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January 2, 2024

Death toll surpasses 22,000 in Gaza, health authorities say

The death toll in Gaza surpassed 22,000 on Tuesday, according to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip’s Health Ministry.

The ministry said 22,185 Palestinians have been killed since the conflict began on October 7.

Its count does not distinguish between civilians and combatants.

Some 207 Palestinians were killed and 338 were wounded in the last 24 hours, the ministry added.

The war began after Hamas militants broke through Israeli security defenses on October 7 and killed some 1,200 people. Israel subsequently vowed to crush the militant group’s governing and military capabilities. Some 85% of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents have been displaced as a result of the war.

The Israeli military said Tuesday that its forces were operating in Gaza’s second-largest city, Khan Younis, after announcing plans to pull back some troops from the territory.

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Skip next section IDF says dozens killed in past day, amid operations across Gaza

January 2, 2024

IDF says dozens killed in past day, amid operations across Gaza

Israel said on Tuesday that its troops had killed dozens of militants in the north of the Gaza Strip in the past day, while its aircraft and tanks stepped up strikes in the south of the Palestinian enclave.

Residents also reported heavy fighting and shellfire in central areas around the Al-Bureij refugee camp.

In its daily briefing, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) military said its troops had targeted militants in Gaza City and on the Mediterranean coast.

“In Jabaliya area, troops killed dozens of terrorists, among them those who attempted to plant explosive devices, others who operated drones and those who were armed identified driving toward the forces,” the military said.

It said troops also seized weapons in Khan Younis in the south and in a United Nations school in Al-Bureij.

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January 2, 2024

Syrian military reports ‘material damage’ from Israeli strike near Damascus

Syrian state news agency SANA on Tuesday cited a military statement as saying that an Israeli airstrike overnight, coming from the direction of the Golan Heights, caused material damage to positions on the outskirts of Damascus.

There was no immediate comment from Israeli officials.

Israeli strikes on what it says are Iranian-backed militia targets in Syria have been relatively commonplace for some time and their scale has intensified amid the conflict in Gaza.

It is not unusual for Israel not to comment on the individual strikes.

Last week, what Iran described as an Israeli airstrike in Syria killed senior Iranian military commander Seyed Razi Mousavi.

Israeli airstrike kills senior Iranian general in Syria

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Skip next section Israeli military says 4 killed in West Bank firefight

January 2, 2024

Israeli military says 4 killed in West Bank firefight

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) says it killed four armed Palestinians in an operation in the occupied  West Bank.

The army said that soldiers had been in the town of Qalqilya on an “anti-terrorist operation” when soldiers came under fire.

“Terrorists shot and threw explosive devices at our troops,” it said on social media, saying the Palestinians were killed in the ensuing firefight. The IDF said its troops seized three submachine guns and a handgun.

The Palestinian Health Ministry also reported four deaths in the town, of men aged 18 to 26, and said six others were injured.

Although the bulk of the fighting has been confined to Gaza, violence in the West Bank has stepped up since Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel.

According to Palestinian authorities, 310 people have been killed in the West Bank since October 7.

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