‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 162: Israel Kills 36 Palestinians in Strike on Gaza Home as Netanyahu Approves Rafah Invasion – Anna Lekas Miller 3/16/24

Source: Mondoweiss.net

An Israeli strike on a home in Nuseirat refugee camp kills 36 people as massacres continue across Gaza. Meanwhile, Israel approves plans for Rafah ground invasion despite warnings it will be “catastrophic” for over 1.4 million Palestinians.


  • 31,533+ killed* and at least 73,546 wounded in the Gaza Strip.
  • 427+ Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem**
  • Israel revises its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,147.
  • 590 Israeli soldiers have been killed since October 7, and at least 3,221 injured.***

*Gaza’s Ministry of Health confirmed this figure on its Telegram channel. Some rights groups put the death toll number at more than 40,000 when accounting for those presumed dead.

** The death toll in West Bank and Jerusalem is not updated regularly. According to PA’s Ministry of Health on March 6, this is the latest figure.

*** This figure is released by the Israeli military, showing the soldiers whose names “were allowed to be published.”

Key Developments

  • At least 80 people killed in overnight Israeli attacks across Gaza, including at least 36 in the Nuseirat refugee camp
  • Netanyahu says that a military plan for a ground invasion of Rafah has been approved
  • Civilians in Rafah will be evacuated to “humanitarian islands” throughout the Gaza Strip
  • UNRWA: 31 percent of children in northern Gaza under the age of two have acute malnutrition
  • Several Israeli NGOs warn that the war in Gaza is leading to a “crisis” in Israeli prisons
  • Spanish vessel “Open Arms” starts unloading cargo in Gaza
  • Japan announces that it will also begin to deliver aid to Gaza via a maritime corridor
  • Israeli military claims overnight strikes on Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon
  • Israeli military faces the biggest mental health crisis since the 1973 war
  • Israel, Hamas may start ceasefire talks on Sunday

Israeli approves plans for Rafah ground invasion despite international opposition

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved plans for a ground invasion of Rafah, despite warnings from the international community that this would be “catastrophic” for the 1.4 million Palestinians who are living, or currently sheltering there. …

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