Here is the situation as of Wednesday, October 25, 2023:
- Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip killed at least 704 people on Tuesday. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, this was the highest death toll in 24 hours since fighting began.
- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees warned that hospitals in Gaza could be closed by Wednesday evening if fuel is not delivered. The Palestinian Ministry of Health called for an “immediate supply” of medical supplies and fuel to hospitals in the Gaza Strip.
- Early Wednesday, the Israeli military said its warplanes had attacked Syrian army infrastructure and fired mortar shells in response to gunfire from Syria. Syrian state media reported that eight of its soldiers were killed and seven were injured in the attack.
- The Hezbollah chief met with Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders to assess their resistance efforts in Gaza.
- Ratings agencies S&P and Fitch Ratings have downgraded Israel’s rating outlook to reflect war risks and their impact on Israel’s credit metrics.
Human influence and struggle
- At least 5,791 people have been killed in Gaza since October 7th.
- Before dawn, Israeli airstrikes and shelling continued across the Gaza Strip, killing at least 19 people. Target areas include residential areas in Jabalia and Tal al-Hawa in the north, the al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, and near the Red Crescent headquarters and Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis, where more than 4,000 Palestinians are seeking refuge .
- Hundreds took to the streets in Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening, demanding the Israeli government return prisoners held by Hamas in Gaza.
- Mohammad Abu Salmiya, the general director of al-Shifa Arab Hospital in Gaza City, said Israel could use new deadly weapons because of the unusual injuries he observed.
Escalation in the occupied West Bank
- The Israeli raids on Tuesday evening also coincided with a power outage in at least three areas in the occupied West Bank.
- An Israeli drone strike in Jenin killed three Palestinians and injured a dozen.
- At least 11 people were arrested in a raid in Hebron, bringing the total number of arrests in the city since October 7 to over 400. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the death toll across the West Bank so far stands at 103.
- French President Emmanuel Macron visited Israel on Tuesday. He expressed France’s support for an international coalition to fight Hamas. He also met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
- UN chief Antonio Guterres condemned the Hamas attack on Israel during a Security Council debate, admitting it did not take place “in a vacuum.” The comment prompted Israel to call on the UN chief to resign, while Israel’s foreign minister canceled his planned meeting with Guterres.
- Lebanese UN Ambassador Hadi Hachem spoke about the impact of Israeli aggression on Lebanon, including the recent murder of Lebanese journalist Issam Abdallah. He added that Lebanon is making “every effort to distance itself from this “bloody conflict.”
- As representatives prepare for Thursday’s emergency session of the U.N. General Assembly, Jordan has released a draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire.
- The U.S. Treasury Department is trying to build an international coalition to target Hamas’ funding.
Source : www.aljazeera.com