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The Daily File – December 23-27, 2023

Updated: Jan 28

Saturday through Wednesday.


The West Bank


The Gaza Strip



Data

The West Bank as of December 27

Palestinians killed

‣ 302 killed since October 7th, 79 minors among them. 71% during military operations, and in 50% of the cases there was no gunfire exchange. 8 of them killed (one minor among them) by colonist gunfire, 2 by colonist/soldiers. 502 Since the beginning of the year, 125 minors among them.

‣ Distribution of minors killed since the beginning of the year by age:

4 minors aged 0-8 years;

7 minors aged 9-12 years;

44 minors aged 13-15 years;

70 minors aged 16-17 years.


Israelis killed

‣ 4 in the West Bank;

‣ 3 in Israel-proper

‣ 1 shot to death by an Israeli soldier;

37 Israelis killed since the beginning of 2023.


Palestinians wounded

‣ 3,908 persons wounded since October 7th, 576 of them minors, 33% of them by live fire (compared to 9% until October 7th).

Since the beginning of 2023, 13,468 Palestinians were wounded in the West Bank, at least 1,921 of them minors.


Israelis wounded

Since the beginning of 2023 until December 4th, 250 Israelis were wounded.


Arrests

Since October 7th, 4,785 Palestinians were arrested, 40 of them journalists. 260 of them minors (updated as of December 22nd).

According to the UN Office of Human Rights – many violent arrests (beatings and humiliation) reported. Arrestees were stripped, blindfolded, shackled for hours, with soldiers stepping over their heads and backs, spitting, bashing their heads against walls. Sexual abuse was reported, and 2 female arrestees were threatened with rape.


Displaced persons

Since October 7th: 1,208 persons, 586 of them minors, have been displaced by colonist violence / ever-stricter army restrictions; 393 persons, 208 of them minors, were displaced by house demolitions in Area C.

483 persons, 222 of them minors, were displaced by house demolitions in military operations; 55% in the Jenin refugee camp; 95 persons, 42 of them minors, displaced by house demolition as collective punishment.

2,212 Palestinians were evicted since the beginning of 2023.


Colonist violence

Since October 7th, 367 attacks were reported. 82 of them ended in casualties: 8 persons killed (one of them a minor), and 103 persons wounded.

 

Data from the Gaza Strip as of December 27th (and since October 7th)

Palestinians killed

‣ 21,110 persons killed, over 8,500 of them minors;

‣ A child is killed every 15 minutes;

‣ 2 mothers are killed every hour;

‣ 1,779 families have suffered over 2 members killed;

‣ Over 7,000 missing persons;

‣ 4,037 school children and 209 teachers killed;

‣ 311 medical staff killed;

‣ 40 civilian rescuers killed;

‣ 103 journalists killed;

‣ 144 UN-employed staff killed (more than in any conflict in the organization’s history).


Rim was supposed to celebrate her birthday on December 23rd, but she and her entire family were killed


Israelis killed

‣ 1,164 bodies identified since the October 7th massacre, 36 of them minors;

‣ 162 soldiers killed since the onslaught of the ground invasion;

‣ 30 captives killed by Hamas/Israeli army gunfire/their bodies kidnapped.


Palestinians wounded

55,243 persons wounded, 7,259 of them schoolchildren and 619 teachers.


Israelis wounded

‣ 5,400 in the October 7th massacre;

‣ 898 Israeli soldiers during the ground invasion;

‣ 1,988 persons including the October 7th events.

Hospitals report 10,644 persons medically treated since October 7th. Large gaps between hospital data and reports by the Israeli army spokesperson.


Humanitarian crisis

‣ 1.9 million displaced persons (85% of the Gaza Strip population);

‣ 1.2 million inside 156 UNRWA facilities, mostly schools;

‣ In the Gaza Strip: 700,000 children, 335,000 under 5 years of age, 50,000 pregnant women, 180 births daily; 68,000 nursing mothers or using milk substitutes. Children are getting 10% of the water they need. No clean water supply in the northern part of the Strip.


Fatima, 5-years-old, has lost her whole family. Held by the Israeli army for a day until given over to the Red Crescent.


‣ The water pipe bringing water to the north has been shut by Israel on October 8th; The pipe bringing water to the south, especially to Khan Yunis, was bombed on December 26th.

‣ 13 of the 36 hospitals and medical centers are operated only partly: 4 in the north (no access), caring only for women giving birth, traumas and first aid. 9 in the south are operating in 300-350% of their capacity. Reports of intestinal disease among infants under 5 years of age, 25 times the average toll.


His name is Hamed, 2.5-years-old. Waiting his turn at the Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al Balah (Central Strip). The family (Al Zin) escaped the town of Jabalia in the north in mid-October. Hamed suffers from intestinal infection due to flawed nutrition and polluted water. He has lost one half of his body weight.


According to the UN fund monitoring hunger states worldwide – the entire Gazan population will reach stage 3 (of 5), meaning acute distress and sickness

According to UNICEF – 80% of the children in the Strip suffer from food shortage.


Name unknown


Demolitions

During the first month and a half of the fighting – bombs weighing a total of 2,000 kilograms were dropped. This is equal to 3 years of bombing Aleppo, Syria, and 9 months of bombing Mosul, Iraq. This includes carpet combing and extensive destruction.

60% (355,000) houses in the Strip have been demolished and are uninhabitable:

‣ 352 kindergartens, schools and universities;

‣ 23 hospitals;

‣ 53 medical centers;

‣ 3 churches;

‣ 115 mosques.

 

Saturday, December 23 - The West Bank

Arrests

29 persons arrested. Administrative detention orders issued/revalidated for 32 Palestinians, for 4-6 month periods.


Clashes

1. Jenin city and refugee camp – dawn raid from the Jalamah Checkpoint (north of the city), with bulldozer. People assembled around the government hospital near the camp. Raid on houses at the camp outskirts and snipers situated on rooftops. Electricity supply to the camp halted during the raid, use of illumination bombs for lighting. Confrontations broke out. Arrests. A café was burnt (ignited by soldiers) for the second time since October 7th. No wounded persons reported.

Jenin refugee camp after infrastructures were destroyed during a raid. Flooded with rain water. December 23rd


2. Deir Abu Mash'al, north of Ramallah – raid and searches. 2 persons wounded by live fire.

3. Tulkarem city and Nur Shams refugee camp (east of the city) – second raid this week, third this month. 50 military vehicles with 2 bulldozers. No wounded persons reported.


4. ʿEin Sultan refugee camp, north-west of Jericho – night raid using live fire and stun grenades. Confrontations. Arrests. No casualties reported.

5. Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem – night raid. A vehicle confiscated, wife of a prisoner arrested.

6. Hebron – night raid in several neighborhoods. Confrontations. No arrests or woundings reported.

7. Yatta – night raid. No arrests or woundings reported.

8. Beita, south of Nablus – night raid and house searches.

9. Qaryut, south of Nablus – night raid on a house.

10. ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem – night raid, second time this week, to remove a Palestine flag from the camp center.

Night operation to remove Palestine flag in Aida refugee camp


Attacks by colonists

Deir Istiya, west of Salfit – colonists, apparently from Revava colony, uproot olive trees and work on Palestinian land with a tractor. The Palestinian landowner is Abed Jaber ‘Akel.

 

Saturday, December 23 - The Gaza Strip

Humanitarian aid

2 UN convoys reached the northern Strip, bearing fuel, medical supplies and food to the 4 hospitals in the north that have been inaccessible. They functioning wards are maternity, trauma and first aid. No new patients admitted. Shifa Hospital (the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip), shelters 50,000 displaced persons.


Northern Strip

1. Jabalia city – an aerial bombing killed 12 members of the same family. Many persons wounded.

Hala prepared a to-do list for when the war will be over… Killed and buried under the rubble with her whole family


2. Jabalia refugee camp – artillery shelling of Al Nazla area – a child killed. In addition, the bombing of an UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons. People killed, unclear how many.

3. Beit Lahia – dozens of bodies extracted from rubble of the past few days’ bombings.

4. Al-Shati refugee camp (west of Gaza City) – 6 persons killed in bombing.

5. Gaza City – Massive bombings and infantry combat at Sheikh Radwan and Shuja'iyya neighborhoods. Street destroyed by bulldozers near the Indonesian Hospital and infantry advance towards Tel Za’atara.

Al Jazeera story about a horrifying event at Tel Za’atara, Gaza City



Central Strip

1. Nuseirat refugee camp – UNRWA sheltering displaced persons school bombed. 2 persons killed. Apartment bombed: people killed and wounded, including a pregnant woman.

Displaced persons shelter in an UNRWA school


2. Al Bureij – aerial attacks, 5 persons killed, children among them.

3. Al Maghazi refugee camp – house bombed, 2 children killed.

4. Deir Al Balah – east part of town bombed, 2 houses destroyed. 2 persons killed, many wounded.


Southern Strip

1. Khan Yunis – aerial bombings all day. Unclear how many persons killed.


A soldier on Tiktok

 

Sunday, December 24 - The West Bank

Arrests

35 persons arrested, 3 minors and 2 women among them.


Clashes

1. Al Burj, south of Hebron – one person wounded by live fire close to the Separation Wall. Ambulance delayed.

2. Tarqumiyah, west of Hebron – raid and confrontations. One person wounded by live fire.

3. Al Dhahiriya, south of Hebron, south of town in an area called Al Rhawa – soldiers and colonists (identified as colonists of Tene Omarim) raided all communities in the area, assembled all the men in one place under armed threats. Entered homes and vandalized property, as well as smashing windows and tearing out doors. Vandalized sheep feed sacks, solar panels. Left after 4 hours with 2 arrestees.


Demolitions

Al Daharia, south of Hebron – demolition order for 2 residential buildings and a cessation of construction order to a residential building.


Colonists

1. Battir, west of Bethlehem – a new colonist outpost erected.

2. Irtas, south of Bethlehem – colonists escorted by soldiers flattened Palestinian-owned land around Jabal Abu Zaid.

 

Sunday, December 24 - The Gaza Strip

Killed

Within 24 hours, 166 persons killed, 384 wounded.


14-year-old Liaan. Lost 50 members of her family. Wounded, due to lacking medical supplies, a chair was improvised for her. Waiting and hoping for evacuation to Egypt.


Northern Strip

1. Jabalia city – aerial and artillery bombings. Al Rafi’i school raided (sheltering displaced persons) and arrests. The Palestinians claim (not for the first time) use of white phosphorus bombs. Unknown number of persons killed.

2. Gaza City – Al Tufah, Al Daraj and Al Rimal neighborhoods bombed.


Central Strip

Extracting persons caught at Al Maghazi refugee camp


50 aerial bombings of Al Maghazi, Nuseirat and Al Bureij refugee camps, as well as the city of Deir Al Balah (to which the Israeli army ordered displaced persons from the camps to move) – at least 70 persons killed, members of 4 families in Al Maghazi camp, 28 persons killed and 88 wounded in Deir Al Balah, 2 persons killed and persons wounded at Al Bureij. No data from Nuseirat camp.

Bodies from the massacre at Al Maghazi refugee camp


Southern Strip

1. Khan Yunis – 21 persons killed at a single house hit, another 19 persons killed including children when looking for water.

 

Monday, December 25 - The West Bank

Arrests

59 persons arrested, at least one minor among them.


Clashes

1. Aqaba, north of Tubas – raid and confrontations. 2 persons arrested (one of them a father of a man wanted, in order to pressure him to turn himself in). A 17-years-old was shot in the neck.


Burqa. Arrests and flyers threatening villagers to face a fate similar to the Gazans’


2. Burqa, north-west of Nablus – raid lasted all day. Curfew, searches, detention. Israeli flags were hung on Palestinian houses. Flyers threatened Palestinians that their fate would be like that of Gazans. Confrontations during which a woman was wounded.


3. Jenin city and refugee camp – several hours of raid focusing on vandalizing property, damaging electricity infrastructure. Confrontations. No casualties reported.

4. Silat al-Harithiya, east of Jenin – one person wounded by live fire near the Separation Wall.

5. Bir Zeit, north of Ramallah – Raid and confrontations. No casualties reported.

6. Shuweika, north of Tulkarem – Raid and confrontations. No casualties reported.

7. Deir al-Ghusun, north of Tulkarem – Raid and confrontations. Suffocations and woundings.

8. Nur Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarem – raid of the city and camp. Cap surrounded. Confrontations. Bulldozers damage infrastructures.


Demolitions

1. Deir Ballut, west of Salfit – farming structure destroyed.

2. Abu Sha’aban, east of Yatta – cessation of construction order issued to a school built as a solution as colonists attack children walking to distant schools.

3. Shu’afat, north-west Jerusalem – the owner of an isolated bouse near the French Hill was forced to demolish it and thus make way for Jewish expansion.


Colonists

1. Ain al-Hilweh, northern Palestinian Jordan Valley – 2 Palestinian shepherds arrested while grazing their cattle. In the meantime, colonists steal cows.

2. Jalud, south-east of Nablus – colonists uproot 60 olive trees, destroy a tanker and water pumps.

3. Qaryut, south of Nablus – colonists open fire at a Palestinian farmer working in his grove west of the village. Soldiers present did not intervene. The farmer was chased out of his own land.

4. Dayr Sharaf, west of Nablus – stones thrown at a Palestinian car. Driver wounded.

 

Monday, December 25 -The Gaza Strip

Killed

250 Palestinians were killed and about 500 wounded in 24 hours.


Northern Strip



1. Hospitals in Jabalia and Beit Lahia bombed and totally destroyed. 3 persons killed.

2. In a video running on Israeli media, Palestinian arrestees filmed stripped down to their underpants, including children and the elderly, at the Gaza City football stadium.


3. 13 wounded persons evacuated from Al Shifa and the Baptist hospitals to the Southern Strip.


Central Strip

1. Al Maghazi and Al Bureij refugee camps – as more bodies were extracted from the rubble, the count of persons killed last night rose to 95. Many are still buried under the rubble. At Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, among the wounded (and dead bodies) infections and intestinal disease have begun to spread.

Inhabitant of Al Maghazi carries his wounded daughter to the hospital despite the bombings around


Southern Strip

Khan Yunis – in a bombing of the eastern part of town, at least 23 persons killed. In another bombing around the European Hospital, another 10 persons killed.

 

Tuesday, December 26 - The West Bank

Killed

1. Ahmad Yusef Yaghi, 17-years-old from Al Fawwar refugee camp.

2. Ibrahim Majd Al Titi, 31-years-old from Al Fawwar refugee camp.


Arrests

55 persons arrested, 3 women and 2 journalists among them.


Clashes

1. Al Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron – night raid and confrontations. During the raid, the soldiers fired indiscriminately. 2 persons killed and 2 wounded.

2. Nur Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarem – the raid begun last night lasted 10 hours. During this time, several houses were bombed, damaging other houses nearby. Destruction of house walls and a mosque by bulldozers, damage to infrastructure. One person arrested.

Nur Shams refugee camp


3. Qalqilya – several houses raided, money taken (60,000 NIS), property vandalized. Inhabitants beaten up and bruised.

4. Tammun, south of Tubas – Houses raided, confrontations. One person wounded by live fire.

5. Atil, Qaffin, Seida, north of Tulkarem – Night raid. Confrontations. Suffocations.

6. Ramallah – the city raided. Arrests, including Rashida Jara, a well-known political activist.


Demolitions

1. Furush Beit Dajan, east of Nablus – 5 residential buildings demolished, some of them built prior to 1967. 70 persons displaced.

2. Al Jwaya, Masafer Yatta – a house demolished, a water tanker punctured.

 

Tuesday, December 26 - The Gaza Strip

Killed

195 persons killed, 325 wounded in 24 hours.


Arrests

Gazans arrested in the West Bank and expelled to the Gaza Strip report and record signs of harassment (bruises and burns), starvation, denial of water and access to toilets.


Northern Strip

1. Beit Hanun – bombing and demolition of UNRWA clinic. No casualties reported.

2. Gaza City, Al-Azhar University area – bombing of a multi-story building. 60 missing persons.


Central Strip

1. Al Nuseirat refugee camp – bombing. At least 5 persons killed, including children.

2. Al Maghazi refugee camp – 2 persons killed in bombing.

3. Deir Al Balah – a house and a market bombed. Number of persons killed unknown.


Southern Strip

1. Rafah – 80 bodies returned from Israel after being taken on suspicion that they include captives. Buried in a Rafah mass-grave.

2. Khan Yunis – main headquarters of the Red Crescent bombed – wounded persons among the displaced sheltering there. Bombings in the eastern, western, and southern parts of the town, at least 15 persons killed.

 

Wednesday, December 27 - The West Bank

Killed

1. Ahmad Anwar Haramsha, 29-years-old from Nur Shams refugee camp.

2. Ahmad Abed Al Rahman Issa, 19-years-old from Nur Shams refugee camp.

3. Adham Fahmawi, 19-years-old from Nur Shams refugee camp.

4. Yazen Fahmawi, 23-years-old from Nur Shams refugee camp.

5. Fares Fahmawi, 29-years-old from Nur Shams refugee camp.

6. Hamza Mostafa Fahmawi, 17-years-old from Nur Shams refugee camp.

7. Abed Ibrahim Badirat, 24-years-old from Tulkarem refugee camp, wounded on November 14th, died of his wounds today.


Arrests

35 persons arrested, 2 minors among them (aged 13 and 15) and a baby-girl from Qalqilya arrested with her mother (freed several hours later).


Clashes

1. Tulkarem and the Nur Shams refugee camp – second raid in 24 hours, third this week. Camp surrounded. A drone kills 6 persons and wounds 4 (one in the head, severely wounded). Ambulances carrying the wounded are delayed for 65 minutes. According to the head of the physicians’ syndicate in the area, a soldier stabbed one of the wounded inside the ambulance.

Others were beaten up (kicked, punched and hit by rifle butts), threatened to be killed. Houses raided. An emptied house bombed. An ambulance arriving there was detained, and the driver was forced to enter on his own and check whether really emptied (human shield?). Other raids on houses, much damage done to infrastructures.


2. Checkpoint near Ramallah – a villager from Abwein was detained and beaten up because… he had no Telegram application.

3. Hebron, the Old City – soldiers stationed at the entrance to Al Jaber neighborhood beat up a 14-year-old with a sharp object. He was hospitalized, his condition defined medium.

4. Ein Yabrud, north-east of Ramallah – night raid. Live fire and stun grenades used. No casualties.

5. Bani Naim, east of Hebron – raid and confrontations. 3 persons wounded by live fire, one of them a 17-years-old minor.

6. Zeita, north of Tulkarem – confrontations. Live fire and stun grenades. No casualties reported.


Demolitions

1. Jabel Mukaber, south-east Jerusalem – an inhabitant forced to demolish his own home.


Colonists

1. khallet Makhul – colonists attack shepherds and prevent them from accessing grazing grounds. The police arrest 2 Palestinian shepherd minors.

2. East Jerusalem, the Muslim cemetery Bab Al Rahma – colonists place a donkey head on the wall of the cemetery.

3. Al Rashaida, a shepherd community east of Bethlehem – a drone sprays acid on a tent inhabited by 9 persons. No casualties, much damage to property.

 

Wednesday, December 27 - The Gaza Strip

Killed

210 persons killed and 325 wounded in 24 hours.


Northern Strip

1. Gaza City – snipers fire shots around Al Saftawi neighborhood, killing 6 persons. Fighting in Shuja'iyya, Al Tufah and Al Qatiba neighborhood.


Central Strip

1. Al Maghazi refugee camp – bombing of a girls’ school sheltering displaced persons. At least 5 persons killed. Then evacuated. Massive bombings. Impossible to evacuate bodies due to bombings. Camp’s medical center bombed. Number of casualties unknown.

School in Al Maghazi refugee camp bombed and evacuated


2. Al Nuseirat refugee camp bombed. 2 houses bombed. Number of persons killed unknown.


Southern Strip

1. Rafah – during the past few days, about 100,000 displaced persons have arrived from the Central Strip.


2. Khan Yunis – a residential building bombed. At least 25 persons killed. Bombing around Al Amal Hospital killing at least 18 persons.

 

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