An explosion takes place during Israeli air strikes over Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 4, 2023. (Credit: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)


Hamas claims 28 Israeli army vehicles destroyed; MSF staff in al-Aqsa Hospital 'cannot cope': Day 59 of the Hamas-Israel war

What you need to know

New Israeli bombardments on the Hamames region, as well as the suburbs of Khiam, Blida and Kfar Kila in southern Lebanon.

Only nine of Gaza's 35 hospitals are still operational, according to the latest report from the UN.

The Gaza Health Ministry announced 15,899 Palestinians killed since Oct. 7 — seventy percent are are women and children.

The Israeli army asserted that it was not seeking to force Palestinians to leave for Egypt.

22:42 Beirut Time

Thank you for following our LIVE coverage from day 59 of the Hamas-Israel war.

You can read a summary of today's events here.

We'll be back tomorrow with more news updates and analysis, right here at L'Orient Today.

21:26 Beirut Time

Gebran Bassil, head of the Free Patriotic Movement in Lebanon, criticized a call to establish "the youth of al-Aqsa Flood unit" by the branch of Hamas in Lebanon. The call was made Monday, in a post on X, in reference to Hamas' Oct. 7 operation, calling for Palestinian youth in Lebanon to join.

"We consider any armed action originating from Lebanese territory as an attack on national sovereignty," Bassil said. 

Read more here.

20:59 Beirut Time

 The US State Department says that steps taken by the Israeli government to address extremist settler violence in the West Bank are not sufficient, Reuters reports. A State Department spokesperson told reporters the United States thinks the Israeli government should prosecute Israeli settlers who engage in violent activities against Palestinians.

20:26 Beirut Time

Israeli artillery shelling hit the outskirts of the towns of Aita al-Shaab and Beit Lif, in the Bent Jbeil district, our correspondent in the south reports. According to residents, four shells landed on the outskirts of Aita al-Shaab town.

20:02 Beirut Time

"We destroyed 28 Israeli military vehicles in past 24 hours" al-Qassam Brigades' spokesperson, Abu Obeida said in a televised interview, relayed by al-Jazeera. "Hamas fighters destroyed the military vehicles completely or partially in several areas in the Gaza Strip where fighting is ongoing," he said.

In the statement, Abu Obeida noted that al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, targeted Israeli forces with anti-fortification and anti-personnel weapons. He also said fighters “engaged with soldiers from zero distance, causing certain death among them," and that the fighters also attacked Israeli forces with mortar shells and fired a barrage of rockets at various Israeli cities.

19:59 Beirut Time

The Israeli army fired illumination bombs over the town of Kfar Kila, in the district of Marjeyoun, locals tell our correspondent in the south.

19:58 Beirut Time

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says its staff at al-Aqsa Hospital in central Gaza cannot cope with the influx of patients being received there, in a statement on their website. 

“In the last 48 hours, over 100 dead and over 400 injured people arrived at the emergency room of al-Aqsa Hospital. Some patients were taken in for surgery right away,” said Katrien Claeys, MSF team leader in the area.

“We see patients with signs of infection and necrotic tissue as they have not received a change of wound dressing in days and sometimes weeks,” said Claeys. Necrotic tissue is a medical condition in which there are dead cells in the body, whether bone, skin, or organs, which impedes the wound’s healing.

19:51 Beirut Time

Family members of Ibrahim Dahman, a CNN journalist from Gaza, were killed and his childhood home destroyed in two separate Israeli strikes, according to reports on the American channel's website.

For several weeks, the 36-year-old journalist reported from Gaza before leaving for Egypt with his wife and their two children. On Sunday, he learned that at least nine members of his family, trapped in the northern Gaza Strip, had been killed in an Israeli strike on his aunt's house.

In October, al-Jazeera correspondent Wael el-Dahdouh lost his son, daughter, wife and grandson in an Israeli bombardment. In Lebanon, three journalists have already been killed by Israeli strikes while reporting on the conflict at the southern border with Israel. According to the latest report from the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 61 journalists and media workers have been killed in Gaza.

Read more here.

18:52 Beirut Time

Human Rights Watch released videos of satellite imagery demonstrating the destruction of orchards, greenhouses, and farmland in northern Gaza, razed since Israeli's ground invasion began a little over a month ago. "Green agricultural land is now brown and desolate," HRW reports, describing how field and orchards were first damaged by hostilities and then carved up by bulldozers creating routes for Israeli military vehicles. The Israeli army continued to destroy agricultural land throughout the week-long cease-fire

“Farmers planted crops like citrus fruit, potatoes, dragon fruit and prickly pear in this area, some of which took years to grow, contributing to the livelihoods of Palestinians in Gaza. Some plots were razed in a day," the rights group says in a series of posts on their official X account.

Read more here.

18:32 Beirut Time

This picture taken from the southern Gaza Strip shows a salvo of rockets fired towards Israel earlier today amid continuing battles between Israel and Hamas. Israel has expanded its ground war on Hamas into the south of Gaza, witnesses said today, despite global concern over mounting civilian deaths and fears the conflict will spread elsewhere in the Middle East. (Photo: Said Khatib/AFP)

18:23 Beirut Time

The first group of Palestinians from the besieged Gaza Strip arrived for treatment on board a medical evacuation plane belonging to the Emiri Air Force, says Lolwah Al Khater, Qatar’s Minister of State for International Cooperation.

“Yesterday, His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar … directed an initiative to treat 1,500 Palestinian brothers injured as a result of the aggression on the Gaza Strip, in addition to sponsoring 3,000 children who lost their parents,” Al Khater said on X.

18:07 Beirut Time

Residents in Rafah, southern Gaza, told Reuters that the area, which is where Gazans have been forced to flee to, is being attacked by Israeli air strikes. Throughout the war, the Israeli army has told Gazans to move southward towards “safe areas” and “evacuation zones,” but these areas and the routes leading there are often targeted.

More than a dozen people died in one particular strike that “destroyed a residential block and left a yawning crater as deep as a multi-storey building,” as described by Reuters journalists on the scene.

UNRWA, the UN agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees also made a statement today about aggression in the south. “No place is safe, not there and not anywhere in Gaza. A brutal war continues, unabated,” the agency said on X. UNRWA’s Gaza chief also said he has nothing left to tell people who ask the agency for advice on where to seek safety.

17:26 Beirut Time

Displaced Palestinians who fled from Khan Yunis, sit outside makeshift shelters at a camp in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Dec. 4, 2023, amid continuing battles between Israel and Hamas. (Credit: Mahmud Hams/AFP)

17:19 Beirut Time

Israel’s National Security Council recommends that its citizens exercise increased caution when travelling to certain countries. These include France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, and Russia.

In a statement, published in full on the official government website, the council also recommends citizens reconsider non-essential travel to countries in Africa, including South Africa and Eritrea; and in Central Asia, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The statement also warns Israeli citizens against "openly displaying your Israeli and Jewish identities and any relevant symbols," and recommends "staying away from Israeli and Jewish gatherings."

17:12 Beirut Time

The Israeli military's Kfir Brigade joined the army in its ground offensive in Gaza today. This is the first time the brigade has taken part in such activity since its establishment in 2005, according to Haaretz.

The Israeli army claims that soldiers in the brigade uncovered more than 30 tunnel shafts, directed dozens of airstrikes and about a hundred artillery strikes, and destroyed Hamas targets, Haaretz reports.

The brigade is also deployed in the West Bank where its primary missions include "raids [against Palestinians], patrols, manning checkpoints and regular security activities," according to the Israeli army website. Before Israel besieged Gaza in 2005, Kfir units were also stationed in the Gaza Strip.

17:06 Beirut Time

Israeli authorities are investigating claims by American researchers that some investors may have known in advance of a Hamas plan to attack Israel on Oct. 7 and used that information to profit from Israeli securities.

Research by law professors Robert Jackson Jr from New York University and Joshua Mitts of Columbia University found significant short-selling of shares leading up to the attacks, which triggered a war nearly two months old.

"Days before the attack, traders appeared to anticipate the events to come," they wrote, citing short interest in the MSCI Israel Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) that "suddenly, and significantly, spiked" on Oct. 2 based on data from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Read more here.

16:32 Beirut Time

Almost 1.9 million people have been displaced in Gaza since the Hamas-Israel war began, according to UNRWA, the UN agency that provides relief to Palestinian refugees.

UNRWA says the figure represents more than 80 percent of the population of the besieged enclave. “A staggering 1.2 million people are sheltering in 156 UNRWA installations across all five governorates – including in the North and Gaza City,” it added.

The UN has reported several attacks by the Israeli army on UNRWA schools-turned-shelters, most recently at Al-Fakhoura and Tal Al Zaatar schools.

16:23 Beirut Time

Paltel, one of Gaza’s main telecommunications companies says all telecom services in Gaza City and the northern areas of the besieged enclave are down “due to the disconnection of main elements of our network in light of the ongoing aggression,” in a statement on their official X account.

This affects land lines, as well as cellular and internet services. Patel says its technical teams were working “relentlessly by all available means to restore services.”

16:17 Beirut Time

Hezbollah says its fighters targeted the Israeli site of Berkat Risha at 3:30 p.m. with "appropriate weapons, resulting in a direct hit," according to a party statement. Hezbollah also announced an attack on the Israeli site of  Jal al-Alam at 3:40 p.m., claiming another "direct hit."

16:15 Beirut Time

Hezbollah fighters targeted an Israeli infantry force with "appropriate weapons" at 3:10 p.m. in the Israeli Hanita Forest, resulting in "direct hits and injuries," according to a statement from the party.

16:01 Beirut Time

Updates from our correspondent in southern Lebanon, Muntasser Abdallah:

• A park in the Lebanese town of Maroun al-Ras (Bint Jbeil district) was subjected to artillery shelling,

• Two houses were targeted on the outskirts of the same town but no casualties were recorded.

• Israel's artillery targeted an area between the towns of Markaba and Rab El Thalathine (Marjeyoun district).

15:59 Beirut Time

Updates in southern Lebanon since 2:15 p.m.

• Hezbollah claimed responsibility for targeting an Israeli infantry force at 2:30 p.m. in the forest around the town of Shtula

• State-run National News Agency (NNA) and Al Akhbar reported that a Syrian person was injured by Israeli shelling on the outskirts of the town of Wazzani (Hasbaya district). NNA added that he was transferred to Marjayoun Governmental Hospital for treatment.

• NNA and Al Akhbar also reported a drone strike near the town of Bint Jbeil.

• Israel shelled the outskirts of Tayr Harfa (Sour district) Blida, Odaisseh, Kfarkila (Marjeyoun district), Yaroun (Bint Jbeil district) according to several local media outlets.

15:39 Beirut Time

Around 50 people, belonging to the NGO Doctors Without Borders are protesting in Martyrs square Beirut.

MSF President Dr. Christos Christou accused Israel of showing a "blatant and total disregard for the protection of Gaza’s medical facilities." In a letter to the United Nations Security Council he said "we are watching as hospitals are turned into morgues and ruins."

(Photo: Mohammad Yassine, Beirut)

15:36 Beirut Time

Members of Doctors Without Borders (Médecins sans frontières, MSF) are protesting in Martyrs’ Square, in Beirut, demanding for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

The president of MSF International, Dr Christos Christou, wrote a open letter to the United Nations Security Council calling for renewed efforts to reintroduce a truce. They say that the recent week-long truce, which ended on Friday was "not nearly enough to organize the delivery of sufficient aid and essential supplies, to meet the immeasurable needs."

15:33 Beirut Time

The Palestinian news agency, Wafa, is reporting that Israeli raids are taking place in the Qalandiya refugee camp and Kafr Aqab in the occupied West Bank. At least 15 Palestinians have been wounded in the raids, four of them seriously, according to the report.

Wafa added that Israeli forces “also stormed the headquarters of the Jerusalem Governorate” in the Qalandiya camp as well as a number of shops.

Photo: Israeli soldiers during a raid, in Qalqilya in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (Credit: Reuters)

15:31 Beirut Time

The Gaza Health Ministry's spokesperson announces that 15,899 Palestinians have been killed since Israel's attack on Gaza began on Oct. 7, Reuters reports. Seventy percent of those killed are women and children.

15:29 Beirut Time

Gaza’s Health Ministry accuses Israel of intentionally striking hospitals to shut them down, creating a “circle of death” for wounded and displaced Palestinians, according to a report from Wafa, a Palestinian state-owned news agency.

“The Israeli occupation is deliberately bombing hospitals in Gaza to put them out of service,” Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said, adding that it was causing a “circle of death” for medical workers, along with the displaced and wounded.

Only nine of Gaza’s 35 hospitals are still operational, according to OCHA's latest report and health officials warn that the Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza could close down within hours due to a lack of electricity.

15:25 Beirut Time

The chief of the International Committee of the Red Cross arrived in Gaza and is pleading for an end to the “intolerable” human suffering in the besieged enclave.

In a post on X, Mirjana Spoljaric urgently calls “for civilians to be protected in line with the laws of war and for aid to enter unimpeded.”

She also urged for captives to be released and for the Red Cross to be “allowed to safely visit them.”

Read the full statement here.

14:57 Beirut Time

Hezbollah claimed attacks on Israeli military positions along the border, targeting, at 2 p.m., Karm al-Tuffah, east of the Branit barracks, and al-Raheb site with "suitable weapons" and causing "direct hits."

14:17 Beirut Time

The Hamas branch in Lebanon has called for young Palestinians to enlist and join the establishment of the “Vanguards of Al-Aqsa Flood,” in a statement.

Referring to the Oct. 7 operation, the group has called for the continuation of what it says was achieved in the attacks, as well as a victory for the Palestinian people, reports the BBC.

13:53 Beirut Time

New Israeli bombardments on the Hamames region, as well as the areas of Khiam, Blida and Kfar Kila (Marjayoun district), according to the correspondent of the pro-Hezbollah channel al-Manar and NNA.

13:52 Beirut Time

The German government has urged the Israeli army to guarantee the hundreds of thousands of civilians in the Gaza Strip real and effective protection against the fighting which is intensifying throughout the territory, reports AFP.

We expect Israel not only to ask civilians to leave the danger zone but also to actually and effectively be able to find safe shelter elsewhere,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Sebastian Fischer said, adding that “ too many civilians have already been killed in this war.”

13:50 Beirut Time

The Israeli Prime Minister's Office announced that the bodies of 15 Israelis, 11 civilians and four soldiers, are in the Gaza Strip, which has been besieged and bombarded since the attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Oct. 7 on Israeli soil, reports AFP.

The four soldiers, including a senior officer, were killed during this unprecedented attack which left 1,200 dead, mostly civilians, in Israel's border region with the northern Gaza Strip. Among the 11 civilians on the list released Monday, some had already been announced dead in Israel or Gaza.

13:03 Beirut Time

Hezbollah announced that it targeted a gathering of Israeli soldiers at 11:30 a.m. east of the Israeli town of Misgav Am with guided missiles.

Finally, missiles have been fired from Lebanon towards the Israeli town of Metula, Al Jazeera and Al Araby TV reported around 15 minutes ago.

12:55 Beirut Time

Israel's armored corps commander says that his ground forces and others were at the point of accomplishing their war mission in the north of the Gaza strip and were operating elsewhere in the Palestinian enclave against Hamas, reports Reuters.

“The objectives in the northern part have almost been achieved,” Brigadier General Hisham Ibrahim told Israeli Army Radio. “We are beginning to expand the ground maneuver to other parts of the Gaza Strip, with one goal: to overthrow the Hamas terrorist group,” he continued.

12:54 Beirut Time

Israeli warplanes struck the outskirts of Aita al-Shaab, state-run National News Agency and al-Manar reported around 20 minutes ago.

12:40 Beirut Time

An anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) has been fired from Lebanon at a Kibbutz in northern Israel, near the border with Lebanon Haaretz is reporting.

No casualties have been reported. Multiple other missiles targeted the Mount Dov area and fell in open areas.

12:24 Beirut Time

Updates on the bombardments in Southern Lebanon during the past 30 minutes:

Shells have fallen on the hill of Al-Hamames in Southern Lebanon according to An Nahar and state-run National News Agency.

Shells also have fallen on the outskirts of Khiam (Marjayoun district), according to An Nahar and Al Mayadeen.

NNA and Al Mayadeen also reported that Israeli artillery shelling has targeted the outskirts of Labbouneh (Sour district).

12:19 Beirut Time

The Israeli army said on Monday that it was not seeking to force Palestinians to leave for Egypt while acknowledging their "difficult" situation in the besieged Gaza Strip, reports AFP.

"We're not looking to evacuate people there," its spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters on Monday. "Egypt has been very clear on this: they don't want that," he added. "We're not looking to permanently displace the population," he hammered.

"We have asked civilians to evacuate the battlefield and designated a specific humanitarian zone inside the Gaza Strip," he said, referring to the coastal area of Al-Mawasi. "We know perfectly well that space and access are limited, and that's why it's crucial to get the support of international humanitarian organizations to help set up infrastructure in the Al-Mawasi area," he explained.

12:17 Beirut Time

In the midst of the war against Hamas, the corruption trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resumed on Monday in Jerusalem, some two months after its suspension due to Hamas's bloody attack on Oct. 7, reports AFP.

Netanyahu, 74, is suspected of having received large quantities of gifts worth around 700,000 shekels (around 176,000 euros) from wealthy personalities. These bribes took the form of cigars, bottles of champagne and jewelry distributed between 2007 and 2016. He is charged with corruption, fraud and breach of trust.

Mr. Netanyahu claims to have merely accepted unsolicited gifts from friends and considers himself the victim of a witch-hunt. He will not be called to the stand immediately but could appear to give evidence in a few months, according to the Israeli press. His trial, which opened in 2020, is a first in Israel for a sitting prime minister.

12:14 Beirut Time

Bombs fall every ten minutes” in the south of the Gaza Strip, said the spokesperson for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on X (formerly Twitter).

James Elder also expressed "serious concerns" about Israel's military operations in the southern strip.

He added that words fail "to describe the horrors that are hitting children here." He said the attacks in the southern Gaza Strip are "just as brutal as those endured in the north."

12:13 Beirut Time

The Israeli army announces the death of three soldiers in Gaza, bringing the toll of soldiers dead in the enclave to 75, reports AFP.

12:12 Beirut Time

Israeli aircraft and ground forces targeted some 200 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip – according to the Israeli army, which did not specify the date of these operations.

In a statement published on X formerly Twitter), the army said it had struck "infrastructure" belonging to the Islamist organization inside a school in Beit Hanoun in the northeast of the enclave, as well as vehicles carrying missiles, shells and weapons, and an arms cache. On Sunday, the Israeli army claimed to have carried out 10,000 air strikes since the start of the war.

11:39 Beirut Time

Exchanges of fire between Hezbollah and the Israeli army have continued throughout the night into the morning.

Hezbollah says it hit a "gathering" of Israeli soldiers at 1 a.m on Sunday night in Shtula, according to a statement on the group's Telegram account. Earlier today, the Israeli army said in a statement that three Israeli soldiers were "lightly injured” and are receiving treatment at a hospital after three mortar shells landed from the direction of Lebanon.

Hezbollah also claimed its responsibility for hitting the site of al-Baghdadi at 9 a.m, as well as Ruwaisat al-Alam in the Kfarchouba hills and the Shebaa farms at 11 a.m. At the same time, there was Israeli artillery shelling on Kfarchouba (Hasbaya district), Al Jadeed and Al Araby TV reported.

The Israeli army added that more mortars were launched at an army post near Yiftah this morning and that it responded by targeting the areas where the mortars were allegedly launched from.

10:36 Beirut Time

Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson responded to the killing of two Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members in an Israeli airstrike in Syria on Saturday, saying that "Tehran always responds to attacks on its interests," Reuters reports.

The death of the IRGC members, who served as military advisers in Syria, are the first reported Iranian casualties during the ongoing war in Gaza, Reuters reports. They were killed alongside two Syrian fighters working with Hezbollah.

10:20 Beirut Time

New updates on bombardments in southern Lebanon this morning:

Following a heavy night of bombardements, there are new reports this morning of Israeli artillery shelling on the outskirts of Mays al-Jabal (Marjayoun district), according to state-run National News Agency and the correspondent of Al Araby TV.

The outskirts of Mhaibib were also shelled, according to Al Manar and Al Araby TV.

Earlier, there were reports from residents in Bint Jbeil that there were sounds of an explosion, which they think were from Israeli artillery shells. They were not able to specify where they fell.

10:19 Beirut Time

Three Israeli soldiers were "lightly injured" last night after three mortar shells were launched from Lebanon towards the area of Shtula, the Israeli military said in a statement. The soldiers were transported to the hospital for treatment.

The military added that more mortars were launched at an army post near Yiftah this morning. The Israeli military responded by targeting the areas where the mortars were allegedly launched

10:06 Beirut Time

In recent hours, Palestinian and Israeli media have reported incursions by Israeli forces and clashes in the occupied West Bank.

Two people were killed by Israeli soldiers in Qalqilya, according to Israeli radio station GLZ, the BBC reports. Israeli troops arrested 16 Palestinians in Dheisha and at least one person in Qalqilya, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. Nine others were arrested in Jenin and six in Jericho, according to the same agency.

10:05 Beirut Time

Six Thai hostages held for several weeks in the Gaza Strip by Hamas are due to arrive in the kingdom on Monday, Thai authorities cited by AFP said.

Among the Hamas hostages were 32 Thais, whose release the Foreign Ministry and Thai Muslim groups negotiated. Six of them are expected to land at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on Monday around 2:00 p.m. local time (07:00 GMT), after weeks of captivity. Since their release, the group has been recovering in a hospital in Israel.

09:45 Beirut Time

South Lebanon updates:

There is relative calm in Southern Lebanon this morning after a heavy night of bombardment, according to L'Orient Today's correspondent in the region.

There are reports, though, this morning from residents in Bint Jbeil that there have been sounds of an explosion, which they think are from Israeli artillery shells. They are not able to specify where they fell.

Last night there was heavy bombardment as Israeli artillery shelling struck the outskirts of many towns in the South, security sources and residents told L'Orient Today.

Here is a breakdown of what happened:

•⁠ ⁠9:30 p.m., five artillery shells fell on the outskirts of Marwahin (Sour district).

•⁠ ⁠Around midnight the Israeli artillery bombed the forest of al-Raheb, west of the town of Aita al-Shaab (Bint Jbeil district), with incendiary shells. Artillery shells also landed in the surrounding area of ​​the town. And around 25 shells fell on the outskirts of the town of Bayt Lif and Ramieh – according to security sources, local residents and the state-run National News Agency.,

•⁠ ⁠Around 1 a.m., the Israeli artillery bombarded the area between Odaisseh and Kfar Kila and the outskirts of Khiam (Marjayoun district), Aita al-Shaab, Ramieh, Bayt Lif, Rmaish (Bint Jbeil district) according to security sources and residents. UNIFIL confirmed to L'Orient Today that shelling took place at 1 a.m. on Aita al-Shaab.

•⁠ ⁠At 1.30 a.m. around 80 shells landed on these same areas.

•⁠ ⁠Residents also reported that flare bombs were thrown over the town of Kfar Kila, causing a fire in Tallet Al-Awaidah on the outskirts of the town of Odaisseh.

UNIFIL told L'Orient Today that Aita al-Shaab was shelled at 5 a.m.

09:28 Beirut Time

An American destroyer shot down three drones on Sunday while assisting commercial ships in the Red Sea targeted by attacks from Yemen, the American military Command in the Middle East (Centcom) said in a statement relayed by AFP.

“Today (Sunday) there were four attacks on three separate commercial vessels operating in the international waters of the southern Red Sea,” Centcom said in a statement. "The Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer USS Carney responded to the ships' distress calls and provided assistance," shooting down three drones that were heading toward the warship during the day, he said. precise.

The USS Carney detected a missile, fired from an area of ​​Yemen controlled by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, which landed near the Bahamas-flagged ship Unity Explorer. The cargo ship then reported minor damage from another missile coming from a rebel-held area. The ship Number 9, a Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier, reported being damaged by a missile coming from Yemen, without reporting any casualties.

The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack on "two Israeli ships" in the Red Sea on Sunday. The Jewish state then indicated that these ships were not Israeli.

09:09 Beirut Time

Without questioning its ally's "right to defend itself" against Hamas, the United States has warned Israel against the increasing civilian casualties.

"Too many innocent Palestinians have been killed," Vice President Kamala Harris insisted over the weekend, expressing alarm at "devastating" images from Gaza and calling on Israel to "do more to protect innocent civilians." The Israel/Hamas war also has consequences for the United States, which noted an increase in attacks against its soldiers, bases, or allies in the Middle East except during the one-week truce from Nov. 24 to Dec. 1. An American destroyer shot down three drones while providing assistance on Sunday to commercial ships in the Red Sea targeted by attacks from Yemen, Washington said, denouncing "a direct threat" to maritime security.

09:06 Beirut Time

Since the beginning of the war, the Israeli army has carried out "about 10,000 airstrikes," it said on Sunday. In the southern Gaza Strip, strikes have heavily targeted the major city of Khan Younis and its surroundings since Friday, where the army now warns in leaflets dropped in certain neighborhoods every day that a "terrible attack is imminent" and orders residents to leave. On Sunday, residents fled the city on foot, crowded into carts or cars, their belongings piled on the roof, according to AFP images.

09:05 Beirut Time

The Gazan Health Ministry claimed on Sunday that 15,523 people, including 70 percent women and children, have been killed since the start of Israeli bombardments on the Gaza Strip in response to the bloody attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement on Israel on Oct. 7.

09:04 Beirut Time

Overnight, a strike on an entrance to Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza resulted in multiple casualties, according to the Palestinian agency Wafa. The Hamas government, in a statement, accused the Israeli army of a "serious violation" of international humanitarian law. When contacted by AFP to confirm if they had indeed bombed the perimeter of the hospital, the Israeli army did not respond immediately. Israel accuses Hamas of setting up infrastructure in or under hospitals and using civilians as human shields.

09:03 Beirut Time

"The Israeli army continues to expand its ground operation against Hamas throughout the Gaza Strip. The army is operating wherever Hamas has strongholds," said its spokesperson, Daniel Hagari, late Sunday evening. There are new evacuation orders in the overcrowded South.

09:01 Beirut Time

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Morning Brief

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09:00 Beirut Time

Good morning!

Thank you for joining us for our live coverage of day 59 of the war between Hamas and Israel in Gaza.