Sunday, June 16, 2024

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers set fire to farmland near Burqa. Israeli settlers also throw stones at Palestinian vehicles traveling near al-Bireh. Israeli forces shoot and injure a Palestinian man during a raid in al-Fara’a refugee camp. Israeli forces also arrest 6 Palestinians during late-night raids in and around al-Fara’a refugee camp and al-Khader. In Gaza, Israeli forces bomb Rafah, Gaza City, al-Bureij refugee camp, and Nuseirat refugee camp, killing at least 41 people. 1 Israeli soldier is killed in combat. In Lebanon, Israeli forces bomb Yaroun. (AJ, HA, HA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 6/16)

More than 37,337 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, including at least 15,694 children and 10,000 women, and around 85,299 have been injured since 10/7/2023. At least 10,000 people are missing in rubble, including 1,700 children. 541 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7/2023, including 129 children. More than 5,200 people have been injured. Israel reports that 1,139 Israelis and foreign nationals have been killed and 5,400 have been injured in Israel since 10/7/2023, including Israeli soldiers. In addition, 312 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 1,940 injured in Gaza since the ground invasion began on 10/27/2023. Over 1.93 million Palestinians, nearly 85% of the population of Gaza, have been displaced since 10/7/2023. There has been a complete electricity blackout in Gaza since 10/12/2023 due to the Israeli blockade. At least 79,000 housing units have been destroyed and 370,000 have been damaged in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7/2023. (AJ, WAFA 6/16)

The Israeli military says it will introduce a daily pause in attacks on the area between the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing and the Salah al-Din Road between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. to enable the flow of aid. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls the announcement “unacceptable” while Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said he had not been consulted about the plans. (AJ, AJ, HA, HA, NYT, REU 6/16; AP, AP, NYT 6/17)

Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh says in an Eid al-Adha address that the Hamas response to the U.S.-Israeli ceasefire proposal is aligned with the foundational principals of the proposal but that Hamas demands guarantees that the ceasefire will be permanent. (AJ, HA, REU 6/16)