The Israeli military said it had largely gained control in the south and “restored full control” over the border. Spokesman Richard Hecht said 1,500 bodies of Hamas militants have been found in Israeli territory and that no Hamas fighters have crossed into Israel since Monday night, although infiltrations could still be possible.
Hecht said the army attacked hundreds of Hamas targets overnight in Gaza’s City Rimal neighborhood, which houses many of Hamas’s ministries and government buildings. He said residents were being notified via social media before the attacks to evacuate, but did not provide further details. He suggested that Palestinians should try to leave through the Rafah crossing, although he did not specify where they would go or how they would use the crossing that is periodically closed.
JAPAN COMMITS TO PROTECT CITIZENS IN THE CONFLICT AREA
Japan’s top government spokesman vowed Tuesday to do everything possible to protect the safety of a small number of Japanese citizens in the conflict zone, condemning Hamas and Palestinian militants for their attacks on citizens. Japan is also watching the development closely because of its concerns over energy supplies. Japan imports more than 90% of its oil from the Middle East.
A VIGIL IN FLORIDA FOR VICTIMS OF ATTACKS IN ISRAEL EXPLODES INTO CHAOS
A vigil for victims of the attacks in Israel at the University of Florida erupted into chaos over a misunderstanding and at least five people were injured, officials said.
A crowd gathered on the Gainesville campus for the “United with Israel” candlelight vigil when someone fainted and others began asking people to call 911, the UF Police Department said in a statement. “The call was misinterpreted by the crowd, who dispersed in panic,” the police statement said. Five people were treated at the scene for minor injuries, campus police said.
18 THAI PEOPLE FEARED DEAD AS LATEST ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR REACHES ITS FOURTH DAY
Eighteen Thais are feared dead according to employer reports, while the number of injured and kidnapped rises to 9 and 11 on the fourth day of the latest war between Israel and Hamas, Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday. , Kanchana Patarachoke.
He said more than 3,000 Thais have registered for repatriation. The first group of 15 evacuees are scheduled to board a flight to arrive in Thailand on Thursday. He said Israel told Thailand’s foreign minister that it will do everything it can to take care of Thai workers.
The Thai ambassador to Israel, Pannabha Chandraramya, said the embassy is in contact with Israeli authorities about the Thai citizens who have been kidnapped, but has not been informed of their conditions or whereabouts.
HONG KONG TO MAKE PROVISIONS FOR CITIZENS SEEKING HELP IN ISRAEL
Hong Kong leader John Lee said on Tuesday that the government had received requests for assistance from 28 Hong Kongers and 20 of them have already left Israel. The authorities will keep in touch with the remaining eight and make necessary arrangements according to their needs, he added.
Lee said at his weekly news conference that the government issued a red travel alert for Israel, meaning people should avoid non-essential travel to the country.
NETANYAHU SAYS ISRAEL’S OFFENSIVE AGAINST HAMAS WILL REVERBERATE FOR GENERATIONS
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Monday that Israel’s fierce offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip has “barely begun.”
Netanyahu made the pronouncement in a nationally televised speech as Israel pressed ahead with a third day of intense airstrikes in Gaza following Hamas’ unprecedented and deadly incursion into Israel.
“We have only just begun to attack Hamas,” he said. “What we do to our enemies in the coming days will reverberate with them for generations.”
Israel formally declared war on Sunday. So far, hostilities have killed about 900 people in Israel and more than 680 people in Gaza, according to authorities on each side.
AIR STRIKE IN GAZA CITY KILLS TWO PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS
An Israeli airstrike in Gaza City killed two Palestinian journalists early Tuesday, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.
Wafa identified the journalists as editor Saeed Al-Taweel and photographer Mohammed Sobih. The airstrike occurred near an area that houses several media offices.
Three Palestinian journalists were reportedly shot dead while reporting in Gaza on Saturday. The Committee to Protect Journalists, citing Palestinian press freedom groups, identified two of them as photographer Ibrahim Mohammad Lafi and reporter Mohammad Jarghoun. CPJ said it confirmed that independent journalist Mohammad El-Salhi was also killed.
Lafi worked for Ain Media and Jarghoun reported for Smart Media, CPJ stated.
ISRAEL SAYS DEPUTY COMMANDER KILLED IN Clashes AT LEBANON BORDER
Israel’s military said Tuesday morning that an Israeli deputy commander was killed in clashes on the northern border with Lebanon.
The military identified the deputy commander as Alim Abdallah, but did not specify the exact circumstances of his death.
Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad group infiltrated from Lebanon into Israel, prompting Israeli bombings against southern Lebanon. The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said five of its members were killed and responded with a barrage of rockets and mortars against two Israeli army bases across the border.
NUMBER OF DISPLACED PEOPLE IN GAZA EXCEEDS 187,000, UN OFFICE SAYS
As retaliatory Israeli airstrikes continue, more than 187,500 people have been displaced in Gaza since the start of the conflict, according to a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, hosts more than 137,000 people in schools across the territory. The report says airstrikes have leveled 790 housing units and seriously damaged 5,330 in the territory of 2.3 million people.
OCHA said damage to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in Gaza has disrupted service to more than 400,000 people.
ISRAEL ATTACKS TWO TUNNELS USED BY HAMAS MILITANTS, MILITARY SAYS
The Israeli military said earlier Tuesday that it had attacked two tunnels used by Hamas militants to enter Israeli territory.
The news came a day after 70 militants infiltrated Kibbutz Be’eri on Monday night. The small farming community has been a flashpoint of the conflict – the scene of a standoff with hostages during the attack.
Authorities did not immediately provide more information about the location of the tunnels.
The militant group has used tunnels in the past. It has established a network that runs from Gaza to Egypt to smuggle weapons, as well as to attack tunnels that penetrate into Israel.