Here's how things look on Monday, January 29, 2024:
The latest developments
- Three American soldiers were killed and dozens wounded in a drone strike on Sunday near a US military base close to the Jordanian-Syrian border. The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of armed groups backed by Iran, claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Only eight planned UN missions in northern Gaza have succeeded since the beginning of January. The United Nations humanitarian agency in the occupied Palestinian territories said on Sunday that Israeli authorities had refused to grant permission for about 29 aid convoys, while hindering other deliveries due to “excessive delays.”
- Complaints of discrimination and hatred against Muslims and Palestinians in the United States rose by about 180 percent during the first three months of the Israeli war on Gaza, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Monday.
- Hundreds of members of the Israeli settler community gathered for a conference in Jerusalem on Sunday calling on Israel to rebuild settlements in Gaza. The so-called “Return to Gaza” conference called for the “voluntary migration” of Palestinians from the Strip.
- The Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned the Jerusalem conference, which was also attended by 11 ministers from the new Israeli right-wing coalition government and 15 members of the Knesset, according to the Palestinian Wafa news agency.
Human impact and combat
- The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said today, Sunday, that it buried three people in the courtyard of Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, during the Israeli occupation forces’ siege of the area.
- At dawn on Monday, Israeli occupation forces killed a young man in the town of Al-Yamoun, west of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.
- The Times of Israel quoted Benny Gantz, a senior member of Netanyahu’s government, as saying in an interview with Channel 12 that Israel’s war against Hamas could last “10 years, or even an entire generation.”
- About 200 people, many of them journalists, took part in a vigil in Cape Town on Sunday evening to express their solidarity with Palestinian journalists and remember media workers killed in Gaza since October 7, South African news agency GroundUp reported.
- Iran on Monday denied any involvement in the drone strike that killed three American soldiers near the Jordanian-Syrian border.
- During a ceremony honoring Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza on Sunday, Israeli President Isaac Herzog accused the International Court of Justice of distorting his words in its interim ruling ordering Israel to take measures to prevent genocide in Gaza.
- Japan announced on Sunday that it will suspend additional funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) while it awaits the outcome of the agency's investigation into allegations that several of its employees participated in the October 7 Hamas attacks in Israel. Tokyo's decision follows similar funding halts by at least 10 Western countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.
- Jordan, Turkey, the World Health Organization and Amnesty International called on countries to refund UNRWA.
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