GAZA LIVE BLOG: Nasrallah: Response Coming | Germany: Leave Lebanon | Kirby: Hamas Staying | Massacres in Gaza | Fighting in Bureij – DAY 89

Nearly 2 million people in Gaza were displaced. (photo: Yousef Abo Said, via Eye on Palestine)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories are observing a general strike in mourning and protest of the killing of a top Hamas leader, Saleh al-Arouri. 

Meanwhile, fierce fighting continued in various parts of Gaza, including the Jabal al-Rayes area in northern Gaza and around the city of Khan Younis in the south. 

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 22,313 Palestinians have been killed, and 57,296 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7. Palestinian and international estimates say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

This blog has been discontinued. Click here for the new blog.


Thursday, January 4, 7:00 am


Two killed and a number of others wounded, while many are still missing people following Israeli shelling on a house in Al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Israeli fighter jets are launching a series of raids on the Maghazi and Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces are launching heavy artillery and air bombardment on Al-Zawaida area in the central Gaza Strip.

AFP (Citing US official): US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will begin a new Middle East tour on Thursday evening that includes Israel.

WASHINGTON POST: An official at the US Department of Education has resigned from his post in protest at the Biden administration’s policy towards the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.

ISRAELI CHANNEL 12: Israel tried to dissuade Washington from withdrawing the aircraft carrier from the region.

14 members of the Salah family were killed in Israeli shelling west of Khan Yunis.


1,600 Israeli soldiers have suffered from war trauma and symptoms of tension since the start of the war on Gaza.

90 Israeli soldiers have been dismissed due to psychological problems since the start of the war on Gaza.

3,000 Israeli soldiers have contacted the mental health helpline since the war on Gaza began.

Shooting down Israeli Drones – Resistance Roundup – Day 89

Wednesday, January 3, 11:30 pm

GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: German citizens must leave Lebanon and should not travel there.

Wednesday, January 3, 11:00 pm

ISRAELI MEDIA: Israel’s Channel 13 reported that the security services say displaced residents of northern Gaza cannot be prevented from returning to their areas after the start of the third phase of the war.

IMO (International Maritime Organization):

18 shipping companies reroute their ships to sail around Africa due to attacks in the Red Sea.

The direction of ships to South Africa and from there to Europe and the world contributed to raising shipping costs.

We have an EU-funded program to enhance security in the Red Sea.

HEZBOLLAH: We targeted a gathering of Israeli soldiers at the Birkat Risha site and achieved direct hits.

‘Be Patient’ – Nasrallah Tells Supporters of Resistance in Lebanon, Gaza

AL-JAZEERA: An Israeli raid targeted the town of Naqoura in southern Lebanon.

KIRBY: US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby:

We believe that the IDF can undermine Hamas’s ability to launch attacks inside Israel.

Hamas still has significant capabilities in the Gaza Strip.

We do not believe that a military attack will destroy Hamas’s ideology and we accept the idea that the movement will still exist.

Talks to release hostages from Gaza are underway in earnest.

We will work to maintain the U.S. military presence in the Middle East.

We don’t want the war between Israel and Hamas to expand in the region.

We have no indications that Israel was involved in the recent explosion in Iran.

We had nothing to do with the attack in Beirut.

Wednesday, January 3, 7:50 pm

TRT: The editor of The Palestine Chronicle, Palestinian journalist-author Ramzy Baroud, told Anadolu that Israel’s attack on civilian areas in Lebanon was a serious violation of international law, referring to the assassination of the deputy head of Hamas’ Political Bureau Saleh al Arouri. The Palestinian journalist further underlined: “There is a whole list of war crimes in this assassination.”

Wednesday, January 3, 7:50 pm

ISRAELI SOROKA HOSPITAL: The Israeli Soroka Hospital announced that it received 9 soldiers injured in the fighting in Gaza yesterday, Tuesday, two of whom were in serious condition.

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli aircraft bombed a mosque and homes in the Jourat Al-Aqqad area in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: Our fighters were able to detonate an anti-personnel device against a group of occupation soldiers in the city of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, leaving them dead and wounded.

NASRALLAH: We offer our condolences for the martyrdom of Al-Arouri and his companions due to Israeli aggression.

HAARETZ: US envoy Amos Hochstein heads to Israel to prevent the outbreak of war with Lebanon.

ISRAELI FM KATZ: I spoke with my British counterpart about the importance of opposing South Africa’s case against us in the International Court of Justice.


AL-JAZEERA: The death toll in the continuous Israeli bombing since the morning on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip has risen to 17.

Wednesday, January 3, 7:00 pm

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: In a joint operation with the Al-Qassam Brigades, we bombed an enemy gathering in the center of Khan Yunis.

HEZBOLLAH: We targeted with missiles an enemy gathering in Ruwaisat Al-Alam.

Wednesday, January 3, 5:50 pm

ALQASSAM BRIGADES: In a joint operation, our fighters and the Mujahideen Brigades were able to launch a surface-to-air missile towards a helicopter east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

AL-JAZEERA: Casualties were reported in an Israeli bombing that targeted worshippers in front of a mosque in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip.

HEZBOLLAH: We targeted with missiles an enemy gathering in Ruwaisat Al-Alam.

GERMAN FM: We reject Israeli statements regarding the displacement of Gaza residents.

AL-JAZEERA: An Israeli raid targeted the vicinity of the town of Aita al-Shaab in the central sector of southern Lebanon.

AL-JAZEERA: An Israeli bombing targeted a house near Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

Wednesday, January 3, 4:40 pm

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli occupation forces fired light bombs in the airspace of the Al-Tuffah neighborhood in Gaza City.

AL-QUDS: Our fighters were able to snipe two Israeli soldiers in the Taqaddam axis, north of the Bureij camp. One of them was killed and the other was wounded.

Wednesday, January 3, 3:00 pm

AL-JAZEERA: a Palestinian was killed and others were injured in an Israeli bombing on Khirbet Al-Adas, east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.

AL-MAYADEEN: Two explosions took place in Iran’s Kerman during the 4th anniversary of the martyrdom of Martyr Qassem Soleimani, and preliminary reports suggest that 73 people were killed.

Wednesday, January 3, 2:00 pm

AL-JAZEERA: An Israeli raid on the Jabaliya refugee camp, north of the Gaza Strip, resulted in several Palestinians killed and injured, including children.

EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF BORRELL: The international community should impose a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

ISRAELI ARMY: 25 soldiers were injured during the past 24 hours, hours after it announced the killing of an officer in battles in northern Gaza.

IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD: The assassination of Al-Arouri will not cause the resistance to make a strategic mistake.

AL-QUDS: Our fighters successfully sniped two zionist soldiers in the axis of advance axis of Al-Bureij camp, confirming the death of one and the injury of the other.

Wednesday, January 3, 1:00 pm

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES (to Al-Jazeera): A leadership source in the Al-Qassam Brigades said that the occupation is carrying out open deceptive actions to trap resistance members and lure them into the Bureij camp, while fighting has continued for days in the camp.

ICJ: the International Court of Justice will hold its first session to consider the lawsuit filed by the Republic of South Africa against Israel against the backdrop of accusing the latter of committing genocide in its war on the Gaza Strip.

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: 22,313 Palestinians have been killed, and 57,296 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.


In a joint operation, the fighters of Al-Qassam Brigades and the Mujahideen Brigades were able to shoot down a zionist Hermes 900 reconnaissance [drone] with an anti-aircraft missile east of Gaza City.

Al-Qassam fighters bombarded a gathering of vehicles and soldiers of the occupation in Khan Yunis city in the southern Gaza Strip with mortar shells.

The fighters of Al-Qassam Brigades and Saraya Al-Quds managed to target a gathering of zionist vehicles east of Al-Tuffah and Al-Daraj neighborhoods with mortar shells.

MAARIV: The assassination of Al-Arouri caused the failure of the prisoner exchange deal talks.

Wednesday, January 3, 12:00 pm

ANSARALLAH: A ship in the Red Sea was targeted after it refused to respond to fiery warning messages.

CHANNEL 12: THE Israeli occupation army dropped leaflets calling on residents of 7 neighborhoods in the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes.

Wednesday, January 3, 11:00 am

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli occupation forces bombed the entrance to a school in Jabalia al-Balad, north of the Gaza Strip, resulting in the death of a child.

PALESTINIAN RED CRESCENT: The bodies of 7 Palestinians were recovered in Khan Yunis following Israeli bombings.

UNIFIL: UNIFIL warns of “devastating consequences” of any escalation on both sides of the Blue Line.

IRANIAN DEFENSE MINISTER: The consequences of Al-Arouri’s assassination will impact America.

KAN: estimates in Israel indicate that the Hamas movement will respond to the assassination of Saleh Al-Arouri, deputy head of its political bureau.

Wednesday, January 3, 10:00 am

IRANIAN FM: Israeli assassinations are a threat to peace and security.

ISRAELI ARMY: The Israeli army announced that it had raised the state of alert along the border with Lebanon, hours after the assassination of Saleh Al-Arouri .

Wednesday, January 3, 07:20 am

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: A general strike has begun across the occupied Palestinian territories to mourn Saleh al-Aruri, the deputy head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas. He was assassinated by Israel in Beirut on Tuesday.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

(The Palestine Chronicle is a registered 501(c)3 organization, thus, all donations are tax deductible.)
Our Vision For Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders & Intellectuals Speak Out