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On Day 128 of the US-Backed Israeli Genocidal War on Gaza Strip, 14 Massacres, 112 Palestinians Killed, 173 Injured, with a Death Toll of  28,176 and 67,784 Injuries

February 11, 2024 

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Editor's Notes:  

Here are some initial (not final) statistics, which show the Israeli war crimes against humanity, during the current Israeli genocidal war on Gaza Strip:  

By February 11, 2024, the initial death toll of Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza Strip is 35,064+.   

This includes the accounted for deaths (28,064) and those who are still missing under the rubble (Corrected on February 7, 2024: 7,000+).   

By February 11, 2024, the documented injuries exceeded 67,611, and more than 2,520 civilians have been abducted from Gaza Strip.

By January 17, 2024, about 661 detainees from Gaza are currently languishing in Israeli prisons as illegitimate combatants (the Israeli term for Palestinian fighters) in addition to more than 50 women from Gaza, who are detained in the Damon prison, noting that 8 women of whom have been recently released.

By February 8, 2023, the death toll included 12,150+ children and 8,300+ women (more than 73% of the accounted for victims). 

By February 11, 2024, there were 404 Palestinians who were killed, 3,638 who were injured, and 6,924, who were abducted by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank, since October 7, 2023 (Some of the detainees have been released).

About 12,091 Palestinians, from both the West Bank and Gaza, have been detained in 2023. About half of them were detained after October 7. This included 1,085 children and 300 women.

The total number of detainees in the occupation prisons until the end of December was 8,800, and the number of administrative detainees was 3,484.

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GMO reveals latest statistics on Israeli genocidal war on Gaza

Saturday 3-February-2024, GAZA, (PIC)

The Palestinian Government Media Office (GMO) in the Gaza Strip revealed on Saturday the latest and most significant figures on the Israeli ongoing genocidal war on the Gaza Strip since October 7.

This announcement comes as the latest updates from the GMO, showing the scale of human and material damage that resulted from the Israeli genocidal war on the Gaza Strip, on its 120th day.

The statistics demonstrated latest updates on the numbers of martyrs, missing, and wounded people in addition to the sick, displaced and prisoners as well as numbers of damaged structures and infrastructure.

Below are figures released by the GMO about Israels violations over the period of 120 days since the start of its genocidal war on the Gaza Strip.

(2,325) Massacres (34,238) Martyrs and missing people. (27,238) Martyrs who arrived in hospitals. (12,000) Child martyrs. (8,190) Female martyrs. (339) Martyrs of medical staff. (46) Civil defense martyrs. (122) Journalist martyrs. (7,000) Missing, 70% of whom are children and women. (66,452) Wounded.

(11,000) Wounded people in need of travel abroad for treatment, (life-saving and critical cases). (10,000) Cancer patients facing the risk of death. (700,000) Wounded with infectious diseases as a result of displacement. (8,000) Cases of viral hepatitis infection due to displacement. (60,000) Pregnant women at risk due to the lack of health care. (350,000) Chronic patients at risk due to blocked medications.

(99) Cases of arrest among health personnel. (10) Cases of arrests among identified journalists. (2 million) Displaced people in the Gaza Strip.

(140) Government headquarters destroyed. (100) Completely destroyed schools and universities. (295) Partially destroyed schools and universities. (183) Completely destroyed mosques. (264) Partially destroyed mosques. (3) Destroyed Churches.

(79,200) Completely destroyed housing units. (290,000) Partially destroyed and uninhabitable housing units. (66,000) tons of explosives dropped on Gaza. (30) Hospitals knocked out of service. (53) Health centers knocked out of service. (150) Partially targeted Health institutions. (122) Destroyed ambulances. (200) Destroyed archaeological and heritage sites.

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Two injured, hungry, and thirsty children were among the victims of the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza Strip, on February 11, 2024 Palestinian teenager, Mu'hammed Al-Khaddour, was killed by the Israeli occupation regime police in Biddu, on February 10, 2024
More than a million of hungry and thirsty displaced Palestinians have been forced by the Israeli genocidal air strikes to move to Rafa'h, February 11, 2024 More than a million of hungry and thirsty displaced Palestinians have been forced by the Israeli genocidal air strikes to move to Rafa'h, February 10, 2024
Armed illegal Israeli settlers demolished homes and razed agricultural structures in Masafir Yatta, south of Al-Khaleel, February 11, 2024 Palestinian doctor Ameera Al-Assouli defied danger to save lives at the entrance of Nasir hospital in Khan Younus, February 11, 2024
 
Entrance of Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younus, where three injured Palestinians died as Israeli occupation forces  blocked entry of oxygen, February 11, 2024 wafa Performing funeral prayer on two martyr Palestinian children, who were killed by Israeli genocidal air strikes and bombardment in Dair El-Bala'h, February 11, 2024
 
Palestinians who were injured by Israeli genocidal air strikes and bombardment arriving at Shuhada Al-Aqsa hospital, in Dair El-Bala'h, February 11, 2024 More Palestinians who were injured by Israeli genocidal air strikes and bombardment arriving at Shuhada Al-Aqsa hospital, in Dair El-Bala'h, February 11, 2024

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"  ۖ   ۚ " ( 17: 7). 

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

"Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul, unless for a soul, or for corruption in the land, it is as if he had killed humankind entirely" (The Holy Quran, Al-Ma-ida, 5: 32).

"And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him, and has cursed him, and has prepared for him a great torment" (Al-Nisa, 4: 93).

"If you do good, you do good for yourselves; and if you do evil, (you do it) to yourselves" (Al-Isra, 17: 7). 

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While brutal force has been used to create Zionist Israel and sustain it thus far, Zionist claims to Palestine are false. Actually, from the five thousand years of known written human history, there has been a continuous Palestinian-Canaanite presence in the Holy Land. Despite the Zionist false claims, the ancient Israelites ruled part of the land for only 85 years (during the reign of Prophets David and Solomon , peace be upon them, and Solomon's son).

 After that, the Egyptians conquered Palestine-Canaan in 925 BC, followed by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans, before the Arab Muslim rule, starting from 636 AD.

By the Time Jesus, peace be upon him, started his mission, the three population groups of Canaanites, Palestinians, and Israelites were melted together in religion and language. Most of them became Christians when Constantine converted in 313 AD. Then, most of them became Muslims in the 7th and 8th centuries AD.

So, Palestinian Muslims, Christians, and Jews are the ones who have the right to claim descent from ancient Israelites, Palestinians, and Canaanites, not Zionists from other continents.

No matter what the Zionists and their supporters do, they cannot change the will of God, Who promised the Holy Land to Abraham and his descendants, basically the Palestinian Muslims and Christians.

No matter how much persecution and aggression the Zionists and their supporters inflict upon the Palestinian people, they will never be able to force them out of the Holy Land, which Allah, praise to Him, promised for them, and kept His promise ever since.

This is a necessary brief background to understand the US-Backed Zionist Israeli continuous wars against the Arab nation generally, and the Palestinian people in particular, which included the wars of 1948, 1956, 1967, 1978, 1982, the brutal crushing of the two Uprisings (1987-1993 and 2000-2004), 2009, 2012, 2014, 2021, and the current genocidal war on Gaza, which has culminated a blockade of Gaza since 2007. In addition, the Israeli occupation and apartheid regime launched so many covert operations, raids, and air strikes on many Arab states since 1948.

The following news stories are just examples, not a systematic record, of the Israeli occupation government abuse, mistreatment, and violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis.

More detailed news stories can be found at the following sources:

http://english.wafa.ps/, https://english.palinfo.com/, https://imemc.org/, https://paltoday.ps/ar/


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Editorial Notes about terms & names of people and places:

1. Names of people and places have been standardized to match standard Arabic grammatical rules.

2. Underlined letters and letters preceded by an apostrophe are references to Arabic letter sounds, which does not exist in the English alphabet.

3. The English letter i is equivalent to the Arabic short vowel known as kasra, as in Ibraheem and Qasim as well as in the English words sit and bit. So, it is incorrect to use it as a long vowel for such Arabic names as Jameel and Jibreel.

4. The English letter e is equivalent to the Arabi short vowel known as fat'ha, as in A'hmed and Mu'hammed.

5. It is more accurate to refer to the land-grabbing Israelis, who establish illegal settlements in the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, as illegal Israeli settlers, than referring to them as colonists.

The term colony is a reference to a large entity or a country, such as American states before independence. It was also a reference to Egypt, and India, when they were British colonies.

In addition, the term "colony" represents a positive nostalgic theme, in the minds of native speakers of English, particularly in America and Britain.

6. It is more accurate to use the verb "abduct" than the verb "detain," in reference to taking Palestinian citizens by force to prisons and interrogation centers, by Israeli occupation regime soldiers. This is because the presence of the Israeli occupation regime forces is illegal in the Palestinian territories, and they have no jurisdiction over the Palestinian people.

Click here for more about using the apostrophe and the underlining of letters in the transliteration of Arabic names.

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Israeli occupation army besieging Amal Hospital for the 21st day

Sunday 11-February-2024, GAZA, (PIC)

The Israeli occupation army has been besieging the Amal Hospital in Khan Younus for the 21st day Sunday while raiding its various wards.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said that Israeli soldiers confiscated the keys of all ambulances and administration vehicles and locked their steering wheels in the hospital soon after raiding it to block any attempt to operate them.

Meanwhile, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, WHO, expressed concern over news of Israeli storming of the Amal Hospital.

He urged the immediate release of all medical and administrative personnel and the patients in the hospital.

For its part, the PRSC said in a statement on Sunday that the Israeli claim of allowing entry of oxygen cylinders into the hospital was false.

It explained, The truth is that the Israeli military denied entry of those cylinders for more than a week despite constant coordination with international organizations. It added that the Israeli step led to the death of three patients.

The PRCS further denied Israeli claims of allowing entry of medical equipment into the hospital, adding that on the contrary the Israeli soldiers damaged medical equipment during their raid into the hospital on Saturday, other than beating and humiliating medical and administrative personnel.

It said that the Israeli occupation soldiers arrested nine employees in the hospital in addition to four wounded citizens and five of their relatives.

The Society noted that the Israeli army soldiers block enter of fuel supplies, warning that the fuel used to operate generators will run out in two days. 

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Euro-Med: Israeli army escalated arbitrary shooting attacks against Gazans

Sunday 11-February-2024, GENEVA, (PIC)

The Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor has accused the Israeli occupation army of escalating its premeditated murders, extrajudicial executions and judicial killings against Palestinian civilians through direct targeting with snipers and drones in different areas of the Gaza Strip, as part of its genocidal war, which has been ongoing since last October.

According to Euro-Med Monitor, Israel is killing Palestinians on a large scale through artillery and aerial strikes and by speeding up the execution of extrajudicial killings. These actions amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute Basic Law of the International Criminal Court.

Euro-Med said it had documented numerous Israeli sniper operations, killings, and executions that primarily targeted civilians in shelter centers, hospitals, streets, and populated areas.

One of these incidents occurred on February 4 when an Israeli quadcopter drone shot and killed 49-year-old Palestinian citizen Jihad Mu'hammed Al-Bardasawi from Al-Turkman neighborhood in Al-Shujaiya area east of Gaza City.

The preliminary analysis of Al-Bardasawis body revealed that he had been the target of direct fire, sustaining multiple puncture wounds, including at least four in the back and one in the thigh, Euro-Med explained.

Akram Al-Bardasawi informed the Euro-Med team that his brother Jihad was killed by Israeli gunfire while riding his bicycle from his home to the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City to deliver food to their injured brother. He added that Jihad was subsequently buried in the yard of one of the shelter schools east of Gaza City.

At least eight Palestinians were reportedly killed in Israeli sniper and shooting operations in various parts of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younus during the early hours of Friday, February 10, according to reports received by Euro-Med.

Reports also reached Euro-Med on Thursday afternoon about the evacuation of bodies of six individuals to the Nasir Hospital in Khan Younus, southern Gaza Strip, after they were shot dead by Israeli army snipers while attempting to obtain drinking water near the hospital.

On the same day, Euro-Med received reports about the killing of two Palestinians and the grave injury of a third after an Israeli quadcopter drone opened fire at a refugee school near Al-'Awda School, east of Khan Younus.

On Wednesday morning, a Euro-Med team documented the death of a 14-year-old girl, Rua Atif Qudee'h, who was shot by Israeli army snipers in front of the Nasser Hospitals gate in Khan Younus. The teen was attempting to fetch water from a nearby location.

Euro-Med also reported that on Tuesday, February 6, just before noon, Mu'hammed Dthiyab Abdul Qadir Barhoum, was shot and killed by a Quadcopter drone as he was heading to al-Nasr town, north of Rafa'h City, to feed his sheep.

On February 2, four Palestinians, including the director of the Youth and Volunteers Department, Hidaya 'Hamad, were killed by Israeli army snipers positioned around the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) headquarters in Khan Younus.

On January 31, the security guard at the PRCS-run Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younus was shot dead by Israeli army snipers while standing near the back door of the hospital.

Since the beginning of the Israeli military attack on the Gaza Strip, along with the ground incursions that started at the end of last October, hundreds of Palestinian civilians have been killed or wounded by Israeli snipers and quadcopter drones, Euro-Med said.

The Israeli army has started to use quadcopter drones in a systematic and widespread manner, according to testimonies gathered by Euro-Med Monitor, to carry out extrajudicial executions and premeditated killings of Palestinian civilians. These drones are used in particular against civilians who attempt to return and inspect their homes after the Israeli army retreats from the area where incursions and raids have occurred.

According to the Palestinian health ministry, health workers noticed that the bodies of most victims of executions and field killings showed evidence of unusual gunshots, differing from ordinary gunshots in that they leave a different shape on the victims body when they penetrate it, as they are not bullets fired from rifle-type weapons but from quadcopter drones.

The Israeli army converted this drone which was originally designed for photography into an air weapon for intelligence gathering and subsequently utilized it for the deliberate and direct execution of unlawful targets, Euro-Med affirmed.

Developed by Israeli military industries, the quadcopter drones are one-meter-diameter drones with various characteristics and tactical features. They are easy to program and operate electronically remotely, with a design akin to that of helicopters.

These drones have very precise eavesdropping instruments and high-quality cameras. They can carry out additional military duties like shooting and carrying bombs, and can be modified to become suicide drones.

In a primary report submitted to UN special rapporteurs and the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said it had documented, last December, dozens of cases of field executions carried out by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip. It requested an immediate investigation into these crimes, calling for the perpetrators to be held accountable, and for justice for all victims.

Euro-Med called on the aforementioned parties to take a position against Israels widespread killing operations that target Palestinian civilians, especially the field executions and physical liquidations in the Gaza Strip.

In addition, Euro-Med also called for forming an international legal committee and securing its entry into the Gaza Strip in order to start an inquiry into these crimes and other instances of Palestinian civilians being killed by Israeli forces.

Euro-Med reiterated that the UN special rapporteurs and the ICC Prosecutor must delegate international human rights committees to visit the Strip and document the magnitude of Israels crimes against Palestinian civilians.

Euro-Med stressed that these Israeli executions violate international standards and the right to life stipulated in Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, plus Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which stipulates that every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life. 

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UNRWA warns of catastrophic consequences for any Israeli attack on Rafah with no escape for civilians

Sunday 11-February-2024, GAZA, (PIC)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has warned of the consequences of any military operation or attack on the city of Rafa'h in the southern Gaza Strip, stating that there is no other place for people to go.

UNRWA spokesperson Tamara Al-Rifai said in a press statement on Sunday that any military operation in Rafa'h would lead to the same consequences we have witnessed before, meaning the killing and displacement of more people. She further explained that people are not allowed to return to their homes in the northern Gaza Strip, and most of the residential units in the north have been destroyed.

Al-Rifa-i pointed out that there are many unexploded ordnances and explosives left by the war in the northern area, and it is not logical to consider the return of anyone to areas where there are still many explosive devices that may detonate. The danger now looms over the possibility of intense fighting in Rafa'h, where people are currently crowded.

The Israeli occupation army continues to shell and target the city of Rafa'h in the southernmost part of the Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt, where more than 1.3 million displaced people are crowded, five times the number of its original population, amid desperate humanitarian and living conditions, according to the United Nations.

UNRWA also stated on Saturday that the potential Israeli military attack on Rafa'h, amid the presence of these vulnerable inhabitants, would be a complete catastrophe.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said in a press statement that many residents of Rafa'h and the displaced people who have come there, totaling 1.4 million people, are living in temporary shelters in plastic tents on the streets. He added that the potential Israeli military attack on Rafa'h amid these completely exposed vulnerable people would be a catastrophic event.

Lazzarini concluded his statement by saying, I no longer find words to describe the situation in Gaza.

Earlier on Saturday, the official Israeli broadcasting authority claimed that the military operation in Rafa'h would begin after the completion of a wide-scale evacuation of civilians from the city and its suburbs. In response, the Gaza Government Media Office warned of an unprecedented catastrophe and massacre if Israel invaded the Rafa'h governorate.

Rafa'h is the last refuge for displaced people in the devastated Gaza Strip and has been subjected to several Israeli airstrikes and tank shelling during the night, with paramedics reporting several injuries and casualties among the displaced.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stated that more than half of Gazas population, totaling 2.3 million people, are currently crowded in the city of Rafa'h and its surrounding areas.

Since the beginning of the ground operation launched by the Israeli forces on the Gaza Strip on October 27th last year, Israel has instructed civilian residents to move from the north and center of the Strip to the south, claiming that it is safe zones, but they have not been spared from the shelling of homes, cars, and hospitals.

As a result of the atrocities committed in the Strip, Israel faces accusations of genocide before the International Court of Justice for the first time in its history, which has been met with regional and international support to put an end to Israels impunity, while facing opposition from the United States.

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GMO warns of catastrophic consequences if Israel launches military operation in Rafa'h

Saturday 10-February-2024, GAZA, (PIC)

The Government Media Office (GMO) in the Gaza Strip has warned of a catastrophe and a massacre that could leave tens of thousands martyred and wounded if Rafa'h governorate comes under Israeli attack, holding the US administration, the international community, and the Israeli occupation fully responsible for it.

The GMO said, in a press statement on Saturday, Israeli media have recently been reporting on the Israeli occupation armys intention and threats to attack and invade Rafa'h Governorate, south of the Gaza Strip, which includes 1,400,000 Palestinian citizens with 1,300,000 of them displaced from other governorates. This sets the alarm to an imminent catastrophe and an unprecedented massacre that could leave tens of thousands as martyrs and wounded.

The GMO held the US administration, the international community, and Israel fully responsible for the catastrophe and bloodbath that would result from the Israeli invasion of Rafa'h, in conjunction with thousands of massacres been carried out by the Israeli occupation army in other governorates of the Gaza Strip over the course of the genocidal war.

The Office called on the UN Security Council to convene immediately and urgently to make a decision that guarantees the obligation of the Israeli occupation to stop the genocidal war it is committing against civilians, children and women in the Gaza Strip and to stop the ongoing plans to attack Rafa'h Governorate along with other governorates.

(By February 10, 2024), the Israeli occupation army has been waging its brutal aggression against the beleaguered Gaza Strip for 127 days in a row with US and European support, leading to the killing of 27,947 citizens and injuring 67,459 others, in addition to the enforced displacement of more than 85 percent (about 1.9 million people) of the Strips population, according to official authorities and international bodies and organizations. 

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Freedom Flotilla intends to break Gaza siege soon

Sunday 11-February-2024, ISTANBUL, (PIC)

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) has announced a plan to sail again to challenge Israels unlawful and deadly siege of Gaza.

FFC made the announcement at a news conference held on Saturday at the IHH headquarters in Istanbul.

In the coming weeks, a flotilla will set sail carrying thousands of tons of urgently needed humanitarian aid that will be delivered directly to Palestinians in Gaza.

FFC is a consortium of international civil society organizations and activists, including the Turkish humanitarian relief foundation, IHH.

After 17 years of a brutal blockade and 4 months of genocidal assault, including weaponizing basic necessities, Palestinians in Gaza are facing an unprecedented and catastrophic humanitarian crisis, according to a press release issued by FFC.

On January 26, 2024, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered provisional measures to protect the Palestinians in Gaza from the plausible risk of genocide. Amongst six strongly worded measures, the ICJ ordered Israel to take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance to address the adverse conditions of life faced by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. This decision followed UN Security Council resolutions in November and December 2023 which called for urgent steps to immediately allow safe, unhindered, and expanded humanitarian access to Gaza.

Israels blatant noncompliance with these orders, and the failure of other governments to pressure the occupying power to comply, motivate us as civil society organizations to take action, the FFC underlined.

It is incumbent upon us to ensure that Palestinians in Gaza receive humanitarian aid, Ismail Moola of Palestine Solidarity Alliance in South Africa said. We expect that the Security Council will enforce the ICJ ruling, but due to the dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza we need to act immediately.

Plans for our Save Gaza Campaign are ongoing, and the FFC calls on the government of Egypt to facilitate the delivery of life-sustaining aid through Rafah into Gaza. FFCs mission, For the Children of Gaza, led by our boat Handala, will again set sail from Northern Europe to Gaza May 2024.

FFC said it gathered in Istanbul to plan its campaigns with representatives from the following organizations: Canadian Boat to Gaza (Canada), US Boat to Gaza (USA), Kia Ora Gaza (Aotearoa, New Zealand), Free Gaza Australia (Australia), Ship to Gaza (Norway), MyCARE (Malaysia), Ship to Gaza (Sweden), Palestine Solidarity Alliance (South Africa), IHH (Turkiye), Rumbo a Gaza (Spanish State), Mavi Marmara Association (Turkiye) and the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza.

Where our governments fail, we sail Karen DeVito of Canadian Boat to Gaza said. We are charting a course to the conscience of humanity, in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

We call on civil society organizations from around the world who share our values and goals to support and join us, FFC added. 

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Killing and Injuring of Palestinians in Ghazza (Gaza) by Israeli Occupation Regime Forces

On February 11, 2024, Dr. Ashraf Al-Qidra, the Spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the Israeli genocidal air strikes and bombardment on Gaza Strip resulted in 14 massacres, in which  112 Palestinian civilians were killed, and 173 were injured, in the past 24 hours. This increased the death toll in Gaza Strip to 28,176 and the injuries to 67,784, since October 7, 2023.   

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Gaza: Death toll climbs to 28,176 martyrs

Sunday 11-February-2024, GAZA, (PIC)

The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said on Tuesday that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) committed 14 new horrific massacres in different areas of the Gaza Strip, killing at least 112 civilians and injuring over 173 others, while a large number of victims are still under the rubble of bombed buildings or lying on roads.

In a brief statement, the health ministry said that the death toll from the ongoing Israeli bombardments, which started on October 7, climbed to 28,176 martyrs and the number of the wounded surged to 67,784 people.

Every day, the Israeli army escalates its air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip, which has been under relentless bombardment since a cross-border operation was launched by Hamass armed wing, al-Qassam Brigades, on October 7.

Besides the large number of casualties and the huge displacement of people, basic food, fuel, water and medical supplies have run out for the 2.3 million residents in Gaza due to the tight Israeli blockade and the massive destruction of infrastructure and facilities.

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112 Palestinians killed in 14 Israeli massacres across Gaza in last 24 hours

GAZA, Sunday, February 11, 2024 (WAFA)

At least 112 Palestinians have been killed and 173 others injured in 14 massacres against families carried out by Israeli occupation forces across the Gaza Strip over the last 24 hours, according to medical sources.

The same sources indicated that the Palestinian death toll in Gaza has now risen to 28,176 martyrs and 67,784 wounded since the beginning of the Israeli aggression on Gaza on October 7 of last year.

Thousands of victims remain under the rubble and on the streets, as Israeli occupation forces continue to obstruct the arrival of ambulance and civil defense teams.

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Three patients die at Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younus, as Israel blocks entry of oxygen

GAZA, Sunday, February 11, 2024 (WAFA)

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported this morning that three patients died in its Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younus, southern Gaza, as a result of the Israeli occupation forces blocking the entry of oxygen into the hospital for nearly a week.

In a press statement, the Red Crescent refuted the Israeli occupation's claim of delivering oxygen cylinders or any other medical equipment to the hospital. It confirmed that Israeli occupation forces destroyed medical devices and equipment during their raid yesterday on the hospital.

The occupation forces also assaulted the staff, subjecting them to beatings, abuse, and humiliation, according to the society. Nine members of the medical and administrative staff, along with four wounded individuals and five patient companions, were subsequently arrested.

The Red Crescent added that the Israeli occupation forces "continue to block the entry of the necessary fuel for the hospital's electricity generators, despite the fuel reserves being nearly depleted within the next two days."

It said "the Israeli measures threaten to halt the hospital's operations amid the ongoing blockade, now in its twenty-first consecutive day, affecting patients, the injured, and medical and administrative staff alike."

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Day 128 of the genocide in Gaza: Dozens of casualties as Israel's aggression continues

GAZA, Sunday, February 11, 2024 (WAFA)

Dozens of Palestinians were reported killed or injured over the last few hours, including children and women, as the ongoing Israeli genocidal war on the Gaza Strip enters its 128th consecutive day, according to local and medical reports.

Health authorities in Gaza reported that at least 25 civilians were killed, and dozens more were injured due to the Israeli shelling of a house sheltering displaced people east of Rafa'h in southern Gaza, the area initially designated as a 'safe zone' for Palestinian civilians by the Israeli occupation army.

Simultaneously, Israeli artillery targeted central Gaza, causing casualties among the civilian population. There were no exact figures of the killed and wounded in the aftermath of the attack due to the continuous disruptions in communications in the war-torn enclave.

Meantime, Israeli warplanes conducted a series of intense airstrikes this morning on areas in southern Khan Younus. There were no confirmed reports of casualties. However in central Gaza, local sources confirmed that an Israeli airstrike on the Abu Salimah family's home in Dair El-Bala'h led to the killing of a woman and injuries to several others, including a child.

The injured were rushed to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital following the Israeli assault on the Abu Salimah family's residence on Palm Street in the western part of Dair El-Bala'h.

In southern Gaza, Israeli warplanes continue their airstrikes in the Rafa'h area, amid reports of an imminent ground invasion into the densely populated city, home to over 1.3 million residents and displaced individuals near Palestine's border with Egypt.

Earlier last night, medical reports confirmed that approximately 42 civilians were killed due to Israeli airstrikes on homes and vehicles in the city of Rafa'h since yesterday's early morning hours.

By February 10, 2024, in a non-final tally, the Israeli aerial and ground onslaught on Gaza has resulted in more than 28,064 fatalities and 67,611 injuries. Thousands of victims remain trapped under the rubble and on the roads, as Israeli occupation forces are blocking rescue and ambulance teams from reaching many of them.

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Palestinian doctor defies danger to save lives

By Yamen Nubani

GAZA, Sunday, February 11, 2024 (WAFA)

With unwavering courage, Dr. Amira Al-'Assouli, a female Palestinian physician, sprinted through Israeli sniper bullets and drones targeting anything in motion to save an injured individual at the entrance of the Nasir  Medical Complex in Khan Younus.

Al-'Assouli did not hesitate for a moment to risk her life in rescuing a wounded person bleeding near the main entrance of the complex. She swiftly removed her winter coat, rushed towards the injured youth before being joined by another doctor and two other individuals.

In the background of a video circulated on social media, a young man ran behind the ambulance stretcher, boosting the morale of the rescue team, exclaiming, "Heroes... by God, heroes. Bless you all." Al-Assouli, after the incident, stated, "Our fear was removed from our hearts when I felt that someone needed help. I didn't think about myself; I thought about saving people."

She continued, "I returned to work as a volunteer at the Nasir Complex. Our mission since graduation is clear: whenever someone needs help, my duty is not to think about myself but to think about saving lives."

Reflecting on a recent incident, she mentioned, "Some time ago, a young man was martyred under the hospital window. I went to him... Unfortunately, we found him already martyred. We carried him together to the mortuary."

Al-'Assouli, a retired obstetrician from Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younus, returned as a volunteer since the beginning of the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza. She holds a Palestinian board in obstetrics and gynecology since 2009 and an Arab board in the same field, along with several courses in gynecological endoscopy.

In a related context, during these times of hardship, paramedics Yousuf Zaino and Ahmed Al-Madhoon undertook a perilous mission amidst severe cold and darkness. They drove an ambulance to the vicinity of the Finance Roundabout in Tel Al-Hawa, southwest of Gaza City, following a plea from the child Hind Rajab to save her life.

Since their move on Monday, January 29, contact has been lost with both of them. All attempts to reach them or ascertain the fate of the child Hind were unsuccessful.

According to the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilians in Wartime, it is prohibited to attack organized civilian hospitals providing care to the wounded and sick.

Yesterday, on Saturday, February 10, 2024, the bodies of the martyrs were discovered: the child Hind Rajab (6 years old), her uncle Bashar Hamada, and his wife and their children Mohammad (11 years old), Layan (14 years old), and Raghad (13 years old).

Hind endured long hours of terror, hunger, cold, and darkness amidst the five corpses of her relatives, while Israeli tanks maneuvered their tracks around their vehicle, showering it with bullets.

The Palestinian Red Crescent posted an audio recording, where the voice of the girl Hind trying to inform emergency services of what was happening can be heard, saying: "Uncle, they're shooting at us, the tank is next to us. We're in the car, and the tank is next to us." After that, the sound of a barrage of bullets was heard while Hind screamed, and the contact was cut.

While Hind pleaded with the world, Zaino and Al-Madhoon had arrived just a few meters away after coordinating with international and human rights organizations. However, as is customary, the Israeli occupation lacks the slightest ethical considerations in both war and peace, bombarding the ambulance and leaving the two paramedics to burn until they were charred.

No one knows when Hind died, or how long she remained alive among the five bodies, or if she heard the sound of the ambulance, thinking for a moment that her rescue was imminent. Perhaps she witnessed the bombardment of Zaino and Al-Madhoon.

For 12 days, tanks surrounded the bodies, and the girl remained alive for hours, left amidst the five corpses before hope in her rescue was killed. What victory is there over corpses? Over the cries and fears of a 6-year-old girl? Over an ambulance?

Of note, the Palestinian Minister of Health, Mai Alkaila, announced days ago that 340 doctors and healthcare workers in Gaza have been martyred, and around 900 have been injured since the continuous aggression by the occupation began on October 7, 2023. The Israeli authorities continue to arrest 100 medical personnel.

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Killing, Injuring, and Abduction of Palestinians in the West Bank by Israeli Occupation Regime Forces 

 

Israeli police kill Palestinian youth in Al-Quds (Jerusalem)

Sunday 11-February-2024, Al-Quds (Jerusalem), (PIC)

A Palestinian young man from Al-Quds (Jerusalem) was pronounced dead last night after he was critically injured by Israeli occupation regime police gunfire.

Local sources said that 19-year-old Mu'hammed Al-Khaddour, from Biddu town in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), was wounded in his head by a bullet fired by an Israeli occupation soldier during his presence near Umm Al-La'hm village, which is not far from the separation wall.

Al-Khaddour was inside a car with another young man when they were both shot. He was rushed to Palestine Hospital where he breathed his last after doctors tried to save his life.

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IOFs kidnap several Palestinians in the West Bank raids

Sunday 11-February-2024, WEST BANK, (PIC)

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnaped a number of Palestinian citizens during raids in the West Bank, amid clashes with local youths.

According to the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, the IOF kidnaped at least 12 citizens during raids on homes in different West Bank areas.

In Nablus, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the villages of Rujaib and Dair Al-'Hatab and ransacked homes, which provoked clashes with local young men.

In Bethlehem, the IOF kidnaped a citizen from Mount Umm Rukba in Al-Khadir town and raided several homes in the city.

Similar IOF raids on homes happened in the towns of Sair and ash-Shuyoukh in the northeast of al-Khalil.

Local sources in al-Khalil said that the IOF went on the rampage through homes in Sair and ash-Shuyoukh towns and interrogated members of families during the raids.

The Israeli occupation forces also stormed Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in Ramallah City and kidnaped a university student from his home in Beerih City.

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Israeli occupation forces detain three Palestinians in Aree'ha (Jericho)

JERICHO, Sunday, February 11, 2024 (WAFA)

Israeli occupation soldiers arrested three Palestinian young men today at the north entrance to the city of Aree'ha (Jericho) in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

The detention took place while the three were passing through a military checkpoint at the northern entrance of Aree'ha (Jericho), said the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS).

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Aggression and Attacks by Illegal Israeli Settlers and Soldiers

Dozens of illegal Israeli settlers defile Aqsa Mosque

Sunday 11-February-2024, Al-Quds (Jerusalem), (PIC)

Hordes of illegal Israeli extremist Jewish settlers escorted by police forces desecrated the Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), on Sunday morning and later in the afternoon.

According to local sources, dozens of settlers entered the Mosque in groups through its Maghariba Gate and toured its courtyards under police escort.

During their tours at the Islamic holy site, the settlers received lectures from rabbis about the alleged temple mount and a number of them performed Talmudic prayers.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation police prevented Muslim worshipers from entering the Islamic holy site during the settler tours.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is exposed to daily desecration by the illegal Israeli Jewish settlers and police forces in the morning and the afternoon except on Fridays and Saturdays. 

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Illegal Israeli settlers demolish homes and destroy agricultural structures south of Al-Khaleel (Hebron)

Al-Khaleel (Hebron), Sunday, February 11, 2024 (WAFA)

Armed illegal Israeli settlers demolished homes and razed agricultural structures today in Masafir Yatta region, south of Al-Khaleel (Hebron), in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

The sources informed WAFA correspondent that colonists demolished homes and bulldozed a cave, a water well, and sheep pens belonging to the family of citizen A'hmed Ma'hmoud 'Hamamda in the Shaghab Farsa area in Masafir Yatta.

Hamamdeh reported that the colonists leveled and destroyed all residential and agricultural structures in the area, completely altering its landscape, in an attempt to hide the traces of their previous attacks that forced the family to evacuate forcibly.

It is worth noting that the Hamamda family was compelled to leave the Shaghab Farsa area in Masafir Yatta about two months ago due to the continuous attacks by colonists on the family and its properties.

The latest attack involved assaulting the family's homes, threatening its members, smashing solar cells, destroying drinking water tanks, agricultural crops, and uprooting and breaking fruitful trees.

In a related context, activist Osama Makhamera said that a group of armed colonists dressed in Israeli military uniforms raided inhabited homes in the Sada Al-Tha'la area in Masafir Yatta. They conducted searches and tampered with the contents.

Additionally, armed colonists chased shepherds in Wadi Al-Juwaya in Masafir Yatta, preventing them from reaching pastures and fields under the threat of weapons.

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Palestinian woman gives birth at Israeli military checkpoint amid movement restrictions

Jineen, Sunday, February 11, 2024 (WAFA)

A woman from the town of Barta'a, located southwest of Jineen in the occupied West Bank, gave birth today to a baby at an Israeli military checkpoint near the town, amid continuing Israeli movement restrictions.

Mu'hammed Salma Qabha, told WAFA that his wife, Aseel, experienced labor at the military checkpoint of Barta'a. He said his wife's mother, who works as a midwife, assisted her in the delivery inside the vehicle.

The newborn, a baby boy named Shamikh, was later transferred to the nursery at Jenin Governmental Hospital after an ambulance arrived at the checkpoint to help the mother and her newborn.

It is worth noting that since October 7th, the Israeli occupation forces have been opening the checkpoint from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and afterward, it is completely closed, prohibiting the movement of Palestinian citizens.

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Illegal Israeli settlers attack Palestinian vehicles northwest of Nablus

NABLUS, Sunday, February 11, 2024 (WAFA)

Illegal Israeli settlers launched an attack this morning targeting Palestinian vehicles northwest of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

The sources reported that a group of colonists attacked the vehicles with stones at the crossroads of Bazaria village, northwest of Nablus, causing damage to some of them.

The illegal Israeli settler militias have been carrying out similar attacks against Palestinians and their vehicles on the same street for more than a week, according to witnesses.

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