Thursday, April 11, 2024

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers assault a Palestinian man and set fire to a home and a vehicle during a late-night raid in al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya. Israeli settlers set fire to a Palestinian-owned vehicle in al-Mughayyir. In Gaza, Israeli forces bomb Rafah, Nuseirat refugee camp, Shati’ refugee camp, Gaza City, Jabalia refugee camp, and al-Bureij refugee camp, killing at least 63 people, including the head of the police force in Jabalia refugee camp, Rudwan Rudwan, who was also in charge of supervising the protection of aid trucks in northern Gaza. Israeli forces also invade central Gaza in the area around Nuseirat refugee camp. Israeli protesters block aid trucks from crossing into Gaza at the al-Awja (Nitzana) crossing with Egypt. In Lebanon, Israeli forces bomb Dhayra, Jabbain, and Tayr Harfa. Hezbollah forces attack Israeli positions in Kfarchouba. (AJ, HA, HA, NYT, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 4/11; AJ, UNOCHA 4/12)

More than 33,545 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, including at least 14,520 children and 9,560 women, and around 76,094 have been injured since 10/7/2023. At least 7,000 people are missing in rubble, including 1,700 children. 449 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7/2023, including 112 children. More than 4,700 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, 259 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 1,559 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 70,000 housing units have been destroyed and 290,000 have been damaged in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7/2023, constituting over 60% of all housing units. 180 trucks carrying aid enter Gaza. (AJ, HA, WAFA 4/11; UNOCHA 4/12)

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says Israeli attacks on Khan Yunis have left the Nasser, al-Amal, and al-Khair hospitals non-functional, lacking oxygen, water, electricity, and sewage systems. Ghebreyesus also says the Nasser Hospital warehouse, “which supplies many hospitals in the south, was burned and severely damaged.” (AJ, UNOCHA 4/11)

Israeli national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir says he will make conditions for Palestinian prisoners worse, saying in a tweet “[t]he days when terrorists celebrated in prisons are over!” (AJ 4/11)

Haaretz reports that Israel has declared 10,971 dunams (2,743 acres) of land in the West Bank state land since the beginning of 2024, the highest number on record. The newspaper also says that from 2018 to 2023 Israel has remapped 24,000 dunams (5,900 acres) of land to allow settlement construction on land declared state land. (HA 4/11)

UN Security Council president Vanessa Frazier says a majority of the council members were in favor, reportedly 2/3s, of granting Palestine full membership at the UN but that the committee discussing the issue did not reach a consensus. Frazier says she will circulate a “draft of a report under the objection procedure, and we will see what happens next.” Before the meeting, deputy U.S. ambassador to the UN Robert Wood says recognition of a Palestinian state should be the outcome of bilateral negotiations for a 2-state solution. The Security Council issues a statement expressing “grave concern” over the Israel killing of World Central Kitchen aid workers on 4/1. (AJ, HA, WAFA 4/11)

USAID administrator Samantha Power says it is credible to assess that famine has already begun in Gaza. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says famine conditions in parts of Gaza are imminent. (AJ, AP, NYT 4/11; AJ 4/12)

The Telegraph reports that the Israeli military commander dismissed on 4/4 in relation to the killing of 7 World Central Kitchen aid workers, Nochi Madel, was 1 of more than 130 Israeli soldiers to sign an open letter on 1/20 calling for Gaza to be deprived of aid. (DT 4/11)

U.S. Central Command commander Michael Kurrila arrives in Israel, reportedly to coordinate with Israel on an expected Iranian attack. Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant speaks with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, saying an Iranian attack on Israel will require an Israel response. The Washington Post reports that Austin complained to Gallant that the U.S. was not informed prior to Israel’s attack on the Iranian consulate building in Damascus on 4/1. Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says he has spoken to his German, British, and Australian counterparts and made it clear that an Iranian response to the Israeli bombing of its consulate building in Damascus is legitimate if the UN Security Council does not condemn the attack. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks with his counterparts in Turkey, China, and Saudi Arabia about the potential Iranian attack on Israel. The Israeli and Cypriot air forces conduct a joint exercise simulating an attack on Iran. (AX 4/10; AJ, AP, AX, HA, NYT, REU, REU, REU, REU, REU 4/11; HA 4/12)

OECD secretary-general Mathias Cormann tells Israeli foreign minister Israel Katz that Indonesia has committed to establish ties with Israel in order to join the organization. Israel demanded that Indonesia normalize ties with it before Israel would accept its membership. (HA, MEE, NA, TOI 4/11)

Amnesty International urges Jordan to stop its repression of pro-Palestine protesters, adding that Jordanian forces have violently dispersed protesters and arrested more than 500 people. (AJ 4/11)

The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. officials believe that most of the remaining Israeli captives in Gaza are dead. (AJ 4/12)

A YouGov poll finds that 36% of Americans believe Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians while 34% do not think so and 30% are unsure. 63% express support for a ceasefire. (AJ, HA 4/11)