GAZA LIVE BLOG: ‘Welcome to Hell’ | Israeli Crimes against Civilians in Gaza | Strip Running out of Food | More Israeli Soldiers Killed – DAY 9

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The Palestinian Ministry of Health says that 80 percent of Gaza’s population is denied access to medical services. This humanitarian crisis is compounded by the fact that over 400,000 Palestinians have been displaced and the death toll on the first eight days of war has exceeded the total number of deaths in the 51-day Israeli war on Gaza in 2014. Yet, the resistance continues.

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Palestinian Ministry of Health: The number of Palestinians killed and wounded in the Israeli war on Gaza rose to: 2,670 killed. 9,600 wounded. In the West Bank, 55 killed and more than 1,200 wounded.


Monday, October 16, 7:37 am (GMT +3)

YEDIOTH AHRONOTH: An Israeli army officer was killed on Sunday by anti-tank fire on the Lebanese border. The Lebanese movement, Hezbollah announced that it attacked yesterday five Israeli sites, and that it targeted a military base for the Israeli army inside the settlement of Shtula, using guided missiles. Hezbollah had then announced that the attack led to deaths and injuries among Israeli soldiers.

Islamic Jihad Spokesman Tells Israeli Soldiers: ‘Welcome to Hell’

Monday, October 16, 6:45 am (GMT +3)

ISRAELI MILITARY: Number of Israeli soldiers and officers killed in the war between Gaza and the Palestinian Resistance has increased 291.

Monday, October 16, 6:38 am (GMT +3)

THE UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations population fund (UNFPA) in Palestine revealed that 50,000 pregnant women in the Gaza Strip do not have access to basic health services. The Fund wrote in a statement on the X platform that 50,000 pregnant women in the Gaza Strip do not have access to health services. 5,500 of whom are due to give birth in October.

Reports of Partial Opening of the Rafah Crossing for Evacuation of Foreigners

Monday, October 16, 5:18 am (GMT +3)

ABC: The US news network ABC, citing a security source, said that an agreement was reached to open the Rafah border crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Monday. The partial entry will only be available to foreigners and dual nationals to Egypt, in addition to the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Illinois: Palestinian Boy Killed, Mother Seriously Wounded in Hate Crime

Monday, October 16, 1:40 am (GMT +3)

ALJAZEERA: President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas said that Hamas’ policies and actions do not represent the Palestinian people. Abbas expressed his rejection of the killing of civilians on “both the Palestinian and Israeli sides’, and called for the release of “civilians, prisoners and detainees on both sides.”

LATEST IN GAZA: Palestinian official to Al Jazeera that the destruction in Gaza is unprecedented. The deputy minister of Palestinian Ministery of Work in Gaza spoke about the extent of the destruction caused by the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip:

– The scale of destruction is very wide and unprecedented compared to the 2014 aggression.

– Gaza’s only power plant has been shut down.

– The power outage led to the suspension of work at the desalination plant and wells.

– 10500 housing units were completely destroyed.

– The damage included infrastructure, especially water, sanitation and communications.

– Shelters for displaced people lack minimum basic services.

MEDIA: settler shot another settler on suspicion of carrying a weapon in the settlement of Ofakim in the southern region.

Monday, October 16, 1:40 am (GMT +3)

ISRAEL CHANNEL 12: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited US President Joe Biden to pay a ‘solidarity visit’ to Israel.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: FBI reports that it had observed an increase in threats against Jewish and Muslim communities in the United States.

Sunday, October 15, 9:30 pm (GMT +3)

AJA: French President Emmanuel Macron, in a call with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi, warned against expanding the conflict.

ISRAELI FM: We expect greater interest from the Vatican in the suffering of Israelis.

Sunday, October 15, 9:00 pm (GMT +3)

ISRAELI PRESIDENT: Establishing a humanitarian corridor in Gaza is among the priorities of Blinken’s talks.

ISRAELI ARMY: The Israeli army spokesman said that the Lebanese Hezbollah is escalating on the northern border under Iranian direction and is “exposing Lebanon to danger”.

SMOTRICH: Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said that Israeli leaders and the security establishment failed to protect citizens. He added, “We must admit with pain and with our heads bowed that we have failed.”

UNIFIL: The United Nations Forces in South Lebanon (UNIFIL) announced that its headquarters in the town of Naqoura was hit by a missile and that it is working to verify its source.

REUTERS (quoting Civil Defense in Gaza): More than a thousand Palestinians are under the rubble of destroyed buildings in Gaza.

AJA: 5 Palestinians were killed in an Israeli bombing on Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. Two Palestinians were killed and 9 wounded in another bombing that targeted a house in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.

ISRAELI CHANNEL 12: United States and Qatar are working on a deal to release children and women detained by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

GAZA’S MINISTRY OF HEALTH: The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip reported that the death toll has risen to 2,670. The number of wounded has risen to 9,600.

Sunday, October 15, 8:00 pm (GMT +3)

ISRAELI CHIEF OF STAFF: Israeli Army Chief of Staff Herzi Halevy told the soldiers deployed on the Gaza front that the army will enter the Gaza Strip and will reach every “terrorist”, as he described them.

BIDEN: US President Joe Biden said that his country is working with its partners in the region to ensure that humanitarian supplies reach civilians in Gaza and to prevent the conflict from expanding, while his administration announced the appointment of a special envoy for humanitarian affairs.

Sunday, October 15, 7:00 pm (GMT +3)


  • We bombed Ashkelon (Asqalan) and Mivtahim in the Gaza envelope.
  • A missile fired at Israeli reconnaissance aircraft over Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. 
  • The shelling of Ashkelon was a response to the targeting of civilians. 

ANTONY BLINKEN: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said upon concluding a trip to six Middle Eastern countries that Israel has a right to defend itself but must avoid harming civilians.

AL-QUDS BRIGADES (Jenin Battalion): We targeted the illegal Jewish settlement of Merav with intense and concentrated bullets. 

MEDIA REPORTS: A new volley of rockets was fired toward the city of Tel Aviv, prompting sirens throughout the area. Rockets were also fired toward Kibbutz Nahal Ozand the Kissufim settlement, near the Gaza border.

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: The military arm of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement said in a statement, the following: 

  • The Zionist enemy has exceeded all religious, legal, and humanitarian limits, but without affecting our will in any way.
  • The Zionist enemy continues with its desperate attempts to displace our people but their answer was steadfastness on their land.
  • We tell the enemy: We have defeated you inside your own regime. What do you think we will do to you if you come to Gaza by your own choice?
  • We reassure our people and the world that we will remain steadfast in the face of the enemy’s crimes.
  • We have no other option but victory.

Sunday, October 15, 6:00 pm (GMT +3)

ISRAELI MEDICAL SOURCES: 8 wounded, including 4 in serious condition, in Western Galilee.

JORDAN: Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told Al Jazeera that displacing Palestinians from their land is a red line.

Sunday, October 15, 5:00 pm (GMT +3)

AJA: Israeli warplanes continue to launch air strikes on various areas in Gaza City.

AJA (quoting Lebanese security source): Hezbollah targeted Israeli army positions in the Western Galilee.

EGYPT: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi told US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that Israeli reaction went beyond self-defense.

ISRAELI ARMY: Israeli death toll rose to 1,400 and the number of wounded to 3,500.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan: We are doing everything we can to reduce the escalation in Gaza

Sunday, October 15, 4:00 pm (GMT +3)

GALLANT: Reuters quoted Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant as saying that “we have no interest in waging a war on our northern front,” at a time when tensions are rising on the Lebanese-Israeli border.

IRAN: Iranian FM Hossein Amir Abdollahian told Al Jazeera: If stopping the aggression against Gaza does not succeed, the possibility of an expansion of the war front increases every hour. (Israel) was informed that if its crimes in Gaza do not stop, tomorrow will be too late.

Sunday, October 15, 3:00 pm (GMT +3)

ISRAELI ARMY: For the fourth time today, an Israeli army site was bombed from Lebanon

AJA: Intermittent Israeli bombing targets the vicinity of the town of Ramia in the western sector of southern Lebanon.

AJA: The Israeli army issued an evacuation warning to the Kuwaiti Hospital in the center of the city of Rafah, and the hospital administration rejected the order.

AJA: The Emir of the State of Qatar reviews with the Iranian Foreign Minister the developments of the situation in the Palestinian territories

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: We bombed Tel Aviv in response to the Zionist massacres against civilians.

ISRAELI CHANNEL 12: An armed infiltration into the city of Ofakim and army forces are combing the area.

EGYPT: the Egyptian National Security Council stressed “the rejection and condemnation of the displacement policy and attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause.”

Sunday, October 15, 2:00 pm (GMT +3)

AJA: Israeli gunboats bomb the beaches of Khan Yunis and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

ISRAELI MEDIA: the majority of the 30,000 residents of the Sderot settlement left it after a week of continuous bombing by resistance factions in the Gaza Strip.

UN: UNICEF needs an urgent ceasefire to reach the children of Gaza.

AJA: New missile salvos targeted the Gaza Strip, and that sirens sounded in the settlements of Sderot and Niram and in the vicinity of Nahal Oz.

Gaza Ministry of Health: Thousands are at risk of death in the Strip if the necessary medical aid is not provided

Red Cross: The situation in Gaza is very critical and we appeal for the entry of medicines and relief materials

World Food Program: Our stocks in Gaza are running out and we are unable to bring in more food

Sunday, October 15, 1:00 pm (GMT +3)

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said – in a meeting with #US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Riyadh – that his country “rejects the targeting of civilians and disruption of the infrastructure in Gaza.”

Bin Salman indicated that “the Kingdom seeks to intensify communication and work to calm the situation and stop the escalation in Gaza,” stressing the need to respect international humanitarian law, including lifting the siege on the Strip.

Sunday, October 15, 12:00 pm (GMT +3)

AJA: Al Jazeera correspondent Wael Al-Dahdouh said that the Israeli occupation army is launching intense Israeli raids on various areas in the northern Gaza Strip.

Sunday, October 15, 11:00 am (GMT +3)

US EMBASSY IN ISRAEL: A spokesman for the US Embassy in Israel said on Sunday that the United States is offering Americans residing in Israel and their relatives to evacuate by sea from the city of Haifa to Cyprus tomorrow, Monday.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Amnesty International confirmed that Israel used white phosphorus bombs in its bombing of the Gaza Strip, which was crowded with civilians.

Sunday, October 15, 10:00 am (GMT +3)

AJA: Al Jazeera’s correspondent quoted a source in the Lebanese Hezbollah party confirming that the resistance had bombed Israeli forces in the Shtula settlement with missiles, noting that there were confirmed casualties among the occupation soldiers.

GERMANY: German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser announced her support for the expulsion of supporters of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) from Germany.

NYT: The American newspaper “The New York Times” quoted senior Israeli officers as confirming that tens of thousands of Israeli soldiers will participate in the ground attack on Gaza.

PALESTINIAN PRISONERS’ CLUB: The Israeli occupation army arrested 55 Palestinians today, Sunday, in various areas of the West Bank, bringing the number of detainees a week ago to 455 people.

Sunday, October 15, 9:00 am (GMT +3)

ISRAELI ARMY RADIO: The evacuation of the remaining residents of the Sderot settlement, estimated at about 7,000, is continuing today to areas inside Israel.

CHINA: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Israeli actions in Gaza after the Hamas attack “exceed the limits of self-defense.”

GAZA’S MINISTRY OF HEALTH: The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip said that the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli airstrikes rose to 2,329. 9,024 were wounded. The majority of them are women and children.

Sunday, October 15, 8:00 am (GMT +3)

ISRAELI ARMY RADIO: A female soldier was killed and a male soldier was injured near the Lebanese border.

ISRAELI ARMY: The Israeli occupation army announced the killing of a Hamas commander.

BLINKEN: US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken described his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “very productive.”

NYT: The American newspaper “The New York Times” quoted three senior officers in the Israeli army, whose identities were not revealed, as confirming that the occupation army postponed its scheduled incursion into the Gaza Strip for several days “due to bad weather conditions.”

AJA: A number of Palestinians, including children, were killed in the Israeli occupation army’s bombing of the Gaza Strip. Abombing targeted a house in the town of Al-Zawaida (central Gaza Strip), resulting in the death of 6 Palestinians.

15 others, including children, were also martyred in an Israeli bombing that targeted a house in the Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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