#PalestineChronology: Press Summaries on the War on Gaza, October 12
Date: 
October 13 2023

Editor’s Note: These entries are compiled by the Palestine Chronology researcher from the October 12. The gathered summaries are based on initial reporting and will be updated in coming days. 

October 12

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers shot and killed 2 Palestinians during a funeral procession for 4 Palestinians killed by Israeli settlers in Qusra on 10/11. Israeli settlers also attacked Palestinians and Palestinian property in Nabi Salih, Huwwara, Abu Kabash, Zanuta, al-Jab’a, and Twana, injuring at least 2. Israeli forces shot and killed 1 Palestinian minor in Jayyus. Israeli forces also shot and killed 1 Palestinian, who allegedly shot and injured 1 Israeli soldier near Dayr Ibzi. Elsewhere, Israeli forces shot and killed 1 Palestinian woman traveling in a car with her son, who was injured, in Yabrud. Israeli forces also violently dispersed Palestinian protesters, injuring 7 with live ammunition in Nabi Ilyas, Sinjil, Bethlehem, and Beit Umar. Meanwhile, Israeli forces assaulted 2 Palestinians, including a 9-year old, demolished a gate to a school and seized a Palestinian flag in Zanuta. Israeli forces also demolished 2 Palestinian homes in al-Janiya. Separetely, Israeli forces sealed pizzeria in Huwwara that had used a picture of one of the Israeli captives for an online ad; Israeli settlers had earlier tried to attack the pizzeria. 60 Palestinians were arrested during raid in and around Jenin, Ariha (Jericho), Bethlehem, al-Khalil (Hebro)n, Ramallah, Nablus, Qalandia, Qalqilya, and Tulkarm. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said Israel had arrested more than 200 in the West Bank since 10/7. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces shot and killed 1 Palestinian after he allegedly shot and injured 2 Israeli police officers in near Bab al-Zahra; PFLP said that man of a member of its organization. In Gaza, 1 Israeli airstrike killed at least 45 people in Jabalia refugee camp. Airstrikes further killed hundreds of Palestinians and destroyed at least 8 high-rise residential towers with the most severely hit areas being Gaza City, Rafah al-Nusirrat, and Dayr al-Balah. The UN said that while rockets were still fired from Gaza they had dissipated in intensity. The rockets from Gaza killed 2 Israelis and wounded several others. In the Naqab, Israeli police shot and injured 2 Palestinians who hold Israeli citizenship in Rahat, claiming to believe they were from Gaza. In Lebanon, militants killed 1 Israeli soldier using an anti-tank missile. 1 drone from Lebanon was shot down over Israel. In Syria, Israeli forces attacked the 2 Syrian international airports in Damascus and Aleppo, damaging the runways. (AP 10/7; AJ 10/11; AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, AP, AP, AP, AP, HA, HA, UNOCHA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/12; AJ, AJ, HA 10/13)

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor confirmed earlier reports that Israel had used white phosphorus munitions to attack Gaza and Lebanon. The Israeli military said that it was “currently not aware of the use” of white phosphorus munition in Gaza. The Ministry of Health in Gaza said at least 1,417 Palestinians had been killed and 6,268 had been injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza since 10/7, as of 2pm. In addition, it has been reported by Israeli media that 1,500 Palestinian fighters have been killed near Gaza. 34 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7, including 6 children. More than 500 had been injured, including at least 175 with live ammunition. Israeli media reported that around 1,300 Israelis, including foreign nationals, had been killed and 3,391 injured in Israel since 10/7. The UN reported that 423,000 Palestinians had been displaced since 10/7 and that since 2pm on 10/11 there had been a complete blackout of electricity due to the Israel blockade. At least 4,626 housing units have been destroyed in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said hospitals in Gaza were turning to graveyards as medical equipment have stopped working due to the lack of power and that 3 of 5 water plants in Gaza, serving 1.1 million were out of service due to the Israeli bombing and blockade. The ICRC also said it is in contact with Hamas and Israel about the captives held in Gaza. The Israeli Air Force’s bragged on X that Israel had dropped 6,000 bombs on Gaza since 10/7. (AJ 10/11; AJ, AJ, AJ, AP, AP, HA, HRW, UNOCHA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/12; AJ, AJ, HA, REU 10/13)

Israeli energy minister Yisrael Katz said Israel would continue preventing energy, water, and fuel from entering Gaza until the Israeli captives were released. (AJ 10/11; AJ, REU 10/12)

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said that Israel must allow fuel, food, and water into Gaza. (AJ 10/11)

Jordan said it will send a military plane with humanitarian aid to Gaza via the Rafah crossing. (AJ 10/11; HA 10/12)

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Palestinians must “stay steadfast and remain on their land” as Egypt feared that allowing Palestinians to flee to Egypt would mean their permanent displacement from Gaza. Egypt also said planes carrying international aid to Gaza should use the Al Arish airport 28 miles from the Gaza border. (AJ 10/11; REU 10/12)

The UK said it had deployed 2 naval ships and a surveillance aircraft to the eastern Mediterranean to support Israel. (AJ 10/11; HA 10/12)

The Commission for the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs said Israel cut off water and electricity to Palestinian prisoners in the Naqab prison, starting 10/11. (WAFA 10/12)

Qassam Brigades spokesperson Abu Obeida said Hamas began preparing for Operation Al-Aqsa Flood in 2022 and managed to recruit 4,500 fighters for the operation. He further said that Hamas is prepared for an Israeli ground invasion. Deputy political leader of Hamas Salah al-Arouri called the operation a “preemptive strike” made on intelligence that Israel was planning to attack after the Sukkot holidays. Al-Aruri also said it initially only took soldiers as captives but that the entrance of armed civilians resulted in chaos and that many of the death Israelis were a result of Israeli actions, citing the Hannibal Directive that allows Israeli forces to kill Israelis rather than allow enemies from holding them captives. Hamas also released a video produced last month of its training exercise “Strong Pillar” preparing militants for Operation al-Aqsa Flood. (AJ 10/11; AP, HA 10/12)

PA President Mahmoud Abbas met with Jordanian king Abdullah II in Amman, saying that he rejects the killing of civilians on both sides. (AJ 10/11; HA, REU, REU, WAFA 10/12)

The Knesset approved the new war cabinet and swore-in National Unity Party members Benny Gantz, Gadi Eisenkot, Gideon Sa’ar, Chili Tropper, and Yifat Shasha-Biton as ministers without portfolio. (HA 10/12)

U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken landed in Israel for meetings with Israeli leaders. In a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Blinken invoked the Holocaust and said he was in Israel to support the country “as the United States Secretary of State, but also as a Jew.” Blinken and Netanyahu compared Hamas to ISIS, saying the Israeli government had showed him pictures and videos of infants shot, soldiers beheaded, and people burned alive. The Israeli military spokesperson Daniel Hagari claimed that a guide by ISIS and al-Qaeda on producing IEDs was left behind by militants near Gaza. Blinken is expected to meet with PA president Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman on 10/13 and later travel to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Qatar. The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. is in contacts with Egyptian and Israeli officials to help evacuate around 500-600 U.S. citizens living in Gaza via the Rafah crossing. 17 members of Congress, led by Sara Jacobs (D-CA), signed a letter to the State Department urging it to evacuate Palestinian Americans from in Gaza and the West Bank.  (AJ 10/11; AJ, HA, HA, HA, REU, REU, REU 10/12; REU 10/13)

Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant spoke to NATO defense ministers, claiming Israeli women were raped and dragged to Gaza and saying the Hamas operation was the worst for the Jewish people since the Holocaust. No one have verified these widely circulated claims of rapes. (HA, HA 10/12)

Lebanese caretaker prime minister Najib Mikati urged all Lebanese groups not to get pulled into “Israel’s plans,” and condemned Israeli attacks. (AJ 10/11)

The OIC condemned Israel’s attacks on Gaza. (WAFA 10/12)

South Africa offered to help mediate a “conflict resolution,” calling on the immediate and unconditional opening of “humanitarian corridors.” (AJ 10/11; HA 10/12)

Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called on Israeli president Isaac Herzog to establish a humanitarian corridor to Egypt and to end the total blockade of Gaza, allowing electricity, water and medicin in hospitals. (AJ 10/13)

German chancellor Olaf Scholz criticized PA president Mahmoud Abbas for not speaking out against the Hamas operation on 10/7 and said Germany will suspend all development aid to Palestine until Germany has completed a review of its aid. Scholz also said Germany would ban the organization Samidoun because it handed out pastries at a pro-Palestinian protest on 10/7. (AP, HA 10/12)

The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee said it had received multiple calls about Palestinians being detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or receiving visits from the FBI and that the FBI visited several mosques in the U.S. (AJ 10/11; REU 10/13)

France banned pro-Palestine protests, claiming they would “generate disturbances to public order.” When protesters took to the street in Paris in defiance of the ban, French police assaulted them, using water cannons and tear-gas. More than 1,000 Tunisians also protested in Tunis. (AJ 10/11; AJ, AP, HA 10/12; REU 10/13)

International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan spoke for the first time since Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, saying the ICC does have jurisdiction over potential war crimes carried out by either Israel or Palestinian militants in the current war. (REU 10/12)

Former U.S. president and current Republican front-runner for the next presidential election, Donald Trump, said that he will “never forget that Bibi Netanyahu let us down,” and called Defense Minister Gallant “a jerk.” Trump complained that Netanyahu tried to take credit for killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in 2020, saying that “did not make me feel too good.” Rolling Stones Magazine reported that Trump had told allies that he wants Netanyahu impeached. (HA, HA, HA 10/12; REU 10/13)

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