‘Operation al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 223: Israeli Army Withdraws from Zeitoun Area after Sustaining Casualties, Intensifies Combat in Jabalia and Rafah – Qassam Muaddi 5/16/24

Source: Mondoweiss.net

Israel’s war minister declares opposition to Israeli military control of Gaza as Netanyahu insists on continuing the war. Meanwhile, the Israeli army killed five Palestinians in the West Bank, including a student on Nakba day.


  • 35,272 + killed* and at least 79,205 wounded in the Gaza Strip.*
  • 503+ 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.
  • 626 Israeli soldiers have been announced as killed by the Israeli army since October 7, and at least 3,431 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 16, 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 184 Palestinians, wounds 412 since Monday, May 13, across Gaza, raising the death toll since October 7 to 35,272 and the number of wounded to 79,205, according to the Gaza health ministry.
  • Israel’s war minister Gallant says that Israel will not directly run the Gaza Strip after the war, says war will continue until “dismantling Hamas.”
  • Netanyahu says that he refuses to discuss the “day after” before dismantling Hamas.
  • Israeli forces withdraw from the Zeitoun neighborhood in northern Gaza after a week-long military operation in the area in which the army reportedly sustained heavy casualties.
  • Israeli forces increase their invasion of Jabalia and Rafah amidst fierce fighting with Palestinian resistance.
  • The Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry announces it has run out of children’s vaccinations due to Israel’s closure of the Rafah crossing.
  • Fires spread in northern Galilee after dozens of rockets from south Lebanon strike the area.
  • Israel kills five Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem since Wednesday, May 15.

Israel kills 184 Palestinians since Monday, fighting intensifies in Jabalia and Zeitoun

The Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry announced that the remaining hospitals in the Gaza Strip received 184 Palestinians who were killed in Israeli strikes since Monday, May 13, while 412 others arrived wounded.

Meanwhile, local media sources reported that Israeli forces withdrew from the Zeitoun neighborhood on Wednesday after a week-long raid of the area for the second time since the beginning of the war. Israeli forces reportedly sustained heavy casualties during the fighting in the Zeitoun area. Meanwhile, the Israeli army continued its invasion of Rafah, south of the Strip, and Jabalia, in the north, amidst stiff resistance put up by Palestinian fighters….

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