Yenisafak -  November 8, 2023

Death toll rises to 10,569 as Israel continues air attacks on Gaza

At least 18 Palestinians were killed as Israeli warplanes struck a house in the central Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the Interior Ministry in the blockaded enclave said.

The strike targeted a house in the Nuseirat refugee camp, the ministry said in a statement.

The Israeli attack caused massive destruction in the area, according to witnesses.

Israel has launched relentless air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip since a cross border attack by Hamas on Oct. 7.

At least 10,569 Palestinians, including 4,324 children and 2,823 women, have been killed since then. The Israeli death toll, meanwhile, is nearly 1,600, according to official figures.

Besides the large number of casualties and massive displacements, basic supplies are running low for Gaza’s 2.3 million residents due to the Israeli siege.

Food is running out, and bakeries are inoperable in Gaza, according to the World Food Program. The UN agency in a statement said it is trying to scale up to reach over 1 million people with urgent food assistance. “But humanitarian access must be expanded,” it said.

As many as 650 trucks carrying essential aid have entered Gaza since Oct. 21, but people need much more, according to the UN humanitarian affairs office.

It said that the drinking water brought in serves just 4% of Gaza’s residents, while “desperately needed” fuel remains banned.

Bringing in vital supplies "safely, repeatedly and at scale is critical," it added.

Yenisafak -  November 8, 2023

Israeli attacks kill 509 Palestinians in hospitals, WHO report says

Israel has carried out 229 attacks on hospitals, healthcare centers in occupied Palestine since Oct. 7

World Health Organization (WHO) released a report that Israel's attacks on healthcare facilities in occupied Palestine territory have resulted in the deaths of 509 Palestinians, including patients and healthcare personnel, and injuries to 447 people.

Israel has carried out 229 attacks on hospitals and healthcare centers in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank since Oct. 7, according to the Surveillance System for Attacks on Health Care (SSA) of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Only in the Gaza Strip, 102 attacks on healthcare facilities carried out by Israel until Nov. 5, WHO reported previously.

WHO had called "for the active protection of civilians and health care," it said on X.

There are a total of 34 hospitals in Gaza, with approximately 13 hospitals with a capacity of around 2,000 beds directly managed by the Ministry of Health.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) provides healthcare services to over 70% of the population in the Gaza Strip.

Some healthcare facilities are also managed by government agencies or organizations such as the Palestinian Red Crescent and the Palestinian Medical Relief Society.

In addition to numerous polyclinics and medical centers under the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, charity organizations also provide essential medical services in residential areas.

- Israel targets hospital surroundings

Many hospitals in northern Gaza have been evacuated, and Israel has bombed the surroundings of some hospitals. Some hospitals had to halt their operations due to damage from the bombardment or a lack of fuel.On Nov. 5, a group of Israeli doctors issued a statement claiming that Shifa Hospital in the besieged Gaza Strip was a base for "Palestinian armed groups" and called for its bombing.

Previously, a statement signed by 47 rabbis had also been issued, advocating the bombing of Shifa Hospital based on similar allegations.

- Operations of 16 hospitals in the Gaza Strip have ceased

According to the Gaza government's Media Office, as a result of Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip, 16 hospitals have completely ceased their operations, and 18 hospitals are partially functional.

Due to Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip, hospitals that are no longer operational include Turkish Friendship Hospital (the only hospital that treats cancer patients in Gaza), Beit Hanoun Hospital, Al-Wafa Hospital for Specialised Surgery and Medical Rehabilitation, Public Aid Hospital, Friends of the Patient Charitable Hospital, Al-Karama, Haifa Hospital, International Eye Hospital, Psychiatric Hospital, al-Durrah Children's Hospital, Hamad Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Hospital, Dar al-Salaam Charitable Hospital, Al-Yemen al-Saeed Hospital, Saint John Eye Hospital, Al-Hayat Specialist Hospital and Yafa Specialised Medical Hospital.

Yenisafak -  November 8, 2023

Gaza governance ‘pure Palestinian affair’, Hamas says

White House national security spokesman says Hamas could not be part of governance equation in Gaza

Hamas said Wednesday the governance of the Gaza Strip is a “pure Palestinian affair,” in response to US statements that the movement could not be part of the ruling equation in the enclave.

“Governing Gaza or part of our land is a Palestinian affair, and no force will be able to change reality or impose its will,” Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif al-Qanou said.

White House national security spokesman, John Kirby, said Tuesday that Hamas could not be part of the governance equation in Gaza.

“There needs to be a healthy set of conversations about what post-conflict Gaza looks like and what governance looks like,” he added.

The Hamas spokesman termed Kirby’s call for ejecting Hamas as a “pure imagination.”

“Hamas is a national liberation movement and resides in every Palestinian home,” al-Qanou said. “Hamas is an integral part of our people and has the right to resist the occupation in accordance with all laws and customs.”

Israel has launched relentless air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip since a cross-border attack by Hamas a month ago.

At least 10,328 Palestinians, including 4,237 children and 2,719 women, have been killed since then. The Israeli death toll, meanwhile, is nearly 1,600, according to official figures.

Besides the large number of casualties and massive displacements, basic supplies are running low for Gaza’s 2.3 million residents due to the Israeli siege.

Yenisafak -  November 8, 2023

Lebanon's Hezbollah targets Israeli military near Shomera base

Tensions have flared along Lebanese-Israeli border since Oct. 7 attack by Hamas

Hezbollah on Wednesday said it targeted an Israeli infantry unit near the Shomera base in northern Israel, located close to the border with Lebanon, resulting in casualties.

Tensions have flared along the Lebanese-Israeli border since the Oct. 7 cross border attack by Hamas.

Israeli artillery in response shelled Lebanese border towns and villages including Blida, Meiss al-Jabal, Al-Sindiyan, Naqoura and Al-Labouna, according to sources.

The state-run National News Agency said an Israeli missile fell without exploding on a house in the center of the town of Hula. A football field was targeted by three missiles in the same town.

In his first comments since the beginning of the latest conflict, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Nov. 3 said the Hamas “operation was 100 percent Palestinian in terms of both decision and execution.”

Anadolu Agency – November 8, 2023

59 mosques destroyed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza since Oct. 7

136 mosques, 3 churches have been partially damaged in airstrikes

By Mohammed Majed  |

Israeli airstrikes on Wednesday damaged two mosques in the city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of completely destroyed mosques in the current conflict to 59 and partially destroyed mosques to 136, according to Gaza’s Interior Ministry.

“Israeli occupation aircraft bombed and completely destroyed Khalid bin al-Walid and Al-Ikhlas mosques in Khan Yunis,” said a ministry statement.

Ikrami al-Mudallal, spokesman for the Ministry of Endowments in the Gaza Strip, added that Israel also targeted a third mosque in Gaza, Al-Sahwa Mosque, bringing the total number of completely destroyed mosques to 59.

Israeli aircraft completely destroyed Al-Sahwa Mosque in Khan Yunis, and also completely destroyed the Khalid bin al-Walid and Al-Ikhlas mosques, al-Muduallah told Anadolu

He added: “The number of mosques completely demolished has risen to 59, in addition to varying degrees of damage to 136 mosques and three churches, since the start of the Israeli war on Gaza on Oct. 7.”

Targeting civilian facilities such as houses of worship is a violation of the rules of war. Israel has claimed Hamas fighters hide in and around these sites.

Israel has launched relentless air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip since a cross border attack by Hamas on Oct. 7.

At least 10,569 Palestinians, including 4,324 children and 2,823 women, have been killed since then. The Israeli death toll, meanwhile, is nearly 1,600, according to official figures.

Telesur - November 8, 2023

More on Tlaib Censured for Her Criticism of Israel

Rashida Tlaib is a Democratic politician who was born in Detroit to working-class Palestinian immigrants.

On Tuesday night, the United States House of Representatives approved a motion of no confidence against Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib due to her criticism of Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip.

Introduced by Republican Representative Rich McCormick, the resolution was approved by 234 votes in favor and 188 votes against. Among the representatives who voted in favor of censuring Palestinian-American Congresswoman Tlaib were 22 Democratic legislators.

The resolution accused Tlaib of "promoting false narratives about the October 7, 2023 Hamas attack on Israel and calling for the destruction of the State of Israel."

Criticism of Tlaib from U.S. lawmakers increased when she posted a video that included the slogan "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free." In response to their criticisms, Tlaib published a message in which she stated the following:

"It's a shame my colleagues are more focused on silencing me than they are on saving lives, as the death toll in Gaza surpasses 10,000. Many of them have shown me that Palestinian lives simply do not matter to them, but I still do not police their rhetoric or actions. Rather than acknowledge the voice and perspective of the only Palestinian American in Congress, my colleagues have resorted to distorting my positions in resolutions filled with obvious lies. I have repeatedly denounced the horrific targeting and killing of civilians by Hamas and the Israeli government and have mourned the Israeli and Palestinian lives lost," she said.

"Meanwhile, each day that passes without a ceasefire brings more death and destruction upon innocent civilians, who have nowhere safe to go, drawing outrage and condemnation from the American people and the international community. A majority of Americans support a ceasefire, but this Congress isn't listening to their voices," Tlaib added.

"I will continue to call for a mutual ceasefire, for the release of hostages and those arbitrarily detained, for the immediate delivery of humanitarian aid, and for every American to be brought home. I will continue to work for a just and lasting peace that upholds the human rights and dignity of all people, centers peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians, and ensures that no person, no child has to suffer or live in fear of violence."

Rashida Tlaib is a 47-year-old attorney who has served as a three-term Democrat congresswoman for the state of Michigan.

"She is the first woman of Palestinian descent in Congress and, alongside Ilhan Oman, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress," Al Jazeera recalled.

"Tlaib and Omar are a member of 'The Squad', an informal group of progressive members of Congress that includes Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez among others. She was born in Detroit to working-class Palestinian immigrants and still has family in the West Bank occupied by Israel," it added.

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