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The majority of Palestinians killed by Israel in Gaza are women and children. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei threatened Israel in a tweet in Hebrew, while Tel Aviv activated the GPS anti-jamming technology in preparation for an Iranian response. 

The death toll crossed 33,000 in Gaza as Israel carried out six massacres in the last 24 hours, killing 62 people and wounding 91 more. 

The United States reportedly expressed their frustration to Israel but US officials said Washington will not change its policy. 

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 33,037 Palestinians have been killed, and 75,668 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

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Friday, April 5, 09:15 am (GMT+2)

LONDON: Britain’s Public and Commercial Services Union has called on the government to do everything in its power to stop the war in the Gaza Strip.

Friday, April 5, 08:00 am (GMT+2)

UNRWA: The Israeli war on Gaza has led to the displacement of more than 75% of the population and the destruction of about 62% of homes. Critical infrastructure, including UN buildings housing displaced families, has been attacked.

Friday, April 5, 07:00 am (GMT+2)

X: Belgian Foreign Minister Hajjah Lahbib on X: We will vote “yes” on the three resolutions on Palestine at the Human Rights Council. The right to self-determination, the illegality of settlements, and justice are important criteria for Palestinians to enjoy their rights.

Friday, April 5, 06:00 am (GMT+2)

ISRAELI ARMY: Israeli soldier injured after a rocket fired from Lebanon hitting the Metulla area in northern Israel.

‘Without Delay’ – At Long Last, Biden Demands ‘Immediate Ceasefire’ in Gaza

Friday, April 5, 05:00 am (GMT+2)

UN: Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general: We need a humanitarian ceasefire and a massive flow of aid into Gaza.

Friday, April 5, 04:00 am (GMT+2)


Israeli raids target the eastern and southern areas of the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli artillery shelling targeted the east of the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israel’s ‘Deliberate Choice’ – Residents in Northern Gaza Survive on 245 Calories per Day

Friday, April 5, 03:00 am (GMT+2)

CNN: US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that the US administration is reviewing a media report that the Israeli military is using artificial intelligence to identify targets it is bombing in Gaza.

Friday, April 5, 01:15 am (GMT+2)

BEN-GVIR: Israeli National Defense Minister Ben Gvir said that there has been no vote to increase humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. He added that the announcement published by the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the entry of aid into Gaza was incorrect.

YEDIOTH AHRONOTH: US support for Israel at risk.

SKY NEWS: Those overseeing British arms exports to Israel had asked to stop their work for fear of involvement in war crimes in Gaza.

From Gaza to Naqab – Resistance Roundup – Day 181

Friday, April 5, 12:45 am (GMT+2)

ISRAELI MEDIA: Sirens are currently sounding in several locations in the Upper Galilee on the border with Lebanon.

TRUMP: Israel is definitely losing the public relations war. I advise Netanyahu to end the war quickly and return to normal life.

ISRAEL’S CHANNEL 12: The Israeli cabinet had decided to increase humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip immediately.

AXIOS: Israel’s security cabinet has approved the use of the Ashdod port to deliver aid to Gaza.

ISRAEL’S CHANNEL 14: Israeli army Chief of Staff decided to dismiss the commander of the Nahal Brigade and the commander of the District Assistance after the killing of foreign aid workers.

The Mosque by the Sea – Why Did Israel Bomb Al-Hassaina Islamic Landmark

Friday, April 5, 12:00 am (GMT+2)

THE GUARDIAN: London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that British arms sales to Israel must stop.

CHANNEL 12: the mini-ministerial council is considering increasing the entry of aid into Gaza in light of international pressure.

ISRAELI ARMY: The Israeli Army Chief of Staff decided to remove the Nahal Brigade Commander and the District Assistance Commander after the killing of foreign aid workers.

Defending the Indefensible – The United States and the Cult of Israel

Thursday, April 4, 11:00 pm (GMT+2)

PENTAGON: Israel did not do enough to protect civilians in Gaza.

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: We bombed “Ashkelon, Sderot, Niram, and the settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip with missile launches in response to the enemy’s crimes against our people.”

CHAIRMAN OF US SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE: We are concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Israel’s ‘Deliberate Choice’ – Residents in Northern Gaza Survive on 245 Calories per Day

Thursday, April 4, 10:00 pm (GMT+2)

AL-JAZEERA (citing informed sources): Biden refused to talk to Netanyahu about any details about the Israeli operation in Rafah.

NYT: Biden rebuked Netanyahu and threatens to change American policy.

CHANNEL 13: Biden asked Netanyahu to move immediately to address the humanitarian issue, and Netanyahu pledged to do so

KAN: The phone conversation between Netanyahu and Biden was more difficult then expected.

KIRBY: Our policy toward Gaza will be determined based on our assessment of the changes Israel is making.

Thursday, April 4, 9:00 pm (GMT+2)

BLINKEN: If we do not see changes from Israel, there will be changes in American policy.

YEDIOTH AHRONOTH: Seven Israeli embassies evacuated for fear of an Iranian response.

WHITE HOUSE: Biden contacted Netanyahu today to discuss the latest developments in Israel and Gaza. Israeli media reported that Biden asked Netanyahu for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza in order to improve the humanitarian situation.

ISRAELI MEDIA: The evacuation of Israeli embassies around the world has begun for fear of an Iranian reaction.

UNITED NATIONS: Humanitarian aid movements in Gaza will resume tonight.

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: We bombed a gathering of enemy soldiers and vehicles in the Sheikh Ajlin area in Gaza

Thursday, April 4, 8:15 pm (GMT+2)

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: We bombed a gathering of enemy soldiers and vehicles in the Sheikh Ajlin area in Gaza.

NETANYAHU TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS: There is an attempt to impose a Palestinian state on us.

ISRAELI MEDIA: a phone call took place between US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

‘Temperature High’ ahead of Biden, Netanyahu Call Following Aid Workers’ Deaths

Thursday, April 4, 7:30 pm (GMT+2)

HEZBOLLAH: We bombed the Ruwaisat al-Alam site in the Kfar Shuba hills with artillery shells.

US SENATOR: “We have reached a stage where aid to Israel must be conditional as the war in Gaza continues.”

Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm (GMT+2)

AL-JAZEERA: sirens sounded in the town of Kfar Azza, in the Gaza Strip area.

BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY: We need more land crossings, and the port of Ashdod is open to humanitarian aid.

Thursday, April 4, 6:00 pm (GMT+2)

MSF: What the people of Gaza need today is a sustainable ceasefire.

Thursday, April 4, 5:00 pm (GMT+2)

OSAMA HAMDAN: The continued international silence in the face of the occupation’s massacres is a green light for their continuation, and the World Central kitchen massacre is an example of this.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: a paramedic was killed and 3 others were injured while trying to help citizens in the Beit Hanoun area in the northern Gaza Strip, after an Israeli bombing.

Thursday, April 4, 4:00 pm (GMT+2)

AL-JAZEERA: A paramedic was killed and 3 others were injured while trying to help citizens in the Beit Hanoun area in the northern Gaza Strip, after an Israeli bombing.

FRENCH FM: The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed the need to avoid any escalation after the Israeli raid on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, and also called on all parties to exercise restraint.

MAARIV: Maariv newspaper quoted former Israeli General Yitzhak Brick as saying that Israel is on its way to a war that it has never witnessed before, and it may be a comprehensive regional war in the entire region.

COMMANDER OF US AIR FORCES: We are concerned by Iranian rhetoric and the possibility that our forces may be at risk.

Thursday, April 4, 3:15 pm (GMT+2)

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: We targeted an Israeli Merkava 4 tank with an Al-Yassin 105 shell east of Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: We targeted an Israeli force holed up in a building in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, and also blew up an Israeli tank with a “lightning” device.

ISRAELI ARMY RADIO: The security cabinet is meeting this evening to discuss the ongoing negotiations to release detainees and prepare for a ground operation in Rafah, in the far south of the Gaza Strip.

MEDICAL SOURCE: The occupation army released 101 Palestinians it had previously arrested from the Gaza Strip, through the Kerem Shalom crossing in the city of Rafah. a large number of those released arrived at Rafah hospitals with fractures and wounds as a result of the beatings they were subjected to in the occupation prisons.

Thursday, April 4, 2:30 pm (GMT+2)

AL-JAZEERA: an Israeli raid targeted the town of Ainata and another on the town of Maroun al-Ras in southern Lebanon.

Thursday, April 4, 1:30 pm (GMT+2)

AXIOS: US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call is expected to be tense due to the World Central Kitchen staff incident.

ISRAELI ARMY RADIO: the security cabinet granted the negotiating delegation additional powers after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with the families of detained female soldiers in Gaza.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: Two people were killed in an Israeli bombing that targeted a gathering of citizens in the Al-Matahin area, south of Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

KAN: The Chief of Staff approved the method of conducting internal investigations into the failure of last October 7.

POLISH PM: Israel must apologize for the killing of a Polish aid worker in Gaza and provide adequate information about what happened. Israel must pay compensation for the killing of a Polish aid worker in Gaza.

Thursday, April 4, 12:00 pm (GMT+2)

ISRAELI MEDIA: Shin Bet arrests a cell that planned to assassinate Ben Gvir.

CALCALIST: 28 Israeli businessmen and economic leaders submitted a petition to the Supreme Court to remove Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: Israeli occupation aircraft launched a raid on the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip.

CHANNEL 14: Isreali Minister Shlomo Karen said that this is perhaps the most difficult war Israel has fought in its history.

Thursday, April 4, 11:00 am (GMT+2)

ISRAELI ARMY: The Israeli army announced in a statement the suspension of granting leave to combat units in the army after a security assessment meeting of the situation in the region.

Thursday, April 4, 10:00 am (GMT+2)

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: 33,037 Palestinians have been killed, and 75,668 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: Israel illegally attacked a building and killed dozens of civilians on October 31. Governments should suspend arms transfers to Israel, and support the International Criminal Court investigation into Palestine.

Thursday, April 4, 09:00 am (GMT+2)

HAARETZ (quoting a doctor): Israeli authorities are committing legal violations in a secret prison in the Negev desert where prisoners from Gaza are being held.

KAN: Israel activated the GPS anti-jamming technology in preparation for the Iranian response.

KAN: A group of American Jews called on Biden to free captives held by Hamas.

CYPRUS FM: Cyprus demands a prompt and comprehensive investigation into the killing of aid workers.

Thursday, April 4, 08:00 am (GMT+2)

LE MONDE: There is no truth about finding beheaded children in the Kfar Azza settlement or elsewhere.

WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN: We call for an independent investigation into the Israeli army strikes that killed 7 members of our team.

Thursday, April 4, 07:00 am (GMT+2)

LAPID: Everything is collapsing and all options before Israel are bad.

AUSTRALIAN PM: The killing of an Australian aid worker in Gaza is unacceptable.

Thursday, April 4, 06:00 am (GMT+2)

CANADIAN PM: is obligated to ensure the safety of aid workers and the world deserves an explanation regarding what happened in Gaza.

Thursday, April 4, 05:00 am (GMT+2)

PENTAGON: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stressed in a call with his Israeli counterpart the need to take concrete steps to protect relief workers and civilians in Gaza.

IRANIAN LEADER KHAMENEI: “We will make the Zionists regret the crime of attacking the Iranian consulate in Damascus.”

AL-JAZEERA: intense gunfire from Israeli vehicles penetrating the northern central governorate of the Gaza Strip.

Thursday, April 4, 04:00 am (GMT+2)

US OFFICIAL TO CNN: Biden is frustrated, but there is no shift in our policy towards Israel.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: A Palestinian woman was martyred and others were injured as a result of an Israeli bombing that targeted a house in the El Geneina neighborhood, east of Rafah.

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli artillery and air strikes are currently targeting the eastern area of ​​the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

Thursday, April 4, 03:00 am (GMT+2)

ISLAMIC RESISTANCE IN IRAQ: We bombed a vital target in Ashdod.

Thursday, April 4, 02:00 am (GMT+2)

NBC (Citing US officials): Tensions prevailed in a meeting on Monday between US and Israeli officials over Rafah.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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