GAZA LIVE BLOG – ‘Date for Ground Invasion Decided’ | Death Toll at 7,028 | Resistance Uses Sam-7 Missiles | Clashes in West Bank, Lebanon – DAY 20

Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip killed thousands of people. (Photo: PC, Supplied)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The death toll of Palestinian civilians targeted in the ongoing Israel war on Gaza has exceeded 7,000, including nearly 3,000 children (Precise numbers are updated around the clock below.) 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that the timing for the ground operation in Gaza has been determined, without announcing the date. 

A ‘large number’ of Israeli tanks penetrated the Gaza Strip in an open area east of Al Bureij. They were met with fierce resistance. 

Al-Qassam Brigades said that it engaged with the invading unit and that it had hit an Israeli helicopter with a Sam-7 missile.

The Israeli bombardment of Gaza continued, along with mass arrests and raids throughout the West Bank.

Meanwhile, the Resistance continues.

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Friday, October 27, 05:45 am (GMT+3)

OFFICE OF FLORIDA GOVERNOR: US Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ office said his administration had contracted cargo planes to send drones, shields and helmets to Israel, and was working to deliver weapons and ammunition to Israel through private parties.

Friday, October 27, 04:45 am (GMT+3)

CAIRO NEWS: 5 people were injured when a rocket landed in the Egyptian city of Taba. The source of the launch of the missile has not been determined.

A few days ago, Israeli artillery shelled an Egyptian army position near the Rafah crossing, claiming that the shelling was carried out by mistake.

Friday, October 27, 04:30 am (GMT+3)

AJA: Several Palestinians were killed, and others were wounded in Israeli bombing of a mosque, known as the White Mosque, in the Shati’ or Beach refugee camp near Gaza City.

Also in Gaza, 4 Palestinians were killed, and others were wounded in Israeli shelling that targeted a house in Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip.

In the occupied Palestinian West Bank, the Israeli army has stormed the city and refugee camp of Jenin.

Israeli forces also stormed the Aqbat Jabr refugee camp near Jericho, and the Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Friday, October 27, 04:00 am (GMT+3)

WHITE HOUSE: US President Joe Biden delivered a direct message to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warning against targeting US soldiers in the region, the White House said. White House spokesman John Kirby said the letter was conveyed directly but gave no further details.

Friday, October 27, 1:00 am (GMT+3)

AJA: Israeli occupation forces stormed the town of Al-Issawiya in occupied Jerusalem, and launched a massive arrest campaign among Palestinians.

Friday, October 27, 12:00 am (GMT+3)

ISLAMIC JIHAD: America’s skepticism about the numbers of Gaza’s martyrs is a shameless denial of the scale of the Holocaust.

AJA: Electricity was cut off in the city of Rehovot, south of Tel Aviv, following a missile attack by the Qassam Brigades.

AJA: 25 Palestinians were killed in an Israeli bombing that targeted two homes in Rafah and the Nuseirat camp.

Thursday, October 26, 11:10 pm (GMT+3)

EU: The European Union expressed grave concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. The EU called for the establishment of humanitarian corridors to deliver humanitarian needs to the Strip.

AJA: Al-Jazeera confirmed direct hits in Rishon Lezion, Be’er Yaakov, Rehovot and Shohm on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, after the Qassam Brigades fired a volley of rockets towards the greater Tel Aviv area.

PENTAGON: The Israeli military is doing its job in Gaza professionally, and we communicate with Israel regularly about compliance with the law of war and international law. The Pentagon confirmed that it plans to provide 2 US air defense systems to Israel to enhance its capabilities and protect citizens.

ISRAELI MEDIA: Israeli media said unprecedented rocket barrages were taking place in Tel Aviv and central Israel.

PENTAGON: We deployed 900 troops to the Middle East, including specialists in air defense systems. U.S. forces had been attacked by Iran-aligned groups at least 12 times in Iraq and four times in Syria last week.

SCOTLAND: Scotland’s Minister for Culture and International Development said in an interview with Al-Jazeera: We renew the call for an immediate ceasefire and the establishment of a sustainable humanitarian corridor

Thursday, October 26, 8:50 pm (GMT+3)

KREMLIN: There are no meetings planned for Russian President Vladimir Putin with the Hamas delegation visiting the capital, Moscow.

ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTRY: “We consider the arrival of Hamas leaders to Moscow an obscene step that provides support for terrorism, and we call on the Russian government to deport them immediately.”

AJA: Israeli occupation artillery launched heavy bombardment south of Gaza City.

KAN CHANNEL (QUOTING ISRAELI OFFICIAL): “Hamas is demanding the transfer of fuel to Gaza, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and a ceasefire. Things are approaching the moment of maturity, and we will soon know where they are headed.”

ISRAELI BROADCASTING CORPORATION: Israel informed the mediators that it is prepared to pay a price in exchange for the return of the prisoners.

Thursday, October 26, 8:00 pm (GMT+3)

US SPECIAL ENVOY FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS: We focus on delivering aid to those who deserve it in Gaza.

AJA: Israeli occupation aircraft bombed a house in the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Thursday, October 26, 7:00 pm (GMT+3)

IRANIAN FM: Israel is a state of occupation and aggression, and the Palestinian people have the right to resist it.

WASHINGTON POST (QUOTING US OFFICIALS) US President Joe Biden is considering directing military strikes against Iranian proxies after repeatedly targeting US forces in Iraq and Syria.

JORDANIAN FM: The collective punishment practiced by Israel against the residents of Gaza is a war crime.

ISRAEL’S UN ENVOY: Gilad Erdan said that any call for a ceasefire in Gaza is not a call for peace, but rather an attempt to tie the hand of the Israeli army.

Thursday, October 26, 6:20 pm (GMT+3)

IRANIAN ARMY: The Iranian army said that it will launch large-scale maneuvers of ground forces on Friday.

AJA: Arab, Muslim ambassadors left the General Assembly hall as the Israeli delegate began his speech.

AJA: Sirens were sounding in Tel Aviv and its suburbs, Beersheba and the Gaza Strip.

BELGIUM PM: Israel’s self-defense does not justify the siege of Gaza and the prevention of humanitarian convoys.

AJA: Several Palestinians were killed and wounded in a bombing by Israeli occupation aircraft that targeted a house in the Khan Yunis camp, in southern Gaza Strip.

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: A delegation from the Hamas movement is holding talks with Russian officials in the capital, Moscow.

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that America’s deployment of air defense systems in the Middle East is a provocation and creates more tension in the region.

AJA: Families of Israeli prisoners in Gaza demonstrate in front of the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv to demand assistance in their return from Gaza.

PALESTINIAN UN ENVOY: What is happening in Gaza is brutal and barbaric crimes and must stop.

AJA: Israeli occupation aircraft renewed their bombing of residential neighborhoods in Khan Yunis, and also bombed the headquarters of Al-Azhar University, south of Gaza City.

Thursday, October 26, 5:20 pm (GMT+3)

ABU OBEIDA: 50 Israeli prisoners currently held in Gaza were killed due to the continuous raids on the Gaza Strip.

AJA: Israeli occupation forces are intensively bombarding the east of the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City with aircraft and artillery.

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: A fuel outage within hours will lead to the death of a large number of wounded and sick people.

AJA: Israeli aircraft launched a series of intense raids on various areas in the Gaza Strip.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: The Al-Qassam Brigades said that it bombed occupied Asqalan (Ashkelon) with a large missile barrage, in response to the Israeli occupation army’s targeting of defenseless civilians in the Gaza Strip.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: Israeli army artillery is shelling along the border strip in the eastern Gaza Strip, from Rafah in the south to Beit Hanoun in the north.

AJA: At least 10 Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli bombing targeting a house in Rafah, southern Gaza.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: We bombed occupied Ashdod with a missile barrage.

AJA: Palestinian fighters opened fire towards the Avnei Hefetz settlement, southeast of Tulkarm in the occupied West Bank.

SPANISH PRIME MINISTER: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the situation in Gaza is unacceptable and humanitarian corridors must be opened urgently

Thursday, October 26, 4:00 pm (GMT+3)

WAFA: Palestinian minor Usayed Hamdi Hmeidat, 17, was killed and another minor was injured by Israeli army gunfire in Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah, as they were leaving school.

Thursday, October 26, 3:20 pm (GMT+3)

PALESTINIAN HEALTH MINISTRY: The number of Palestinians killed and wounded in the Israeli war on Gaza rose to 7,028, including 2,913 children and 1,709 women, and 18,500 wounded.

UNRWA: The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees ( UNRWA ), Philippe Lazzarini, said that “history will judge us all” unless there is a ceasefire in Gaza .

Thursday, October 26, 2:00 pm (GMT+3)

AL-MANAR: Fires are still ongoing in “Al-Labouneh” southern Lebanon due to the phosphorous shelling and flares launched by Israel on Wednesday night.

AL-QASSAM: The Al-Qassam Brigades announced that they bombed Tel Aviv today, Thursday, in response to the massacres they are committing against civilians in Gaza.

PALESTINIAN RED CRESCENT: The Palestinian Red Crescent said that it received 12 aid trucks today, Thursday, from the Egyptian Red Crescent at the Rafah crossing, bringing to 74 the number of aid trucks that have entered the Gaza Strip since October 7, while fuel has not been allowed to enter until now.

Thursday, October 26, 12:40 pm (GMT+3)

HAMAS: Arresting our cadres in the West Bank will not stop the resistance

GANTZ: We are fighting a long war that requires wisdom from us, and we expect difficult challenges.

IRANIAN FM: The situation in the region has reached a worrying stage, and things may get out of control at any moment.

US STATE DEPARTMENT: the US envoy to the Middle East is returning to the region, to strengthen efforts to prevent the expansion of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

ERDOGAN: Israeli attacks on Gaza amounted to a massacre. During a call with Pope Francis , Erdogan described the international community’s silence about what is happening in Gaza as shameful.

RUSSIA: The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Israel has the “right to self-defense,” but clarified that this does not mean killing civilians in Gaza.

DIRECTOR OF NASSER HOSPITAL: We received the bodies of 77 Palestinians since midnight last night

CNN: Israeli army confirmed that it had launched an air strike at the site where members of the family of Al Jazeera journalist Wael Al-Dahdouh were martyred yesterday, Wednesday, in the Nuseirat camp in the Gaza Strip.

Thursday, October 26, 11:00 am (GMT+3)

REUTERS: A draft statement from the European summit being held on Thursday in Brussels that European Union leaders will call for the establishment of humanitarian corridors to deliver aid to Gaza.

JAPAN: Japan urged Israel to stop its attack on the besieged Gaza Strip, to allow humanitarian aid to enter.

AJA: At least 7 Palestinians were killed and dozens injured following an Israeli bombing of a house in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip.

AJA: Sirens sounded in cities and towns around the Gaza Strip, including in the Kissufim area.

GAZA GOVERNMENT MEDIA OFFICE: The number of Palestinians killed in the Israeli war on Gaza exceeded 7,000, and the number of injured and missing persons reached tens of thousands.

COMMANDER OF IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD: If the Zionists launch a ground attack in Gaza, they will be buried there. The West is in a state of hostility with the region, and its officials can only visit it in secret and at night.

Thursday, October 26, 10:00 am (GMT+3)

AJA: Two Palestinians were killed after Israeli occupation aircraft bombed a poultry farm east of the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

PALESTINIAN RED CRESCENT: 5 Palestinians were injured by live bullets during confrontations with Israeli occupation forces in Tubas, in the northern West Bank.

HAMAS: The Hamas movement called on the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic peoples to participate on Friday and Sunday in a movement to open the Rafah crossing and stop the genocide in Gaza .

ISRAELI ARMY RADIO: Two Israelis were injured in clashes with Palestinians near the illegal Jewish settlement of Rimonim, east of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

ISRAELI MEDIA: Two illegal Jewish settlers were injured, one of them seriously, after being attacked in Jerusalem.

Thursday, October 26, 9:00 am (GMT+3)

AL QASSAM BRIGADES: The Al-Qassam Brigades said that it targeted an Israeli helicopter east of the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip with a ‘SAM-7’ missile, hitting it.

Thursday, October 26, 8:00 am (GMT+3)

AJA: Confrontations broke out between Palestinian youths and the occupation forces in the Satah Marhaba neighborhood, in the city of Al-Bireh in the West Bank.

ISRAELI ARMY: ground forces carried out an operation in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday and attacked several targets belonging to the Hamas movement and then withdrew, in what Army Radio described as the largest incursion during the current war.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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