Monday, January 1, 2024

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers vandalize a Palestinian home in Taybeh. Israeli forces demolish 2 homes in Al Maniya, displacing 8 people, and 2 agricultural structures and an industrial structure in Nabi Ilyas. Israeli forces also seize a home in al-Khader, designating its roof as an observation point. Palestinians mark the new year with a large rally in Ramallah in solidarity with Gaza. 32 Palestinians are arrested during raids in and around Qatanna, Nablus, Hebron, Bethlehem, Tulkarm, and Ramallah. In Gaza, Israeli forces bomb Maghazi, Dayr al-Balah, Khan Yunis, Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza City, Nuseirat refugee camp, and al-Zaytun, killing at least 179 people, including 15 in a home in Maghazi and 15 in a home in Dayr al-Balah. Hamas fires 20 rockets at Israel, causing no injuries. In Lebanon, Israeli forces kill 4 members of Hezbollah and Hezbollah attacks 2 Israeli positions, injuring 5 soldiers. In Syria, Israeli forces bomb Syrian army infrastructure. (AJ, HA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 1/1; AJ, AJ 1/2; UNOCHA 1/3)

More than 21,978 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, including at least 8,800 children and 6,300 women, and around 57,697 have been injured since 10/7. At least 7,000 people are reportedly missing in rubble, including 1,700 children. 313 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7, including 79 children. More than 3,812 people have been injured. Israel reports that 1,200 Israelis and foreign nationals have been killed and 5,400 have been injured since 10/7, including Israeli soldiers. In addition, 171 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 983 injured in Gaza since the ground invasion began on 10/27. Over 1.93 million Palestinians, nearly 85% of the population of Gaza, have been displaced since 10/7. There has been a complete electricity blackout in Gaza since 10/12 due to the Israeli blockade. As of 12/23, at least 65,000 housing units had been destroyed and 290,000 had been damaged in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7, constituting over 60% of all housing units. 125 trucks carrying aid enter Gaza via the Rafah and Karim Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossings. 87 tonnes of aid from Cyprus arrives in Egypt for dispersal in Gaza, failing to meet the stated objective of shipping aid directly from Cyprus to Gaza. Palestinian and Egyptian Red Crescent establish a camp for internally displaced people in Khan Yunis, hosting 300 families and expected to grow to 1,000 families. An estimated 30-40% of people in Gaza have lost their identification documents. (AJ 1/1; HA, REU, UNOCHA 1/2)

A 23-year-old Palestinian prisoner from Nablus dies in the Megiddo Prison under unknown circumstances. He is the seventh Palestinian prisoner to die in Israeli prisons since 10/7, and the fourth in the Megiddo Prison. The PA and Hamas call the death an assassination. (AJ, WAFA 1/1; AJ, WAFA 1/2)

Times of Israel reports that Israel is investigating an Israeli soldier for executing a Palestinian prisoner on 12/31/2023. (AJ 1/1; HA 1/2)

Hamas military spokesperson Abu Obeida says Hamas has destroyed 71 Israeli military vehicles and killed 16 soldiers in the past 4 days. (AJ 1/1)

Israel’s military says 19 out of 170 casualties among Israeli soldiers in Gaza were the result of friendly fire and 11 were from other incidents not related to direct combat. Israel also says 31 soldiers have been injured in the past 24 hours, including 5 who are in serious condition. (AJ, HA 1/1; HA 2/1)

Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant says communities within a range of 2.5 to 4.5 miles north of Gaza will be able to return to their homes soon. National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir says the Israeli war on Gaza is an opportunity to displace Palestinians and bring back settlements. (AJ, HA 1/1)

The Israeli Supreme Court overturns the Israeli government’s decision from July 2023 to remove the “reasonableness” clause, which allows the court to overturn government decisions it deems unconstitutional. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich calls the decision “extreme and divisive.” The Supreme Court decision passed with 8 judges for and 7 against. (AJ, AP, AX, NYT, NYT, REU 1/1; HA, HA, HA, HA, NYT, NYT 1/2)

U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller says “Gaza and the West bank must be reunited under a single governance structure, under a revitalized Palestinian Authority” when Israel concludes its war on Gaza. (AJ 1/1)

The OIC welcomes South Africa’s case against Israel at the ICJ. (WAFA 1/1)