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Palestinian children surround an unexploded Israeli missile. (Photo: via Eye on Palestine)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Israeli forces continue to withdraw from parts of northern Gaza under intense Palestinian Resistance in all axes, especially in the Tufah and Daraj neighborhoods in Gaza City.  

Meanwhile, the Israeli military continues to strike and shell Khan Yunis, in the south, and Deir Al-Balah and Nuseirat in the center.  

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health,  21,978 Palestinians have been killed, and 57,697 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.

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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.

ISRAEL MILITARY: The Iron Dome defense systems have been fortified throughout northern Israel in anticipation of a Hezbollah response to the killing of Palestinian leader Saleh Aruri in Lebanon.

Israel Assassinated a Hamas Leader Saleh al-Arouri in Lebanon – Who is He?

Wednesday, January 3, 04:50 am

ISRAELI MEDIA: Israeli media say Israel is preparing for a strong response from Hezbollah that could include firing long-range rockets.

MACRON: French President Emmanuel Macron called on Israel to avoid any escalatory behavior, especially in Lebanon, following the assassination of Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri.

Israel’s Assassination of Saleh Arouri – Reactions

Wednesday, January 3, 12:05 am

HAMAS: Haniyeh confirmed that two leaders of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas, were killed in the strike, namely Samir Fandi and Azzam Al-Aqra’, in addition to four other cadres in the movement: Mahmoud Zaki Shaheen, Muhammad Bashasha, Muhammad Al-Rayes, and Ahmed Hamoud.

NYT: Al-Arouri’s assassination will be part of secret attacks carried out by Israel against Hamas.

ISLAMIC JIHAD SECRETARY-JENERAL: We lost a leader who believed in the justice of our people’s jihad until martyrdom.

AL-AQSA MARTYRS BRIGADES: We targeted the “Annab” checkpoint in response to the assassination of Al-Arouri and his companions.

Tuesday, January 2, 10:40 pm

HEZBOLLAH: The assassination of Hamas leader Saleh Al-Arouri will not go unpunished, and the resistance will respond.

Tuesday, January 2, 10:15 pm

AL-JAZEERA: Palestinian political groups throughout the West Bank have declared a general strike on Wednesday in response to the Israeli assassination of Saleh Arouri.

In their joint statement, the groups said that the assassination is an aggression against the Arab and Muslim Ummah, not only Palestine and Lebanon.

Tuesday, January 2, 10:00 pm

AXIOS (citing top US officials):

Israel assassinated Arouri but without informing the United States.

Israel did not warn the US before assassinating Arouri but informed the Biden administration at the exact time of the operation.

HANIYEH: The head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, said in a televised statement that Israel has assassinated al-Arouri, along with other top Hamas commanders, Samir Fandi and Azam al-Aqra’.

Haniyeh described the assassination as a terrorist act and a violation of Lebanon sovereignty.  Haniyeh also said that the assassination will not break down the steadfastness of our people.

Tuesday, January 2, 8:50 pm

ANSARALLAH: The Ansarallah group in Yemen condemned the assassination of Hamas leader Saleh Al-Arouri, stressing that it constitutes a treacherous aggression against Lebanon.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: Massive demonstrations took place in most of the cities of the occupied West Bank, led by Nablus, Ramallah, Hebron, Salfit, and Jenin, to denounce the assassination of Saleh Al-Arouri.

CHANNEL 12: Netanyahu decided to cancel the mini-cabinet meeting tonight, and keep the war council meeting, to discuss the repercussions of the assassination of Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri.

IRANIAN FM: The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the assassination of Hamas leader Saleh Al-Arouri, saying that “the Zionist entity bears responsibility for the repercussions of its new initiative.”

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: The people of the town of Aroura, northwest of Ramallah, demonstrated in the home village of Salah al-Arouri.

WASHINGTON POST (quoting US Defense official): Israel is responsible for the assassination of Saleh Al-Arouri.

NETANYAHU’S ADVISOR: The attack did not target the Lebanese government or Hezbollah. We made clear that everyone involved in the massacre of last October 7 is a terrorist and a legitimate target.

LEBANESE PM MIKATI: The explosion that occurred this evening in the southern suburb of Beirut is an Israeli crime aimed at bringing Lebanon into a new phase.

ISRAELI PM’S OFFICE: Netanyahu asked his government ministers not to comment on the assassination of Saleh Al-Arouri, deputy head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), this evening in Beirut.

Tuesday, January 2, 6:50 pm

HAMAS: The deputy head of the movement’s political bureau, Saleh Al-Arouri was assassinated in an explosion in Beirut.

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: We bombed Sderot and the surrounding settlements with a missile barrage.

AL-JAZEERA: Four Palestinians were killed in an Israeli bombing that targeted a house in the Al-Amal neighborhood in Khan Yunis, bringing the death toll in the city to 16.

KAN: there are disagreements between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Yoav Gallant regarding the issue of the next day after the war in Gaza.

CHANNEL 12: Several rockets were fired from Lebanese territory near Margaliot in the Upper Galilee.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: We eliminated five soldiers northeast of Bureij camp.

HANIYEH: There will be no release of prisoners of the occupation except on the conditions of the Resistance.

Tuesday, January 2, 5:15 pm

HANIYEH: Our people in Gaza continue to be an example of steadfastness on the 88th day of the aggression. Our enemy is on the verge of defeat.

NETANYAHU: We will continue the war until victory for the sake of the soldiers who fell in the battle.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: We targeted an Israeli Merkava tank with an “Al-Yassin 105” shell in the Al-Qarara area, north of the city of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip.

ISRAELI CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR: Our economy will suffer a severe blow if the budget is not amended.

AL-JAZEERA: Sirens sound in Arab Al-Aramsha in Western Galilee.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: Clashes with heavy machine guns are reported, in addition to Israeli air and artillery bombardment targeting areas north of Gaza City.

Tuesday, January 2, 3:25 pm

AL-JAZEERA: Ten missiles were fired from southern Lebanon towards the Israeli site of Al-Samaqa in the occupied Kfar Shuba hills.

AL-JAZEERA: Several Palestinians were killed and wounded as a result of Israeli occupation aircraft targeting a house for the Darwish family in Camp 2 in Nuseirat in central Gaza.

ISRAELI ARMY: 31 soldiers were injured in the Gaza Strip battles during the last 24 hours.

GALLANT: “If we do not achieve victory in the Gaza war, we will not be able to live in the Middle East”.

Tuesday, January 2, 2:30 pm

HEZBOLLAH: We attacked the 91st Command Headquarters of the Israeli occupation in Illit, northeast of Safed, with an assault drone.

AL-QASSAM: We targeted a gathering of occupation vehicles and soldiers southeast of the city of Khan Yunis with mortar shells.

ISLAMIC RESISTANCE IN IRAQ: targeted the Al-Malikiyah and Rumailan bases in Syria with drones.

Tuesday, January 2, 1:30 pm

ISRAELI MEDIA: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold today two meetings of the War Council and the Mini Security Council, to discuss post-war arrangements in Gaza.

AL-JAZEERA: Four Palestinians were killed as a result of an Israeli bombing targeting the city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: Our fighters targeted an Israeli Merkava tank with an RPG shell east of the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Tuesday, January 2, 12:45 pm

CHANNEL 12: Israeli Channel 12 reported that a drone was launched from Lebanon near the border area.

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: 22,185 Palestinians have been killed, and 57,053 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: Our fighters clashed on Tuesday with an Israeli force on foot from ground zero east of the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip and eliminated it.

HEZBOLLAH: We targeted a gathering of Israeli occupation soldiers in the Zarit barracks off southern Lebanon, killing and wounding its members.

AL-QASSAM: We targeted an Israeli Merkava tank with an “ Al-Yassin 105 ” shell east of the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Tuesday, January 2, 11:40 am

AL-JAZEERA: A second helicopter from the Israeli Army Rescue Squad picked up wounded soldiers on Tuesday from the area south of Gaza City.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: Clashes with heavy machine guns are taking place in camps in the central Gaza Strip.

TURKISH MEDIA: The Public Prosecutor ordered the arrest of 46 suspects of involvement in a plan by the Israeli Mossad to target foreigners in Turkey.

AL-JAZEERA: 15 Palestinians were killed in Israeli bombing in the northern Gaza Strip during the last 24 hours.

Tuesday, January 2, 10:40 am

CHANNEL 12: Several missiles were launched from Lebanon towards the Shlomi settlement in Western Galilee.

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: We inflicted injuries on occupation soldiers in the Al-Bureij camp.

AL-JAZEERA: The Israeli bombing of the central region of the Gaza Strip during the last 24 hours resulted in the death of 70 Palestinians and the injury of more than 100 others.

Tuesday, January 2, 09:00 am

HAARETZ: Israel appears before the Court of Justice to obstruct the cessation of the war.

ISLAMIC RESISTANCE IN IRAQ: We targeted the American Green Village base in Syria with drones.

AL-JAZEERA: An Israeli drone bombed the outskirts of the town of Maroun al-Ras on Tuesday morning in the central sector of southern Lebanon.

HAARETZ: The number of detainees from the Gaza Strip in Israeli prisons increased by 150% compared to last month.

Tuesday, January 2, 08:00 am

SYRIAN NEWS AGENCY (citing military source): Israel carried out an air attack on Tuesday morning from the direction of the occupied Golan , targeting a number of points in the Damascus countryside.

Tuesday, January 2, 07:30 am

YNET NEWS: “Israel plans to present its case against South Africa’s petition for interim order demanding immediate suspension of Israeli military actions in Gaza.”

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