The essentials of the day before

  • The NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) denounced on Wednesday "with the greatest firmness" an Israeli strike against one of its residences in the south of the Gaza Strip, fatal to two members of the family of one of its employees.

    For its part, the Israeli army said it had fired on a building "identified" as sheltering "terrorist activities", but that afterwards "reports reported the death of two civilians not involved" in these alleged activities. .

    She claims to have initiated a “review” into this incident.

  • Israel should not be legally forced to withdraw from the Occupied Palestinian Territories without security guarantees, the United States has told the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

    The court, which sits in The Hague, is holding hearings this week on the legal consequences of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian Territories since 1967, with an unprecedented number of 52 countries called to testify.

  • The head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken met Brazilian President Lula on Wednesday in Brasilia for his first visit to Brazil, a few days after the Brazilian president's controversial remarks comparing the war in Gaza to the Holocaust.

    He said he informed him of the American “disagreement” regarding these statements.

    Antony Blinken arrived in Brazil for a meeting of G20 foreign ministers.

  • China on Wednesday lambasted the American veto of a draft UN resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, which it said would make the situation "even more dangerous" in the territory.

  • The Hamas Ministry of Health announces a new death toll of 29,313 in the Gaza Strip since the start of the war on October 7. 

Please note: the number of victims is provided by the Hamas-led Gaza Ministry of Health.

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

The Health Ministry in Gaza does not indicate how the Palestinians were killed, whether by Israeli airstrikes and/or barrages or failed Palestinian rocket attacks.

It describes all victims as victims of "Israeli aggression" and also does not distinguish between civilians and combatants.

During the four wars and numerous skirmishes between Israel and Hamas, United Nations agencies regularly cited Health Ministry figures in their reports.

The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent 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 largely agree with those of the Gaza Ministry of Health, with a few differences.

To learn more about the reports from the Gaza Ministry of Health, click here or here.

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