to the attack on American forces at the Al-Tanf military base in Jordan. He stated that he does not want a broader war in the Middle East.

Iran rejected Washington's threats and considered targeting its territory a red line that would be met with an appropriate response.

Agencies