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Paltel: all telecom services cut in Gaza City and the north Gaza Strip

There are reports that communications have been cut in northern Gaza.

Telecomms company PalTel posted to its Facebook page:

We regret to announce that all telecom services (landline, cellular and internet) in Gaza City and north Gaza Strip have been lost due to the disconnection of main elements of our network in light of the ongoing aggression. Our technical teams are working relentlessly by all available means to restore the services.

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Israel’s military has issued a statement to say that it is “fighting in close-quarters with Hamas terrorists” inside the Gaza Strip.

It said that its Kfir brigade is operating inside the Palestinian territory for the first time, and quotes its brigade commander Col Yaniv Barot saying:

The Kfir brigade has been training for this moment. I am proud to lead the brigade in its first-ever operation. I am confident that we will accomplish every task as to date in the war. The brigade has located and destroyed more than 30 shafts until now in cooperation with other units. The cooperation with the air force is close and is very significant for operational success.

Gaza health ministry: 15,899 killed by Israeli attacks since 7 October

Gaza’s health ministry has issued new casualty figures, saying that 15,899 Palestinians have been killed by Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip since 7 October.

The ministry, which is part of the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip, says that 70% of those who have been killed are women and children. It does not distinguish in the figures between civilians and combatants.

The number of deaths is likely under-counted, as the collapse of the health system in Gaza has made it difficult for statistics to be gathered, and there are more than 6,000 Palestinians considered missing within the territory.

Israel launched the attacks after the 7 October surprise attack by Hamas inside Israel which killed at least 1,200 people and left more than 5,000 injured. Israel believes that Hamas is still holding over 130 people hostage inside Gaza who were seized from Israel on 7 October.

It has not been possible for journalists to independently verify the casualty figures being issued during the conflict.

Paltel: all telecom services cut in Gaza City and the north Gaza Strip

There are reports that communications have been cut in northern Gaza.

Telecomms company PalTel posted to its Facebook page:

We regret to announce that all telecom services (landline, cellular and internet) in Gaza City and north Gaza Strip have been lost due to the disconnection of main elements of our network in light of the ongoing aggression. Our technical teams are working relentlessly by all available means to restore the services.

In Rafah, Reuters reports that a bombing at one site overnight had torn a crater the size of a basketball court out of the earth. A dead toddler’s bare feet and black trousers poked out from under a pile of rubble. Men struggled with their bare hands to move a chunk of the concrete that had crushed the child.

Later they wept as they marched through the ruins carrying the body in a bundle and that of another small child body wrapped in a blanket.

“We were asleep and safe, they told us it was a safe area, Rafah and all,” said Salah al-Arja, owner of one of the houses destroyed at the site.

“There were children, women and martyrs,” he said. “They tell you it is a safe area, but there is no safe area in all of the Gaza Strip, it is all lies and manipulations.”

Palestinians inspect a house destroyed in an Israeli strike in Khan Younis.
Palestinians inspect a house destroyed in an Israeli strike in Khan Younis. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

In Khan Younis, many of those taking flight on Monday were already displaced from other areas. Abu Mohammed told Reuters it was now the third time he had been forced to flee since abandoning his home in Gaza City in the north.

“Why did they eject us from our homes if they planned to kill us here?” he said.

At a home in Khan Younis that was struck overnight, flames licked the collapsed masonry and grey smoke billowed out from the rubble. Next door, Nesrine Abdelmoty stood amid damaged furniture in the rented room where she lives with her divorced daughter and two-year-old baby.

“We were sleeping at 5am when we felt things collapse, everything went upside down,” she told Reuters. “They told (people) to move from the north to Khan Younis, since the south is safer. And now, they’ve bombed Khan Younis. Even Khan Younis is not safe now, and even if we move to Rafah, Rafah is not safe as well. Where do they want us to go?”

A member of Palestine Red Crescent Society carries a Palestinian child as the wounded are rushed into Nasser hospital following Israeli strikes in Khan Younis.
A member of Palestine Red Crescent Society carries a Palestinian child as the wounded are rushed into Nasser hospital following Israeli strikes in Khan Younis. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Here are some of the latest images sent to us over the news wires from Gaza and Israel.

Palestinians wait to fill containers with water in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on 4 December 2023.
Palestinians wait to fill containers with water in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on 4 December 2023. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters
A man sheltering at a UN-run school in Khan Younis, 4 December.
A man sheltering at a UN-run school in Khan Younis, 4 December. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters
Friends and family in Tel Aviv mourn Israeli soldier Col Asaf Hamami, who was killed defending kibbutz Nirim during the 7 October Hamas attack. According to the Israeli army, his body was taken to Gaza by Hamas, but enough findings were gathered to allow for his burial.
Friends and family in Tel Aviv mourn Israeli soldier Col Asaf Hamami, who was killed defending kibbutz Nirim during the 7 October Hamas attack. According to the Israeli army, his body was taken to Gaza by Hamas, but enough findings were gathered to allow for his burial. Photograph: Shir Torem/Reuters
An Israeli soldier inside the Gaza Strip in a screen grab taken from a handout video released on 4 December by the Israel Defense Forces.
An Israeli soldier inside the Gaza Strip in a screen grab taken from a handout video released on 4 December by the Israel Defense Forces. Photograph: Israel Defense Forces/Reuters
A child sits in a tent as Palestinians shelter at a UN-run school in Khan Younis.
A child sits in a tent as Palestinians shelter at a UN-run school in Khan Younis. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

The Palestinian ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ibrahim Khraishi has said that an emergency World Health Organization (WHO) board meeting would focus mostly on Gaza but also cover attacks on the health sector in the West Bank.

“We want to empower the WHO and call for the Israeli side not to target the medical sector. We want to allow for fresh medical supplies,” he told Reuters, saying that his diplomatic mission was drafting a motion to be reviewed by the 34-member board.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has convened the extraordinary session of its executive board for 10 December after receiving a request from 14 members of the board.

Earlier, health ministry spokesperson in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qudra, told Al Jazeera that “the Israeli occupation is deliberately bombing hospitals in Gaza to put them out of service.”

He accused Israel of creating a “circle of death” for medical workers, and said that only nine of Gaza’s 35 hospitals are still operational.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society has announced the overnight death of one of its workers, killed by an Israeli strike.

Head of ICRC: level of human suffering in Gaza is ‘intolerable’

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross has described the suffering in Gaza as “intolerable” while visiting the territory.

Mirjana Spoljaric Egger said:

The level of human suffering is intolerable. It is unacceptable that civilians have no safe place to go in Gaza, and with a military siege in place there is also no adequate humanitarian response currently possible.

The last week provided a small degree of humanitarian respite, a positive glimpse of humanity that raised hopes around the world that a path to reduced suffering could now be found.

As a neutral actor, the ICRC stands ready to support further humanitarian agreements that reduce suffering and heartbreak.

This map shows the latest extent of damage known to have taken place in the Gaza Strip since Israel began its bombardment following the 7 October Hamas attack inside southern Israel.

Damage to built-up areas in the Gaza Strip

Israel has caused extensive damage to built-up areas south of the Gaza River, where it initially instructed Palestinian residents to flee to in order to avoid fighting.

Hamas has claimed that it has carried out a “missile barrage” aimed at the Israeli city of Ashkelon. There are no reports of any casualties.

Summary of the day so far …

It is 2pm in Gaza City and in Tel Aviv. Here are the latest headlines …

  • Israel’s military has issued a situational update, in which it claims that “ground troops are continuing to operate in the Gaza Strip in parallel to Israeli air force strikes on approximately 200 Hamas terror targets”. Local reporters have described “a very deadly and bloody night for the Palestinians” with many believed killed.

  • In videos posted on X, Unicef spokesman James Elder reported “another intense evening of attacks here in Khan Younis” late Sunday. It was the “worst bombardment of the war right now in southern Gaza”, he said. “I feel like I am running out of ways to describe the horrors hitting children here,” he said. “I feel like I’m almost failing in my ability to convey the endless killing of children here.”

  • Dozens of Israeli tanks have entered the southern part of the Gaza Strip near Khan Younis on Monday, witnesses have told AFP. Armoured personnel carriers and bulldozers were also seen. Moaz Mohammed, 34, said Israeli tanks were on the southern part of Salah al-Din road. “They are holding Salah al-Din road on both sides and are now cutting it between Deir al-Balah and Khan Younis, firing bullets and tank shells at cars and people trying to move through the area,” he said.

  • Israel’s military has denied claims that it is attempting to permanently remove Palestinians from the Gaza Strip. Spokesperson Jonathan Conricus said “We are not trying to displace anyone, we are not trying to move anybody from anywhere permanently.” Israel’s military has issued a grid map of Gaza and is insisting residents evacuate to areas it specifies. Rohan Talbot, advocacy director at the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians, has described the Israeli move as “akin to a macabre game of Battleships in which terrified civilians will be left guessing which square will save their life.”

  • In its latest estimate, the UN’s OCHA said about 1.8 million people in Gaza, roughly 75% of the population, had been displaced, many to overcrowded and unsanitary shelters. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza has said that more than 15,000 Palestinians have been killed since 7 October, with more than 6,000 people missing.

  • Israel’s military has again said it has fired into Lebanon at the site of launches it claimed were directed into Israel. It said “a number of launches from Lebanon” had occurred, and that they had fallen in open areas, with no casualties as a result. Earlier on Monday it said that three soldiers had been “slightly injured” by fire from Lebanon at an Israeli military site.

  • Six hostages from Thailand kidnapped and held for weeks in the Gaza Strip by Hamas will arrive back in the kingdom on Monday. Israel believes that Hamas still holds 137 people hostage in Gaza.

  • Haaretz is reporting that a meeting between families of those being held hostage in Gaza and Israel’s war cabinet is being scheduled as a result of the families’ threat to escalate their protests. Earlier on Monday at a press conference some of the families of those held in Gaza threatened to stage a permanent sit-in at Israel’s army headquarters, telling the government: “Your indifference towards us is a disgrace.”

  • At least 60 Palestinians were arrested in the occupied West Bank overnight, Al Jazeera reported, with Israeli forces carrying out raids in the cities of Qalqilya, Jericho, Jenin and Tulkarem. At least 30 armoured vehicles were deployed in Jenin following a dawn raid, the broadcaster reported.

  • Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Benjamin Netanyahu will eventually be tried as a war criminal over Israel’s ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.

  • A court hearing in the Netherlands challenging the export of fighter jet parts to Israel that could be used in attacks on Gaza has begun.

  • Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank have lost their jobs or had their salaries frozen after the Israeli authorities cancelled their work permits and imposed severe restrictions on crossings after the 7 October attacks. Approximately 182,000 Gaza residents who work in Israel and the settlements had their employment terminated, initial estimates by the International Labour Organization (ILO) suggest.

Israel must not only instruct Gazans to move to safety but also make this possible, a spokesperson for the German foreign ministry said on Monday, amid concerns that Israel’s ground camapaign against Hamas could expand into Gaza’s refugee-crowded south, which Israel has been repeatedly bombarding from the air.

It is important that Israel avoids civilian casualties and adheres to humanitarian law, Reuters reports the spokesperson telling the media in Berlin, adding that the German government was conveying this message in its talks with Israeli partners.

The Israel Defense Forces released a map on Friday dividing Gaza up into hundreds of numbered small districts. It has begun to ask civilians to evacuate from specific areas before, it says, military operations start.

The map of Gaza issued by Israel’s military

It has been sharply condemned by humanitarian organisations for the piecemeal evacuation plan, which they say leaves Palestinians with fewer and fewer places to flee to, while Gaza’s infrastructure is at breaking point.

Dozens of Israeli tanks enter southern part of Gaza Strip, witnesses say

Dozens of Israeli tanks have entered the southern part of the Gaza Strip near Khan Younis on Monday, witnesses have told AFP. Armoured personnel carriers and bulldozers were also seen.

Amin Abu Hawli, 59, said the Israeli vehicles were “two kilometres (1.2 miles) inside” the Palestinian territory in the village of Al-Qarara near Khan Younis.

Moaz Mohammed, 34, said Israeli tanks were on the southern part of Salah al-Din road which runs from the north to the south of the strip.

“They are holding Salah al-Din road on both sides and are now cutting it between Deir al-Balah and Khan Younis, firing bullets and tank shells at cars and people trying to move through the area,” he said.

There have been reports of airstrikes on Khan Younis this morning.

About 1.8 million people in Gaza, roughly 75% of the population, have been displaced from their homes by Israel’s military action in the Gaza Strip, creating a humanitarian crisis. The Hamas-run health ministry says that more than 15,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since 7 October.

Smoke rises above Gaza as seen from southern Israel.
Smoke rises above Gaza as seen from southern Israel. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Haaretz is reporting that a meeting between families of those being held hostage in Gaza and Israel’s war cabinet is being scheduled as a result of the families’ threat to escalate their protests.

Earlier today at a press conference, Daniel Lifshitz, whose grandmother has been released but whose grandfather is still believed to be in Gaza, told the war cabinet:

We urge you to immediately return to the negotiating table, without delay and at any cost. Your indifference towards us is a disgrace. If you have no interest in representing us, we will turn to an international entity that agrees to do so. We will not beg you. If this does not happen, we will sit from 8pm this evening near the Kirya army headquarters and will not move from there.

A court hearing in the Netherlands challenging the export of fighter jet parts to Israel that could be used in attacks on Gaza has begun.

“The state must immediately stop its delivery of F-35 parts to Israel,” lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld told the court.

She said Dutch customs officials asked the government if it wanted to continue exports after the 7 October attacks by Hamas that triggered the Israel-Hamas war.

“The warning that the fighter jets can contribute to serious breaches of the laws of war does not, for the state outweigh its economic interests and diplomatic reputation,” Associated Press reports she said.

Government lawyer Reimer Veldhuis urged the court’s single judge to reject the injunction, saying that even if it were to uphold the rights lawyers’ legal arguments and ban exports, “the US would deliver these parts to Israel from another place”.

A decision is expected within two weeks.

Israel’s military has again said it has fired into Lebanon at the site of launches it claimed were directed into Israel. It said “a number of launches from Lebanon” had occurred, and that they had fallen in open areas, with no casualties as a result.

Earlier it said that three soldiers had been “slightly injured” by fire from Lebanon at an Israeli military site.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Benjamin Netanyahu will eventually be tried as a war criminal over Israel’s ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Reuters reports that in a speech to a meeting of an Organisation of Islamic cooperation (OIC) committee in Istanbul, the Turkish president said that Gaza is Palestinian land and will always belong to the Palestinians, and again referred to Israel’s prime minister as “the butcher of Gaza”.

Quds News Networks quotes Erdoğan saying:

The butcher of Gaza, Netanyahu, admitted in front of the cameras that his expansionist goals are not limited to Ramallah and Gaza only. Therefore, defending Gaza and Palestine today means at the same time defending Jerusalem, Mecca, Medina, Damascus, Istanbul and other Islamic cities.

Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from Hebron for Al Jazeera, saying that it was raided overnight by Israeli forces, adding that two Palestinians were killed in Qalqilya.

She writes for the network:

There are questions about the whereabouts of those Palestinians’ bodies, which authorities in Qalqilya said they could not recover. It is assumed that Israel is withholding the bodies. Israeli authorities are holding the bodies of 25 Palestinians killed in raids since 7 October.

During these raids, Israeli authorities have detained more than 3,500 people, bringing the total Palestinians in Israeli jails to more than 7,000. Bear in mind that majority of these people are held without charges.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society has posted to social media a tribute to one of its workers killed by Israel inside Gaza overnight.

It writes:

Martyr Osama Tayeh, 37 years old, was a First Responder with the PRCS in Jabalya, Gaza. He insisted to stay in the northern part, and on providing emergency medical assistance to those who suffered the war’s calamity.

Osama lost his life due to Israeli bombardment in the dawn hours, in front of his home at Al-Falouja. Our colleague Mohammad Abu Rukba who was with him at the house was also injured.

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