Saturday, December 23, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers uprooted olive trees in Deir Istiya. In Gaza, Israeli forces bombed Nuseirat refugee camp, Dayr al-Balah, Jabalia refugee camp, Bureij, Gaza City, Khan Yunis, and Rafah, killing dozens of people, including at 2 UNRWA shelters in Nuseirat refugee camp. 8 Israeli soldiers were killed in combat. In the Indian Ocean, an Israel-linked tanker was hit by a drone 120 miles west of India, causing damage. The U.S. military also said 2 ballistic missiles were fired from Yemen at commercial vessels, missing their targets. (AJ, AJ, AP, HA, HA, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 12/23; AJ 12/24; UNOCHA 12/26)

More than 20,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, including at least 8,000 children and 6,200 women, and around 54,000 have been injured since 10/7. At least 8,000 people were missing in rubble, including 1,700 children. 296 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7, including 75 children. More than 3,800 people have been injured. Israel reported that 1,200 Israelis and foreign nationals have been killed and 5,400 have been injured since 10/7. 148 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 771 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. At least 65,000 housing units have been destroyed and 290,000 have been damaged in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7, constituting over 60% of all housing units. The UN distributed around 4,000 gallons of fuel, goods, and medical supplies to hospitals in northern Gaza, including to al-Shifa Hospital, which was hosting 50,000 internally displaced Palestinians. There was no information about aid deliveries into Gaza. (AJ, HA 12/23; UNOCHA 12/26)

Hamas issued a statement saying it lost contact with a group holding 5 Israeli captives due to Israeli air attacks. The Gaza Ministry of Health said 137 Palestinians have been publicly executed by Israeli forces in Jabalia refugee camp. The Israeli military said it was not aware of executions carried out by its forces. (AJ, HA, REU 12/23)

Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi spoke with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, discussing the situation in Gaza. (AJ, AX, HA 12/23)

U.S. president Joe Biden spoke with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he did not ask for Israel to agree to a ceasefire. The White House described the call as long and private and said the 2 discussed Israel’s objectives and phasing, while Biden called on Israel to protect civilians. (AJ, AP, HA 12/23; AJ, AJ 12/24)

The Intercept reported that the Israeli military was censoring 8 subjects, preventing Israeli media from reporting on them without prior approval from the military censor. The subjects included captives held by Hamas, military operational details, military intelligence, weapons systems, certain rocket attacks on Israel, cyberattacks, visits by officials to combat zones, and the security cabinet. (AJ, INT 12/23)