The essential

  • The Israeli army has presented a plan for the "evacuation" of civilians from "combat zones" in the Gaza Strip, the Prime Minister's office announced.

The essentials of the day before

  • Egyptian, Qatari, American, Israeli negotiators and Hamas executives resumed negotiations on Sunday in Doha for a truce in Gaza, announced television close to Egyptian intelligence.

  • By carrying out an operation in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, Israel will be only "a few weeks" from "total victory", assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    During an interview with the American channel CBS, the head of the Israeli government however warned that the military operation planned by the Israeli army would only be "delayed" if a truce was found.

  • A famine can still be "avoided" in Gaza if Israel allows humanitarian agencies to bring in more aid, argued the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini.

  • Two members of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement were killed early Sunday in an Israeli strike targeting a truck in Syria, near the border with Lebanon, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH).

  • The Hamas Health Ministry announced on Sunday a new toll of 29,692 people killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement.

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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