From a potential truce to continued attacks on Indonesian hospital in Gaza, here are the key updates.
Here is the situation on Tuesday November 21, 2023:
- Premature babies who were evacuated from al-Shifa hospital in northern Gaza after an Israeli attack arrived in Egypt on Monday for treatment and care. All 28 babies are battling serious infections, according to a World Health Organization spokesperson.
- Hamas official Izzat al-Rishq told Al Jazeera on Monday that details of a truce deal with Israel would be announced in the coming hours.
- Japan is attempting to engage in direct negotiations with Yemen’s Houthi group after it hijacked an Israel-linked ship operated by a Japanese company in the Red Sea. Tokyo said Monday it was also urging the international community to persuade the rebels to release the ship and those on board taken hostage.
- In Italy, activists hung a huge Palestinian flag on the leaning tower of Pisa and lit smoke bombs to protest the Israeli bombardment of Gaza on Monday.
- An Israeli strike on a Hafsah school housing displaced Palestinians in the al-Falouja region of northern Gaza killed and injured several people on Tuesday, according to Arabic media outlet Al-Mayadeen.
Human impact and fighting
- An Israeli strike on the Nuseirat refugee camp on Monday left 20 people dead, according to our correspondent Tareq Abu Azzoum. Three Palestinians were killed in a bombing in Jabalia on Tuesday, another Al Jazeera correspondent, Hani Mahmoud, reported.
- Hezbollah said it attacked a house used by Israeli soldiers in Metulla, northern Israel, on Tuesday.
- A total of 83 mosques have been destroyed and 170 others damaged by Israeli airstrikes on Gaza since October 7, the Gaza media office announced on Tuesday.
- Israeli families of prisoners captured by Hamas on Monday urged far-right lawmakers to scrap a bill that would make it easier to use the death penalty against Palestinian detainees. They disputed that such a decision would put their loved ones held in captivity at greater risk.
- On Monday, around 25,000 people left northern Gaza through a “safe” corridor established by Israel, according to the latest flash update from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). Heavy rains in the besieged enclave have worsened the situation of displaced people who sleep outside due to lack of space in shelters.
- Palestinian poet and author Mosab Abu Toha was arrested by Israeli forces while trying to leave Gaza. family said Monday.
Situation in Gaza hospitals
- The Indonesian hospital in northern Gaza was surrounded by Israeli tanks on Monday while artillery fire also killed 12 Palestinians in the complex. Israeli snipers were seen on the roofs of nearby buildings while around 700 people, including medical staff and patients, were inside the hospital, according to medical sources.
- Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry said Monday it had lost contact with three Indonesian student volunteers at the hospital.
- Israeli operations continued Monday in al-Shifa for the fifth consecutive day, according to UN OCHA. As of Saturday, 19 health workers and 259 patients remained in al-Shifa, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
- Defending Israel, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Monday that Israel did not want to “wipe the Palestinian people off the map.” He also took issue with the use of the term “genocide” by some critics of Israel’s actions in Gaza.
- The State of Qatar issued a statement on Monday condemning the Israeli attack on the Indonesian hospital “in the strongest possible terms.” Expressing “full solidarity” with the Republic of Indonesia, Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said it would provide support by taking political and legal measures to address the “brutal crime” committed against the hospital.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Monday with the families of Israelis held captive in Gaza, according to the Times of Israel. He said he spoke to the families about the “diplomatic, intelligence and operational efforts that we are conducting around the clock,” the Times reported.
- The European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, told 27 European ministers on Monday that the creation of a Palestinian state is “the best guarantee for Israel’s security.” Borrell recently traveled to the Middle East where he met with the leaders of the Palestinian Authority, Israel and Qatar.