‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 186: Hamas Maintains Calls for Permanent Ceasefire as Netanyahu ‘Sets Date’ for Rafah Invasion – Qassam Muaddi 4/9/24

Source: Mondoweiss.net


  • 33,360 + killed* and at least 75,993 wounded in the Gaza Strip.
  • 456+ Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.**
  • Israel revises its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,139.
  • 604 Israeli soldiers have been killed since October 7, and at least 6,800 injured.***

*Gaza’s Ministry of Health confirmed this figure on its Telegram channel on April 9, 2024. Some rights groups estimate the death toll to be much higher when accounting for those presumed dead.

** The death toll in the West Bank and Jerusalem is not updated regularly. According to the PA’s Ministry of Health on April 5, this is the latest figure.

*** This figure is released by the Israeli military, showing the soldiers whose names “were allowed to be published.” The number of Israeli soldiers wounded is according to Israeli media reports.

Key Developments 

  • Israel kills 153 Palestinians, wounds 60 in the past 24 hours across Gaza, raising the death toll since October 7 to 33,360 and the number of wounded to 75,993, according to the Gaza health ministry.
  • Palestinians recover dozens of dead bodies in Khan Younis following Israeli withdrawal, civilians say city “smells like death.”
  • Hamas “will study” Israel’s ceasefire proposal, noting however that it doesn’t meet the Palestinian groups’ demands, which includes a lasting and permanent ceasefire.
  • Netanyahu says “there is a date” for the invasion of Rafah, the southernmost city in Gaza currently housing more than 1 million displaced Palestinians from across the Strip.
  • Israel’s Channel 12: Seven members of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud party demanded an urgent party meeting to discuss the captives’ release negotiations, amid mounting pressure from the families of Israeli captives. 
  • UN Secretary General says Israel’s ban on journalists’ entry to Gaza helps the spread of misinformation.
  • Israeli police raid deceased Palestinian prisoner Walid Daqqa’s family house and forcibly disperses mourners just hours after it was announced that the famed writer and prisoner died due to medical negligence in Israeli custody.
  • The U.S. state department says UNRWA plays a “vital role” that no other organization can replace, and that it is preparing to work with other aid organizations if congress bans dealing with UNRWA.
  • Lebanon: The Israeli army announces killing a Hezbollah leader in a night airstrike. Hezbollah announces attacking an Israeli army position across the border with suicide drone.

Israel kills 153 Palestinians and wounds 60 across the Gaza Strip

The Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry announced that 153 Palestinians were killed and 60 wounded by Israeli forces’ ongoing strikes on the Gaza Strip over the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, local media sources reported that Israeli forces continued to conduct airstrikes on different parts of Khan Younis, after having withdrawn from the city. In the town of al-Qarara, north of the city, an Israeli airstrike reportedly wounded several Palestinians. In Rafah, medical sources reported recovering two Palestinians killed in the al-Tanour neighborhood by an Israeli airstrike.

Palestinian civil defense reported recovering 86 dead bodies from across Khan Younis in the hours following Israeli forces’ withdrawal from the city, after a weeks-long siege and attack. The civil defense said that the identified victims included entire families and that most of the bodies were decomposed….

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