Israel-Hamas war: List of main events, day 57 | Gaza News

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Renewed Israeli attacks kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza amid Qatar-led mediation efforts to re-establish peace.

Here’s what to know about the situation on Saturday, December 2, 2023:

The fight

More than 180 Palestinians were killed and about 600 wounded in the first day of renewed Israeli attacks on Gaza, according to the health ministry in Gaza.

The armed wings of the Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad said they fired barrages of rockets and mortars into various Israeli cities and settlements from Gaza.

Gaza is the “most dangerous place in the world to be a child” said Catherine Russell, head of UNICEF in a presentation to the United Nations Security Council.

The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists said 61 journalists have been killed since the war began in Gaza – 54 Palestinians, four Israelis and three Lebanese.

Fighting broke out across the border between Israel and Lebanon after a week-long truce collapsed, with at least three people also killed in southern Lebanon by Israeli fire.

Diplomacy

Qatar, which has a major mediation role in peace efforts, said that talks are still ongoing with Israelis and Palestinians to restore peace, but that the renewed bombing of Gaza is complicating matters.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Washington is working diplomatically to restore peace with Israel, Egypt and Qatar, while blaming Hamas for not meeting conditions hosts and for attack in Jerusalem.

Hamas has been accused by the US of giving the green light to Israel’s “war of genocide and ethnic cleansing”.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, said that it is “very sad” that military operations have started again in Gaza.

UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths renewed calls for a truce, saying Palestinians in the enclave have nowhere safe to go and “very little to live on”.

Other improvements

The Palestinian Red Crescent said Israeli forces stopped all aid deliveries into Gaza through the Rafah border with Egypt.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said aid deliveries must resume at the same frequency and scope allowed during the Israel-Hamas truce, even though “much more is needed”.

Israel has told several Arab states it wants to carve out a buffer zone on the Palestinian side of the Gaza border to prevent future attacks as part of proposals for a post-war blockade. end, Egyptian and regional sources told Reuters.

The US has given Israel massive bunker busters, among tens of thousands of other weapons and artillery shells, to help drive Hamas out of Gaza, US officials told the Wall Street Journal .

Israel’s consul general to the southeastern US has accused a protester who set himself on fire outside the country’s consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, of committing an act of hatred for Israel.

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