Fighting between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions, led by Hamas in Gaza, continued into their third day on Monday, as Israel declared a complete siege of Gaza.
- Palestinian Ministry of Health (as of 11:00 am local time): 493 killed in Gaza including 91 children; 16 killed in West Bank including three children
- UN OCHA: More than 17,500 families, comprising over 123,538 people, have been internally displaced in Gaza
- Israel continues massing for invasion, 300,000 reservists called up
- U.S. orders aircraft carrier strike group to Mediterranean to assist Israel
- Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant: “I ordered a full siege on the Gaza Strip. No power, no food, no gas, everything is closed. We are fighting human animals and we act accordingly.”
Fighting between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions, led by Hamas in Gaza, continued into their third day on Monday, with the violence continuing to expand across occupied Palestine, particularly in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
As of Monday morning local time, the death toll inside Gaza had surpassed 493, with more than 2,700 injuries, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Israeli media have quoted Israeli military sources saying that its forces have killed “hundreds more” Palestinian fighters and Gazans who broke through the Israeli barrier on Saturday during gun battles inside Israeli territory. The Israeli death toll also continued to skyrocket, with official sources reporting at least 700 deaths and over 2,380 injuries, though the number is expected to continue climbing.
Meanwhile in the West Bank, the death toll rose to 15 Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire since Saturday, with eight Palestinians killed between Sunday evening and Monday morning. On Sunday night the Israel army announced widespread closures across the West Bank, with some Palestinian outlets reporting that the lockdown could last for two weeks. …