Sunday, May 5, 2024

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers assault Palestinian farmers near Kafr Ra’i. Israeli settlers also throw stones at Palestinian vehicles traveling near Sarra. Israeli forces raid al-Khader, leading to tear-gas related injuries. Israeli forces also issue demolition notices for 5 homes and an agricultural structure in Arab al-Milehat. Elsewhere, Israeli forces seize a crane in Bardala. Israeli forces also arrest 25 Palestinians during late-night raids in and around Tulkarm, Qalqilya, Jericho, Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron, Jenin, and Jerusalem. In Gaza, Israeli forces bomb Rafah, Gaza City, Nuseirat, Maghazi, al-Bureij refugee camp, Dayr al-Balah, and Nuseirat refugee camp, killing at least 29 people. Hamas forces fire rockets at an Israeli military installment near the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, killing 4 Israeli soldiers and wounding 9 others. In Lebanon, Israeli forces bomb Meiss Ej Jabal, Kafr Kila, and Markaba, killing 4 civilians in Meiss Ej Jabal. Hezbollah forces fire rockets at Margaliot, Kafr Giladi, Yuval, al-Samaqa, and al-Malkiyya. In Syria, Israeli forces bomb the southern part of the country. 2 rockets are fired at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from Syria. (AJ, AJ, AP, HA, HA, NYT, REU, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 5/5; AP, UNOCHA 5/6)

More than 34,683 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, including at least 14,520 children and 10,000 women, and around 78,018 have been injured since 10/7/2023. At least 10,000 people are missing in rubble, including 1,700 children. 486 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7/2023, including 117 children. More than 5,000 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, 266 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 1,605 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. 128 trucks carrying aid enter Gaza. Israel closes the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing after a military installment near the crossing is hit by rockets. (AJ, AJ, WAFA 5/5; HA, UNOCHA, UNRWA 5/6)

UNRWA commissioner-general Philippe Lazzarini says Israel is preventing aid from reaching northern Gaza and in the past 2 weeks has shot at aid convoys and arrested UN staff. (REU, WAFA 5/5)

The Hamas ceasefire negotiation delegation leaves Egypt for Qatar, saying it engaged in “in-depth and serious discussions.” Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh says Hamas is keen to reach ceasefire to end the war. CIA director Bill Burns travels to Qatar for ceasefire talks. (AJ, AJ, AJ, AP, AX, HA, HA, HA, NYT, REU 5/5)

PA president Mahmoud Abbas meets with Slovenian foreign minister Tanja Fajon in Ramallah, discussing the situation in Palestine and efforts to have more countries recognize the State of Palestine. (WAFA, WAFA 5/5)

The Israeli government votes unanimously to ban Al Jazeera from operating and broadcasting in Israel for an initial period of 45 days. Israeli forces raid the Al Jazeera office in East Jerusalem, seizing equipment. Al Jazeera calls the decision a criminal act that violates human rights and says it will continue its operations in the West Bank and Gaza, saying Israel cannot close its operations there without a military order. Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, the Foreign Press Association, the UN Human Rights Office, and the Committee to Protect Journalists condemn Israel’s actions. (AJ, AP, AX, HA, HA, NYT, REU, WAFA 5/5; HA, HA 5/6)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Hamas has the same intensions as the Nazis and that ending the war now will keep Hamas in power. French president Emmanuel Macron speaks with Netanyahu, encouraging him to accept a ceasefire. AP reports that Israeli officials briefed the U.S. last week on Israel’s plans to evacuate Palestinians from Rafah. (AJ, AP, HA, REU 5/5; AP, NYT 5/6)

AFP reports that the OIC has passed a resolution calling on its members to impose sanctions on Israel and halt all exports of weapons and ammunitions, citing Israel’s genocide in Gaza. (AJ 5/5)

Axios reports that the Biden administration halted a shipment of ammunition to Israel last week. (AJ, AX 5/5)