In Occupied Palestine – 08 June 2024

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In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Land

08:00, 08 June until 08:00, 09June 2024

[Source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group]

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Gaza Strip

Air strikes: Heavy aerial bombardment on buildings, homes and many facilities.

Attacks: All over Gaza, there are air strikes, heavy gunfire, tank and artillery shelling, as well as missiles fired from Israeli forces and military occupation, especially in Khan Yunis. The Israeli Navycontinues to fire missiles, targeting facilities and buildings along the shoreline of the whole of Gaza.

Victims: 283 more people killed in Gaza brings the total number of deaths, since 7 October, to at least 37,084. With another 814 wounded, that figure has risen to more than 84,494.

Israel kills over 200 Palestinians to rescue 4 captives –

US allegedly involved in operation

Israel kills over 200 Palestinians to rescue 4 captives; U.S. allegedly involved in operation – Mondoweiss

At least 210 Palestinians were killed and 400 others were injured in the central Gaza Strip on Sunday after Israeli forces carried out a “rescue operation” to retrieve four captives. Reports of US involvement in the operation have sparked backlash. Mondoweiss Palestine Bureau  

At least 210 Palestinians were killed and hundreds of others were injured on Saturday in the central Gaza Strip, in what Israel is celebrating as a “heroic” military operation to rescue four Israeli captives that were being held in Gaza. Palestinian media reported intense bombardment in the early afternoon local time in various areas in the Nuseirat and Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. Video footage from the main market in the Nuseirat refugee camp showed crowds of Palestinian civilians fleeing under the sound of heavy artillery fire. 

The Gaza government media office said in a statement that Israeli forces launched an “unprecedented brutal attack on the Nuseirat refugee camp” directly targeting civilians, and that ambulances and civil defence crews were unable to reach the area and evacuate the wounded due to the intensity of the bombing. The media office added that according to its count, at least 210 Palestinians were killed and an estimated 400 others were injured during the Israeli operation. Video footage published on social media showed dozens of bodies of men, women and children lying in the streets in the Nuseirat area, as well as bloodied and injured civilians being rushed to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

Al Jazeera quoted Dr Tanya Haj-Hassan with Doctors Without Borders as saying the  emergency department at Al-Aqsa Hospital “is a complete bloodbath . . . It looks like a slaughterhouse.” “The images and videos that I’ve received show patients lying everywhere in pools of blood … their limbs have been blown off,” she told Al Jazeera, adding “That is what a massacre looks like.”

As the death toll from the central Gaza Strip continued to rise, Israeli reports emerged that four Israeli captives were rescued in the operation and transferred back to Israel.  The four captives were identified as Noa Argamani, 26, Almog Meir Jan, 21, Andrey Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 40. They were all reportedly taken on October 7th from the Nova Music festival in southern Israel close to the Gaza border. According to Israeli media, the four captives were found in good health, and were transferred to a hospital in Israel where they were reunited with their families. One member of the Israeli special forces was killed during the attack.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz cited Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari as saying the captives were “rescued under fire, and that during the operation the IDF attacked from the air, sea, and land in the Nuseirat and Deir al-Balah areas in the centre of the Gaza Strip.” Haaretz added that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant approved the operation on Thursday evening. Netanyahu hailed the operation as “successful,” while Gallant reportedly described it as “one of the heroic operations he had seen in all his years in the defense establishment, according to Israeli media.

The families of Israeli captives held a press conference on Saturday afternoon in reaction to the news. Relatives of the four captives rescued on Saturday praised both the Israeli military and the government. Some relatives of the remaining captives still being held in Gaza demanded an end to the war and a prisoner exchange in order to secure the release of those still being held in Gaza.  On Saturday evening local time, spokesman for the Qassam Brigades Abu Obeida said “the first to be harmed by [the Israeli army] are its prisoners”, saying that while some of the captives were freed in the operation, a number of other Israeli captives were reportedly killed. The Israeli government and military have not commented on the reports that Israeli captives were killed in the operation. 

It is reported that there are 120 captives still held in the Gaza Strip, including 43 who have been killed since October, many reportedly by Israel’s own forces. 

On its official Telegram channel, Hamas said the release of the four captives “will not change the Israeli army’s strategic failure in the Gaza Strip” and that “the resistance is still holding a larger number of captives and can increase it.”

Reports of US involvement in Nuseirat massacre

As news flooded on the scale of the massacre in central Gaza, and of celebrations in Israel at the release of the four captives, reports emerged of alleged US involvement in the operation. Axios, citing a US administration official, reported that “the US hostage cell in Israel supported the effort to rescue the four hostages.” Of the operation, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said: “The United States is supporting all efforts to secure the release of hostages still held by Hamas, including American citizens. This includes through ongoing negotiations or other means.” Some reports claimed that American forces were involved in the operation on the ground, and that the humanitarian aid trucks that were reportedly used to disguise the entry of special forces into Nuseirat departed from the US-built humanitarian pier off the Gaza coast. Mondoweiss has not been able to independently verify some of these reports. 

Videos circulating on social media showed the helicopters that were used in the operation to evacuate the Israeli captives taking off from the vicinity of the US pier that was built off the coast of Gaza in order to deliver “much-needed humanitarian aid” to Gaza. The $230m pier, which was completed last month, has drawn significant criticism from rights groups and activists who say the pier is an ineffective way to deliver aid.  According to Axios, citing a US administration official, the American hostages unit in Israel assisted in the release of the four Israeli captives in Gaza.


Footage published by an Israeli occupation soldier confirms Israel’s use of the American temporary pier in central Gaza… pic.twitter.com/GJJp1ZSA7T While we wait for confirmation about the extent of US involvement in the ‘rescue’ of 4 Israeli hostages that entailed the slaughter 200+ Palestinians, a reminder that *every* massacre of Palestinians is *directly* supported by the United States. Every single one. Israel justifies attacking humanitarian vehicles by falsely claiming they contain combatants. Then it actually hides its own soldiers in humanitarian vehicles. Once again, every Israeli accusation is a confession

In response to the reports, Hamas said it proves “once more” that Washington is “complicit and completely involved in the war crimes being perpetrated” in Gaza. US President Joe Biden has not commented on US involvement in the operation, but in response said “We won’t stop working until all the hostages come home and a ceasefire is reached. It is essential that it happens.”

West Bank

[Palestinian Monitoring Group]

Israeli Army attack – youngster wounded: Nablus – 21:1003:50, Israeli Occupation forces, firing ive ammunition, stormed the village of Salem, wounding a 16-year-old youth: Fadel Qasim Shtayyeh.

Israeli Army attacksincluding on refugee camp: Nablus – 02:25, Israeli forces, firing live ammunition, stormed the eastern neighbourhoods of Nablus as well as the Balata refugee camp.

Home invasion and forced personal demolition: Jerusalem – the Israeli Occupation forced a resident, Atta Shqairat, to destroy his home in the Jabal Mukaber neighbourhood – or otherwise be forced to pay an extortionate sum to the Israeli Occupation demolition squads, who would be sent in to do it.

Home invasions: Ramallah – 14:45, Israeli forces raided Ni’lin and invaded a number of homes.

Home invasions in refugee camp: Nablus – 02:2504:45, the Israeli Army raided the Balata refugee camp and invaded a number of homes.

Home invasions beating-up and armed robbery: Jericho – 01:20, Israeli troops raided homes in Fasayil village, beating-up a woman and taking prisoner three other residents, while seizing jewellery, cash and mobile phones from their homes.

Home invasions: Bethlehem – 20:1002:25, Israeli Occupation forces raided al-Khadr and searched three homes.

Home invasion: Hebron – 04:45, the Israeli military raided Dura and searched a house.

Israeli Army assault with rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades: Jerusalem – 21:30, Israeli Occupation forces fired rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades towards people, in the village of al-Issawiya.

Israeli Army armed robbery: Tulkarem – Israeli forces, in Quffin, seized a vehicle belonging to one person: Muhammad Fathi Al-Akhras.

Occupation settler violence: Jerusalem – 10:3012:00, Israeli Occupation settlers invaded the outskirts of Hizma and unsuccessfully attacked a pastoral farming family, who resisted their attempts to force them to abandon their property.

Occupation settler theft: Ramallah – 19:00, Israeli settlers raided Deir Dibwan and stole two motor vehicles.

Occupation settler violence: Jenin – 20:40, Israeli Occupation settlers invaded the Farasin area and assaulted residents.

Occupation settler theft: Nablus – 13:25, a security guard, from the Yitzhar Israeli Occupation settlement, stole a scooter from an area between the villages of Madama and Asira al-Qibliya.

Occupation settler arson agricultural sabotage: Hebron – 13:00-15:00, Israeli Occupation settlers raided the al-Taybeh district and set fire to an agricultural building, from which the fire spread to large areas of olive trees and vineyards.

Occupation settler agricultural sabotage: Hebron – 20:15, Israelis, from the Carmiel Occupation settlement, raided the Fateh Sidra area, east of Yatta, cutting down and uprooting around 40 olive trees as well as demolishing a farm building and stealing its contents. They also destroyed other farm property, before leaving.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Jerusalem – dawn, Israeli Occupation forces raided Kafr Aqab, taking prisoner one person.

Raid: Ramallah – 11:30-12:50, Israeli forces raided and patrolled al-Bireh.

Raids: Ramallah – 14:45, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled the villages of Deir Jarir, al-Nabi Saleh, Deir Bazi’ and Kafr Ni’ma.

Raidrubber-coated bullets and stun grenades fired: Ramallah – 14:45, Israeli troops, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided Silwad.

Raids: Ramallah – 16:3517:40, the Israeli military raided and patrolled Deir Dibwan as well as the village of Beitin.

Raid: Ramallah – 18:4004:30, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled Silwad.

Raid: Ramallah – 19:25-19:35, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled the village of Umm Safa.

Raid – abductions: Ramallah – 23:5003:50, Israeli forces raided Sinjil and abducted three 17-year-old youths: Muhammad Ali Nimr Saleh, Bilal Iyad Madan and Muhammad Omar Saleh.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 00:30, the Israeli Army raided the village of al-Janiya, taking prisoner one person.

Raid: Ramallah – 02:3002:40, Israeli troops raided and patrolled the village of Burqa.

Raid: Jenin – 14:20, the Israeli military raided and patrolled Ya’bad.

Raids: Jenin – 16:25, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled the villages of Rumana, Ta’anak and Zububa.

Raids: Jenin – 16:30, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Silat al-Dahr as well as the village of al-Fanduqumiya.

Raid1 child and 6 other people taken prisoner: Jenin – 07:5505:35, Israeli forces raided Araba and took prisoner one child and six other residents.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Tulkarem – dawn, the Israeli Army raided the village of Izbit Shufa, taking prisoner one person.

Raids: Tulkarem – 14:2015:20, Israeli troops raided and patrolled Beit Lid as well as the villages of Kafr Sur, Safarin, Izbit Shufa and Kor.

Raid: Tulkarem – 16:40, the Israeli military raided and patrolled the village of Ramin.

Raid: Tulkarem – 18:05-20:05, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled Bal’a.

Raid: Tulkarem – 21:20, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Anabta.

Raids: 14:20, Qalqiliya – Israeli forces raided Jayus as well as the villages of Fonduk and Hajjah.

Raid – 2 taken prisoner: 14:20, Qalqiliya – the Israeli Army raided the village of Baqat al-Hatab, taking prisoner two people.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 22:0000:15, Israeli troops raided and patrolled Azzun.

Raid – destruction: Qalqiliya – 22:00, the Israeli military raided and destroyed a carwash facility, near the entrance to the village of Izbit al-Tabib.

Raids: Nablus – 10:55-14:00, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled the villages of al-Naqurah and Odala.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Nablus – 13:4015:50, Israeli Occupation forces raided the city, taking prisoner one person.

Raids: Nablus – 16:35, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the villages of Burqa and Bizzaria.

Raid – populationcontrol: Nablus – 21:55, the Israeli Army raided Beita, invaded a shop and detained two residents for a time.

Raid: Nablus – 02:2504:45, Israeli troops raided the eastern neighbourhoods of the city.

Raid: Salfit – 16:2017:30, the Israeli military raided and patrolled the city.

Raid: Salfit – 20:50, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled the village of Iskaka.

Raid: Bethlehem – 16:55, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Beit Fajjar.

Raidstun grenades : Bethlehem – 22:00, Israeli forces, firing stun grenades, raided and patrolled the village of Husan.

Raid: Hebron – 19:30-21:00, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled Beit Awa.

Raid: Hebron – 20:4522:10, Israeli troops raided and patrolled the village of Kharsa.

Raid – 3 taken prisoner: Hebron – 02:3007:15, the Israeli military raided the city, taking prisoner three residents.

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