Israel strikes refugee camps, hospitals, and water supplies in Gaza - Day 30 as it happened

Ahram Online , Monday 6 Nov 2023

Entering its 30th day, Israel's war on Gaza continues with mass killings, airstrikes, and ground operations. Israeli forces have yet to achieve any significant victory, except for killing nearly 9,500 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and displacing more than half of Gaza’s 2.3 million people. The humanitarian situation is dire, with accusations of genocide and ethnic cleansing leading to an increasing global outcry.

Fire and smoke rises from buildings following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. AP


22:10 Egypt’s Foreign Ministry described the call of an ultra-right Israeli minister to “drop a nuclear bomb on the Gaza Strip” as evidence of the “extent of deviation and extremism” of some decision-makers in the Israeli government.

21:45 Israel army says it opened a humanitarian corridor to allow Palestinians in northern Gaza to evacuate to its south.

“Today, we opened Salah a-Din road as a humanitarian corridor for civilians of the northern Gaza Strip,” says Col. Moshe Tetro from the road, near Gaza City’s Zeitoun neighborhood.

“I ask again that all civilians of the northern Gaza Strip move to south of the Wadi Gaza.

“The northern Gaza Strip and Gaza City are a war zone, a very dangerous area,” he concluded.

20:55 The Israeli army said its land assault on the Gaza Strip had on Sunday split the Palestinian territory in two, with "significant" strikes continuing in its war on Gaza.

Israeli forces "have encircled Gaza City... Now there exists a south Gaza and a north Gaza," said army spokesman Daniel Hagari.

20:35 Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed the last developments in Gaza with his counterparts from Turkey’s Minister Hakan Fidan, Singapore’s Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Romania’s Minister Luminita Odobescu.

20:15 Gaza's Hamas government suspended the evacuation of foreign passport holders to Egypt for a second day in a row Sunday after Israel refused to allow some injured Palestinians to be evacuated, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said.

"The terminal is closed because Israel prohibits the wounded from crossing into Egypt for treatment," a source within Gaza's Hamas government told AFP under the condition of anonymity.

"No foreigners will be able to leave as long as the injured are stranded" in Gaza, the source added.

An official on the Egyptian side of the Rafah terminal confirmed to AFP that no evacuations took place on Sunday.

20:00 Gaza's Hamas government said the Israeli army was carrying out "intense bombings" on Sunday evening around several hospitals in the north of the Gaza Strip, shortly after telecommunications were cut.

"For more than an hour, intense bombings have been taking place around hospitals," said Salama Marouf, the head of the Hamas government's media office.

19:40 Israel shells Gaza again at night

19:20 Gaza fell under its third total communications outage since the start of the war on Sunday night, with Palestinian communications company Paltel saying all of its communication and internet services were down. Internet access advocacy group reported a “new collapse in connectivity” across the besieged enclave.

“We have lost communication with the vast majority of the UNRWA team members," U.N. Palestinian refugee agency spokesperson Juliette Touma told The Associated Press. The first Gaza outage lasted 36 hours and the second one for a few hours.

18:50 The Palestinian Ministry of Health issued new figures on the effects of the war in Gaza, said BBC.

The Ministry said that more than 50% of the housing units in Gaza were destroyed and nearly 70% of its residents were displaced. 16 out of 35 hospitals that could receive patients stopped working, 42 UNRWA buildings were damaged, and at least seven churches and 55 mosques were damaged.

At the same time, Israel accuses Hamas of placing infrastructure in tunnels under civilian areas. Israel says it has struck more than 11,000 “targets belonging to terrorist organizations” in Gaza and dropped more than 10,000 shells on Gaza City alone since October 7, when it began its campaign. 

17:40 U.S. forces shot down another one-way attack drone Sunday that was targeting American and coalition troops near their base in Tel Baider, Syria, a U.S. official said on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the strike.

There was no information immediately available on the origin of the attack drone, but it marked at least the 32nd attack on U.S. and coalition military facilities in Iraq and Syria since Oct. 17. To date there have been at least 17 attacks in Iraq and 15 in Syria. At least 21 service members have been injured by the attacks but all have returned to duty, the Pentagon said.

16:50 Israeli jets struck a house near a school at the crowded Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Sunday. At least 13 people were killed, hospital workers said.

Dozens of residents scrambled to remove the wounded and dead trapped under the rubble. Young men rushed carrying the wounded to ambulances near the school, which took them to Al-Aqsa Hospital. Hospital workers told The Associated Press that at least 13 people died.

The Bureij refugee camp is home to an estimated 46,000 people. Many Palestinians fleeing northern Gaza have stayed in refugee camps and schools as temporary shelters.

15:45 The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said it targeted an Israeli military vehicle across the border with guided missiles Sunday, killing and wounding its crew members.

The Israeli military confirmed in a statement that an antitank missile was launched from Lebanon at Yiftah in northern Israel, and said it was striking the sources of fire. It did not confirm whether there were casualties.

Hezbollah announced several other missile launches Sunday and said it had destroyed Israeli equipment along the border. The Israeli military said Israel’s Iron Dome defense system had intercepted a drone flying toward Israel from Lebanon.

14:55 The death toll of Palestinians killed by the Israeli war on Gaza in 30 days has reached 9,770 martyrs since the beginning of the war on Gaza, including 4,800 children and 2,550 women, according to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health.

The spokesperson also stated that the ministry has received 2,660 reports of individuals missing under the rubble, with 1,270 of them being children.

14:00 The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas decried Israel's "genocide" in the Gaza Strip, in remarks to visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

"I have no words to describe the genocide and destruction suffered by our Palestinian people in Gaza at the hands of Israel's war machine, with no regard for the principles of international law," Abbas told Blinken in Ramallah.

Abou Mazen said that there must be an “immediate ceasefire” and humanitarian aid allowed to enter the Gaza Strip, his spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh said. A call which the US has consistently resisted untill now. 

Blinken told Abbas that Palestinians in Gaza "must not be forcibly displaced," a State Department spokesman said.

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said the pair also discussed "the need to stop extremist violence against Palestinians" in the West Bank.

According to a senior US official, reported by Reuters, Blinken told Abbas that the Palestinian Authority must play a pivotal role in Gaza, in the future.

The Palestinian president said Sunday that the Palestinian Authority could return to power in the Gaza Strip only if a "comprehensive political solution" is found for the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

"We will fully assume our responsibilities within the framework of a comprehensive political solution that includes all of the West Bank, including east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip," Abbas told visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

13:45 Iran said that the United States would "be hit hard" if Washington did not implement a ceasefire in Gaza, the country's Minister of Defense was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency on Sunday.

"Our advice to the Americans is to immediately stop the war in Gaza and implement a ceasefire, otherwise they will be hit hard," Mohammad-Reza Ashtiani said.

13:15 The Israeli occupation army reported the death of one more soldier in the Gaza Strip, bringing the number of soldiers who died to 30 since the beginning of the ground operation, while Al-Qassam Brigades say they have destroyed two Israeli tanks which infiltrated southwest of Tel al-Hawa, north of Gaza.

12:42 The World Health Organization (WHO) in Palestine has issued an updated bulletin in which it says it has documented 102 attacks on healthcare facilities within the Gaza Strip since 7 October.

These attacks alone have resulted in 504 fatalities, 459 injuries, damage to 39 facilities and affected 31 ambulances.

The WHO says over half of health attacks and over a half of hospitals damaged were in Gaza City. the organisation called for the active protection of civilians and health care.


12:13 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is meeting the US Secretary of State Antony Bliken in Ramallah. 

Earlier this week, Blinken told a congressional hearing, “At some point, what would make the most sense would be for an effective and revitalized Palestinian Authority to have governance and ultimately security responsibility for Gaza.”

The Palestinian Authority, for its part, has asserted it has no interest in returning to Gaza unless it is part of a diplomatic initiative that unites the stip with the West Bank and revamps the peace process with Israel.

12:00 The World Food Programme Executive Director, Cindy McCain issued an urgent plea from the Rafah border crossing for safe, expanded humanitarian access to Gaza as humanitarian needs skyrocket and critical food supplies reach dangerously low levels.

For the past weeks, entry points into Gaza have been virtually sealed except through the Rafah border crossing point. While there has been a steady increase in aid entering Gaza, it is nowhere near enough to meet the exponentially growing needs. 

"Right now, parents in Gaza do not know whether they can feed their children today and whether they will even survive to see tomorrow. The suffering just meters away is unfathomable standing on this side of the border," said Cindy McCain as she returned from the Rafah border crossing in Egypt.

“Today, I'm making an urgent plea for the millions of people whose lives are being torn apart by this crisis,” she added.

11:13 On its Telegram channel, Israel occupation military claimed that “following the sirens that sounded in northern Israel, an interceptor was launched toward a suspicious target that crossed from Lebanon into Israel.”

11:05 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to distance himself from comments by a minister in his government that dropping a nuclear bomb on Gaza is “one of the possibilities” and that the Palestinian population can “go to Ireland or deserts.”

"Minister Amihai Eliyahu’s statements are not based in reality," Netanyahu said on X platform, claiming that Israel is "operating in accordance with the highest standards of international law to avoid harming innocents." 

10:40 Clashes errupted between Al-Quds Brigades fighters and an Israeli occupation force which is trying to penetrate east of Khan Yunis, Palestinian media reported.

10:30 Four paramedics were injured in an Israeli bombing that targeted two ambulances in southern Lebanon, Lebanese media reported.

Early Sunday, Israel renewed its heavy bombing on border towns in southern Lebanon, according to Lebanese Agency.

10:10 A group of Jewish writers drafted a letter after seeing an old argument gain new power: the claim that critiquing Israel is antisemitic. 

They said that this rhetoric has been used to shield Israel from accountability, justify its military actions, and silence international criticism. 

Editors at a corporate-owned magazine were prepared to publish the letter, but their lawyers advised against it. The writers affirme they share theletter in solidarity with those who continue to speak out in support of Palestinian freedom.

10:05 Chad recalled its top envoy to Israel for consultations, denouncing the “loss of life of many innocent citizens in Gaza.”

The country's Foreign Ministry called for a ceasefire “that will lead to a stable solution for the Palestinian question.”

It is the seventh country to do so since the start of the war after Turkey, Honduras, Chile, Colombia, Jordan, and Bahrain, in addition to Bolivia which cut all ties with Israel.

10:00 Several Palestininas were killed and wounded in Israeli strikes near Al-Quds Hospital in Tal Al-Hawa, the Palestinian Red Crescent announced (PRCS. "Heavy artillery shelling, airstrikes, and powerful explosions struck the vicinity of Al-Quds Hospital and the PRCS HQ."

9:57 The Palestinian Jihad Movement said that it will release foreign captives if a temporary truce is reached, adding that the Palestinian Authority will remain a partner in any future arrangements.

9:30 The Israeli Minister of Heritage, Amichai Eliyahu, said that "dropping a nuclear bomb on Gaza is a possible solution," Al Jazeera reported. "War has costs," he said. 

He further added that the Palestinian people “can go to Ireland or deserts,” and that those who wave a Palestinian or Hamas flag “shouldn’t continue living on the face of the earth.”

Hamas slammed the Israeli minister statements emphazising that they "reflect the Israeli government’s sadist and fascist mentality which is based on murder and genocideagainst the Palestinian people."

In a statement, Hamas called the UN and the international community "to take such remarks seriously and work on halting the Israeli occupation and agression against the Palestinians". 

9:25  At least three Palestinians were shot dead during an Israeli arrest raid in Abu Dis, just outside of the occupied Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Israel killed at least 150 Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem since the start of the war in Gaza.

9:15 Israel renewed its heavy bombing on border towns in southern Lebanon, according to Lebanese Agency.

9:10 Swaths of residential neighborhoods in northern Gaza have been leveled in airstrikes. U.N. monitors say more than half of northern Gaza’s remaining residents, estimated at around 300,000, are sheltering in U.N.-run facilities. But deadly Israeli strikes have also repeatedly hit and damaged those shelters.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has said it has lost contact with many in the north.

The UN also said about 1.5 million people in Gaza, or 70% of the population, have fled their homes. Food, water and the fuel needed for generators that power hospitals and other facilities are running out.

9:07 The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) said on Sunday that it is ready to send humanitarian aid and relief cargo to Egypt to be delivered to Gaza through the Rafah border crossing, Iranian semi-official Mehr News Agency reported.

9:05 21 Palestinians from one family were killed in an Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip on Saturday night.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Sunday in a post on Facebook: “21 martyrs from the Abu Hasira family were brutally targeted in their house inhabited by children and women. They arrived at Al-Shifa Medical Complex in the late night hours.”

9:00  Early Sunday, airstrikes hit the Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, killing at least 50 people and wounding 42, said Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesman for the Health Ministry.

An Israeli airstrike overnight struck a water well in Tal al-Zatar in northern Gaza, cutting off water for tens of thousands of people in the area, the municipality in the town of Beit Lahia said in a statement early Sunday.

Hamas said in a statement posted on Telegram that Israel had “directly” bombed citizens’ homes, adding that most of the dead were women and children.

“An Israeli air strike targeted my neighbours’ house in al-Maghazi camp, my house next door partially collapsed,” said Mohammed Alaloul, 37, a journalist working for the Turkish Anadolu Agency.


#BREAKING| Sensitive content... #Israeli jets have bombarded several houses in Al Maghazi refugee camp in central #Gaza, slaughtering at least 33 citizens, most of whom are children.

— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) November 4, 2023
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