More than 170 dead and 300 injured in Gaza due to Israel’s offensive during the last 24 hours

Khan Younis (---), 26/01/2024.- The destroyed Hamad Towers following an Israeli military operation in the town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, 26 January 2024 (issued 27 January 2024). At least 26,000 Palestinians and at least 1,330 Israelis have been killed, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), since Hamas militants launched an attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip on 07 October 2023, and the Israeli operations in Gaza and the West Bank which followed it. EFE/EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

Israel’s military offensive against the Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip left more than 170 dead and 300 injured during the last 24 hours, while fighting intensifies in the south of the Palestinian enclave, reported this Saturday official Palestinian sources.

Hamas denies the collaboration of UN agency personnel

On the other hand, Hamas denies that UN personnel collaborate with its militant actions, after Israel accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of aligning with the Islamist group and the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). ) to have employees who participated in the October 7 massacre.

The Palestinian National Authority, for its part, which governs small parts of the occupied West Bank, criticized countries that suspended their funding to the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), key to the survival of many Gazans, before the alleged collusion of its staff with the Islamist movement Hamas that Israel denounced is investigated.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry expressed “great astonishment at the measures taken by some countries before the United Nations investigations are completed” and demanded that they be “immediately withdrawn in accordance with the law.”

The Islamist group Hamas referred to a “baseless accusation” by Israel “against the World Health Organization regarding alleged ‘collusion’ with the Hamas movement,” as well as “incitement against UNRWA with the aim of cutting it off.” financing and depriving the Palestinian people of their right to the services of these international agencies,” he continued.

The Israeli ambassador to the UN, Meirav Eilon Shahar, yesterday accused the WHO of aligning itself with Hamas and turning its back on the hostages held captive by the Islamist group.

Thousands missing under the rubble

As far as the war report is concerned, “the Israeli occupation committed 18 massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, resulting in 174 deaths and 310 injuries during the last 24 hours,” indicated the Gaza Ministry of Health, controlled by Hamas.

In total, there are 26,257 dead and 64,797 injured, most of them children and women, since the war broke out more than three and a half months ago, according to the source.

Added to them are thousands of missing people under the rubble and other places in the devastated Strip, since “the occupation prevents ambulances and civil protection teams from reaching them,” he says.


“Several bodies and wounded arrived at Al Aqsa hospital after intense Israeli air strikes against homes in Deir al Balah,” in the center of the enclave, reported the official Palestinian news agency, Wafa.

Bombings in Khan Yunis” and

In addition, “at least 28 civilians were killed and others injured as a result of the ongoing Israeli bombing of the city of Khan Yunis” and another “nine civilians, including women, were killed when Israeli warplanes bombed several homes” in the surrounding area, it added. .

Khan Younis is the main region in the south of the Strip and a Hamas stronghold, where Israeli troops are focusing their offensive, especially around the main hospitals, Nasser and Al Amal, from where, according to Israel, militants operate.

The Israeli Army confirmed that its troops “continue to eliminate terrorists and locate weapons and military equipment in the heart of Khan Younis.”

Hospital siege

Gaza Health has been denouncing for days that “the Israeli occupation is besieging the hospitals of Khan Younis, completely paralyzing them while committing crimes of genocide and preventing the movement of ambulances.”

According to this source, the Naser hospital – where some 150 members of medical staff operate who care for 350 patients – and the Al Amal hospital are “without food and without security”, as well as lacking anesthetics or painkillers.

The U.N. humanitarian agency, OCHA, said the Naser hospital, which currently houses some 18,000 displaced people, is operating “under minimal conditions, as it is surrounded by the Israeli army and is experiencing intense fighting, so it can no longer receive patients or supplies.”

Ruling of the UN International Court of Justice

These developments come a day after the UN International Court of Justice issued a ruling requiring Israel to prevent genocide against Palestinians in Gaza and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid.

This imposition of precautionary measures, which did not include a ceasefire, is due to an accusation of genocide against Israel – still ongoing – presented in December by South Africa.

Almost two million displaced

The war has left 1.92 million displaced people in the Strip, 85% of the total population, who are experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

These conditions could worsen following the announcement by several countries to suspend their funding for the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), which manages the distribution of humanitarian aid and was accused by the Israeli government of having among its staff those who participated in the Hamas attack against Israel that sparked the war on October 7 and left some 1,200 dead and 250 hostages.

The ANP calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

For its part, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), which governs small parts of the occupied West Bank, called this Saturday for an “immediate ceasefire” in the war between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, arguing that it is “the only way” to comply with the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which ordered Israel to prevent the genocide of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Suspension of funding to UNRWA

These conditions could worsen following the announcement by several countries to suspend financing of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), which manages the distribution of humanitarian aid and was accused by the Israeli government of having among its staff those who participated in the Hamas attack against Israel that sparked the war on October 7 and left some 1,200 dead and 250 hostages.

Canada is one of those countries that has suspended funding. Canada’s Minister of International Development, Ahmed Hussen, announced this Friday that the federal government had decided to suspend additional funding to the United Nations Palestinian Refugee Agency (UNRWA) following an investigation into alleged links to Hamas.

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong also announced that the country will temporarily suspend funding for the UN Refugee Agency (UNRWA). And Italy has done the same.

Israel thanks the US and Canada for suspending its funding of UNRWA

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz thanked the United States and Canada for suspending their funding for the United Nations Palestinian Refugee Agency (UNRWA).

“I congratulate the United States government on its decision to stop funding UNRWA after it was revealed that some of its employees were involved in the atrocious massacre of October 7,” Katz said in a statement.

“I applaud Canada for joining this decision and hope other nations follow suit. UNRWA must pay a price for its actions,” he added.

Guterres, horrified

Likewise, the United Nations reported that Secretary General Antonio Guterres was informed and that he was “horrified.”

Israeli government spokesman Eylon Levy accused UNRWA of going public while media attention was on the International Court of Justice’s decision ordering Israel to do more to help civilians in Gaza and prevent genocide.

The US makes the same decision as Canada

For its part, the United States had already made public hours before that it was making the same decision that Canada supported because it was “extremely concerned about the accusations.”

The White House added that they are considering taking other measures regarding UNRWA “depending on the outcome” of the investigations.

Although, the United States acknowledged that the agency has so far played “a critical role” in providing assistance to Palestinians, such as food and medicine, and has “saved lives.”

Israel has repeatedly accused UNRWA of complicity with Hamas in Gaza, and has claimed that several of its members are in fact militants of the Islamist group, something the UN has always denied.

UNRWA is the largest organization in Gaza

With more than 30,000 employees, UNRWA is the largest organization in Gaza beyond the Gaza Government.

By: TTU