Palestinian Knesset member loses three family members in Gaza
Ahmad Tibi, a member of Israel’s Knesset, has confirmed the deaths of three of his family members in bombings of Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.
Confirming the deaths reported first by Channel 12 journalists yesterday, Tibi said on X “We love life if we can find a way to it.”
The family members were Dr. Sahar Tibi, an education lecturer, Faisal Tibi, computer science student, and Ahmed Tibi, a 10-year-old boy, according to Israeli media.
Ahmad Tibi is a Palestinian citizen of Israel and the leader of the Ta’al [Arab Movement for Renewal] party. He has served in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, since the 1990s.
U.N: conditions in Gaza ‘staining our shared humanity’ as it heads towards famine
“The massive death, destruction, displacement, hunger, loss, and grief of the last 100 days are staining our shared humanity, UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, said in statement yesterday, referring to the catasrpohic conditions in Gaza, as well as the “100 days of ordeal and anxiety for hostages and their families.”
Describing the crisis as a “man-made disaster compounded by dehumanizing language and the use of food, water and fuel as instruments of war,” the agency said that aid operations had been hindered by “cumbersome” entry procedures and the ongoing hostilities.
“Humanitarian aid alone will not be sufficient to reverse a looming famine,” it added, calling for a re-establishment of commercial services.
Over 23,900 dead in Gaza on 100th day of war
The number of people killed in Gaza has reached 23,968, the Health Ministry said today, with an estimated 125 people killed in the last day.
An additional estimated 7,780 people are missing and are presumed dead under rubble, with over 60,500 people injured.
Death tolls are estimates, given limited and depleting demographic, power and health resources in Gaza.
24-hour rally in Tel Aviv continues into the morning
TEL AVIV — Thousands of people continued to gather in central Tel Aviv today for a 24-hour rally that began last night marking 100 days since Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack.
Relatives of some of the more than 100 people who remain in Hamas’ captivity after they were kidnapped during the attack camped out overnight in “Hostages Square” — a plaza where they often gather with supporters — braving the rain and cold. Supporters have funneled in and out of the site, with thousands gathered in and around the square this morning.
Around 6 a.m. local time, rallygoers danced in the rain to music played by a DJ in honor of the victims of Hamas’ attack on the Supernova music festival near the kibbutz Re’im, where some 260 people were killed, while others were taken hostage.
Shila Cohen, 27, said she wanted to attend the rally to “support the families and my friends, to bring back their loved ones.” She said she was “not surprised” that Israel’s war in Gaza has continued for 100 days “because the hostages didn’t come back yet,” but she said she hoped for peace in the region.
The mounting death toll in Gaza, which has reached more than 24,900 people killed, according to Palestinian officials, is “terrible,” she said. Cohen said she believes “the only solution is to do two states … But it’s going to take more time after Oct. 7.”
Two PalTel employees targeted by IDF, Hamas says
Two employees of Gaza’s telecommunications provider, PalTel, were killed by IDF forces while working to repair communication lines in Gaza, according to a press statement from Hamas, the militant organization which rules the strip.
The statement said that the employees were killed despite coordinating with Israel about the repair work.
Gaza was plunged into its ninth near-total communications blackout on Friday, with services yet to be restored.
U.K. foreign secretary says the ‘lights are absolutely flashing red’ on the global dashboard
The U.K.’s foreign secretary, David Cameron, said “it is hard to think of a time when there has been so much danger and insecurity and instability in the world,” during an interview this morning with Sky News, the Britsh broadcaster which shares a parent company with NBC News.
He went on to justify the coordinated U.S.-U.K. strikes on Yemen in response to continued Houthi rebel attacks on shipping in the Red Sea.
“If you don’t act against the Houthis is the Red Sea, you are going to see more attacks, they are effectively terroristic attacks, you will see more of that,” Cameron said.
180 women give birth in ‘inhumane’ conditions daily, says PRCS
Many women are “unable to reach hospitals due to being in besieged areas,” the Palestine Red Crescent Society said yesterday, accusing Israeli forces of “preventing ambulances from reaching them,” and describing the conditions as “dangerous and inhumane.”
The WHO has previously warned that women and newborns are bearing the brunt of the war in Gaza, where collapsing water, electricity, food and fuel supplies and massive levels of displacement are severely disrupting maternal, newborn and child health services.
Women are often forced into unsafe home, shelter or street births without access to sanitation or emergency obstetric care.
March on Washington protesters rally outside White House for cease-fire
Thousands of people converged near the White House yesterday as part of a global day of action to decry the war between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.
The protest was mostly peaceful, but anti-scale fencing erected for the protest sustained temporary damage, and some reporters and others were relocated to facilitate its repair, U.S. Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.
There was no damage to the White House, and the Secret Service did not make any arrests, he said.
Metropolitan Police Chief Pamela A. Smith said in a statement, “There were instances of illegal and destructive behavior in Lafayette Park, including items being thrown at our officers.”
She said D.C. police and the U.S. Park Police were investigating and will hold lawbreakers accountable.
At the march, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein spoke and urged Israel and Hamas to institute another cease-fire. She said the crowd had the power to affect the war.
“I see power, I see justice, I see Democracy as far as the eye can see,” she said. “We are unstoppable.”
ICJ case won’t stop Israel from fighting in Gaza, Netanyahu says
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in remarks today that the case brought by South Africa against Israel at the International Court of Justice will not stop the nation from continuing to fight in Gaza.
“We are continuing the war to its conclusion — to total victory, until we have achieved all of our objectives: the elimination of Hamas, the return of all our hostages and the guarantee that Gaza will never again pose a threat to Israel,” Netanyahu said. “We will restore security, both in the south and in the north. No one will stop us — not The Hague, not the Axis of Evil, nor anyone else.”
South Africa brought the case accusing Israel of committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. It could see the ICJ order Israel to stop the fighting.
In a later statement from Netanyahu’s office, the prime minister accused Hamas of executing “attacks against targets in the Middle East, Africa and Europe,” adding “considerable information has been uncovered that proves how the Hamas terrorist organization has acted to expand its violent activity abroad in order to attack innocents around the world.”
The statement said an “in-depth picture of Hamas’s terrorist activities has been revealed” and added that Hamas “draws inspiration from the terrorist activity of the Iranian regime, and like it, aspires to attack Israeli, Jewish and Western targets at any price.”
Israeli security, defense and intelligence forces will continue efforts to prevent Hamas’ attacks worldwide, the statement said.
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