Israel has carried out airstrikes on Rafah, where 1.4 million Palestinians are sheltering, raising fears of a humanitarian disaster.
This is how things stand on Monday, February 12, 2024:
Humanitarian crisis in Gaza
- Israel carried out overnight airstrikes in Rafah, southern Gaza, killing at least 67 people. Israeli forces attacked homes, hospitals and three mosques, Palestinian officials said.
- Rafah is home to 1.4 million Palestinians, most of whom were displaced by Israeli offensives in northern and central Gaza.
- The total number of Palestinian deaths in Gaza stands at 28,340 since the start of the war on October 7.
- The Israeli military said it rescued two captives from the Gaza Strip early Monday during an Israeli raid that included the Rafah strikes.
- The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has called for protection for its staff after multiple incidents, including the murder of two ambulance officers who went to rescue six-year-old Hind Rajab. Rajab’s body was found inside a car.
Regional tensions and diplomacy
- United States President Joe Biden will receive King Abdullah II of Jordan in Washington on Monday. The meeting’s agenda includes discussions on the Israeli military operation in Rafah, the release of captives in Gaza and growing concerns about a possible Israeli ground operation in Rafah.
- A ship was attacked by two missiles in the key Bab el-Mandeb strait on Monday, the latest assault carried out by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Doha for talks on securing a ceasefire in Gaza with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Palestinian Wafa news agency reported that the two leaders would meet on Monday.
- US Senator Bernie Sanders has said that “no one in Congress” should support the Biden administration sending military aid to Israel, in a post on X.
Occupied West Bank
- A pro-settler organization on Sunday released a report showing that the Israeli settler population in the occupied West Bank increased by almost 3 percent in 2023 and expects the growth to accelerate this year.
- The number of settlers in the West Bank now stands at 517,407, up from 502,991 the previous year.
- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian, Hassan al-Sayed, on Sunday afternoon and seized a vehicle in the city of Jenin, Wafa reported.
- Wafa also reported that Israeli forces shot and wounded a young Palestinian on Sunday afternoon near the entrance to the town of Battir, west of Bethlehem.
- Israeli occupation forces detained five young Palestinians in the old city of Hebron on Sunday night, Wafa reported.