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Gaza reels under new massacres carried out by the Israeli army. (Photo: via Eye on Palestine)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Israel continued its bombardment of Palestinian residential homes in Gaza, killing many, including several children, in the Al-Maghazi refugee camp.

Meanwhile, stiff Palestinian resistance seems to be growing stronger in all areas of Gaza, including the northern regions, resulting in the killing and wounding of more Israeli soldiers.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, as of December 7, 16,250 Palestinians were killed, and 43,616 were wounded, the majority of whom are women and children.

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Friday, December 8, 9:10 am (GMT+3)


One captured Israeli soldier was killed in a thwarted operation by Israeli special force to free him.

The failed military rescue mission took place at dawn on Friday.

Qassam fighters discovered a special Israeli force while trying to advance to free one of the enemy prisoners and clashed with it.

The clash led to the death and injury of members of the force and the intervention of Israeli military aircrafts to cover retreating soldiers.

Al-Qassam confirmed that the clash also killed captured soldier Sa’ar Baruch, 25, and seized a rifle and a communication device of the Israeli special force.

ISRAEL MEDIA (Cited in Al-Jazeera): An Israeli soldier was killed a few days ago when a rocket fired from an army helicopter missed the targeted location.

WAFA: Several Palestinians were killed at dawn on Friday, and others were wounded, in an Israeli shelling that targeted the Shujaiya neighborhood east of Gaza City.

PALESTINIAN MINISTERY OF HEALTH: Two civilians were killed by Israeli gunfire during their raid into Al-Fara’a refugee camp in the city of Tubas, northeast of the West Bank.

HUFFINGTON POST: A State Department official says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has damaged the reputation of the United States to advance his personal agenda.

Friday, December 8, 4:05 am (GMT+3)

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli occupation vehicles stormed the center of Ramallah and are widely deployed in the area of Al-Manara roundabout and the streets leading to the city center, pointing out that the occupation forces are besieging buildings there.

PALESTINIAN RED CRESCENT: PRC said that it received on Thursday 69 trucks of humanitarian aid from its Egyptian counterpart through the Rafah crossing, pointing to the difficulties and challenges faced by its teams in receiving and distributing aid.

REUTERS: Israel agreed, at the request of the United States, to open the Kerem Shalom (Karem Abu Salem) crossing “only to inspect humanitarian aid” entering Gaza through the Rafah crossing, a US official said, without giving a time frame on when the crossing would open.

ANADOLU AGENCY: Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan will begin a visit to the United States on Friday, during which he will hold talks on stopping the war on the Gaza Strip, according to a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement.

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Friday, December 8, 1:25 am (GMT+3)

WEST MINISTER: British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said his country stands with Israel’s ‘right to defend itself’ but he stressed that Tel Aviv must abide by international law.

HEZBOLLAH: In a statement, the Lebanese Resistance group said “We have targeted the Al-Malakiyah Israeli military site and achieved direct hits.

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says we are working to return to the truce but Hamas is refusing it.

UN: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that the UN Security Council will revisit the war on Gaza on Friday.

AL-MAYADEEN: Israeli strikes target the town of Marwahin in southern Lebanon.

Thursday, December 7, 10:45 pm (GMT+3)

AL-QUDS: Two of our fighters were killed in southern Lebanon.

AL-JAZEERA: An Israeli drone targeted the town of Majdal Zoun in the western sector of southern Lebanon.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: Israeli occupation artillery was shelling the neighborhoods of Al-Zaytoun, Al-Sabra, Al-Shuja’iya, Al-Tuffah, and Al-Daraj, east of Gaza City.

PENTAGON: We continue to urge Israel to protect civilians in Gaza.

WHITE HOUSE: There were cases in which people in Gaza were directed to places deemed safe and eventually Israeli raids occurred.

AL-JAZEERA: Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupation army snipers inside a school housing displaced people in the Beit Lahia project in the northern Gaza Strip.

US OFFICIAL: We were not given a deadline to end the Israeli war on Gaza.

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli occupation forces stormed Beit Liqya, south of Ramallah

PENTAGON: Our forces were subjected to 78 attacks in Syria and Iraq.

REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCCONNEEL: The withdrawal of American forces from Syria is a gift to Iran.

Thursday, December 7, 9:45 pm (GMT+3)

AL-JAZEERA: Satellite images reveal the failure of the occupation army to encircle Khan Yunis, contrary to its announcement.

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli occupation forces launched heavy artillery shelling north of the city of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip.

ISRAELI MEDIA: 24 wounded soldiers, two in critical condition, arrived at Soroka Hospital.

HEZBOLLAH: We killed two Israeli soldiers at the Raheb site.

AL-JAZEERA: Rockets were launched from southern Lebanon towards Kiryat Shmona.

WHIT HOUSE: Ansarallah’s attacks in the Red Sea threaten maritime navigation.

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: We targeted four Israeli vehicles in the Shujaiya neighborhood.

AL-JAZEERA: 40 people were killed in an Israeli bombing targeted two homes belonging to the Al-Hana and Al-Turk families on Al-Thalatheni Street, east of Gaza City.

ISRAELI ARMY SPOKESMAN: We lost many of our sons in this war.

Thursday, December 7, 8:30 pm (GMT+3)

AL-JAZEERA: Hundreds are demonstrating in Tel Aviv to demand that Benjamin Netanyahu’s government work to return Israeli detainees in the Gaza Strip

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli aircraft launched raids in the vicinity of the town of Khiam in the eastern sector of southern Lebanon.

GUTERRES: Guterres uses his influence to ensure the survival of Hamas.

WHITE HOUSE: Biden discussed with Netanyahu the latest developments in Gaza.

AL-JAZEERA: A march by extremist settlers begins at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.

PALESTINIAN RED CRESCENT SOCIETY: Two injuries by occupation bullets in Bethlehem and Tulkarm.

AL-JAZEERA: Sirens sounded in the Golan and Western Galilee.

ABU OBEIDA: Our fighters were able, in the past 72 hours, to completely or partially destroy 135 Israeli military vehicles.

UNITED NATIONS: Guterres is determined to reach a ceasefire in Gaza.

ISRAELI ARMY: We targeted Hezbollah infrastructure and military sites.

KAN: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone on Thursday evening with US President Joe Biden regarding the ongoing operation in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

EGYPTIAN FM: The PLO should be given the ability to rule Gaza.

OSAMA HAMDAN: The resistance is waging fierce battles with the occupation forces penetrating into Gaza on various fronts. Our mujahideen destroyed 79 Israeli vehicles, partially or completely, during the past 72 hours.

Thursday, December 7, 7:10 pm (GMT+3)

UN: The humanitarian situation in Gaza is catastrophic and one of the worst we have witnessed.

AL-AQSA SATELLITE TV: Clashes renewed between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli occupation forces in the areas of Khan Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip.

TIMES: A British military team in the West Bank is working to prepare the Palestinian Authority to take over the administration of the Gaza Strip.

Thursday, December 7, 6:10 pm (GMT+3)

EURO-MED MONITOR: Israeli forces kill civilians raising white flags.

WASHINGTON POST: More than 500 employees working in 142 American Jewish organizations called on President Joe Biden to work on a ceasefire in Gaza.

ISRAELI PM NETANYAHU: Hezbollah would turn Beirut and southern Lebanon into Gaza and Khan Yunis if it launched an all-out war.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: Our fighters targeted an Israeli force in a house in Beit Lahia and caused casualties among its ranks.


– We targeted the sites of Al-Jardah, Bayad Blida, Maayan Baruch, and Zarit barracks with appropriate weapons, and achieved direct hits

– We targeted two gatherings of occupation soldiers in the vicinity of the Jal al-Alam and Harj Shtoula sites, and caused direct hits.

– We targeted a gathering of Israeli soldiers in the vicinity of the Matat Barracks and caused direct hits on them. It also confirmed that its fighters had targeted the Al-Marj site in the occupied Lebanese village of Honin, and had directly hit it.

Thursday, December 7, 4:55 pm (GMT+3)

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: Our fighters were able to rig a tunnel opening in the Sheikh Radwan area, and as soon as a force from the occupation army advanced towards the tunnel, it was detonated along with the soldiers, causing deaths and injuries among them.

BLOOMBERG (quoting Israeli official): The mission to destroy about 500 kilometers of Hamas tunnels in the Gaza Strip will take months.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: We destroyed 79 Israeli military vehicles in the last 72 hours.

AL-JAZEERA (citing local source): A Palestinian trapped in Khalifa School in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, said that the occupation forces are besieging the school, which houses about 7,000 displaced people, and that their snipers are on top of several buildings opposite the school.

AL-JAZEERA: Clashes with heavy weapons in the northern Gaza Strip.

RED CROSS: The numbers do not reflect the extent and magnitude of the tragedy that the people of Gaza are experiencing.

Thursday, December 7, 4:00 pm (GMT+3)

ISRAELI ARMY: A citizen was injured in the “Matat” settlement in Western Galilee as a result of shelling from Lebanon.

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: 350 dead and 900 wounded arrived in Gaza hospitals during the past 24 hours. The death toll has risen to 17,177, and the number of injured has risen to 46,000 since the start of the war on Gaza.

HEZBOLLAH: targeted a gathering of Israeli soldiers in the vicinity of the Matat Barracks and caused direct hits on them.

UN TOP OFFICIAL: Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said that the ceasefire in Gaza must begin immediately.

AL-JAZEERA: 30 Palestinians were killed in an Israeli raid on the Daraj neighborhood in Gaza.

Thursday, December 7, 3:00 pm (GMT+3)

AL-JAZEERA: Four Palestinians, including a child, were killed and others were injured in an Israeli bombing of a house in the Wadi al-Salqa area in the central Gaza Strip.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: Our fighters targeted an Israeli foot force of 15 soldiers with 3 explosive devices, killing and wounding them east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip.

FRENCH FM: We are very concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

AL-JAZEERA: An Israeli bombing targeted residential homes in the Jabaliya camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

HEZBOLLAH: We targeted the Al-Marj site in the occupied Lebanese village of Honin, and hit it directly.

AL-JAZEERA: Several Palestinians were killed and wounded in an Israeli bombing that targeted a residential building west of the Daraj neighborhood in central Gaza City.

GAZA MUNICIPALITY: Most of the wells have stopped and thirst is sweeping the northern Gaza Strip.

Thursday, December 7, 2:00 pm (GMT+3)

OXFAM: Israel is carrying out a collective punishment campaign in Gaza.

LEBANESE PM: Targeting the media aims to silence every voice that exposes Israel.

AL-JAZEERA: A joint Saudi-Russian statement stated that the two countries stress the need to stop military operations and protect civilians in the Gaza Strip in accordance with international law.

AL-JAZEERA: An Israeli bombing targeted the Al Awda Mosque in the center of the Jabaliya refugee camp, north of the Gaza Strip.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: We attacked the occupation forces north of Khan Yunis with mortar shells.

EGYPT: We will never allow the Gaza Strip to be emptied of its population.

Thursday, December 7, 1:00 pm (GMT+3)

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli occupation forces surrounded a school sheltering displaced Palestinians in Beit Lahia.

PALESTINIAN RED CRESCENT: Ambulance operations in northern Gaza have stopped.

AL-JAZEERA: Casualties were reported in an occupation raid on an inhabited house in the Al-Hakar neighborhood in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

AL-JAZEERA: 20 Palestinians were killed in an Israeli bombing that targeted a home for the Houby family in the Shaboura camp in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.

ISRAELI ARMY: The Israeli army announced the killing of an officer today in the Gaza Strip, bringing the number of soldiers and officers killed since the beginning of the ground war to 90.

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN: Israel confirmed their categorical rejection of any call for a ceasefire, because this is in the interest of the Hamas movement.

Thursday, December 7, 12:00 pm (GMT+3)

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: We targeted the Israeli occupation command rooms in the southern axis of Gaza City with a short-range “Rajum” missile system.

HEZBOLLAH: Lebanese Resistance group Hezbollah said that it targeted the Israeli site Ma’yan Baruch, hitting it directly.

PPC: Israel arrested 30 Palestinians in the West Bank.

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: Fierce clashes are taking place with enemy soldiers in the Shujaiya axis, and that 3 military vehicles were targeted with tandem shells.

Thursday, December 7, 11:00 am (GMT+3)

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: Hospitals in northern Gaza are out of service and we are facing difficulties in operating part of the Al-Shifa Medical Complex. Al-Shifa Hospital does not have electricity and has been filled with thousands of displaced people.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE: an Israeli tank shell killed a journalist and wounded others on October 13, in southern Lebanon. The French news agency quoted Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as saying that Israel’s bombing of journalists in southern Lebanon requires an investigation into a war crime.

Thursday, December 7, 10:00 am (GMT+3)

WSJ: Washington asked Israel to let the US military respond to Yemen’s Ansarallah rather than risk expanding the conflict.

AL-JAZEERA: Sirens sounded in Sderot, Niram, and Efim in the Gaza Strip.

AL-JAZEERA: Dozens were killed as a result of an Israeli bombing on a home for the Turk family near Al-Nour Stadium in the Al-Sabra neighborhood, southeast of Gaza.

AL-JAZEERA: There were casualties in an Israeli bombing on the town of Bani Suhaila, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip.

HEZBOLLAH: Hezbollah said that it targeted the Israeli sites of Al-Marj and Haraj Ramim with appropriate weapons, and that it achieved direct casualties as a result.

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli forces launched raids on the Yarmouk and Al-Daraj neighborhoods in Gaza City.

G7: G7 leaders announced that more urgent action is needed to address the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza and reduce civilian casualties.

Thursday, December 7, 08:30 am (GMT+3)

ICC PROSECUTOR: Deliberately obstructing the relief of civilians may constitute a war crime.

ISRAELI ARMY: The Israeli military said it had detected six rocket and rocket launches from Lebanon on Thursday morning, adding that their sources had been answered.

AL-JAZEERA: Sirens sounded in Kiryat Shmona and Margaliot in the Upper Galilee, adjacent to the border with Lebanon.

AL-JAZEERA: Nine Palestinians, including three children, were killed in Israeli raids on homes in the Al-Nuseirat and Maghazi refugee camps in the central Gaza Strip, and the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

WALL STREET JOURNAL: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Israel’s War Council that Washington believed the conflict should end within weeks, not months.

ISRAELI ARMY: An officer and a soldier were killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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