Live blog: Israeli overnight strikes kill at least 110 Palestinians in Gaza

At least 110 Palestinians including women and children were killed in Israeli attacks overnight on various parts of Gaza, marking the 18th day of an offensive on the besieged enclave.

Israeli warplanes continued to strike various areas across Gaza throughout the night, the Al Aqsa satellite channel said on Telegram.

The warring Palestinian group Hamas claimed that 140 people were killed by Israel overnight.

The channel said 57 people were killed and dozens were injured in attacks on residential buildings in Rafah and Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

Deaths and injuries were also reported after Israeli strikes on houses next to Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital and apartments in the “Prisoners Towers” west of the Nuseirat camp in central Gaza.

They were also reported after Israeli aircraft launched a series of attacks on the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza.

0503 GMT  French President Macron arrives in Israel on solidarity visit

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Tel Aviv to express his country’s “full solidarity” with Israel after the October 7 attacks by Palestinian group Hamas, according to an AFP journalist.

Macron was due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express France’s “full solidarity” with Israel after that attack, the French presidency said.

He was also expected to call for the “preservation of the civilian population” in Gaza, amid Israel’s relentless bombardment, and as it prepares for a ground invasion of the overcrowded Palestinian enclave.

0357 GMT  Six UN refugee agency workers killed in Gaza in 24 hours

Six workers with the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency were killed in just 24 hours in Gaza, the global body has said, bringing to 35 the total of its staff killed since October 7.

Humanitarian and aid workers have not been spared in more than two weeks of relentless Israeli bombardment of Gaza after Hamas fighters carried out the worst attack in Israel’s 75-year history.

“Since the start of hostilities, at least 16 health workers have been killed while on duty, along with 35 UNRWA staff,” the United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA said in an update sent Tuesday on the situation up to Monday evening.

“Six of (them) were killed in the past 24 hours.”

0322 GMT  Hamas calls power outage ‘crime against humanity’

The Palestinian group Hamas has said that a power outage at the Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza due to a fuel shortage is a “crime against humanity” and called on Arab and Muslim countries and the UN to take the necessary steps to address the crisis.

In a statement published in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, Hamas said it considered the power outages as a result of Israel’s ongoing aggression against Gaza since October 7 “a disgrace for the countries that turn a blind eye or joined the occupation in its aggression and genocide committed against our people and unarmed civilians.”

The group warned against “the consequences of neglecting the fuel crisis, as it brings a death sentence to all the wounded and patients at hospitals.”

0258 GMT  Electric generators in Gaza hospitals will stop working due to lack of fuel

The Health Ministry in Gaza has warned that electric generators in hospitals will cease functioning within the next 48 hours due to a fuel shortage.

“We have less than 48 hours before all electric generators in hospitals run out of fuel,” ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said in a brief statement on Telegram.

He added that the mechanism followed to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza is “slow and cannot change the reality,” stressing that “the healthcare system has reached the worst stage in its history.”

Earlier on Monday, the ministry said that 32 health centres are out of service due to targeting by Israeli warplanes and a fuel shortage.

0146 GMT  Blinken meets US leaders of Jewish, Arab, Palestinian-American groups

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has separately met US leaders from the Jewish as well as Arab and Palestinian-American communities as Israel continues its bombardment on Gaza.

Blinken’s community outreach comes amid fears and warnings of a rise in Islamophobia, antisemitism and anti-Palestinian threats and hate speech in the United States.




President Joe Biden called on Americans to denounce such sentiments in an Oval Office address Thursday night.

0143 GMT — US weapons, staff rush to Israel as ground invasion of Gaza looms

The Pentagon has sent military advisers, including a Marine Corps general versed in urban warfare, to Israel to aid in its war planning and is speeding multiple sophisticated air defence systems to the Middle East days ahead of an anticipated ground invasion of Palestine’s Gaza.

One of the officers leading the assistance is Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James Glynn, who previously helped lead special operations forces against Daesh and served in Fallujah, Iraq, during some of the most heated urban combat there, according to a US official who was not authorised to discuss Glynn’s role and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Glynn will also be advising on how to mitigate civilian casualties in urban warfare, the official said.

0138 GMT  Tunisia’s foreign minister calls for coordination between Arab states to counter war on Gaza

Tunisian Foreign Minister Nabil Ammar said that unity and coordination between Arab countries is crucial in countering Israel’s war on Gaza.

Ammar’s statement came during a press conference at his ministry’s headquarters in the capital Tunis.

“The national security of Egypt and Jordan is important for us, and Tunisia’s position in the internati onal arena is in their favor,” he said, highlighting that his country’s position is “in the interest of all Arab countries.”

0130 GMT  China FM tells Israeli counterpart ‘all countries’ have right to self-defence

China’s foreign minister has told his Israeli counterpart that “all countries” have a right to self-defence, Beijing said, in the first call between top diplomats from the two countries since the Israel-Hamas conflict flared this month.

“All countries have the right to self-defence,” Wang Yi told Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, according to a foreign ministry readout.

But he also stressed that “they should abide by international humanitarian law and protect the safety of civilians”.

Wang promised China would “do its utmost” to support efforts that are “conducive to peace”.

0109 GMT — US says it’s not interested in expanding Israeli-Palestinian fighting: Iran’s foreign minister

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said that the US sent his country two messages saying it is not interested in expanding the scope of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Addressing reporters after a second meeting of the “3 3” Regional Platform with Türkiye, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia in the capital Tehran, Amirabdollahian said the US and Western countries had sent numerous messages to the Lebanese group Hezbollah to prevent the opening of a new front against Israel.

“The US has also sent two messages to Iran. In the first one, they said ‘we do not want to expand the war.’ In the second one, they asked Iran to show restraint. The US claims not to want to expand or escalate the war, but on the other hand, they proved their support for the attacks on Palestinian civilians, children and women in Gaza with the weapons they sent two weeks ago,” he said.

0004 GMT  53 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in southern Gaza

At least 53 Palestinians were killed and scores of others injured early Tuesday in Israeli airstrikes on residential areas of Khan Younis and Rafah in the southern Gaza.

The death toll was initially put at 51 but was later revised higher.

The Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that Israeli warplanes launched attacks on residences and a fuel station in Khan Younis.



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