‘Operation al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 220: Resistance Returns to the North, UNRWA Says 300,000 People Fled Rafah – Qassam Muaddi 5/13/24

Source: Mondoweiss.net

The Israeli army has intensified its renewed assault on Jabalia refugee camp and the Zeitoun area in northern Gaza as resistance factions regroup there, months after the Israeli army said it had “defeated Hamas” in the north.


  • 35,034 + killed* and at least 78,755 wounded in the Gaza Strip.*
  • 498+ 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.
  • 620 Israeli soldiers have been announced as killed by the Israeli army since October 7, and at least 3,415 have been announced as wounded.***

*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 12, this is the latest figure.

*** These figures are released by the Israeli military, showing the soldiers whose names “were allowed to be published.” The number of Israeli soldiers wounded, according to Israeli media reports, exceeds 6,800 as of April 1.

Key Developments 

  • Israel kills 130 Palestinians, wounds 241 since Friday, May 10, across Gaza, raising the death toll since October 7 to 35,034 and the number of wounded to 78,755, according to the Gaza health ministry.
  • The U.S. ambassador to Tel Aviv says that U.S. assistance to Israel will not be interrupted and that nothing strategic has changed in the U.S.-Israel relationship.
  • Netanyahu says that Israelis are “determined to achieve absolute victory.”
  • Israel’s war minister says that war will continue until “dismantling Hamas.”
  • Israeli forces escalate assault on Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza City.
  • Israeli bombing intensifies on Rafah as hundreds of thousands flee the city.
  • Israel kills one Palestinian and wounds 11 in military raids on Nablus in the West Bank.
  • Israeli settlers torch a house in Duma, south of Nablus.
  • UNRWA says that it will stay in Rafah “as long as possible,” while warning of societal “collapse.”
  • UNRWA closes its Jerusalem office following fire in its surroundings. The agency accuses Israeli assailants.
  • Hezbollah attacks several Israeli military positions across the border amidst new Israeli attacks on southern Lebanon.

Israel kills 130 Palestinians since Thursday, fighting intensifies in Jabalia and Zeitoun

The Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry announced that the remaining hospitals in the Gaza Strip received 130 Palestinians who were killed in Israeli strikes since Thursday, May 9, while 241 others arrived wounded.

Meanwhile, local media sources reported that in the past 24 hours, Israeli forces continued a renewed offensive on the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City’s south for the fifth day in a row. Israeli incursions were accompanied by intense airstrikes on the Zeitoun, Sabra, and Shuja’iyya neighborhoods, as well as on the Jabalia refugee camp, where Israeli forces have also entered by ground….

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