Wednesday, June 26, 2024

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers open fire at Palestinian homes in Madama and al-Arroub refugee camp. Israeli forces shoot and injure a Palestinian man during a raid in Anabta. Israeli forces also raid the al-Ahmad Medical complex in Jenin. Elsewhere, Israeli forces demolish 11 homes in Umm al-Khair in the Masafer Yatta area, displacing 38 people. Israeli forces also demolish 4 homes in Jericho. Meanwhile, Israeli forces demolish a home in Beitillu. Israeli forces also seize several vehicles during a raid in Halhul. Separately, Israeli forces issue stop work notices for 2 homes and a school in Aqabah. Israeli forces also arrest 20 Palestinians during late-night raids in and around Hebron, Jenin, Bethlehem, and Qalqilya. In East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers tour the Haram al-Sharif compound. Israeli authorities demolish a Palestinian home in Silwan. In Gaza, Israeli forces bomb Beit Lahiya, Khan Yunis, Jabalia refugee camp, Nuseirat refugee camp, and Gaza City, killing at least 60 people, including 15 in a strike on a home in Beit Lahiya. In Kafr Qara, Israeli authorities demolish a Palestinian home under construction. Israeli forces bomb Nabatieh, injuring 5 people. Israeli forces also bomb Khiam and Bint Jbeil. Hezbollah forces fire rockets at Avivim and Metula. In Syria, Israeli forces bomb Damascus and a site in As-Suwayda governorate, killing 2 people and injuring a soldier. In the Red Sea, Israeli forces intercept a drone targeting Eliat. The Islamic Resistance in Iraq claims responsibility for the attack. (AJ, AP, HA, REU, UNOCHA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 6/26; UNOCHA 6/28)

More than 37,718 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, including at least 15,694 children and 10,000 women, and around 86,337 have been injured since 10/7/2023. At least 10,000 people are missing in rubble, including 1,700 children. 546 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7/2023, including 131 children. More than 5,370 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, 315 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 1,977 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, UNOCHA, WAFA 6/26)

Israeli national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir orders a further reduction in the amount of food offered to Palestinian prisoners. (AJ, AP, HA 6/26)

Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant meets with U.S. national security advisor Jake Sullivan in Washington D.C., saying after the meeting that they made significant progress on removing U.S. hesitancy on delivering heavy bombs to Israel and that Israel does not want war with Lebanon but that it could send Lebanon “back to the Stone Age.” (AJ, AP, AX, HA, HA 6/26; AJ, REU 6/27)

Germany urges its citizens to urgently leave Lebanon, citing the possibility of an escalation between Israel and Hezbollah. (AJ, HA 6/26)

The EU and WHO sign an agreement worth $3 million with the PA to strengthen the PA’s health financing system and improve medical referrals. (WAFA 6/26)

Norway’s largest pension fund Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) divests from the American company Caterpillar, citing concerns that Caterpillar’s machines are used by Israeli forces in violation of international law in the West Bank and Gaza. (AJ, AJ, AJ, AP 6/26)