UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – The Palestinian movement says the Israeli offensive could “tens of thousands of dead and injured”.
Israeli strikes hit the southern tip of the Gaza Strip on Saturday. Hamas responded by putting “warns against a catastrophe and a massacre which could result in tens of thousands of martyrs and wounded”, while Saudi Arabia, Germany and Jordan have warned the Jewish state. A Hamas official announced that he had escaped an enemy raid in Lebanon early in the afternoon.
Israeli strikes on Rafah
bombs the Rafah area on Saturday, at the southern tip of the Gaza Strip. The Hamas health minister counted 110 dead in the evening and night, including 25 in strikes in Rafah.
On Friday, Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military to prepare a “evacuation plan” hundreds of thousands of civilians on site, before a possible ground offensive. Early Saturday, witnesses reported strikes in the vicinity of this city now populated by around 1.3 million Palestinians, more than half the population of the Gaza Strip, the vast majority being people who were there. are refugees to escape the violence further north.
After Gaza City, then Khan Younes, Israel is now targeting a ground operation in this city adjoining Egypt, in the far south of the Gaza Strip, as part of its military offensive against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
Josep Borrell warns against “humanitarian disaster” in Rafah
The head of European diplomacy warned on Saturday against a possible offensive by the Israeli army in Rafah, in the south of Gaza, which would be similar to “an indescribable humanitarian catastrophe”.
“I echo the warning from several EU member states that an Israeli offensive on Rafah would lead to an indescribable humanitarian catastrophe and serious tensions with Egypt”declared Josep Borrell in a message on his X account (formerly Twitter). “Resuming negotiations to release the hostages and suspend hostilities is the only way to avoid a massacre”he added.
The offensive in Rafah could cause “tens of thousands of dead and injured”
The Palestinian movement said on Saturday that the Israeli offensive on Rafah could “tens of thousands of dead and injured”. “We warn of a catastrophe and a massacre”affirms the Islamist movement in a press release, adding that it holds people responsible for these possible consequences. “the American administration, the international community and the Israeli occupation”.
On Saturday noon, Berlin warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe announced”. “The distress in Rafah is already beyond comprehension. 1.3 million people seek protection from fighting in a very restricted space.estimated the head of German diplomacy Annalena Baerbock.
Israeli minister calls for UNRWA chief to resign after tunnel discovered
The Israeli Foreign Minister ruled on Saturday “imperative” the immediate resignation of the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, after the army’s discovery of a Hamas tunnel under the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza. UNRWA, which Israel accuses of being “totally infiltrated by Hamas”is the main humanitarian aid organization in the Gaza Strip, which is in the grip of a serious humanitarian crisis due to the war sparked by the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.
“The prompt resignation” from Philippe Lazzarini, the head of the UN agency, “is imperative”said Minister Israel Katz on “tunnel entrance” near a school managed by the UN humanitarian agency.
Hamas official escapes enemy raid in Lebanon
A Hamas official escaped an Israeli raid targeting him in Lebanon on Saturday. The strike occurred in the village of Jadra, south of Beirut, far from the area of violence between Lebanese Hezbollah, an ally of Hamas, and . Local rescuers told AFP that the raid, which targeted a car, left two civilians dead.
Israel launches strikes on Damascus (Syria) and southern Lebanon, three dead
On another military front, the Lebanese pro-Iranian movement, an ally of Hamas, claimed to have launched dozens of rockets on Friday at an Israeli military position in the Syrian Golan occupied by Israel. And the Israeli army reported airstrikes on Hezbollah positions in the south, bordering northern Israel.
During the night, Israel targeted the surrounding area, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), killing at least three people. The director of this NGO based in the United Kingdom and with a vast network of sources in Syria, said that many other people had been injured during the strikes on a neighborhood housing “villas of soldiers and high-ranking officials”. The toll could get worse, added Rami Abdel Rahman, who was not able to specify whether the victims were soldiers or civilians.
Hamas Health Ministry announces new death toll of 28,064 in Gaza
During its daily briefing, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday a toll of 28,064 people killed, mostly women, children and adolescents, in the Gaza Strip since the start of the war between Israel and the Islamist movement. Palestinian.
It reported a total of 117 deaths in the past 24 hours, and 67,611 people injured since the war began on October 7.
Iran calls on FIFA to “to suspend” Israel
The Iranian Football Federation announced on Saturday that it had asked FIFA to suspend its Israeli counterpart due to Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip. In a press release published on the website of its football federation, calls on FIFA and football unions to “suspend completely” the Israeli Federation “of all activities related to football”.
If the approach has little chance of succeeding, France could be concerned: the Blues have been placed alongside the Hebrew State during the next round, alongside Belgium and Italy in group 2.
Artificial intelligence, Israeli ally in tracking down Hamas
The IDF deployed for the first time in its offensive in Gaza new military technology based on , which it uses in particular to thwart attacks and identify Palestinian Hamas underground spaces. She alluded to this last month, when her spokesperson, Daniel Hagari, said Israeli forces were operating “simultaneously above and below ground”. The AI helps it in particular to map the vast network of Hamas tunnels in Gaza, a senior defense official told AFP.
Israel, whose Iron Dome system intercepts rockets and missiles, has turned to new technology to shoot down inexpensive drones: an AI-enabled optical sight, made by Israeli start-up Smart Shooter and placed on drones. rifles or machine guns. “It helps our forces intercept drones” because “it makes every ordinary soldier, even blind, a sniper”estimates the senior defense official.
Rating agency Moody’s downgrades Israel’s debt rating by one notch
On the markets, saw the rating agency Moody’s lower its debt rating by one notch, from A1 to A2, due to the backlash “ongoing conflict with Hamas” Who “increase” the political risk for the country and “weaken” its institutions as well as its “fiscal solidity”.
The former Israeli Minister of Finance, now an opposition MP, Avigdor Lieberman, attributed this decision on the social network “populists” of the Netanyahu government whose budget does not include any “growth measurement”. According to the financial agency Bloomberg, this is the very first time that Israel has experienced a downgrade in its long-term rating.