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The essentials of the watch:

  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of a "total collapse of law and order soon" in Gaza, in an unprecedented letter to the Security Council insisting on a humanitarian ceasefire. In response, Israel's foreign minister called the UN chief's tenure a "danger to world peace."

  • The Israeli military said on Telegram on Wednesday that it had targeted some 250 targets in the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours.

  • It encircled the major city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, where fighting raged for some of the heaviest in the two-month war with Hamas.

  • Palestinians in Gaza are living in "utter horror," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk told a news conference in Geneva.

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  • According to the Hamas government's press office, artillery fire killed and wounded "dozens of people" on Tuesday night in several villages east of Khan Younis.

  • The Israeli military said it had discovered a large cache of Palestinian weapons near "civilian buildings", housing anti-tank rocket launchers, long-range missiles and drones.

  • The U.S. Congress on Wednesday failed to move forward on a large package of more than $106 billion insistently demanded by President Biden, including funds for Ukraine and Israel.

With AFP and Reuters

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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