Major developments on the 123rd day of Israeli war on Gaza

On the 123rd day of the Israeli offensive on Gaza, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) announced that it has submitted its response to the framework agreement regarding the exchange agreement proposed during the Paris Quartet meeting, after consultations with resistance factions.

Qatar's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani described Hamas's response as positive and said Doha had few comments. While US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he would discuss the response to the movement with the Israeli government tomorrow, Wednesday.

Tensions and mutual bombardments continued between Israeli occupation forces and Lebanese Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, while the Ansar Allah movement (Houthis) launched new attacks on two ships, British and American, in the Red Sea as part of their continued support from the previous days. November for Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Qatar's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani at a press conference during Blinken's week-long visit aimed at calming tensions in the Middle East in Doha, Qatar on January 7, 2024 Let's participate.  Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein/Pool
Qatar's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani (right) meets his US counterpart Anthony Blinken in Doha (Reuters – Archive)

Hamas responded to the agreement proposal

Qatar's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani said that Qatar received the Hamas movement's response to the framework agreement presented after the Paris meeting, including the comments contained therein, and handed it over to the Israeli side. .

Qatar's foreign minister confirmed – at a press conference with his US counterpart, Anthony Blinken – that the response from the Hamas movement is optimistic and generally positive, adding that he would not go into details now due to the sensitivity of the platform, and that Clarified that disclosing details of the framework agreement is not in the interest of the negotiations, but progress has been made.

The movement confirmed that it had given its response to the framework agreement “to the brothers in Qatar and Egypt after consultation with the leadership of the movement and the resistance factions.”

He said he dealt with the proposal in a positive spirit to ensure a comprehensive ceasefire, end aggression, lifting of the siege and exchange of prisoners.

2,828 Israeli soldiers were injured

The Israeli occupation army announced that three soldiers were wounded on Tuesday in fighting with the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip, increasing the number of officers and soldiers wounded since the beginning of the war on the Strip to 2,828. , including 1,304. Since the beginning of the ground attack.

rise in the red sea

The Houthis announced on Tuesday that they fired missiles at two ships in the Red Sea, causing minor damage to one of the ships, which was sailing off the coast of the Yemeni Hodeida governorate.

Houthis military spokesman Yahya Sari said in a televised speech that the group fired naval missiles at two ships, the British “Morning Tide” and the American “Star Nasiya”, even though they flew their respective flags. Barbados and the Marshall Islands.

He said the targeting was “a victory for the oppression of the Palestinian people and a response to American-British aggression against our country.”

Blinken is on his fifth visit to the region since the aggression on Gaza began (Reuters)

Blinken is at it again

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met in the capital Cairo on Tuesday with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who is visiting the region, to discuss the war in Gaza.

Blinken left the Saudi capital Riyadh in the morning on the first stop of his tour, which will also take him to Qatar before visiting Israel to discuss hostage release talks, post-war Gaza plans and the prospects for normalizing ties. Between Arab countries and Tel Aviv.

Blinken's fifth visit to the region since last October comes as the United States presses ahead with its campaign to respond to Iran-allied factions, who carried out attacks and a terrorist attack in Jordan last January. American forces were killed at the military site.

He refused to return to the Gaza Strip

The acting head of the Settlement Council in the Gaza Envelope settlements confirmed that the settlers would not return to their homes until the government gives them “first and foremost, assurances that they will have full protection upon returning to the envelope.”

The official indicated that he expected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “to work with us, the heads of the authorities, with full transparency, to enable a gradual withdrawal process and, of course, without causing any additional harm to the population. “

The occupation has stepped up its arrest campaign in the West Bank since October 7 (European)

6,870 prisoners in West Bank since October 7

The Palestinian Prisoners Club said that over the past month, occupation forces arrested 1,236 civilians in the West Bank, including 30 women and 73 children.

The number of detainees in the West Bank increased to 6,870 after October 7, the club said in a statement, stressing that detainees and their families were attacked, including severe beatings and the hostage-taking of family members, including women. Used as. To put pressure on a family member to surrender.

mutual bombing in southern lebanon

Israeli occupation forces bombed several towns in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, while sirens sounded in Israeli areas after missiles were fired from Lebanon, an Al Jazeera correspondent said.

The correspondent reported that Israeli aircraft and artillery bombed the towns of Merkabah, Houla, Mays al-Jabal, Blida and Marwahin in southern Lebanon.

On the other hand, sirens sounded in several settlements in Margaliot in the Galilee Finger area and in several settlements in the Ras Nakoura area in Western Galilee on the Lebanese border.

For its part, Lebanese Hezbollah said its fighters targeted the Israeli Ramim military barracks with two Burkan missiles, resulting in a direct attack.

The party also announced that it had targeted a gathering of Israeli soldiers around the Jal al-Alam site with a “Falak-1” missile, resulting in a direct attack on them.

The number of martyrs increased to 27,585

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza announced on Tuesday that the death toll in the Israeli war on the Strip since October 7, 2023 has risen to 27,585 martyred and 66,978 wounded.

This came to light in a statement in which the ministry presented the latest figures for the 123rd day of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

The ministry reported that the Israeli occupation carried out 12 massacres against families in the Gaza Strip during the past 24 hours, leaving 107 martyrs and 143 injured.

He said there were still many victims under the debris and on the streets, and that ambulances and civil defense teams were unable to reach them due to the occupation.

The siege of Nasir Hospital continues

Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the health ministry in Gaza, said medical staff, wounded and displaced people at the Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Yunis are without food, and there is a severe shortage of surgical supplies and stitches. Electrical generators will be shut down within 4 days.

He said ambulance workers are risking their lives to save the injured as the movement of ambulances is being disrupted due to the occupation, as the siege on Nasser Medical Complex has been tightened and areas around it have been intensively targeted. going.

Al-Qudra reported that the occupation was putting the lives of 300 medical workers, 450 injured and 10,000 displaced people at immediate risk.

For his part, Nahed Abu Taima, director of the Nasser Complex Surgery Hospital, told Al Jazeera that occupation forces have continued to fire heavily around the complex, adding that 630 have been injured since the siege of the hospital nearly two weeks ago. Have done. Most of them were seriously injured.

He said they face huge and dangerous challenges, including a shortage of medical personnel and a severe fuel shortage, which puts the lives of patients and the injured at risk.

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