This picture taken from southern Lebanon shows smoke rising after an Israeli strike between the villages of Qouzah and Ramaya near the border with Israel on Dec. 3, 2023. (Credit: AFP)


Israel will hunt down Hamas in Qatar, Turkey and Lebanon, threatens an Israeli official; projectile fired from Syria into Israel: Israel-Hamas war, day 58

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More than 15,500 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and at least 41,000 wounded, according to Hamas.

Hezbollah announced in a statement that it had killed and wounded soldiers driving a military vehicle on the Israeli base of Beit Hillel.

The Israeli army increased the number of shells and missiles it fired at various areas along the border. In the late afternoon, it carried out a strike between Houla and Shaqra, wounding four people.

Israel also carried out further strikes on the Gaza Strip today, including in the south of the enclave.

21:13 Beirut Time

Thank you for following our live coverage of day 58 of the Hamas-Israel war. We will come back with more news updates tomorrow.

21:10 Beirut Time

The two ships hit in the Red Sea today "have no connection with the state of Israel," said an Israeli army spokesman quoted by Reuters.

Earlier today, the US and the UK reported attacks on some of their vessels in the Red Sea.

20:50 Beirut Time

Israeli army spokesperson said that a projectile launched from Syria was identified crossing from Syria to Israel and fell in an open area, triggering an alarm activated in the Keshet community in the Golan Heights. Israeli forces are attacking the source of the fire.

Rocket sirens sound in Golan Heights in Israel's north.

20:47 Beirut Time

Israel will hunt down Hamas even in Qatar, Turkey and Lebanon even if it takes years, the head of Israel's domestic security agency Shin Bet said in a recording aired by Israel's public broadcaster Kan today, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

It was unclear when Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar made the remarks or to whom. The agency itself declined to comment on the report.

20:22 Beirut Time

Israel's operation in southern Gaza will match its earlier offensive against Hamas in the northern part of the Palestinian enclave, the military chief of staff said today.

"We fought strongly and thoroughly in the northern Gaza Strip, and we are also doing it now in southern Gaza," the Chief of General Staff Herzi Halevi said in a statement.

20:01 Beirut Time

Residents of Sour in southern Lebanon heard a loud bang at around 7 p.m., which they believed to be the result of an Israeli interceptor missile, reports our correspondent in south Lebanon.

The official National News Agency (NNA) had also reported the incident.

19:55 Beirut Time

Following a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim Khan said today that “the attacks against innocent Israeli civilians on Oct. 7 represent some of the most serious international crimes that shock the conscience of humanity, crimes which the ICC was established to address.”

Khan also called for the immediate release of the hostages abducted in Israel and taken to Gaza in the course of Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on Israeli border communities.

19:19 Beirut Time

Children rest on blankets as displaced Palestinians fleeing central and southern Gaza set up tents in the new Tall el-Sultan camp west of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on Dec. 3, 2023, amid continuing battles between Israel and Hamas. (Credit: Mohammed Abed/AFP)

18:48 Beirut Time

The Yemeni Houthis claimed "an attack on two Israeli ships at Bab el-Mandeb" in the Red Sea, in a statement relayed by Hamas on Telegram. The two ships are named "Unity Explorer" and "Number Nine," according to the Houthi rebels.

"This attack follows the refusal by these two ships of warning messages from the Yemeni naval forces," the statement added.

Earlier on Sunday, the US and the UK reported attacks on some of their vessels in the Red Sea.

18:28 Beirut Time

An American warship and multiple commercial ships came under attack today in the Red Sea, the Pentagon said, potentially marking a major escalation in a series of maritime attacks in the Mideast linked to the Israel-Hamas war, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

“We’re aware of reports regarding attacks on the USS Carney and commercial vessels in the Red Sea and will provide information as it becomes available,” the Pentagon said.

The British military earlier said there had been a suspected drone attack and explosions in the Red Sea.

18:24 Beirut Time

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel continues "to talk with the enemy about continuing the release of hostages."

At the end of today's party meeting, Netanyahu stated that the Israeli army "acts quickly but not hastily" and added that when he gives operational instructions, he "first and foremost thinks about [Israel's] soldiers and their lives."

Netanyahu said, "our commitment is both to the south and the north. Our calculated decision was a proactive deterrence in the north and defeating [Hamas] in the south. Otherwise we might not have achieved either. We do not give up on one front or another; it does not come at the expense of one another." He stated his commitment to restoring security in the south, north and the entire country.

18:20 Beirut Time

Reuters reports that Qatar is demanding an "immediate, comprehensive and impartial international investigation" into what the Gulf country's prime minister described as Israeli crimes in Gaza, Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV reported today.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani also said Qatar would continue its efforts towards facilitating another truce and reaching a permanent ceasefire in the besieged enclave, Al Jazeera added.

18:18 Beirut Time

The White House believes Israel is "making efforts" to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza since fighting resumed after a seven-day truce.

"We think they've been receptive to our messages about trying to minimize civilian casualties," spokesman for the White House National Security Council John Kirby said on ABC, according to AFP.

The Israeli army has resumed its offensive in northern Gaza "in a smaller and more precise way," he added, pointing out that over the past two days, Israel had published an online map of places where civilians could go to seek refuge and flee the fighting. "There aren't many modern armies that would do that," Mr. Kirby continued. "They're making efforts." 

18:11 Beirut Time

The spokesperson for Israel's Ziv Hospital said that the anti-tank missile attack claimed by Hezbollah earlier today wounded 10 soldiers and one civilian, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The missile hit a vehicle in Beit Hillel, a small community in northern Israel.

The Israeli army then bombed several positions of the party in the afternoon, including "terrorist infrastructures" and military targets. The Israeli army spokesman said the forces were targeting artillery sources that had fired towards Israel earlier today, Haaretz adds.

18:07 Beirut Time

BREAKING: The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced today that Israeli bombardments in the Gaza Strip have killed 15,523 Palestinians since the start of the war on Oct. 7, reports AFP.

70% of the Palestinians killed in Gaza in the war between Israel and Hamas are women and children, said Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidreh, who also reported 41,316 wounded.

18:06 Beirut Time

10 soldiers and one civilian wounded in anti-tank missile attack in northern Israel

Israeli Ziv Hospital spokesperson said 10 soldiers and one civilian were wounded by shrapnel in anti-tank missile attack on an army vehicle near Beir Hillel community in northern Israel.

18:04 Beirut Time

The Israeli army says it struck Hezbollah targets in Lebanon and missile launch sites.

Israeli military fighter jets attacked several Hezbollah targets in Lebanon afternoon today, including terrorist infrastructure and military targets. The military spokesperson says the forces targeted artillery sources firing towards Israel in the previous hours.

18:01 Beirut Time

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the personal attacks by members of his party against heads of the security establishment in a party meeting held today.

17:32 Beirut Time

There were four casualties as a result of the drone strike that targeted a Rapid car between Houla and Shaqra, a security source told our correspondent in south Lebanon.

Medical sources told L'Orient Today that the casualties were transferred to Salah Ghandour hospital in Bint Jbeil.

17:20 Beirut Time

Hezbollah announced that it targeted the site of Ramya with appropriate weapons at 3:30 p.m.

On a separate note, Israel's artillery targeted the outskirts of the town Tayr Harfa, Naqoura, Shihine and Umm al-Tout, a security source told our correspondent in south Lebanon.

Moreover, a security source told L'Orient Today that an Israeli drone targeted a Rapid car between Houla and Shaqra.

16:50 Beirut Time

Hezbollah announced that it targeted the site of al-Raheb with appropriate weapons at 3:30 p.m.

16:49 Beirut Time

US National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said there are no “official negotiations” at the moment for a new humanitarian pause or hostage releases. However, he said the US hopes to see talks get back on track, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

While speaking to NBC's Meet the Press, Kirby added that it is “unacceptable” that the Red Cross has not been granted access to hostages held captive in Gaza.

“Hamas agreed to allow the Red Cross access to these hostages while the pause was in place, and of course, that didn't happen and is still not happening,” he said.

16:34 Beirut Time

An Israeli drone launched a missile on an area between Wadi Slouqi and Shaqra, a security source told our correspondent in south Lebanon.

On a separate note, the number of casualties from Hezbollah's attack on a vehicle in Beit Hillel in the Galilee rose to 11, local media outlets reported citing Israeli media.

16:31 Beirut Time

Israel struck the outskirts of Houla (Marjayoun district), targeting a house under construction, residents told our correspondent in south Lebanon.

Moreover, a security source told L'Orient Today that a drone carried out an airstrike on an area between Beit Lif and Aita al-Shaab (Bint Jbeil district).

16:27 Beirut Time

Three artillery shells fell on the outskirts of Houla and Wadi Slouqi (Marjayoun district), residents told our correspondent in south Lebanon.

16:25 Beirut Time

Drone strike on the outskirts of Rashaya Fawqar. (Credit: Courtesy of Muntasser Abdallah)

16:23 Beirut Time

An Israeli drone launched an air-to-surface missile on the outskirts of Rashaya Fawqar (Hasbaya district), a security source told our correspondent in south Lebanon.

16:21 Beirut Time

A drone missile fell on the outskirts of the town Aita al-Shaab, residents told our correspondent in south Lebanon.

16:19 Beirut Time

Hezbollah announced that it targeted a gathering of Israeli soldiers located east of the Hanita site with appropriate weapons at 3 p.m.

16:11 Beirut Time

A British ship may have been hit by rocket fire in the Red Sea, according to AFP.

15:14 Beirut Time

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has called on both Israel and Hamas to adhere to international law, and to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to Gaza, Reuters reports.

"On humanitarian access, the law does not allow for doubt," ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan said after a four-day visit to the sites of the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks in Israel and to the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank. "Civilians must have access to basic food, water and desperately needed medical supplies, without further delay, and at pace and at scale," Khan said. "All actors must comply with international humanitarian law. If you do not do so, do not complain when my office is required to act." Click here for more. 

14:48 Beirut Time

Image: United Nations employees and Palestinian civilians flee Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip after the Israeli army called on people to leave certain areas in the city, as battles between Israel and Hamas continue on Dec. 3, 2023. (Credit: Mahmud Hams/AFP)

14:27 Beirut Time

Israeli forces claim to have found 800 shafts leading to Hamas' subterranean network of tunnels and bunkers since its Gaza ground operation began on Oct. 27, Reuters reports. The Israeli military also says it has destroyed more than half of these shafts, Reuters adds. More details here.

14:18 Beirut Time

Shelling in south Lebanon has also targeted a hill on the outskirts of Odaisseh and the outskirts of Wadi al-Saluki, local residents tell our correspondent in the area.

Security sources, meanwhile, tell L'Orient Today that more than 30 Israeli shells have fallen on Lebanese villages in the past 45 minutes.

These sources add that two Israeli interceptor missiles have been fired over the villages of Kfar Shuba, Kfar Hammam and Hebbariyeh to intercept missiles fired from Lebanon.

Lastly, a security source tells our correspondent in the south that an Israeli drone has raided the outskirts of Kfar Shuba.

14:08 Beirut Time

Meanwhile, Haaretz reports rocket strikes in southern Israel, saying two rockets hit a residential area in the city of Sderot: one striking a building and the other hitting a sidewalk. Haaretz cites the Sderot municipality as saying that property was harmed, but there were no casualties.

14:04 Beirut Time

Hezbollah announces direct hits on the sites of Zabdin, Radar and Ruwaisat al-Alam in the Shebaa Farms, saying the strikes took place at 1:25 p.m.

14:02 Beirut Time

Israeli soldiers have been wounded by anti-tank fire near Beit Hilal in northern Israel, Haaretz reports, adding that earlier today the Upper Galilee Regional Council said a rocket was fired in the area. Hezbollah this afternoon reported a strike on an Israeli military vehicle at a Beit Hilal base, claiming to have caused both fatalities and injuries among its personnel.

13:56 Beirut Time

Hezbollah says it has killed some and wounded other members of the crew of an Israeli military vehicle at the Beit Hilal base. Hezbollah's announcement comes in a statement that says the group targeted the vehicle with guided missiles at 1:10 p.m. 

13:50 Beirut Time

Image: Strikes on the outskirts of Kfar Shuba, Kfar Hammam and Hebbariyeh (Hasbaya district). (Credit: Muntasser Abdallah)

13:47 Beirut Time

Two missiles have been fired at the Israeli site of Rwaisat al-Alam in the Kfar Shuba Heights, security sources tell our correspondent in south Lebanon. These sources add that multiple Israeli sites have been targeted from south Lebanon today.

Meanwhile, local residents tell our correspondent that the outskirts of Mhaibib (Marjayoun district) have also been shelled.

Security sources also tell L'Orient Today that Israeli artillery has shelled the area of al-Sadana between Kfar Shuba and Hebbariyeh, and Sarda near Wazzani (Hasbaya district), as well as the outskirts of Yaroun (Bint Jbeil district)

Earlier today, Israeli bombardments hit an uninhabited house on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese border town of Marwahin, the state-run National News Agency (NNA) reports. This is not the first time that the house, located near the headquarters of UNIFIL's Ghanaian unit, has been bombed.

13:19 Beirut Time

Pope Francis says it is painful to see the truce in the Israel-Hamas conflict broken, Reuters reports, adding that the pontiff is calling for a new cease-fire.

13:13 Beirut Time

Even as it tries to recover hostages through indirect talks with Hamas and army operations in the Gaza Strip, Israel has been declaring some of the missing as dead in captivity, Reuters reports. Click here for more.

13:05 Beirut Time

The Arabic-speaking Israeli army spokesperson, Avichay Adraee, has issued a "final warning" to the leaders of Hamas' Shuja'iya Brigade. The warning has been published on X (formerly Twitter) and tells them they can either lay down their weapons and surrender or be killed.

“Consider this review final. You are all targets. The IDF [Israeli army] will work with extreme force in the neighborhood to dismantle Hamas' terrorist infrastructure. You have two options: Surrender and lay down your weapons. Continue [the fight] and envisage a fate similar to that of Wissam Farhat and Younès Mouchtaha,” he wrote. He also published photos of Farhat and Mouchtaha, two brigade commanders killed by Israel.

12:52 Beirut Time

Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rai today denounced the failure of the truce between Israel and Hamas and the resumption of hostilities in Gaza, asserting that "no one in Lebanon wants the war to spread to the south [of Lebanon]."

"If the war spreads to Lebanon, no one can predict when it will stop, or what it will bring in terms of destruction and death," Rai said, calling on Hezbollah "to be wiser." Click here for more.

12:34 Beirut Time

Three Israeli shells have fallen on the outskirts of Marwahin (Sour district), residents tell our correspondent in southern Lebanon.

12:19 Beirut Time

Israeli artillery shells are targeting the outskirts of Naqoura (Sour district), residents of the area tell our correspondent in south Lebanon, adding that Israeli warplanes are conducting overflights.

In addition, two shells have fallen on the outskirts of Aita al-Shaab (Bint Jbeil district), according to residents of that area.

11:57 Beirut Time

Image: Displaced Palestinians set up shelters in the courtyard of a government-run school in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, amid continuing battles between Israel and the Hamas. (Credit: Mohammed Abed/AFP)

11:53 Beirut Time

WAFA also reported that Israeli forces arrested 34 Palestinians last night, including four women, in the occupied West Bank.

11:45 Beirut Time

The UK will carry out surveillance flights over Israel and Gaza to help locate hostages held by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, the British Defense Ministry has announced, AFP reports.

"Since the terrorist attacks on Israel on Oct. 7, 2023, the British government has been working with partners across the region to secure the release of hostages, including British nationals, who have been kidnapped," the ministry wrote in a statement released yesterday evening, adding, "The safety of British nationals is our absolute priority."

11:41 Beirut Time

Israeli airstrikes in Rafah and al-Bureij in Gaza killed 16 people, including children, in the early hours of this morning, according to the Palestinian WAFA news agency.

11:39 Beirut Time

Britain's Maritime Trade Operations agency (UKMTO)  says it has received reports of drone activity and a potential explosion in the Red Sea's Bab al-Mandab strait, Reuters reports. UKMTO says the drone activity originated from Yemen and has called on vessels in the vicinity to exercise caution.

Click here for more details.

11:31 Beirut Time

In the northern occupied West Bank, Israeli forces shot dead a 21-year-old Palestinian in the early hours of this morning during a military incursion into the city of Qalqilya, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reports, as does the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

10:48 Beirut Time

The armed wing of Hamas has announced via Telegram that it has targeted Israeli troops east of kibbutz Magen with a salvo of rockets.

Similarly, the Jerusalem Brigades says it has bombed the kibbutzim of Rihim and Meftahim, according to a Hezbollah post, also on Telegram.

Meanwhile, Haaretz reports sirens sounding in the kibbutzim of Magen and Nir Oz.

10:37 Beirut Time

Image: A house bombed by Israeli warplanes yesterday evening on the outskirts of Kfar Hammam (Hasbaya district). The house, which belongs to Lebanese citizen Abdo Khalifa, was under construction, according to local residents. (Credit: Courtesy of Muntasser Abdallah)

10:28 Beirut Time

Israeli settlers attacked two Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank late yesterday, killing one man and torching a car, Reuters reports, citing Palestinian authorities.

According to Reuters, the Palestinian ambulance service said a 38-year-old man in the town of Qarawat Bani Hassan, in the northern occupied West Bank, was shot in the chest and died as residents confronted settlers and Israeli soldiers. Click here for more.

10:20 Beirut Time

In case you missed it, our reporter Nicholas Frakes took a look at how Hezbollah helps its constituency rebuild following conflict-inflicted structural damage. Click here to read his article.

Image: Hady Jaber stands at a house that was damaged during Israeli shelling in recent weeks, prior to a truce taking hold between Hamas and Israel, that has informally extended to southern Lebanon, in Mhaibib village, near the border with Israel, southern Lebanon Nov. 28, 2023. (Credit: Aziz Taher/Reuters)

09:46 Beirut Time

BREAKING: The Israeli army announces 'a launch identified from Syria toward Israeli territory,' Reuters reports, adding that the Israeli army responded by targeting the launch site.

Haaretz is also reporting rocket fire from Syria, to which Israeli forces have responded with artillery fire. 

09:39 Beirut Time

The Israeli army this morning released the names of two more soldiers killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip, Israeli news outlet Haaretz reports.

According to Haaretz, one of the two died yesterday of wounds sustained last month in the northern Gaza Strip, while the other was killed last night in a battle in the center of the enclave.

09:30 Beirut Time

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has delivered perhaps his strongest remarks to date on Israel's need to protect civilians in Gaza, Reuters reports.

"In this kind of a fight, the center of gravity is the civilian population. And if you drive them into the arms of the enemy, you replace a tactical victory with a strategic defeat," Austin said. Click here for more.

09:20 Beirut Time

Southern Lebanon: At around 1 a.m. last night, Israel launched 11 flare bombs in the sky above the Labbouneh area (Sour district) and five others over the town of Blida (Marjayoun district).

However, since then, a cautious calm has prevailed in southern Lebanon, a security source tells our correspondent, Muntasser Abdallah, in the south.

09:13 Beirut Time

Seven Palestinians have been killed and several others injured in an Israeli raid on a house east of Rafah city in southern Gaza, Reuters reports, citing the Interior Ministry in the Hasmas-run enclave.

09:10 Beirut Time

Israel's deadly bombardments in Gaza have continued overnight as international calls mount for greater protection of civilians and the renewal of an expired truce with Hamas. Click here to catch up on the latest.

Image: A picture taken from southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip on Dec. 3, 2023, shows a flare fired by Israeli troops falling over the Palestinian enclave amid continuing battles between Israel and Hamas. (Credit: Jack Guez/AFP)

08:59 Beirut Time

Good morning, 

We're here with live coverage on day 58 of the Israel-Hamas war. Check back with us throughout the day for all the latest developments in south Lebanon, as well as in Gaza, Israel and the region.