‘Operation al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 206: Blinken Says Israel has no Plan to Ensure Civilian Safety in Rafah – Qassam Muaddi 4/29/24

Source: Mondoweiss.net

Palestinians brace for an invasion in Rafah as Hamas is expected to respond to a new ceasefire proposal. Meanwhile, Israel continues airstrikes on Gaza, and Gaza City’s municipality says that half of its water wells have been destroyed.


  • 34,488 + killed* and at least 77,643 wounded in the Gaza Strip.*
  • 487+ 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.
  • 607 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 29, 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 22, 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 183 Palestinians, wounds 350 since Friday across Gaza, raising the death toll since October 7 to 34,488 and the number of wounded to 77,643, according to the Gaza health ministry.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Israel hasn’t presented a credible plan to guarantee the safety of civilians in the case of a Rafah invasion.
  • Blinken says that without a plan for civilian safety, the U.S. can’t support a Rafah invasion.
  • Hamas delegation arrives in Cairo to deliver the group’s response to the latest Israeli ceasefire proposal.
  • Israeli media reports three Israeli soldiers killed and 11 wounded in an ambush by Palestinian fighters in central Gaza near the Netzarim corridor.
  • Tens of rockets fired on northern Galilee from southern Lebanon. Hamas claims responsibility.
  • The Gaza municipality says that half of the water wells in the city have been destroyed by Israeli forces.
  • The Chinese foreign minister says that what is happening in Gaza is “unacceptable to human conscience,” calls for an international peace conference to solve the Palestinian crisis.
  • Over 200 Israeli settlers storm the al-Aqsa compound on Monday.

Israel kills 183 Palestinians since Friday

The Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry announced that the remaining hospitals in the Gaza Strip received 183 Palestinians who were killed in Israeli strikes since Monday, while 350 others were wounded.

Meanwhile, local media sources reported that Israeli forces conducted air strikes and artillery shellings across the strip over the week, including of family homes, residential neighborhoods, and the vicinity of a school used as a refuge by displaced families in Gaza City….

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