GAZA LIVE BLOG: Gaza in Total Darkness | Israel Carries Out Major Incursion on the Besieged Strip from North and East | DAY 21

Gaza is isolated from the world as Israel launches a major military incursion. (Photo: via social media)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Israel has, thus far, killed 7,326 Palestinians in Gaza, including nearly 3,000 children and over 1,700 women, and wounded over 19,000 more. 

Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

Israel says that 1,400 of its citizens were killed in Hamas-led attacks on October 7. Many of those killed are soldiers and officers in the Israeli occupation army. 

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli military siege since 2007, following a democratic election in occupied Palestine, the results of which were rejected by Tel Aviv and Washington. 

Click below for previous blogs: DAY ONE, DAY TWO, DAY THREE, DAY FOUR, DAY FIVE, DAY SIX, DAY SEVEN, DAY EIGHT, DAY NINE, DAY TEN, DAY 11, DAY 12, DAY 13, DAY 14, DAY 15, DAY 16, DAY 17, DAY 18, DAY 19, DAY 20.

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Saturday, October 28 pm, 07:15 am (GMT+3)

AL-MAYADEEN: Israel carried out massacres in the Nuseirat refugee camp, killing the Aslan and Wahbi families. Moreover, Israel air strikes killed tens of Palestinian civilians in the Shati refugee camp near Gaza City.

PALESTINE CHRONICLE: Internet and telephone services are still cut off throughout Gaza. Medical workers are not able to reach casualties in various parts of the Strip.

AL-QASSAM AND AL-QUDS BRIGADES: We repelled Israeli military incursions from three different fronts, mostly in Beit Hanoun in the north and Bureij in the center.

Saturday, October 28 pm, 03:55 am (GMT+3)

PALESTINE CHRONICLE: Total blackout on information from Gaza, as neither our editorial team, nor most news agencies around the world are able to communicate with their journalists in the besieged Strip. We will update you with the latest as soon as we are able to acquire additional information.

Saturday, October 28 pm, 2:40 am (GMT+3)

TASS: Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen blasted the UN General Assembly resolution that calls for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and said Israel is determined to wipe out the radical Palestinian group Hamas. “We reject outright the UN General Assembly despicable call for a ceasefire. Israel intends to eliminate Hamas,” the minister said in a statement.

Saturday, October 28 pm, 2:30 am (GMT+3) – (NEW WINTERTIME IN EFFECT)

AL-MAYDEEN (Citing Palestinian media): More than 100 Palestinians civilians killed in an Israeli strike targeting displaced Palestinians refugees in the Shati refugee camp.

AMNESTY: Amnesty International says that civilians in Gaza are at an unprecedented risk, and that Israel is cutting off communications and intensifying shelling and attacks. Israel should stop its indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks that have killed and injured thousands of civilians, AI said.

ABC NEWS (Citing US Officials): The United States is ‘pressuring’ Israel to adopt a narrower scope of attack and adopt a step-by-step approach.

Saturday, October 28 pm, 2:31 am (GMT+3)

AL-MAYADEEN: American forces attacked in the Al-Tanf border triangle, between Iraq, Syria and Jordan with two drones.

AL-MAYADEEN: Senior Hamas official Ali Baraka said that the Israeli military incursion has failed on three different fronts. The invading forces have fallen into traps created by the Resistance and they have been left carrying their dead and wounded.

We cannot estimate their losses but more information will be released in the morning.

Saturday, October 28 pm, 2:26 am (GMT+3)

AL-MAYADEEN: US military forces in Syria are currently under attack. 

AL-MAYADEEN: Mass protests throughout the world as Israel tries to penetrate Gaza by land.

AL-MAYADEEN: The Israeli escalation happened as a truce agreement was about to be signed, which included the release by the Israelis and Palestinian fighters of all women and children. 

  • The truce was also supposed to include the release of all non-combatant foreigners currently held by the Resistance.

AL-MAYADEEN (citing Palestinian Resistance sources): The Israeli military is unable to establish a stronghold in the Beit Hanoun and Bureij areas. Fierce battles are underway.

Saturday, October 28 pm, 2:08 am (GMT+3)

AL-JAZEERA: Arrival of Palestinians killed and wounded to Al-Shifa Hospital after an Israeli bombing targeted a house in the Beach (Shati) refugee Camp in Gaza.

Saturday, October 28 pm, 2:00 am (GMT+3)

UN HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR: Gaza has lost contact with the world amid reports of heavy bombing.

ISRAELI ARMY: There was an exchange of machine gun fire in the border area east of the Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

Saturday, October 28 pm, 1:30 am (GMT+3)

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Civilians in Gaza are at unprecedented risk amid the communications cuts and the expansion of Israeli ground attacks.

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, said that its fighters are involved in the fierce battles and that they are confronting enemy forces trying to advance towards the Gaza Strip.

WHITE HOUSE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL SPOKESMAN JOHN KIRBY: We shared with Israel our view of what urban warfare looks like.

NBC NEWS CREWS IN GAZA: We are living in a difficult and dangerous situation, and we are being subjected to intense (Israeli) bombardment with artillery shells and from the air.

AL-JAZEERA: The Al Jazeera correspondent said that Israeli fighters launched raids on the vicinity of Al-Shifa Hospital and the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza, and that Israeli bombing targeted the Bureij camp in central Gaza Strip.

US STATE DEPARTMENT: We urge our citizens to leave Lebanon given the unpredictable security situation.

AL-JAZEERA: Al Jazeera’s correspondent said that intense Israeli bombardment has been renewed in the vicinity of the Indonesian Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip and other areas, also north of Gaza.

REUTERS: The Israeli army informed us, along with the French Press Agency, that it does not guarantee the safety of the two agencies’ journalists in Gaza.

Friday, October 27, 11:40 pm (GMT+3)

WHO: We have lost contact with our staff in Gaza, health facilities and all our humanitarian partners.

ISRAELI ARMY: The expanded operations currently underway in Gaza are not the “official ground invasion” of the Strip.

Friday, October 27, 11:15 pm (GMT+3)

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: Al-Qassam Brigades confront a ground Israeli incursion into Beit Hanoun (in the northern Gaza Strip) and east of Bureij (in central Gaza), and violent clashes are taking place on the ground.

RESISTANCE NEWS NETWORK: “Intense armed clashes have broken out on the eastern front of the north and central Gaza Strip, as resistance fighters repel limited ground incursions by Zionist forces.”

UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY: The United Nations General Assembly has just adopted an Arab draft resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian truce to cease hostilities in the Gaza Strip.

ABC: A U.S. official told ABC that the Israelis are currently conducting a limited incursion into the Gaza Strip and have agreed to enter humanitarian support in conjunction with the operation.

ISRAELI MILITARY: An Israeli military spokesman told ABC News that the expanded operations currently underway in Gaza are not the “official ground invasion” of the territory.

AL-JAZEERA: Al Jazeera correspondent said that Israeli gunboats were bombing sites in Gaza, and that warplanes were launching a series of raids on the central Gaza Strip.

JORDAN: Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Israel had just started a ground war on Gaza and the result would be a humanitarian catastrophe, impact of which will last for years to come.

Friday, October 27, 10:12 pm (GMT+3)

PENTAGON: We are not part of any ground operation carried out by Israel.

BLINKEN: The only way to achieve peace in the region is through two states for two peoples.

Friday, October 27, 9:45 pm (GMT+3)

WASHINGTON POST: The Biden Administration has called on Israel not to carry out a land operation in Gaza and to replace it with a ‘surgical’ operation.

Friday, October 27, 9:15 pm (GMT+3)

AJA: The Palestinian Resistance renewed its launch of rockets from Gaza, coinciding with the continued Israeli bombing.

AMERICAN OFFICIALS: Hostage talks will continue even with the intensification of raids on Gaza.

HAMAS: Cutting off communications from Gaza and escalating bombing warns of the occupation’s intention to commit more massacres away from the eyes of the world.

PALESTINIAN RED CRESCENT: We have completely lost contact with the operations room in the Gaza Strip and with all our crews.

ISRAELI ARMY SPOKESMAN: Ground forces will expand their operations in Gaza tonight.

SPOKESMAN FOR UN SECRETARY-GENERAL: There is no indication that the numbers published by the Palestinian Ministry of Health are incorrect.

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL GUTERRES: This is the moment of truth and history will judge us.

Friday, October 27, 7:25 pm (GMT+3)

AJA: Israeli authorities completely cut off communications from the Gaza Strip.

Friday, October 27, 7:15 pm (GMT+3)

ISRAELI ARMY: We launched intense and unprecedented attacks on all parts of Gaza.

Friday, October 27, 6:35 pm (GMT+3)

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: We bombed the Avshloum and Nir Ishaq complex with a missile barrage

HEZBOLLAH: We attacked with guided missiles sites in the occupied Shebaa Farms and Kfarshouba Hills

US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: US Department of Defense spokesman Pat Ryder said that the United States does not want to enter into a conflict with Iran, and hopes that Tehran will stop attacks on US forces in Iraq and Syria.

WHITE HOUSE: Our forces in Syria were subjected to attacks by Iranian-backed groups, and we carried out strikes in self-defense

AJA: Israeli fighter jets destroyed two inhabited homes in Nuseirat and Al-Zawaida in the central Gaza Strip, killing 5 people and wounding 15 others.

HAMAS: Israeli statements about our use of Al-Shifa Hospital for military purposes are false allegations that we categorically deny. Our leaders are in their homes and not under hospitals.

Friday, October 27, 5:40 pm (GMT+3)

ISRAELI ARMY SPOKESMAN: Hamas’ main base of operations is under Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

GAZA MUNICIPALITY: The Israeli threat to bomb the municipality building violates all international norms.

BLINKEN: US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Washington imposed sanctions on 8 individuals with ties to Hamas and 4 entities because of their ties to the movement, and other organizations classified as terrorist.

Friday, October 27, 4:47 pm (GMT+3)

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: We bombed occupied Ashkelon with a missile salvo in response to the targeting of civilians.

ISRAELI ARMY: Shells were fired a short while ago at army camps in the Misgav Am and Avivim areas in Upper Galilee.

IRANIAN TASNIM AGENCY: Parties in the resistance axis received an American message confirming that Washington had no intention of opening new fronts.

AJA: Palestinian resistance recently launched a batch of rockets from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli sites and towns.

AJA: Sources told Al-Jazeera that accelerated negotiations are currently underway to agree on a ceasefire agreement and complete a prisoner exchange deal between the Palestinian Resistance Movement (Hamas) and Israel, with Qatari mediation.

TEL AVIV MAYOR: Schools cannot be restored to normal while the city is under bombardment.

Friday, October 27, 3:44 pm (GMT+3)

AJA: More than 30 Palestinians were killed as a result of the Israeli occupation bombing of homes in the northern Gaza Strip.

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: The spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza told Al Jazeera that there is no hospital left in the health system in the Strip capable of providing its services.

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: Israel deliberately targeted 57 health institutions and put 12 hospitals and 32 primary care centers out of service.

Friday, October 27, 3:00 pm (GMT+3)

AJA: 6 Israelis were injured as a result of the Qassam Brigades’ bombing of Tel Aviv.

ISRAEL’S CHANNEL 13: A direct hit on a building in Tel Aviv as a result of the recent missile strike.

AJA: 3 Israelis were injured in the bombing of Tel Aviv.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: “We bombed Tel Aviv in response to the Zionist massacres against civilians.”

Friday, October 27, 2:00 pm (GMT+3)

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: The spokesman for the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip called on “the brothers in Egypt to open the Rafah border crossing.”

AJA: Sirens are currently sounding in Ashdod, Israel.

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli airstrikes has risen to 7,326.

IRISH PM: The current crisis did not begin on October 7, and will not end with a ground invasion of Gaza.

MINISTRY OF ISLAMIC ENDOWMENTS: Despite Israel’s restrictions, 5,000 people performed Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

ABC (QUOTING AMERICAN OFFICIAL): Washington informed the Israelis that it is not convinced that there is a good plan for what they want to do in Gaza.

AJA: Rescue teams recovered the bodies of 10 Palestinians after Israeli aircraft bombed a house in the Jabalyia-Nazla area in the northern Gaza Strip.

REUTERS: US Treasury imposed a second package of financial sanctions on Hamas,

NORWEGIAN FM: The humanitarian situation in Gaza is catastrophic.

UNESCO: “We are deeply concerned about the impact of the hostilities in the Gaza Strip on students and education workers.”

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

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: The Al-Qassam Brigades said that they confronted “the enemy’s attempt – at dawn today – to carry out a ground landing on the Rafah beach in the south of the Gaza Strip.

GAZA GOVERNMENT MEDIA OFFICE: 32 journalists were killed as a result of the Israeli bombing, since the start of the war on the Gaza Strip.

Friday, October 27, 12:40 pm (GMT+3)

ANATOLIA AGENCY: Israeli police are currently imposing severe restrictions on the entry of worshipers into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Friday prayers.

WHO: “Our estimates are that there are still 1,000 people under the rubble in Gaza.”

ISRAELI ARMY HOME FRONT: residents of Al-Manara, on the border with Lebanon, were asked to stay in shelters due to a “security incident”.

UN: There is collective punishment and a humanitarian catastrophe against two million people in Gaza, and this is a war crime.

PPC: The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said that the occupation forces arrested 70 Palestinians, including two women and a journalist, in various areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem.

EGYPTIAN MILITARY SPOKESMAN: An unidentified drone crashed on Friday morning next to a building in the city of Taba, south of the Sinai Peninsula, explaining that the accident resulted in minor injuries to six people.

Friday, October 27, 11:00 am (GMT+3)

ANADOLU: According to local media, an unnamed Egyptian official said Egypt reserves the right to respond once it is determined who fired the missile that struck a healthcare facility in the Egyptian resort town of Taba.

UNRWA: We need a continuous and uninterrupted flow of aid. We will not be able to complete our work without securing fuel.

RED CROSS: The International Committee of the Red Cross called for facilitating sustainable and safe access to bring the necessary supplies and materials into Gaza.

MAARIV: 65% of Israelis support the invasion of Gaza.

WAFA: Three Palestinian young men were shot dead and 12 others were wounded by Israeli gunfire last night as a large contingent of Israeli occupation forces stormed the city of Jenin and the surrounding outskirts.

Friday, October 27, 10:00 am (GMT+3)

WAFA: Israeli occupation forces arrested, at dawn on Friday, 11 citizens from Bethlehem, 16 – including a woman – from Hebron, and 6 from Nablus in the West Bank.

ISRAELI ARMY RADIO: An Israeli army drone crashed in the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City while carrying out an operational mission.

Friday, October 27, 9:00 am (GMT+3)

GAZA INTERIOR MINISTRY: 12 Palestinians were killed and dozens of others were injured after Israeli occupation aircraft bombed a house in the Jabalyia camp, north of the Strip.

AJA: Two Palestinian farmers were killed in an Israeli bombing that targeted their car east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip .

PALESTINIAN CIVIL DEFENSE: Civil defense teams in the Yarmouk neighborhood in the central Gaza Strip continue trying to recover victims of an Israeli bombing that targeted 7-story buildings and residential homes that were completely flattened to the ground.

Friday, October 27, 8:00 am (GMT+3)

PALESTINIAN SOURCES TO AJA: Israeli occupation forces made a very limited incursion into the outskirts of the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip and the Bureij camp in the central Strip.

MEDICAL SOURCE TO AJA: The number of Palestinian killed in the Israeli raids on Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, had risen to 15 at dawn, while the occupation planes bombed two mosques.

WAFA: a Palestinian man was killed by Israeli army gunfire in the city of Qalqilya in the northern West Bank.

Friday, October 27, 7:00 am (GMT+3)

ISRAELI ARMY RADIO: Israeli infantry, armored and engineering forces last night carried out a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip and attacked targets belonging to the Hamas movement.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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