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‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 276: Netanyahu Attempts To Sabotage Ceasefire Proposal

Above photo: Palestinians flee Eastern part of Gaza City after they were ordered by the Israeli Army to evacuate their neighborhoods, July 7, 2024. Hadi Daoud/APA Images.

Israel has committed a new massacre in Nuseirat as it launches a new invasion of Gaza City. Meanwhile, Hamas says it has recruited thousands of new resistance fighters.

Casualties

  • 38,153 + killed* and at least 87,828 wounded in the Gaza Strip. Among the dead, 28,428 have been fully identified. These include 7,779 children, 5466 women, and 2418 elderly people as of May 1. In addition, around 10,000 more are estimated to be under the rubble.*
  • 571+ Palestinians killed, 136 children, in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.**
  • Israel revised its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,140.
  • 680 Israeli soldiers have been recognized as killed, and 4096 as wounded by the Israeli army since October 7.***

* Gaza’s branch of the Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed this figure its daily report, published through its WhatsApp channel on July 7, 2024. Some rights groups estimate the death toll to be much higher when accounting for those presumed dead.

** The death toll in the West Bank and Jerusalem is not updated regularly. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health on July 7, this is the latest figure.

*** These figures are released by the Israeli military, showing the soldiers whose names “were allowed to be published.” The number of Israeli soldiers wounded, according to declarations by the head of the Israeli army’s wounded association to Israel’s Channel 12, exceeds 20,000, including at least 8,000 permanently handicapped as of June 1. Israel’s Channel 7 reported that according to the Israeli war ministry’s rehabilitation service numbers as of June 18, 8,663 new wounded joined the army’s handicap rehabilitation system since October 7.

Key Developments

  • Israel kills 200 Palestinians, wounds 562 across Gaza since Thursday, July 4, raising death toll since October 7 to 38,153 and number of wounded to 87,828, according to Gaza health ministry.
  • Israel and Hamas resume ceasefire and prisoners’ exchange talks in Qatar, based on the amended U.S. proposal.
  • Netanyahu says that any deal must not prevent Israel from pursuing the war’s goals later.
  • Israeli opposition leaders criticize Netanyahu’s conditions for a deal. Lapid offers Netanyahu a “security network” if he accepts a deal to end the war.
  • Israel’s public broadcasting says that Israeli heads of security branches were “shocked” by Netanyahu’s statement on the preconditions for a deal.
  • Reuters quotes unnamed Hamas officials saying that the group accepted “an important part” of the proposed U.S. deal and is waiting for Israel to accept it.
  • Israel launches new raid on Tal al-Hawa in western Gaza City.
  • Israel bombs school sheltering displaced Palestinians in Nuseirat in central Gaza, killing 16 and wounding 50.
  • Medical sources in Naser Hospital in Khan Younis say babies in newborn section at risk of death if power generators stop due to fuel shortage. Several sections in the hospital already not operational.
  • Hamas military spokesperson Abu Obaida says Qassam Brigade’s fighting capacity “in very good condition” and has recruited thousands of new fighters during the war.
  • UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini says 50% of UNRWA institutions in Gaza have been destroyed, including schools; Gaza “losing an entire generation” if children are not “returned to a safe educational environment,” Lazzarini says.

Ceasefire Talks Resume As Israeli Opposition Slams Netanyahu For Stating Pre-Conditions To A Deal

Indirect negotiations have resumed between Israel and Hamas in Doha, Qatar, based on the amended U.S. proposed ceasefire deal. Israeli media reported that Netanyahu was set to meet military and security officials on Sunday for “limited” consultancy on the talks.

Israeli public broadcasting also reported that the heads of various intelligence agencies would meet on Wednesday to discuss the talks, including CIA head William Burns, head of Egyptian intelligence Abbas Kamel, the Israeli Mossad’s David Barnea, and Qatar’s Prime Minister and minister of foreign affairs, Mohammad Ben Abdel Rahman Al-Thani.

Meanwhile, Israel’s war minister, Yoav Gallant, said that Israel was “in urgent need” of concluding a prisoners’ exchange deal, while Israel’s president Isaac Herzog said that “an absolute majority” of Israelis supports a deal to return Israeli captives.

On Sunday, Netanyahu’s office issued a statement stressing that any coming deal must allow Israel to continue the war until achieving the goals of the war.

Israel’s public broadcasting reported that Israeli security branches were “shocked” at the statement by Netanyahu’s office, expressing their worry that Netanyahu might sabotage the possibility of a deal.

For his part, Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid said on Sunday that Netanyahu “doesn’t have to choose between a deal and the government,” pointing to threats by Netanyahu’s governing coalition allies, Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir, to resign if a deal is concluded, which would cause a collapse of the government. Lapid said that he would offer Netanyahu “a safety network” and commit to it.

In the meantime, protests have been mounting in Israel demanding a prisoners’ exchange and fresh elections. On Sunday, thousands marched in Tel Aviv while the families of Israeli captives in Gaza demanded that Netanyahu not to go to Washington for his scheduled speech before Congress “before bringing them home.”

Israel Launches New Invasion Of Gaza City As Hamas Says It Has Recruited Thousands Of New Fighters

Thousands of Palestinians fled the Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in western Gaza City starting Sunday night as Israeli forces launched a surprise invasion accompanied by heavy bombardment.

Local media sources reported that the invasion includes the neighborhoods of al-Daraj, al-Rimal, and al-Sabra.

Israel had invaded Tal al-Hawa in January along with the rest of the City before declaring control there. The new invasion coincides with the Israeli army’s ongoing invasion of the nearby Shuja’iyya neighborhood in the eastern part of Gaza City, also for the second time since the beginning of the war.

Meanwhile, the Gaza branch of the Palestinian health ministry announced through its daily updates that airstrikes by Israeli forces have targeted at least 14 family homes. On Saturday, Israeli forces killed 16 Palestinians, including several children, and wounded 50 in an airstrike on an UNRWA school sheltering displaced families in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

Fierce fighting between Israeli forces and the Palestinian resistance was reported in Gaza City, Rafah, and the Netzarim corridor, with the Israeli army recognizing the death of two officers in combat in Shuja’iyya during the past week. The Israeli army also announced on Monday that 17 soldiers had been wounded across the Gaza Strip in the span of 24 hours.

On Sunday, the spokesperson of Hamas’s Qassam Brigades, Abu Obaida, said in a recorded video statement that the group’s fighting capacity was “in very good state,” adding that the Qassam Brigades had recruited thousands of new fighters during the war and continued to manufacture new weapons while reusing unexploded Israeli bombs.

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