‘Operation al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 216: Israel Continues to Close Rafah Crossing as Biden Threatens to Halt Arms Shipments – Qassam Muaddi 5/9/24

Source: Mondoweiss.net

Ceasefire talks are “paused” as delegations leave Cairo. Sources say Israel wants a full invasion of Rafah despite U.S. opposition, while Hamas reiterates its acceptance of the latest deal. Meanwhile, a new mass grave has been unearthed at al-Shifa.

  • 34,905 + killed* and at least 78,514 wounded in the Gaza Strip.*
  • 497+ 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.
  • 612 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 May 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 May 9, 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 167 Palestinians, wounds 400 since Monday, May 6, across Gaza, raising the death toll since October 7 to 34,905 and the number of wounded to 78,514, according to the Gaza health ministry.
  • Biden says that the U.S. will halt arms shipments to Israel if it invades Rafah city.
  • Israeli radio quoting a former official in the Israeli military industry: Israel cannot deal with threats without U.S. arms.
  • Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid says that Biden’s declarations are the result of Netanyahu’s failed direction of the war.
  • Israeli media says that Israel’s war cabinet will meet today to make a “decisive decision” regarding Biden’s declarations.
  • Hamas’s negotiating delegation will leave Cairo for Doha, as the group reiterated its acceptance of the latest proposed ceasefire deal.
  • CIA chief William Burns leaves Qatar for the U.S. as negotiations pause due to the current situation in Rafah.
  • The Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry says that patients’ lives are lost every day due to the closure of the Rafah crossing and the prevention of the delivery of medical supplies and critical cases leaving the Strip.
  • The Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry says that the only dialysis unit in the Rafah district has stopped working.
  • UNRWA says that 80,000-100,000 Palestinians left Rafah in “a new forcible displacement.”
  • Hezbollah announces attacking the Israeli army’s northern division headquarters with rockets. Israel admits one soldier killed and several wounded.
  • Israeli night raids in West Bank and arrest wave continue, one Palestinian killed after succumbing to wounds from Israeli gunfire in Tulkarem.

Israel kills 167 Palestinians since Thursday

The Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry announced that the remaining hospitals in the Gaza Strip received 167 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes since Thursday, May 2, while 400 others arrived wounded.

Meanwhile, local media sources reported that, in the past 24 hours, Israeli forces launched a new surprise invasion into the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City amidst heavy airstrikes on the area in addition to the Sabra neighborhood.

According to local sources, several buildings caught fire due to the strikes, as Israeli armored vehicles advanced through 8th street. Thousands of residents fled the neighborhoods towards the city center. In the Shuja’iyyah neighborhood, a strike on a mosque killed 13 people according to reports….

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