The Bottom Line:

  • Israeli ground forces are conducting operations against Hamas throughout the Gaza Strip, an Israeli military spokesman said. "The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continue to expand its ground operation against Hamas centers throughout the Gaza Strip," military spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari told reporters in Tel Aviv.

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December 3rd Essentials:

  • The Israeli army is shelling the Gaza Strip on Sunday despite international calls for restraint to protect civilians and amid a "stalemate" to renew the truce with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

  • The Israeli military said it had carried out "about 10,000 airstrikes since the beginning of the war." It announced on Saturday that it had carried out more than 48 strikes on Palestinian territory in nearly 400 hours, mainly targeting the southern region of Khan Younis. The army also said it had carried out strikes on "terrorist targets" in the Gaza Strip on Saturday night, where it said it had destroyed "about 500 tunnel shafts" out of the more than 800 it said it had identified since the start of its ground campaign.

  • A dawn strike on Sunday killed at least seven people in the Rafah area at the southern tip of the Gaza Strip near the border with Egypt, the Hamas government said.

  • The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) vowed on Sunday that the court would step up its efforts to investigate possible war crimes on both sides following a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

  • Without questioning the right of its ally "to defend itself" against Hamas, the United States warned Israel of a rising death toll in the Gaza Strip. "Israel must do more to protect innocent civilians," said U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. French President Emmanuel Macron said Israel's "security" could not be guaranteed if it "comes at the cost of Palestinian lives."

  • According to the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Israeli army's evacuation orders for residents of certain areas of the Gaza Strip, "without guarantees of safety or return, are tantamount to a forced transfer of population."

  • "(Israeli) fighter jets attacked Hezbollah terror infrastructure in Lebanon," the IDF said Sunday, adding that "several missile strikes from Lebanon into Israel (had) been identified."

  • Three commercial vessels sailing in international waters in the southern Red Sea were targeted in attacks, the U.S. military said Sunday. The USS Carney, a U.S. warship, has been assisting ships that have issued distress calls after missile and drone strikes from Houthi-controlled territory.

  • The Palestinian Hamas Health Ministry announced that Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip has killed 15,523 people since the war began on October 7. Israeli military operations launched in Gaza after the bloody attack by Hamas commandos on Israeli soil also left 41,316 people wounded, Hamas Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidreh said.

Namely: The number of casualties is provided by Gaza's Hamas-run Ministry of Health

The ministry collects information from hospitals in the enclave and the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Gaza's health ministry does not say how Palestinians were killed, either by Israeli airstrikes and/or barrages or failed Palestinian rocket fire. It describes all victims as victims of "Israeli aggression" and also makes no distinction between civilians and combatants.

During the four wars and the numerous clashes between Israel and Hamas, UN agencies have regularly cited Health Ministry figures in their reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Palestine Red Crescent Society also use these figures.

In the aftermath of previous episodes of war, the United Nations Humanitarian Office published casualty figures based on its own research into medical records. The UN figures are largely in agreement with those of Gaza's Ministry of Health, with a few differences.

To read more about Gaza's Ministry of Health's assessments, click here or here.

(France 24 with AP)

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