Israel-Hamas war live: reports of fresh strike on Jabaliya refugee camp; ‘75% of Gaza’s population’ internally displaced

LIVE – Updated at 14:35

New estimate from UN humanitarian agency says around 1.8 million people in Gaza have been forced to leave their homes.

 

14:35

Halima Abdel-Rahman, a widow and mother of four in Gaza, has told Associated Press that she won’t heed Israeli evacuation orders any more. She told the news agency that she fled her home in October to an area outside Khan Younis, where she stays with relatives.

“The occupation tells you to go to this area, then they bomb it,” she said by phone. “The reality is that no place is safe in Gaza. They kill people in the north. They kill people in the south.”

 

14:28

The Israeli military has issued some more photographs of what it claims are Hamas tunnels and infrastructure within the Gaza Strip.

israel-hamas war live: reports of fresh strike on jabaliya refugee camp; ‘75% of gaza’s population’ internally displaced

A view shows the entrance to what Israel’s military says is the shaft of a Hamas underground tunnel that was uncovered in the Gaza Strip. Photograph: Israel Defense Forces/Reuters

israel-hamas war live: reports of fresh strike on jabaliya refugee camp; ‘75% of gaza’s population’ internally displaced

A view shows the entrance to what Israel’s military says is the shaft of a Hamas underground tunnel that was uncovered in the Gaza Strip. Photograph: Israel Defense Forces/Reuters

 

14:23

Israel’s military has been reporting intermittent siren alerts in communities near the Gaza Strip during the last hour-and-a-half.

 

14:04

The chief prosecutor of the international criminal court said on Sunday that his office would “further intensify its efforts to advance its investigations” in the occupied Palestinian territories, after he visited the region for the first time since his appointment.

There have been widespread claims of breaches of international law by Hamas and Israeli forces since war erupted after the deadly 7 October attacks by Hamas and other militants that killed about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, in southern Israel, AP reported. Around 240 others were taken hostage.

The Hague-based court has been investigating crimes in the Palestinian territories committed by both sides since 2021 but has yet to announce any charges. Israel is not a member state of the court and does not recognise its jurisdiction.

Prosecutor Karim Khan said in a written statement issued after his visit that he witnessed “scenes of calculated cruelty” at locations of the 7 October attacks.

“The attacks against innocent Israeli civilians on 7 October represent some of the most serious international crimes that shock the conscience of humanity, crimes which the ICC was established to address,” he said, adding that he and his prosecutors are working “to hold those responsible to account”.

He added that he is ready to engage with local prosecutors in line with the principle of complementarity – the ICC is a court of last resort set up to prosecute war crimes when local courts cannot or will not take action.

Khan also visited Palestinian officials in Ramallah, including the president, Mahmoud Abbas.

 

13:25

Here is the latest AP report from Khan Younis:

Israel’s military on Sunday ordered more areas in and around Gaza’s second-largest city of Khan Younis to evacuate, as it shifted its offensive to the southern half of the territory where it says many Hamas leaders are hiding.

Heavy bombardments were reported overnight and into Sunday in the area of Khan Younis and the southern city of Rafah, as well as parts of the north that had been the focus of Israel’s blistering air and ground campaign.

The UN human rights chief urged for an end to the war, saying the suffering of civilians was “too much to bear.”

Many of the territory’s 2.3 million people are crammed in the south after Israeli forces ordered civilians to leave the north in the early days of the 2-month-old war, sparked by an 7 October attack by Hamas and other militants that killed about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, in southern Israel. Around 240 more were taken hostage.

With the resumption of fighting, hopes for another temporary truce receded. A weeklong cease-fire, which expired Friday, had facilitated the release of dozens of Gaza-held Israeli and foreign hostages and Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.

Reports of fresh strike on Jabaliya refugee camp

13:16

Hani Mahmoud has been reporting from Khan Younis for Al Jazeera during the course of the war, and he says that the recent strike on Jabaliya refugee camp by Israel has left “tens of people killed and more buried under the rubble”.

He reports: “The number is rapidly increasing because these are very densely populated areas. It is difficult for rescuers to reach these people. They are also being targeted.”

Another Al Jazeera reporter has told the network “the scale of destruction is beyond description”, and that an entire residential block was levelled to the ground with many people inside.

More details soon …

 

13:14

Al Jazeera is reporting that Israel has again targeted the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza. It reports that there are Palestinian casualties.

More details soon …

Report: 75% of Gaza’s population internally displaced

13:14

The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) said that at least 160 Palestinian fatalities were reported in two incidents in northern Gaza on Saturday: the bombing of a six-storey building in Jabaliya refugee camp, and of an entire block in a Gaza City neighbourhood.

“Prior to the bombings, Israeli forces dropped leaflets ordering the evacuation of these areas,” OCHA said in a report.

AFP reports that in a new estimate, OCHA said about 1.8 million people – roughly 75% of Gaza’s population – are internally displaced, up from a previous figure of 1.7 million.

“However, obtaining an accurate count is challenging,” it said.

 

12:42

Haaretz reports that two rockets have hit a residential area in Sderot in southern Israel. There are no reports of any casualties.

 

12:40

Israel’s military has reported that “several IDF soldiers were lightly injured” as a result of anti-tank fire at a vehicle in the area of Beit Hillel in northern Israel. It said that several launches were detected from inside Lebanon, and that Israeli forces were now striking at the launch site.

Israel claims to have destroyed 500 Hamas tunnel shafts in Gaza

12:32

Israel’s military claims to have found about 800 shafts leading to Hamas tunnels and bunkers since the IDF began its Gaza ground operation on 27 October. It said it had destroyed more than half of them.

“The tunnel shafts were located in civilian areas, many of which were near or inside civilian buildings and structures, such as schools, kindergartens, mosques and playgrounds,” Reuters reports the military said in a statement on Sunday.

Of about 800 shafts discovered, the military said, 500 had been destroyed using a variety of operational methods, including by “detonation and by sealing off”. It added that “many miles” of main tunnel routes had also been destroyed.

The claims have not been independently verified.

 

11:44

Pope Francis on Sunday said it was “painful” to see that the truce between Israel and Hamas had been broken and called on all parties involved to reach a new ceasefire agreement as soon as possible.

Reuters reports the pontiff also said he was thinking about the people still held hostage in Gaza and the lack of basic necessities in the Palestinian territory. Pope Francis, who has been unwell, had his words read by an aide.

Summary of the day so far …

11:43

It has just gone 1.30pm in Gaza City and in Tel Aviv. Here are the latest headlines …

    The UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) said that about 1.8 million people – roughly 75% of Gaza’s population – are internally displaced, up from a previous figure of 1.7 million. “However, obtaining an accurate count is challenging,” it said.

    On Saturday evening, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, held a press conference vowing to continue the ground assault “with increasing force”, saying it was the only way to achieve Israel’s goal of “eliminating Hamas and releasing our hostages”. He said the IDF and security forces were continuing the ground incursion while upholding international law – a claim that has been repeatedly called into question by some human rights observers and world leaders.

    Israeli settlers attacked two Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank late on Saturday, killing one man and torching a car, Palestinian authorities said. The Palestinian ambulance service said a 38-year-old man in the town of Qarawat Bani Hassan, in the northern West Bank, was shot in the chest and died as residents confronted settlers and Israeli soldiers.

    Seven Palestinians were killed and several others were injured in an Israeli raid on a house east of Rafah city in southern Gaza, the Hamas-led interior ministry said on Sunday. Hamas and Palestinian group Islamic Jihad also announced “rocket barrages” against a number of Israeli cities and towns, including Tel Aviv. The IDF announced the deaths of two soldiers – the first since the end of the week-long truce on Friday.

    The deputy Hamas chief, Saleh al-Arouri, told Al Jazeera on Saturday that no more hostages would be exchanged with Israel until there was a ceasefire in Gaza, Reuters reports. According to Arouri, the hostages still held by Hamas were Israeli soldiers and civilian men who had previously served in the Israeli army.

    Israel’s military has issued a statement in which it says it has recently struck targets inside Syria and Lebanon.

    In Dubai, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, has warned that seeking the elimination of Hamas risked unleashing a decade of war. “I think we’re at a point where the Israeli authorities are going to have to define their objective and desired end state more precisely,” he said on the sidelines of the Cop28 forum.

    Pope Francis on Sunday said it was “painful” to see that the truce between Israel and Hamas had been broken and called on all parties involved to reach a new ceasefire agreement as soon as possible.

    The UK’s maritime trade operations agency (UKTMO) has issued a warning about a potential explosion in the Red Sea. Shipping in the area has been targeted by Yemen’s Houthis since the 7 October Hamas attack inside southern Israel.

    The UK has announced that it will conduct surveillance flights over the eastern Mediterranean, including operating in airspace over Israel and Gaza “in support of hostage rescue activity”. In a statement released on Saturday, the UK government said, “Surveillance aircraft will be unarmed, do not have a combat role, and will be tasked solely to locate hostages. Only information relating to hostage rescue will be passed to the relevant authorities responsible for hostage rescue.”

 

11:25

Here are some of the latest images sent to us over the news wires from Gaza and Israel.

israel-hamas war live: reports of fresh strike on jabaliya refugee camp; ‘75% of gaza’s population’ internally displaced

A Palestinian woman inspects a damaged house following Israeli airstrikes on Khan Younis. Photograph: Fatima Shbair/AP

israel-hamas war live: reports of fresh strike on jabaliya refugee camp; ‘75% of gaza’s population’ internally displaced

Palestinians mourn relatives killed in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip at a hospital in Khan Younis. Photograph: Fatima Shbair/AP

israel-hamas war live: reports of fresh strike on jabaliya refugee camp; ‘75% of gaza’s population’ internally displaced

Israeli troops on a military vessel as it fires at sea in a location given as Gaza in a still image from a handout video released by the Israel Defense Forces. Photograph: Israel Defense Forces/Reuters

israel-hamas war live: reports of fresh strike on jabaliya refugee camp; ‘75% of gaza’s population’ internally displaced

Members of the Israeli army operate in a location given as Gaza in this still image from a handout video released by the Israel Defense Forces. Photograph: Israel Defense Forces/Reuters

israel-hamas war live: reports of fresh strike on jabaliya refugee camp; ‘75% of gaza’s population’ internally displaced

Palestinians look for survivors of the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Rafah. Photograph: Hatem Ali/AP

 

10:40

Al Jazeera is carrying a quote from Unicef’s global spokesperson, James Elder, who had this to say about conditions inside al-Nassar hospital in Khan Younis:

Everywhere you turn to, there are children with third-degree burns, shrapnel wounds, brain injuries and broken bones. Mothers crying over children who look as if they are hours away from death. It seems like a death zone right now.

Israel plan to eliminate Hamas risks a decade of war: Macron

10:35

A recap of the comments earlier by French president Emmanuel Macron, who appears to be pushing back on Israel’s stated plan to continue fighting until the total elimination of Hamas:

Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN’s COP28 climate talks in Dubai, Macron said Israel risked unleashing a decade of war.

Israel has vowed to eliminate Hamas in response to the 7 October attack, and has unleashed an air and ground campaign that has killed more than 15,000 people, also mostly civilians, the Hamas authorities who run Gaza say.

“What is the total destruction of Hamas, and does anyone think it’s possible? If it is, the war will last 10 years,” Macron said on Saturday.

“I think we’re at a point where the Israeli authorities are going to have to define their objective and desired end state more precisely,”

After the Israeli army resumed shelling the Gaza Strip on Friday following the collapse of a week-long truce, Macron spoke of the need for “stepped-up efforts to reach a lasting ceasefire” in the conflict.

Macron travelled to Doha on Saturday to meet with Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, whose government has been central to diplomatic efforts to end the conflict.

But his five-hour stopover in Doha came just after the departure of the Israeli negotiators, with Israel citing a “stalemate” in the talks.

Israel and Hamas blamed each other for the breakdown of the truce, which before it expired had enabled the release of 80 Israeli hostages in exchange for 240 Palestinian prisoners.

The Israeli army said it had carried out more than 400 strikes in Gaza since the collapse of the ceasefire, while Hamas announced “rocket barrages” against multiple Israeli cities and towns including Tel Aviv.

Macron had planned to make an extensive tour of the Middle East but instead held meetings about the conflict on the sidelines of UN climate talks.

Neither Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas attended the Dubai summit.

In October, Macron met with Netanyahu in Israel.

Analysts say Macron’s visits to Dubai and Doha illustrate the difficulty his government faces in finding a way to influence the conflict.

“France and Macron are not really finding their place in this crisis,” said Agnes Levallois, vice-president of the Institute for Mediterranean Middle East Research and Studies.

 

09:45

The UK’s maritime trade operations agency (UKTMO) has issued a warning about a potential explosion in the Red Sea.

It reports:

The UKTMO has received a report of Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) activity including a potential explosion in the vicinity of the Bab el Mandeb originating from the direction of Yemen.

Vessels in the vicinity are advised to follow industry guidance on loitering munitions and advised to exercise caution and report any suspicious activity to UKMTO.

Shipping in the area has been targeted by Yemen’s Houthis since the 7 October Hamas attack inside southern Israel.

 

08:34

Israel’s military has issued a statement in which it says it has recently struck targets inside Syria and Lebanon.

It wrote on its social media channels:

Earlier today, a launch was identified from Syria toward Israeli territory. The launch was not intercepted according to protocol. IDF artillery struck the source of the launch.

Additionally, earlier tonight, terrorists launched an anti-tank missile that fell in an open area in the area of Yiftah in northern Israel. No injuries were reported. Furthermore, IDF artillery struck a number of locations in Lebanon.

The claims have not been independently verified.

 

08:17

Israeli settlers attacked two Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank late on Saturday, killing one man and torching a car, Palestinian authorities said.

Reuters reports the Palestinian ambulance service said a 38-year-old man in the town of Qarawat Bani Hassan, in the northern West Bank, was shot in the chest and died as residents confronted settlers and Israeli soldiers.

The Israeli military said it broke up the confrontation between residents and settlers. It said Palestinians shot fireworks in response and an Israeli and four Palestinians were injured.

In another incident, Wajih Al-Qat, head of the local council of the village of Madama near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, said a group of about 15 settlers burned a car and broke the windows of a house with stones.

The claims have not been independently verified.

 

08:12

Seven Palestinians were killed and several others were injured in an Israeli raid on a house east of Rafah city in southern Gaza, the Hamas-led interior ministry said on Sunday.

Hamas and Palestinian group Islamic Jihad also announced “rocket barrages” against multiple Israeli cities and towns including Tel Aviv. It came as the IDF announced the deaths of two soldiers – the first since the end of the week-long truce on Friday. More than 200 Palestinians have been killed in the same timeframe, according to the health ministry in Gaza, adding to the total of more than 15,000 dead in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. The ministry, which is run by Hamas, does not differentiate between civilian and combatant deaths but has said 70% of those killed are women and children.

 

07:57

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization, has reiterated calls for a ceasefire, describing unimaginable scenes from a visit by a WHO team to a Gaza hospital.

“The reports of ongoing hostilities and heavy bombardment in Gaza are petrifying. Yesterday our team visited Nassar medical hospital in the south. It was packed with 1,000 patients – three times over its capacity.

Countless people were seeking shelter, filling every corner of the facility. Patients were receiving care on the floor, screaming in pain.

These conditions are beyond inadequate – unimaginable for the provision of healthcare. I cannot find words strong enough to express our concern over what we’re witnessing.

Ceasefire. NOW.”

 

06:33

israel-hamas war live: reports of fresh strike on jabaliya refugee camp; ‘75% of gaza’s population’ internally displaced

Protesters hold banners and flags as they march towards the Victorian Parliament during a Pro-Palestine demonstration in Melbourne, Australia, 03 December 2023.

israel-hamas war live: reports of fresh strike on jabaliya refugee camp; ‘75% of gaza’s population’ internally displaced

Protesters hold banners and flags as they march towards the Victorian Parliament during a Pro-Palestine demonstration in Melbourne, Australia, 03 December 2023. Photograph: Diego Fedele/EPA

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Climate activists gather to show their solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza during the fourth day of the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) at Expo City Dubai in Dubai, UAE, 3 December 2023. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

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A man holds a Palestinian flag at the COP28 UN Climate Summit, Sunday, 3 December, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Moments later, authorities asked him to not hold the flag, per regulations on protests. Photograph: Rafiq Maqbool/AP

Netanyahu vows to continue Gaza assault with ‘increasing force’

05:11

On Saturday evening the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, held a press conference vowing to continue the ground assault “with increasing force”, saying it was the only way to achieve Israel’s goal of “eliminating Hamas and releasing our hostages”.

He said the IDF and security forces were continuing the ground incursion while upholding international law – a claim which has been repeatedly called into question by some human rights observers and world leaders including the Spanish prime minister just last week.

Netanyahu said soldiers had prepared for ongoing fighting “with full force” during the pause in fighting.

“The day before yesterday I directed the IDF, together with the War Cabinet, to resume fighting, with increasing force. In the last 24 hours, we have destroyed over 400 Hamas terrorist targets. We carried out extensive aerial attacks in Khan Yunis. We eliminated terrorists and infrastructure in Beit Lahiya. We are continuing to act in the northern Gaza Strip.”

Meanwhile in Dubai, French president Emmanuel Macron has warned such an aim could bring a decade of conflict.

“What is the total destruction of Hamas, and does anyone think it’s possible? If it is, the war will last 10 years,” Macron said at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN’s COP28 climate talks in Dubai.

“I think we’re at a point where the Israeli authorities are going to have to define their objective and desired end state more precisely.”

Summary

05:10

Here is where things stand:

    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed the IDF will continue its assault on Gaza with intensified force until they have achieved the total elimination of Hamas. Strikes on Palestinian territory continued overnight, according to Palestinian media.

    In Dubai, French leader Emmanuel Macron has warned that seeking the elimination of Hamas risked unleashing a decade of war. “I think we’re at a point where the Israeli authorities are going to have to define their objective and desired end state more precisely,” he said on the sidelines of the COP28 forum.

    The UK has announced that it will conduct surveillance flights over the eastern Mediterranean, including operating in air space over Israel and Gaza “in support of hostage rescue activity.” In a statement released on Saturday, the UK government said, “Surveillance aircraft will be unarmed, do not have a combat role, and will be tasked solely to locate hostages. Only information relating to hostage rescue will be passed to the relevant authorities responsible for hostage rescue.”

    Two Qatar Armed Forces aircraft carried aid for Palestinians in Gaza on Saturday, the Qatari foreign ministry announced. The two aircraft carried 62 tons of aid consisting of food supplies and shelter equipment. Saturday’s delivery from Qatar brings the total amount of aid planes sent to Gaza from Qatar to 35.

    The US defense secretary Lloyd Austin urged Israel to protect civilians on Saturday as Israel increases its attacks across Gaza, which have killed more than 15,200 Palestinians in the last two months. Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, Austin said, “In this kind of a fight, the center of gravity is the civilian population. And if you drive them into the arms of the enemy, you replace a tactical victory with a strategic defeat.”

    There are around 50,000 pregnant women in Gaza with more than 180 giving birth daily, according to UNRWA, the main UN agency for Palestinian refugees. “Post-natal care continues in shelters, but conditions are not at all suitable for newborns,” the agency said.

    The deputy Hamas chief Saleh al-Arouri told Al Jazeera on Saturday that no more hostages would be exchanged with Israel until there is a ceasefire in Gaza, Reuters reports. According to Arouri, the hostages still held by Hamas were Israeli soldiers and civilian men who had previously served in the Israeli army. The remaining hostages will not be released unless there is a ceasefire and all Palestinians held in Israeli prisons are also released.

    The Palestine Red Crescent Society received 100 aid trucks through the Rafah border crossing on Saturday, the humanitarian organization announced. The trucks contained food, water, relief assistance, medical supplies and medicines, the PRCS said.

    An Israeli military spokesman has defended the IDF’s use of artificial intelligence following reports by the Guardian and the Israeli-Palestinian publication +972 Magazine and partner Hebrew-language outlet Local Call about how it is using an AI-driven tool to select bombing targets in Gaza. Responding to a question from an X user in a Spaces conversation, IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus said, “In anything that is generated by a machine, there’s always a human in the loop that has definitive and executive say over whatever is generated by a machine … and they are accountable for their decisions.”

    Unicef has condemned the “ongoing war on children” as Israel resumed strikes on Gaza swiftly after the truce between Israel and Hamas expired on Friday. Speaking to journalists at the UN office in Geneva via video link from Khan Younis, Unicef spokesperson James Elder said: “The bombs started just a few seconds after the ceasefire [ended],” before decrying the “ongoing war on children.”

    The US vice-president, Kamala Harris, said on Saturday that “under no circumstance will the United States permit the forced relocation of Palestinians”, according to a statement released by the White House. It stated, “The vice president reiterated that under no circumstances will the United States permit the forced relocation of Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank, the besiegement of Gaza, or the redrawing of the borders of Gaza.”

    Palestinian human rights groups refused to meet the international criminal court prosecutor Karim Khan on Saturday, accusing him of favouring Israeli accusations of rights abuses over longstanding Palestinian charges. Khan has been visiting Israel and the occupied West Bank following a request by a group representing families of victims of the 7 October attack on Israel by Hamas gunmen, but he was also due to meet Palestinian officials in Ramallah. However, Palestinian activists said they would refuse to see him because they objected to what they saw as unequal treatment of Israeli and Palestinian cases, according to Reuters.

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