GAZA LIVE BLOG: Israel Strikes Iraqi Resistance | Mass Protests in Morocco | Four Massacres in Gaza | Resistance in West Bank – Day 196

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza continue. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Iranian Ground Forces Commander, General Kayuarth Heydary, said that small drones attacked Iranian airspace in the city of Isfahan, but air defenses were activated and successfully responded.

As China and other countries urge an immediate deescalation, far-right Israeli Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said that the response to Iran was a ‘mockery’.

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza continued, especially in Gaza City and in the Jabaliya refugee camp. 

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 34,012 Palestinians have been killed, and 76,833 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

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Saturday, April 20, 05:30 am (GMT+2)

ISLAMIC RESISTANCE IN IRAQ: We targeted with drones a vital target in Eilat, southern Israel.

Saturday, April 20, 04:30 am (GMT+E2)

AFP (Citing Iraqi sources): A blast, blamed on Israel, targeted a military base used by the Popular Mobilization Forces south of Baghdad. It left one person dead and several wounded.

REUTERS (Citing Iraqi security sources): A huge explosion occurred at a military base used by the Popular Mobilization Forces south of Baghdad. The explosion was the result of an air strike of unknown origin.

Saturday, April 20, 02:30 am (GMT+2)


An Israeli raid targeted the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip.

The number of people killed by an Israeli raid targeting a house in the Tel Al-Sultan neighborhood, west of Rafah, rose to 8, including 5 children.

Saturday, April 20, 12:00 am (GMT+2)

AL-JAZEERA: The sound of explosions in Babil Governorate, south of Baghdad, saying that fires were rising from a military base.

WASHINGTON POST: Biden considered Israel’s strike a relatively measured response to the Iranian attack.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: An Israeli raid targeted the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip.

AL-JAZEERA: The death toll resulting from an Israeli raid that targeted a house in the Tal al-Sultan neighborhood, west of Rafah, has risen to 8, including 5 children.

WSHINGTON POST: The Biden administration opposes an operation in Rafah that does not protect civilians.

AL-JAZEERA: Haniyeh arrives in Türkiye at the head of a delegation from the Hamas leadership.

Friday, April 19, 10:00 pm (GMT+2)

MOROCCAN AUTHORITY: The Moroccan Authority for Supporting the Nation’s Issues announced that it organized 107 demonstrations in 54 cities, in solidarity with the Gaza Strip.

GAZA CIVIL DEFENSE: hundreds of cases of respiratory diseases were recorded in the Strip’s hospitals as a result of citizens’ reliance on lighting fires in light of the cooking gas crisis.

Friday, April 19, 9:00 pm (GMT+2)

PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER: 100 acts of resistance took place in the West Bank during the period from the 12th to the 17th of this month, and indicated that these operations varied between shooting, throwing explosive devices, throwing stones, confronting settlers, or holding demonstrations.

ISRAELI CHANNEL 12: the War Council has not discussed the file of prisoners held by the resistance in the Gaza Strip for 12 days, and the negotiations have reached a dead end and the war is at a standstill.

HEZBOLLAH: We will respond to any Israeli violation of the ceiling in force in confrontation, and we will confront any escalation as necessary

Friday, April 19, 7:15 pm (GMT+2)

ISRAELI CHANNEL 13: The Iron Dome intercepted a missile fired from Gaza towards Sderot.

SPOKESMAN FOR UN SECRETARY-GENERAL: The accumulation of about 270,000 tons of solid waste in Gaza creates an environmental and health disaster.


We strongly condemn the Arab and international silence regarding the continuing Zionist crimes against our people in the West Bank.

We condemn the Palestinian Authority’s continuation of the policy of security coordination, which has proven to be a disaster for our people and comes at the expense of their cause and national goals.

The meager sanctions imposed by Western countries on some settler individuals, and turning a blind eye to ministers who arm settlers and incite them to commit crimes, are ashes in the eyes.

BELGIAN DEPUTY PM: Belgium will lead the initiative to review the agreement that gives Israel trade privileges in the European Union market.

Friday, April 19, 6:15 pm (GMT+2)

TOP HAMAS OFFICIAL: Majid Abu Qutaish said that the settlers’ planning “to mass desecrate and hold Talmudic rituals, especially the slaughter of an animal sacrifice in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, means igniting more arenas of confrontation and anger in the face of the occupation.”

HEZBOLLAH: Our fighters targeted “a gathering of Israeli enemy soldiers near the Ruwaisat al-Alam site in the occupied Lebanese Kfar Shuba hills with missile weapons, and we hit it directly.”

GAZA GOVERNMENT MEDIA OFFICE: All water wells stopped completely two weeks ago due to the depletion of the scarce amounts of fuel that were available during the recent period.

AL-JAZEERA: Families of occupation prisoners held by the resistance demonstrate and block a main street leading to Jerusalem, to demand the conclusion of an exchange deal with the resistance.

Friday, April 19, 5:15 pm (GMT+2)

AL-JAZEERA: An extremist Jewish group offered a financial reward to anyone who ho succeeds in smuggling and slaughtering sacrifices inside Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Jewish Passover holiday.

BORRELL: We strongly condemn the violence of extremist settlers.

US TREASURY DEPARTMENT: US imposed sanctions on two entities for their role in collecting donations for violent settlers who are subject to sanctions in the West Bank.

Friday, April 19, 4:00 pm (GMT+2)

ISRAELI CHANNEL 7: The European Union imposed sanctions against the Lahava (Flame) organization, and against 4 settlers, including Elisha Yared, who killed a Palestinian child, and the occupation released him.

HAMAS: The statements of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in which he considered that the movement is obstructing reaching a deal, is confirmation of the US administration’s “blatant bias towards Zionist fascism,” stressing that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the one obstructing the deal “for his personal political calculations.”

AXIOS: The Biden administration may impose sanctions on settlers today.

Friday, April 19, 3:00 pm (GMT+2)

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: 34,012 Palestinians have been killed, and 76,833 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

ISRAEL HAYOM: 130 Israeli soldiers suffered from food poisoning and 17 of them were taken to the hospital.

Friday, April 19, 1:30 pm (GMT+2)

YEDIOTH AHRONOTH: The families of the captives called for the dismissal of National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, who described the attack on Iran as a mockery, endangering the lives of their children.

GERMAN NEWS AGENCY: The German News Agency quoted diplomats that the European Union is about to impose sanctions on settlers due to violence in the West Bank.

‘Unconditional Support’ – Biden Administration Mulls $1 Billion-Plus Weapons Deals with Israel

BLINKEN: The G7 confirmed its intention to impose sanctions on Iran.

GERMAN CHANCELLOR SCHOLZ: “Stopping the escalation is the priority now.”

Friday, April 19, 1:00 pm (GMT+2)

SPANISH PM: Any action that leads to escalation of the conflict in the Middle East must be avoided.

CHANNEL 12: a missile that fell in Iraq was being used for the first time in the region.

JORDANIAN FM: We warn of the danger of regional escalation.

FINANCIAL TIMES (quoting Israeli official): Tel Aviv informed Washington of its intention to carry out strikes in Iran.

EU’S BORRELL: “We must stop the war in Gaza and avoid it spreading to the rest of the region.”

Israel’s Attack on Iran: What We Know So Far – EXPLAINER

RUSSIAN FM: Russia conveyed to the Israeli side through diplomatic channels Iran’s unwillingness to escalate. Israel’s desire and goal is to divert attention from what is happening in Gaza and to show Tehran as a threat.

G7: A statement by the G7 foreign ministers said that the group’s countries urge all parties to stop any further escalation in the Middle East, and added that more efforts must be made to alleviate the devastating and worsening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. It also renewed the G7’s opposition to a large-scale Israeli military operation in Rafah, and warned of its disastrous consequences for civilians.

Friday, April 19, 12:00 pm (GMT+2)

WSJ: The Biden administration is discussing arms deals to Israel worth more than a billion dollars.

TURKISH FM: The priority must be to stop the massacre in Gaza.

REUTERS: US President Joe Biden is considering sending new weapons worth more than a billion dollars to Israel.

NYT (quoting Iranian officials): The attack hit a military air base near Isfahan.

JERUSALEM POST: Israel will not officially claim responsibility for the attack on Iran for strategic reasons.

BRITISH PM: The major escalation in the region is not in anyone’s interest.

EGYPTIAN FM: We renew our deep concern about the continued mutual escalation between Israel and Iran.

Friday, April 19, 11:00 am (GMT+2)

WAFA: A Palestinian was injured in Israeli airstrikes on as-Sika area, east of Gaza, and the vicinity of Tal az-Zaatar in Jabaliya refugee camp.

EBRAHIM RAISI: Operation True Promise was a necessary step and considered a victory and brought more solidarity and strength to our country.

IRANIAN GROUND FORCES COMMANDER: Small small drones attacked Iranian airspace in the city of Isfahan, but Iranian air defenses were activated and successfully responded.

BRITISH SECRETARY OF STATE: Israel has the absolute right to defend itself, but we believe that reducing escalation is essential.

AXIOS: Washington warned Israel of the consequences of escalation.

VON DER LEYEN: We must do everything possible so that all parties refrain from escalation in the Middle East.

ISRAELI ARMY: The Air Force targeted a Hezbollah military building in the Blida area, southern Lebanon.

Friday, April 19, 10:00 am (GMT+2)

CHINESE FM: We oppose any behavior that would further escalate tensions in the Middle East.

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

RUSSIAN EMBASSY IN TEHRAN: We notice that the situation in Iran has calmed down after several drones attacked Isfahan at night.

FINANCIAL TIMES: Global oil prices jumped by more than 4% of their prices after the Israeli attack on Iran.

DUTCH FM: Recent developments in the region raise great concern.

MAARIV POLL: 42% of Israelis believe that Gantz is most suitable for the position of prime minister, compared to 37% who said that Netanyahu is most suitable, and 21% do not have a specific answer.

Friday, April 19, 09:00 am (GMT+2)

OMANI FM: The Sultanate of Oman condemns the Israeli attack on Isfahan in Iran. We condemn and denounce Israel’s repeated military attacks in the region.

FRENCH DEPUTY FM: Israel has the right to defend itself within the framework of international law.

CHANNEL 12: Security estimates that the attack on Iran has ended.


The Zionist entity has previously tested our reaction to its threats.

The sounds of explosions in Isfahan were caused by shooting at flying objects and we were vigilant.

SENIOR IRANIAN OFFICIAL (to Reuters): It is not clear who is behind the incident.

CANADIAN FM: We are closely monitoring the situation after the Iranian explosions.

BEN-GVIR: The attack against Iran is a mockery.

Friday, April 19, 08:00 am (GMT+2)

IAEA: International Atomic Energy Agency:

We reaffirm that nuclear facilities should never be a target in military conflicts.

We confirm that there has been no damage to Iran’s nuclear sites, and we are following the situation closely.

YEDIOTH AHRONOTH: Israeli defense systems have been put on high alert.

WASHINGTON POST (Citing Israeli official):

Our military launched an airstrike inside Iran in response to its missile and drone attack on Israel.

The purpose of the strike is to send a signal to Tehran that we have the ability to strike inside Iran.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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  1. The Khazarian rats’ specialty is cowardly terrorist attacks. Iran has to eliminate these terrorists.

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