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The Daily File - December 17-22, 2023

Updated: Jan 28

Sunday through Friday.


The West Bank


The Gaza Strip



Data

The West Bank – October 7 - December 22

Killed

1. Palestinian casualties: 293 killed, 76 of them minors. 2 more were killed during a terrorist attack. 8 were killed by colonists, another 2 by colonist/soldiers. The count of lethal casualties since October 7th makes up 60% of all lethal casualties in 2023 (493 persons). 71% of them are in military operations, 50% of which did not involve gunfire exchange.

2. Israeli casualties: 7 Israelis (3 of them soldiers) were killed by Palestinians. One Israeli was killed by another Israeli during a terrorist attack.


Wounded

3,801 Palestinians were wounded, 575 of them children. 51% were wounded in military operations, 33% wounded by live fire (compared to 9% prior to October 7th), 88 more persons wounded by colonists, 18 by colonist/soldiers.


Arrests

1. Persons arrested – 4.655 persons arrested since October 7th (as of December 21st), 260 of them minors, 160 of them women. Among the persons arrested: 46 journalists.

2. Administrative detention – 2,345 orders issued (either revalidated or new).

3. Lethal casualties – 6 arrestees or prisoners died in jail since October 7th. At least one of them – Tha’ir Abu ‘Asab who died on November 18th – is filmed being beaten up by wardens at the Qtzi’ot jail (they were helmeted so their identification is problematic). His body shows severe signs of violence.


Faruq Khatib, before and after


The prisoners report being harassed, urinating on them, and their medical severely neglected. The documented case of Faruq Khatib, released after 4 months as an administrative detainee, his health condition has deteriorated due to neglect, as filmed and visible.




Displaced persons

1,208 Palestinians, 586 of them children, have been displaced due to colonist violence and/or ever harsher military restrictions. 386 persons, 204 of them children, are displaced due to house demolitions in Area C (a rise of 27% compared to demolitions prior to October 7th). 95 persons, 42 of them children, were displaced as a result of collective punitive demolitions. 451 persons, 207 of them children, are displaced due to demolitions during military operations.


Colonist attacks

353 attacks have been documented. 81 of them ended with physical damage. 33% involved the use of firearms, in 50% of the attacks soldiers either escorted or actively participated.

 

The Gaza Strip - October 7 - December 22

Taken from reports of the Gazan Health Ministry (Hamas) that has been a reliable source of such reports over the years, OCHA-OPT, UNICEF, WAFA News Agency, research by the New York Times and the Washington Post, the Red Crescent.


Killed

1. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip: 20,057 lethal casualties, 70% of them women and children. The children number at least 8,000. This is about 1% of the total population of the Gaza Strip. No one knows how many are buried under the rubble – they are estimated at about 7,000. Throughout the Strip there are about 120 mass graves. The number of casualties relies on hospital reports to the Health Ministry. It does not include persons killed but not brought to hospitals, or buried. The estimate, therefore, is much higher.

Based on known data, there are 300 Palestinians killed on a daily average. This has happened since December 1st. Prior to that, the daily average was 277. Among those killed: 136 UN employees (more than in any other conflict in the organization’s history), 83 journalists, 310 medical staff members, 20 members of the rescue forces.

2. Israeli soldiers: 140 Israeli soldiers have so far been killed in the ground invasion.

3. On October 7th, 1,200 Israelis and other civilians were killed. The bodies of 1,163 have been identified, 36 of them children. 30 of those defined as kidnapped captives were killed by Israeli fire/Hamas/their bodies snatched into the Strip.


Dunia Abu Mahasen, 12-years-old. Lost her family, her leg, waited for rescue into Egypt. Killed in a bombing of a Khan Yunis hospital one day before she was supposed to cross.


Wounded

1. Palestinians – 53,320.

2. Israeli soldiers – according to the Israeli army spokesperson, 784 persons wounded, 179 of them severely wounded.

3. On October 7th, about 5,400 Israelis and foreign nationals were wounded.


Displaced persons

1. Since October 7th, 1.9 million displaced persons have been reported, comprising 85% of the Strip’s inhabitants. This statistic contains persons displaced more than once. Most of them are now concentrated in Khan Yunis and Rafah in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Once every few days the Israeli army announces its eviction of different areas, so the displaced population needs to move from one place to another.

2. In Israel, 180,000 persons were reported displaced in both the north and south of the country.


Humanitarian matters

1. Health - 9 of the 36 hospitals are partly active. They are all situated in the southern part of the Strip. They are all handling casualties way above their capacity and report a shortage of medical supplies. The other hospitals were either bombed or closed due to their lack of medical supplies, fuel, food and water. 4 hospitals in the northern part of the Strip offer care of patients already hospitalized but do not accept new ones and there is no access to them. A 20-fold increase of intestinal disease is reported among children under the age of 5. 160,000 cases of infected respiratory tracts have been reported among children.

2. Electricity – since October 11th, Israel halted all electricity supply to the entire Gaza Strip.

3. Water – there is no access to clean water. The children in Gaza receive 10% of their daily water needs. Consequently, they are exposed to dehydration, malnutrition and intestinal disease.

4. Food – 90% of the Gaza Strip inhabitants are defined as suffering severe hunger. Partial food distribution is only enabled in Rafah.



5. Aid trucks – Prior to October 7th about 500 trucks entered the Strip every day. Since then, the daily average stands at 70. According to the UN Aid organization, Israel has been hindering humanitarian aid activity.


Kidnapped captives

129 persons, some of them have been killed.


Others

According to the research by the Washington Post, during the first 6 weeks of the present war Israel used 900 kilogram bombs, of the heaviest and most destructive bombs known, on civilian-inhabited areas defined as ‘safe’. This estimate is based on satellite photography of the craters the bombs formed. Israeli army spokesperson’s response: such issues will be examined later on.

 

Sunday, December 17 - The West Bank

Killed

1. Lith Abu Al Nimer, 18-years-old from Al Yamun. Wounded during the 3-day raid of Jenin (December 12th) by shell shrapnel. Died of his wounds today. He is the 14th person killed in that raid.

2. Jihad ‘Amarna, 25-years-old from the Nur Shams refugee camp.

3. Mahmud Jaber, 22-years-old from Nur Shams refugee camp.

4. Gheith Shehada, 25-years-old from Nur Shams refugee camp.

5. Walid Zaharna, 22-years-old from Nur Shams refugee camp.

6. As’ad Zaharna, 33-years-old from Nur Shams refugee camp.


Arrests

22 persons arrested, one minor among them.


Clashes

1. Tulkarem and the Nur Shams refugee camp (east of the city) – On Saturday night, before midnight, the city of Tulkarem was raided, with all roads leading to the Nur Shams refugee camp blocked. The camp was declared a closed military zone. A drone attacked a group of camp inhabitants, killed 2 and wounded many. Some of them critically.



Ambulances were denied access. At the same time, an arrest operation began and the destruction of infrastructure by bulldozers. More drones attacked another neighborhood. Snipers placed themselves on rooftops.

Final count – 2 arrestees: a wounded 16-years-old who was denied medical treatment and released shortly thereafter, then hospitalized. Another arrestee was a paramedic taken out of an ambulance. There were 5 persons killed. Number of wounded as yet unknown. The army forces retreated on Sunday morning.

2. Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus – a camp inhabitant was severely beaten while being detained at the checkpoint. He was released and taken urgently to hospital, suffering fractures and bruises.

3. Beita, south of Nablus – raid of a medical center and refusal to let medical teams into the compound. No arrestees.

4. Dura, south of Hebron – live fire at a Palestinian vehicle and wounding of the driver and his baby daughter. They were urgently hospitalized.


Baby girl wounded by live fire at Dura


5. Al Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah – raid to conduct arrests. Confrontations began with live bullets and teargas. No casualties reported.


Attacks on soldiers

1. Rantis, north of Ramallah – a Palestinian stabbed and wounded a soldier at a service station near the Rantis Checkpoint. He was arrested.

2. Farash Al Hawa, south of Hebron – shots at soldiers. No casualties. Searches at Tarqumia, Idna and Hebron city.


Colonist attacks

1. Arab Al-Malihat, west of Jericho – colonists throw stones at houses and ignite a sheep pen.

 

Sunday, December 17 - The Gaza Strip

Northern Strip

1. Beit Lahia – aerial bombing. 2 persons killed. People wounded.


2. Jabalia refugee camp – several attacks. 35 persons killed. 90 wounded. Many caught under the rubble.


3. Al Ahli Hospital, the Old City of Gaza – aerial bombing nearby. 20 persons killed.

4. Al Zeitun neighborhood in Gaza City – artillery and drone attack. 9 persons killed.

5. Shuja'iyya neighborhood in the eastern part of Gaza City – 6 persons killed in an aerial bombing.

6. Al Daraj neighborhood in Gaza City – siege on Al Sahaba Hospital containing wounded and hospitalized patients including 40 women in the maternity ward.

7. Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City – 20 family members killed in a bombing of a 4-storey building. Many buried under the rubble.

8. Tel Al-Hawa neighborhood, Gaza City – 2 houses bombed. Number of persons killed or wounded unclear. Ambulances could not access them.

9. Al Tufah, Gaza City – 40 bodies extracted from the rubble.

10. Shifa Hospital, Gaza City – the World Health Organization declared the hospital a blood bath. Trauma patients lie on the floor, there is a shortage of sedatives and painkillers, tens of thousands of displaced persons surround the hospital without any water or food.

Mass grave in the Shifa Hospital grounds


Central Strip

1. Nuseirat refugee camp – 2 attacks, the first killing 8 persons, the number of the second’s victims unknown.

2. Deir Al-Balah – 12 persons killed, many of them displaced by an aerial attack.


Southern Strip

1. Rafah – 4 rounds of bombing. Number of casualties unclear. 4 of them members of a medical staff.

Nurse Ahmad Shihad and his baby son killed in the Rafah bombing


2. Khan Yunis, Al Nasser Hospital and surrounding – 17 persons killed outside the hospital. Inside, one child killed and many wounded.


3. Al Amal neighborhood, Khan Yunis – aerial bombing of several houses. Number of casualties unclear. Israeli tanks make their way to the north-east part of the city.

 

Monday, December 18 - The West Bank

Killed

1. Rashad Al ‘Aidi, 17-years-old from Al Far’a refugee camp.

2. Mohammad Samir Milham, 17-years-old from Al Far’a refugee camp.

3. Hikmat Milham, 24-years-old (Mohammad’s brother) from Al Far’a refugee camp.

4. Yazen Al Khatib, 20-years-old from Al Far’a refugee camp.


Arrests

35 persons arrested, 3 women among them.


Clashes

1. Al Far'a refugee camp, south of Tubas – camp raided in the morning, auxiliary forces from Hamra Checkpoint. 10 days after a previous raid in which 7 persons were killed. In the confrontations that ensued, 4 persons were killed, 2 minors among them. All were killed by bullets in the head or chest. 2 persons arrested.


2. Al Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron – raid and confrontations. No casualties reported.

3. Tell, south-west of Nablus – raid and confrontations. 2 persons wounded by live fire.

4. Burin, south of Nablus – raid and teargas fired. Suffocations.

5. Jifna, north of Ramallah – following a gunfire at an Israeli car (detailed later), raids on towns and villages around Ramallah – Rawabi, Bir Zeit, Silwad, Yabrud, Abud, Ras Karkar, Shuqba, Turmus Aya, Ni'lin, Deir 'Ammar, Umm Safa, Nabi Salah. At Jifna village a photojournalist was wounded by live fire.


6. Jayus, east of Qalqilya – raid, 2 persons wounded by live fire. Ambulance traffic halted and denied access and aid to wounded persons. One wounded person arrested. Near the Separation Wall close to the village, a 13-year-old was shot by live fire.













Jayus. 13-year-old wounded by live fire



7. Qalandiya refugee camp, north-east of Jerusalem – camp raided. Damage to vehicles and infrastructures. Arrest.

8. Al Fawar, refugee camp, south-west of Hebron – soldiers threw a teargas grenade into a shop.


9. Nablus – raid of several neighborhoods. No casualties reported.


Demolitions

1. Majdal Bani Fadil, south-east of Nablus – house under construction demolished. Damage to electricity infrastructure between Majdal Bani Fadil and Aqraba.


2. Qusra, south-east of Nablus – entrance to the village blocked by dirt dykes.


Attacks against colonists

1. Rawabi roundabout, north-west of Ramallah – shots at Israeli car. Woman-driver wounded.


Colonist attacks

1. Rawabi roundabout, north-west of Ramallah – shots and stones thrown at Palestinian cars. No casualties.

2. Hebron – colonists used pepper spray against people praying at the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Fathers). Several persons wounded.

3. Al Farsiyeh, northern Palestinian Jordan Valley – a colonist, apparently from Rotem colony, stabbed and wounded a Palestinian shepherd and trampled his sheep flock, killing two sheep.

4. Susia and Al Rakeez, Masafer Yatta – colonists vandalize olive trees.

 

Monday, December 18 - The Gaza Strip

Humanitarian Aid

1. 60 aid trucks at the Rafah Crossing.

2. 64 aid trucks at the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

3. 55 wounded persons and 548 holders of dual citizenship crossed over at Rafah into Egypt.


Northern Strip

1. Jabalia refugee camp – 100 persons killed and at least 20 wounded. Dozens more buried under the rubble from an aerial bombing.


On the previous day 55 were killed, 15 of them children. Over 100 persons are missing. In addition, raid on Al Awda Hospital that has already been under siege for 14 days. All men over 16 arrested, shackled, stripped, questioned naked. Most of them eventually released.

2. Jabalia City – 30 persons killed in a bombing of a residential block.

3. Al Daraj, Al Rimal, Sheikh Radwan, Shuja'iyya neighborhoods of Gaza City – 54 persons killed.

4. Shifa Hospital, Gaza City – 26 persons killed, mostly displaced persons. Total destruction of operating rooms.

Dr. Hani Al Hitham, head of the emergency ward at Shifa Hospital, killed with his wife Dr. Samira Ghafari and their five children: Shirin, Tia, Samer, Wafa and Sara.


Central Strip

1. Nuseirat refugee camp – a woman-journalist and all 8 members of her family were killed in the bombing. In another bombing – 9 persons killed, 5 of them children.


Southern Strip

1. Khan Yunis – bombing of a school in the western part of the city sheltering displaced persons – 14 persons killed. Bombings in the eastern part of the city killed 17 persons. The northern part of the city was bombed, people were killed, their number unclear.


2. Rafah – bombing of the refugee camp in the center of the city – 8 persons killed, including 3 children. Another attack against a residential building – 14 persons killed, including 4 children.


 

Tuesday, December 19 - The West Bank

Arrests

31 persons arrested, 5 minors among them.


Clashes

1. Aqraba, south-east of Nablus – the home demolition of the terrorist attack perpetrator in Huwara last August (in which a father and son were killed) -his apartment in a 3-storey building. The area was surrounded, inhabitants evacuated, people arrested. Confrontations ensued in which 14 persons suffered suffocation.

2. Ramallah – several neighborhoods were raided. One person was wounded by a rubber-coated bullet at the Al Masayef neighborhood. Two were arrested, a minor among them.

3. Al-Karmil, Masafer Yatta – soldiers attacked and wounded a teacher while raiding the community school. Dozens of cars were confiscated.

4. Azzun, east of Qalqilya – 15 shopkeepers at the entrance of the town were forced to close their shops.

5. Deir Nidham, north-west of Ramallah – Village raided, confrontations. Tahani Tamimi was wounded by live fire while on her rooftop, and as well as another minor. Tahami is the sister of Marwa Tamimi whose 2.5-year-old son Hamude was shot in the head and killed half a year ago.


6. Issawiya, north-west of Jerusalem – 4 minors were arrested and beaten up during an arrest operation: a 12-year-old was arrested and beaten up all night at Jerusalem’s Russian Compound, released the next day. 12- and 15-year-olds were beaten up and attacked in order to confess the deeds they allegedly did. Eventually they were released to house arrest for 5 days. Another minor was arrested after being beaten up. When brought to court with signs of violence on him, the judge released him to house arrest for 6 days.


Demolitions and confiscations

1. Bir Zeit, north of Ramallah - A vehicle was confiscated and its owner arrested.

2. Qaryut, south of Nablus – In an area where the army prevents Palestinians from tending their fields, a landowner was arrested while working and his tractor confiscated. In many communities, the army prevents farmwork since October 7th.

3. Beit Ummar, north of Hebron – cessation of construction order for 3 houses. Demolition of a water well.


Colonist attacks

1. Ras Karkar, west of Ramallah – in an area of 600 dunams confiscated by the army, colonists have begun to prepare a road leading to an outpost.

2. Yatta – colonists prepare 10 dunams of Palestinian-owned land east of Yatta.

3. Mu'arrajat, west of Jericho – colonists threaten and throw stones.

 

Tuesday, December 19 - The Gaza Strip

Humanitarian aid

1. Rafah Crossing – 55 wounded persons and 56 accompaniers crossed into Egypt. 104 aid trucks entered the Gaza Strip, in addition to 60 at the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

2. The UNRWA Headquarters at Al Sinaa neighborhood (northern Strip) was bombed.


Northern Strip

1. Al Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City – aerial bombing of a 5-storey building. 100 bodies taken out of the rubble. Another 50 are missing.

2. Jabalia – 27 more bodies and 10 wounded persons taken out of the rubble from last night’s bombing (in addition to the 100 already extracted).

3. Shifa Hospital, Gaza City – bombing. 5 persons killed, among them an elderly woman and a child.

4. Majdal Al-ja'alah – 13 persons killed by bombing.

5. Al Ahli Baptist Hospital in Al Zeitun neighborhood, eastern part of Gaza City – the hospital raided. The entire medical staff arrested. Displaced persons and patients evicted. 4 persons killed.


Central Strip

1. Nuseirat refugee camp – two bombings, in one of which 5 children of the same family were killed. In the second, one person killed and 4 wounded.


2. Al Burj refugee camp – a house bombed. Several persons killed, unclear how many.

3. Deir AL Balah – aerial bombing, a residential building hit – 13 persons killed, 34 wounded.


Southern Strip

1. Rafah – night bombing, 3 residential buildings hit. 30 persons killed, among them 14 of the same family.

2. Khan Yunis – a residential building in the western part of town was hit, 15 persons killed. An army drone opened fire on a school sheltering displaced persons. 4 persons wounded. This has now happened for the second time.

 

Wednesday, December 20 - The West Bank

Killed

1. Basel Al Muhtasab, 28-years-old from Beit Einun.

2. Mahmud Nohammad Al Za’ul, 16-years-old from Husan.


Clashes

1. Husan, west of Bethlehem – raid and confrontations. A 16-year-old was shot in the neck and died.


2. Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya, south of Nablus – 7 hours of a night raid on 15 houses. Much damage to property. Investigations. Confiscation of 10 vehicles.

3. Asira ash-Shamaliya, north of Nablus – night raid of the town with live fire. 2 persons wounded. Later, planting of different crops and trees prevented. Whatever was planted was uprooted and farmers were chased away from their fields.

4. Al Khader, south of Bethlehem – the town raided with teargas, fired among others on a group of school children. Suffocations.

5. Al-Yamun, west of Jenin – houses raided, confrontations. 2 persons wounded by live fire.

6. Kafr Dan, west of Jenin – confrontations at the village entrance during a raid. No arrests or wounded persons reported.

7. Beit Einun, north of Hebron – bullets fired at a Palestinian vehicle alleging that it attempted a ramming attack. Eye-witnesses claim the driver was attempting to make a U-turn. He was killed. A 28-year-old who just successfully graduated from his civil engineering studies.


8. Jalud, south-east of Nablus – stun grenades thrown at students coming out of school. No casualties reported.

9. Tammun, south of Tubas – night raid of the town. Confrontations. A 16-year-old wounded by live fire.

10. Al Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron – the camp raided, an army post erected. Shooting live bullets. One person wounded by live fire.

11. Atil, north of Tulkarem – raid and confrontations on the main street and around the hospital. No casualties reported.


Demolitions

1. Ni'lin, west of Ramallah – 2 residential buildings and a shop demolished.

2. Aqraba, south-east of Nablus – 14 residential buildings and tents (people and sheep) demolished.


3. Al Jiftlik, the Palestinian Jordan Valley – a residential building demolished.

4. Teqoa, south-east of Bethlehem – 5 dunams confiscated to pave a lane for Jews only, connecting a colony and an outpost.

5. Umm Safa, north of Ramallah – soldiers and colonists began digging a hill above the village elementary school. While working there, shots were fired at inhabitants.

 

Wednesday, December 20 - The Gaza Strip

Humanitarian aid

1. 71 aid trucks entered the Strip through Rafah Crossing, 120 trucks through Kerem Shalom Crossing. Some carried food donated by the World Food Program and the Jordanian Charity Fund.

2. An aid delegation of the World Health Organization managed to reach Al Ahli and Shifa Hospitals in the Northern Strip, for the third time only since ceasefire ended.


Northern Strip

1. Shuja'iyya – in the early morning 56 buildings in the neighborhood were bombed. Number of killed unknown, dozens are estimated. In another area, 13 persons of the same family were killed.


2. Jabalia – after 2 days of siege on a medical center and ambulance station in which 127 persons were held including 22 wounded patients, the army broke into the clinic. Nothing is known about the persons inside since they are disconnected. In the afternoon, the army chased away inhabitants of the Al Nazla area and set the houses on fire.

3. Al Rimal neighborhood, Gaza City – According to the UN Human Rights Office, on December 19th between 10 and 11 p.m., men women and children were assembled in the courtyard of Al Awda Hospital. According to witnesses, men were separated from the women and children and executed by shooting. The office announced an investigation of an alleged war crime.


Southern Strip

1. Khan Yunis – the army demanded immediate eviction of 20% of the people from the southern and central parts of the town. This is an area inhabited by 111,542 persons in addition to 141,451 displaced persons in 32 shelters. The area to which they were supposed to go is not clear. 32 bodies, children among them, were brought to Al Nasser Hospital after a massive bombing of the western ipart of town and Al Amal neighborhood, as well as a field hospital.


2. Rafah – 10 persons killed in an aerial bombing around the Quweiti Hospital.

Bombing in real time at Rafah

 

Thursday, December 21 - The West Bank

Arrests

31 persons arrested, 3 minors among them.


soldiers bragging and harassing arrestees in the West Bank


Clashes

1. Tell, south-west of Nablus – raid and confrontations. One person wounded by live fire.

2. Ramallah – several neighborhoods raided with live fire, rubber-coated bullets and teargas. 2 persons wounded bu live fire, 3 wounded by rubber-coated bullets. The army situated itself in a recreation compound at the center of the city and near the Open University Al Quds.

3. Shu’afat refugee camp, north-east Jerusalem – raid with teargas and stun grenades. Suffocations.

4. Qaffin, north of Tulkarem – raid and confrontations. An 18-year-old wounded by live fire.

5. Dura, south of Hebron – during arrests, soldiers beat up one of the arrestees and attacked him in his face with a sharp instrument.

6. Ya’bad, south-wet of Jenin – raid from the north-east. Confrontations, during which live bullets were used. No casualties reported.

7. Qalqilya – raid and arrests. One person wounded by live fire when arrested.


8. Jericho and Ein Al Sultan refugee camp – raid from several directions. Confrontations. Live fire used, no reports of casualties or arrests.

9. Husan, west of Bethlehem – during the funeral of the 16-year-old killed last night, confrontations ensued and 4 persons were wounded by live fire.


10. Surif, north-west of Hebron – raid and confrontations. No casualties or arrests reported.

11. Halhul, north of Hebron – raid and confrontations. No casualties or arrests reported.


Colonist attacks

Al Khader, south of Bethlehem – colonists with a bulldozer uprooted and vandalized terraces and about 1,000 vines and almond trees in the 15 dunam area between Al Khader and Nahalin.

 

Thursday, December 21 - The Gaza Strip

Humanitarian aid

78 aid trucks passed Rafah Crossing, 22 through Kerem Shalom Crossing. 1,200 hot meals served in Rafah.


Humanitarian Crisis

According to the UN report following hunger levels the world over (5 levels differentiated) – until February 7th, 2024 the entire population of the Gaza Strip will reach level 3 (2.3 million persons), which is acute. This is the highest percentage of people suffering a hunger crisis which the organization has graded since it began its monitoring in 2004.

50% of the population will reach at least level 4 which includes high rates of acute malnutrition and an increase of deaths. At lest one of every 4 families will be confronting level 5 (considered catastrophic). At present 90% of the population have undergone at least one day without food.

The children of the Strip receive only 10% of the water needed by them every day. There is no access to clean water.

Another mass grave


Northern Strip

1. Al Rimal neighborhood, Gaza City – bombing and total destruction of an entire block. Number of persons killed unclear.

The bombing of Al Rimal neighborhood


2. Shifa Hospital – 3 patients due to lack of medical supplies.

3. Jabalia – bombing of a residential building. 16 persons killed, 50 wounded taken out of the rubble.


Central Strip

1. Bombing of Dayr Mulah Monastery. Number of persons killed unclear.

2. Bombing of Nuseirat refugee camp – 2 persons killed.


Southern Strip

1. Khan Yunis – In 24 hours 55 persons killed. In addition, a displaced persons shelter close to the hospital in town was bombed, killing 28 persons. In Al Amal neighborhood a bombing killed 13 persons. East of the city, a bombing killed 8 persons.

2. Rafah – massive bombing from the sea. Number of persons killed unknown.

 

Friday, December 22 - The West Bank

Arrests

21 persons arrested.


Clashes

1. East Jerusalem – today too, for the 11th seek since restrictions on prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque became much harsher, the Israeli Border Police attacked people praying in Silwan and Wadi Joz with teargas, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades, a water cannon and a ‘skunk’. Many suffocations.


2. Barta’a, south-west of Jenin – Border Police forces raided the town, confiscating vehicles. Confrontations ensued. 3 persons wounded by live fire. One of them allegedly attacked a policeman. 2 persons arrested.


3. Container Checkpoint, west of Bethlehem – soldiers attack a Palestinian and then arrest him.

4. Tubas – night raid with bulldozers, snipers on rooftops. Confrontations. One person wounded by bullet shrapnel. Parents arrested in order to pressure their sons to give themselves in.

5. Halhul, north of Hebron – raid and confrontations. 3 persons wounded by live fire.

6. Surif, north-west of Hebron – raid and houses searched. 31 vehicles confiscated.

7. Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya – raid of an inhabitant’s house and attack of his 15-year-old son who had to be hospitalized.


Demolitions

1. Al-Maniya, south-east of Bethlehem – destruction of water infrastructure and blocking the 3 main entrances to the village with dirt dykes.


Colonist attacks

1. Qusra, south-east of Nablus – colonists uprooted dozens of olive trees when flattening 30 dunams of land. Villagers prevented from accessing their land since October 7th.

2. Halil El Luz, south of Bethlehem – colonists attack 2 Palestinian brothers. Beat them up and apparently stab them.

 

Friday, December 22 - The Gaza Strip

Killed

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, during December 18th-20th, 390 persons were killed, 734 wounded.


Humanitarian aid

1. On December 22nd, Resolution 2722 was passed by the UN, calling for an immediate increase of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

2. 69 aid trucks passed the Rafah Crossing, 23 trucks passed Kerem Shalom Crossing.


Northern Strip

1. Gaza City – A United Nations Development Program worker was killed along with his wife and five children in the shelter they had found in Gaza City.

2. Jabalia town and refugee camp – 30 persons killed in 24 hours. In addition, 18 persons killed at Al Amal Hospital. The Red Crescent announced that most of its team arrested during the raid on the medical center was released, after being beaten up. 8 remain in custody.


3. Sheikh Radwan – 9 persons killed of the same family.


Central Strip

1. The army has demanded immediate evacuation of 9 sq.km. of Al Burj and Nuseirat refugee camps. Inhabitants must evacuate to Deir AL Balah. There are 90,000 inhabitants in the camps, and another 61,000 displaced persons in 6 shelters.

2. Al Nuseirat refugee camp – 18 persons killed. 6 members of the same family.


Southern Strip

1. Director of the Palestinian side of Kerem Shalom Crossing and another 3 customs officials were killed on their way to the Crossing to inspect humanitarian aid trucks.

2. Massive bombing of Khan Yunis. 28 persons killed were brought to Al Nasser Hospital, another 4 killed in the center of town, of the same family. Another 6 killed in the eastern part of town.

3. Rafah – 8 persons killed in a bombing of 2 buildings.

 


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