#PalestineChronology: Press Summaries on the War on Gaza, October 13-16
Date: 
October 17 2023

October 13

In the West Bank, an Israeli settler was filmed shooting a Palestinian man ‘point-blank,’ critically injuring him in the stomach during a settler raid in al-Twana. Israeli settler also shot and injured 3 Palestinians with live ammunition in Nablus, Elsewhere, Israeli settlers vandalized 2 agricultural structures and uprooted fruit trees in Masafer Yatta, damaged vehicles near Nahalin, and homes in Silat ad-Dhahr. Israeli forces shot and killed 15 Palestinians, including 3 minors, during raids in Tulkarm, Beit Furik, Beit Ula, al-Ram, Atuf, Biddu, Beit Liqya, and al-Khalil (Hebron). Israeli forces also violently dispersed Palestinian protesters in Halhul, Dheisheh refugee camp Qalandia, Huwwara, Budrus, al-Khader, Bethlehem, al-Twana, Jenin, al-Khalil (Hebron), and Qalqilya injuring 53 with live ammunition and baton rounds. 1 Israeli soldier was killed in ‘friendly fire’ in Nablus. 36 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in Hebron, Fawwar refugee camp, Qalqiya, Dheisheh refugee camp, Beit Umar, and Halhul. In Jerusalem, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian children in Isawiya. Israel also refused entry to Palestinians under the age of 35 to the Haram al-Sharif compound. In Gaza, 70 Palestinians following Israeli evacuation orders were killed and more than 200 wounded in an Israeli airstrike. Around 300 others were also killed and more than 1,100 were injured in Israeli airstrikes throughout Gaza. Israeli forces also made incursions into Gaza retrieving the bodies of several Israelis. Rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza; no deaths were reported. In Lebanon, Israeli forces killed 1 Reuters journalist, Issam Abdullah, and injured 6 others in a missile strike. Al Jazeera said Israel targeted the group of journalists on purpose. (AP 10/7; AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, 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, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/13; AJ, HA, HA, REU 10/14; AP, REU, REU 10/15)

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said at least 1,799 Palestinians had been killed and 7,388 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 militants have been killed near Gaza. Hamas said 13 of the Israeli captives, including foreigners had been killed in Israeli airstrikes in the past 24 hours. Israel said it hit 750 targets overnight and destroyed 12 high-rise buildings within one minute. 51 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7, including 11 children. More than 700 had been injured. Israeli officials said 1,300 Israelis, including foreign nationals had been killed and 3,436 were injured since 10/7. The UN reported that 423,378 Palestinians had been displaced since 10/7 and that since 11pm on 10/12 there had been a complete blackout of electricity due to the Israel blockade. At least 9,283 housing units have been destroyed in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7. (AJ, AJ, HA, REU, REU, UNOCHA, WAFA 10/13)

The Israeli military told around 1.1 million Palestinians in the northern part of Gaza, including Gaza City, that they should flee south within the next 24 hours. UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that would have “devastating humanitarian consequences” and strongly appealed that Israel rescind that order. Many other countries also called on Israel to reverse its order. The WHO called relocating severely ill people a “death sentence.” UNRWA offered its staff and their families shelter at a UNRWA compound in southern Gaza but said it did not have plans to evacuate Palestinians sheltering in UNRWA schools throughout Gaza as it doesn’t have any capacity in the south and no means of transporting the many thousands of people. Hamas’ refugee affairs authority called on Palestinians to remain in their homes, calling the Israeli evacuation order “disgusting phycological war.” Egypt moved thousands of troops to its Gaza border to prevent Palestinians fleeing Israeli attacks from breaching the border fence. (AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, AP, AP, AP, AP, HA, REU, REU, REU, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/13; AJ, AJ, AJ, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/14; WAFA, WAFA 10/15)

Adalah, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights Israel, ACRI, and HaMoked sent letters to National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, Attorney General Gali Baharav Miara, and the head of the Israel Prison Service, Katy Perry, demanding that water and electricity is restored in security wings of Israeli prisons that imprison Palestinians. The Commission for the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs said on 10/12 that Israel had started collectively punishing prisoners in the Naqab prison on 10/11. (Adalah, WAFA 10/14)

The UN appealed for $294 million to help some 1.3 million Palestinians in Gaza. (REU 10/13)

A Turkish cargo plane with humanitarian aid arrived in Egypt for transfer to Gaza. (AJ 10/13)

PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said Israel is committing genocide in Gaza. (AJ 10/13)

Israeli President Isaac Herzog blamed Palestinian civilians in Gaza for the Hamas operation, saying “[i]t is not true this rhetoric about civilians [being] not aware, responsible for the attack …. They could have risen up, they could have fought against that evil regime which took over Gaza in a coup d’état.” (FT 10/13)

Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant said Israel received a second plane carrying U.S. ammunition. (AJ 10/13)

Tens of thousands protesters demonstrated in Baghdad and Tehran against the Israeli attacks in Gaza. Jordanians marched towards the border to the West Bank in protest over the Israeli attacks. Jordanian police violently dispersed protesters at the border. Large protests were also held in Yemen, Pakistan, and elsewhere. (AJ, AJ, AP, AP, WAFA 10/13)

Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian warned Israel that if it does not stop its attacks on Gaza the war could spread to other parts of the Middle East, after meetings Lebanese caretaker prime minister Najib Mikati and Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut. (AP, REU, REU 10/13)

U.S. secretary of defense Lloyd Austin III arrived in Israel to meet with Israeli leaders. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Jordan for meetings with Jordanian king Abdullah II and PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas told Blinken that Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people and called for the opening of humanitarian corridors and for aid to enter Gaza. Blinken offered condolences for the Palestinian victims of the war. Abbas also spoke with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. 55 members of Congress wrote a letter to Biden urging him to pressure Israel to protect civilians in Gaza. (AJ, AJ, AP, HA, HA, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/13)

Russia introduced a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire. President Vladimir Putin also compared the siege of Gaza to the Nazi siege of Leningrad during World War II. (HA 10/13)

Reuters reported that Saudi Arabia had frozen normalization talks with Israel and the U.S. due to the attacks on Gaza. (HA, HA 10/13; AJ 10/14)

The New York Times and NBC News reported that they had obtained documents that allegedly show how Hamas instructed militants to target schools and seize captives during its 10/7 operation. It is worth noting that Israeli schools were closed on 10/7 as it was a Saturday. The documents were allegedly found on the bodies of militants killed by Israel and were labeled “top secret” in Arabic. Other media outlets were skeptical to whether the documents were fabricated. (HA 10/13; HA 10/14)

The Huffington Post reported that the U.S. State Department is telling its diplomats not to use the terms “de-escalation/ceasefire,” “end to violence/bloodshed,” and “restoring calm,” when referring to Israel and Gaza. (AJ 10/13)

Australian police in the New South Wales said it has sought legal advisor as to if it can use special stop-and-search powers for the first time since 2005 to demand the identities of pro-Palestinian protesters attending an unauthorized demonstration in Sydney on 10/15. (REU 10/13)


October 14

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers raided several places in the Masafer Yatta area, throwing stones at homes and stealing solar panels and batteries. Israeli forces shot and killed 1 Palestinian man during a raid in Jericho and 1 Palestinian child succumbed injuries sustained by Israeli forces on 10/16 in Far’un. Israeli forces violently dispersed Palestinian protesters in Jericho, Qalandia, and Huwwara injuring 5. 23 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in Bayt Awa, Bethlehem, Jenin, Ramallah, Birzeit, Silwad, and Qalandia. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces shot and killed 1 Palestinian in Isawiya. In Gaza, Israeli airstrikes killed more than 400 Palestinians and Israel assassinated the leader of Hamas’ aerial forces Murad Abu Murad. Rockets were fired at Israel, no fatalities were reported. In Lebanon, Israeli combat helicopters attacked areas around the Blue Line, reportedly killing 2 civilians in Chebaa. 1 member of Hezbollah was also killed by Israel. Israel said 3 militants were killed after crossing into Israel. In Syria, Israeli forces injured 5 in an airstrike on Aleppo International Airport. Rockets were reportedly also launched from Syria and Israel fired artillery shells at Syria near the Golan Heights. (AP 10/7; AJ, HA 10/13; AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, HA, REU, UNOCHA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/14; HA, WAFA 10/15)

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said at least 2,228 Palestinians had been killed and 8,744 had been injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza since 10/7 as of 10.30pm. In addition, it has been reported by Israeli media that 1,500 Palestinian militants have been killed near Gaza. 54 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7, including 11 children. More than 1,150 had been injured, including at least 300 with live ammunition. Israeli officials recorded no new fatalities leaving the Israeli death toll at around 1,300 Israelis, including foreign nationals, 3,436 have been injured since 10/7. Hamas said 9 captives, including 4 foreigners, were killed in Israeli airstrikes the past 24 hours. The UN reported that 423,378 Palestinians had been displaced since 10/7 and that since 11pm on 10/12 there had been a complete blackout of electricity due to the Israel blockade. The UN acknowledged that the number of displaced Palestinians was likely much higher since the Israel order for Palestinians in the north to leave for the south. At least 10,607 housing units have been destroyed in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7. (AJ 10/13; AJ, AJ, AJ, HA, UNOCHA, WAFA 10/14)

UNRWA called on Israel to protect all civilians in UNRWA facilities across Gaza, saying many are unable to flee south as Israel has demanded. Israel gave Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) until 4pm to evacuate the Al-Quds hospital in Gaza City, PRCS said it could not evacuate the hospital. 2 other hospitals in the northern part of Gaza, El-Uda and Kamal Adwan Children’s hospital, said they would not evacuate after receiving similar orders. The Ministry of Health in Gaza called on Egypt to open the Rafah crossing so casualties could be evacuated. It was reported that the Rafah crossing would be open for Palestinian Americans between 12pm and 5pm, the evacuation was later delayed. (AJ 10/13; AJ, AJ, AJ, HA, WAFA, WAFA. WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/14)

The Israeli military said it was preparing for an extensive military campaign in Gaza that would include “an integrated and coordinated attack by air, sea, and land.” (AJ 10/13; AP, REU 10/14; HA 10/15)

The U.S. deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Mediterranean. The U.S. also sent more F-15 fighter jets to the Middle East. (AJ, HA 10/13; AP 10/14; HA, REU 10/15)

Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh met with Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Qatar. Haniyeh said in a televised speech that Palestinians would not leave Gaza. (AJ 10/13; AJ, HA, REU 10/14; AJ, REU 10/15)

U.S. president Joe Biden said the U.S. was working with Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and the UN to facilitate humanitarian aid to Gaza. Biden also spoke to PA president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Abbas told Biden that Israel must respect humanitarian laws and stop settlers from attacking Palestinian villages in the West Bank. Abbas also spoke with Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (AJ 10/13; AJ, HA, HA, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/14; AP 10/15)

Israeli minister without a portfolio Gideon Sa’ar said in an interview that the Gaza Strip must be smaller at the end of the war, saying “[w]hoever starts a war against Israel must lose territory.” (HA 10/14)

There were major protests in support of Palestinians in many cities throughout the world. (AJ 10/13; HA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/14; REU 10/15)

EU high representative for foreign affairs Josep Borell said the world had failed “miserably” in establishing a 2-state solution, calling the situation in Gaza “a grave humanitarian crisis.” China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said Israel was acting outside of the scope of self-defense and called on Israel to stop collective punishment. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa pledged solidarity with the Palestinian people, saying they have “a just struggle.” (AJ 10/13; AJ, HA, WAFA, WAFA 10/14)

Croatian president Zoran Milanović said he lost sympathy for Israel within 15 minutes due to its response in Gaza, calling the foreign ministry’s decision to display the Israeli flag outside of its building “idiotic.” (HA 10/14)

The Walt Disney Company said it would donate $2 million in humanitarian aid to Israel. (HA, HA 10/14)


October 15

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles and stole olive harvest near Burqa. Israeli settlers also used pepper spray against 2 Palestinians at the Awarta checkpoint. Elsewhere, Israeli settlers opened fire at Palestinian vehicles in Shaab al-Batn in the Masafer Yatta area, causing damage. Israeli settlers also assaulted 1 Palestinian man in Deir Istiya. Israeli forces shot and killed 1 Palestinian minor in Beita. Israeli forces also violently dispersed Palestinian protesters injuring 2 with live ammunition in Tubas. 52 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in and around Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin, Nablus, Deir Istiya, and Ramallah. In Gaza, Israeli airstrikes killed around 450 Palestinians and caused extensive damage. Israel also assassinated Hamas commander in the Khan Yunis Battalion Bilal al-Kadra. Rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel, causing injuries. In Lebanon, UNIFIL said its headquarters in southern Lebanon was hit by a rocket. Hamas said it had fired 20 rockets from Lebanon at Israel. Hezbollah said it had hit 2 tanks and 1 armored vehicle “in response to the killing of journalists and civilians.” 1 Israeli was killed and 3 wounded by anti-tank missiles fired by Hezbollah at Shtula. (AP 10/7; AJ, HA 10/14; AJ, AJ, AP, HA, REU, REU, REU, UNOCHA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/15; HA, HA, HA 10/16)

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said at least 2,670 Palestinians had been killed and 9,600 had been injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza since 10/7, including 47 entire families consisting of 500 people. In addition, it has been reported by Israeli media that 1,500 Palestinian militants have been killed near Gaza. Due to a lack of space in cemeteries, Palestinians were laid to rest in mass graves in Gaza City. 55 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7, including 12 children. More than 1,173 had been injured, including at least 300 with live ammunition. Israeli officials recorded no new fatalities leaving the Israeli death toll at around 1,300 Israelis, including foreign nationals, 3,436 have been injured since 10/7. The UN reported that nearly 600,000 Palestinians had been displaced since 10/7 and that since 11pm on 10/12 there had been a complete blackout of electricity due to the Israel blockade. The UN acknowledged that the number of displaced Palestinians was likely much higher since the Israel order for Palestinians in the north to leave for the south. At least 11,887 housing units have been destroyed in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7. (AJ 10/14; AJ, AP, HA, HA, REU, REU, UNOCHA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/15; AJ, HA, REU 10/16)

The WHO said 4 hospitals in northern Gaza had become unable to operational due to Israeli attacks and 21 hospitals have been ordered to evacuate by Israel. WHO also said it delivered medical supplies to 2,000 patients in Gaza “[d]espite the Israeli airstrikes.” There were reports of aid amassing near the Rafah crossing as Israel have not promised safe passage for the aid to enter Gaza. The U.S. White House said Israel had agreed to supply water to some areas of Gaza. Hamas said the water had not started running as of 10/16. UNRWA said that water had run out at UN facilities sheltering Palestinians who have fled their homes. The remaining seawater distillation plant in Gaza closed due to a lack of fuel. (AJ 10/14; AJ, AP, HA, HA, REU, REU, UNOCHA, WAFA, WAFA 10/15; AJ, HA, REU 10/16)

UNRWA commissioner general Philippe Lazzarini said “Gaza is running out of water, and Gaza is running out of life. Soon, I believe, with this there will be no food or medicine either.” Lazzarini said UNRWA no longer was able to provide humanitarian assistance in Gaza. 14 UNRWA staffer have been killed and 13,000 displaced from their homes. (AJ, HA, WAFA 10/15)

The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs and the Prisoners’ Society said Palestinian workers from Gaza were being detained by Israel at Anatot camp. It was unclear how many were kept in the camp. (WAFA 10/15)

The New York Times reported that Israel had “loosened” its rules of engagement for its planned ground invasion in Gaza. (AJ 10/14)

PA president Mahmoud Abbas told Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro that Hamas’ actions and policies do not represent the Palestinian people. Maduro said after the phone call that Venezuela would send 30 tones of humanitarian aid to Gaza. Abbas also spoke to U.S. president Joe Biden. (AJ 10/14; HA, REU 10/15; WAFA 10/16)

A landlord in Planfield, Illinois, stabbed and killed 1 6-year old Palestinian American boy and severely injured his mother. The man screamed “you Muslims must die!” as he attacked the 2 in their apartment. President Biden called the killing a “horrific act of hate.” (AJ 10/14; AJ, AJ, HA 10/15; HA 10/16)

Israeli communications minister Shlomo Karhi said he will ask the cabinet to close Al Jazeera’s office in Israel. Karhi also promoted emergency regulations, “Limiting Aid to the Enemy through Communications” that would allow him to direct Israeli police to arrest people, removing them from their homes, and seize their property if he believes they spread information that could harm national moral or serve as enemy propaganda. (HA, HA 10/15)

U.S. secretary of State Antony Blinken said President Abbas and “virtually every other leader that I have talked to in the region” warned against the idea of transferring Palestinians from Gaza to the Sinai Peninsula. Blinken also met with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, announcing the Rafah crossing was open. It was unclear if it was only open for entry of aid or for travel, reporting suggested it was not open for either. El-Sisi criticized Blinken for his remarks in Israel earlier in the week, when Blinken said he came to Israel “as a Jew,” and el-Sisi said the Israeli attacks on Gaza goes beyond self-defense and amounts to collective punishment. Blinken also met with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman who urged Blinken to help stop the attacks, make Israel respect international law, and lift the siege on Gaza. Blinken has also visited the UAE, Qatar, and Bahrain since leaving Jordan on 10/13. (AJ 10/14; DOS, HA, HA, REU, REU 10/15; AJ 10/16)

President Biden tweeted “We must not lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians had nothing to do with Hamas’s appealing attacks, and are suffering as a result of them.” Biden also told 60 Minutes that it would be a big mistake for Israel to reoccupy Gaza. Biden further said Hamas needs to be eliminated while there needs to be a Palestinian authority in Gaza and a path to a Palestinian state. (AJ, HA, REU 10/15; HA 10/16)

U.S. senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), and Jackie Rosen (D-NV) traveled to Israel, meeting with President Isaac Herzog. (HA 10/15)

Israel suspended security exports to Columbia in response to a tweet from 10/9 by President Gustavo Petro where he compares Israel’s response to Gaza, particularly its language about Palestinians and the total blockade of Gaza, to that of the Nazis. (AJ, HA 10/15)

The African Union and Arab League issued a joint statement saying an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza could lead to “genocide of unprecedented proportions.” (AJ 10/14)

King Abdullah II of Jordan met with UK prime minister Rishi Sunak in London in his first visit to Europe as part of his effort to convince European leaders to help end the war on Gaza. (HA 10/15)

Algeria said it would host “all official and non-official matches involving the Palestinian [national soccer] team’s preparation for qualification to the 2026 world cup and 2027 Asian Cup and to assume all associated costs.” (AJ 10/14)


October 16

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers vandalized 3 water wells, uprooted 70 olive tree saplings, and removed barbed wire in Susiya. Israeli forces shot and killed 2 Palestinians during raids in Aqabat Jaber refugee camp and Jenin. 1 Palestinian succumbed to injuries sustained by Israeli forces in Tulkarm on 10/13. Israeli forces violently dispersed Palestinians in Aqabat Jaber refugee camp and Fawwar refugee camp, injuring 4 with live ammunition. At least 70 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in and around Hebron, Tulkarm, Nablus, Ramallah, Nil’in, Qarawat Bani Hassan, Bethlehem, and Jericho. In Gaza, Israeli airstrikes killed more than 100 Palestinians and caused extensive damage. Israeli forces also attacked the Rafah crossing for a fourth time since 10/7. Rockets were fired at Israel, causing damage and injuries. In Lebanon, Israel said it attacked Hezbollah targets. (AP 10/7; AJ, HA 10/15; AJ, HA, REU, UNOCHA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/16; AJ, HA 10/17)

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said at least 2,808 Palestinians had been killed and 10,850 had been injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza since 10/7, including 47 entire families consisting of 500 people. In addition, it has been reported by Israeli media that 1,500 Palestinian militants have been killed near Gaza. 58 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7, including 12 children. More than 1,176 had been injured, including at least 300 with live ammunition. Israeli officials recorded no new fatalities leaving the Israeli death toll at around 1,300 Israelis, including foreign nationals, 4,121 have been injured since 10/7. The UN reported that over 1 million Palestinians had been displaced since 10/7 and that since 11pm on 10/12 there had been a complete blackout of electricity due to the Israel blockade. At least 11,887 housing units have been destroyed in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7. The Palestinian civil defense team said that more than 1,000 Palestinians were under the rubble of buildings in Gaza. 7 members of the civil defense were killed in Israeli airstrikes on the Palestinian civil defense headquarters in at-Tuffah, bringing the number of humanitarian staff killed to 31 since 10/7. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate said 11 Palestinian journalists had been killed in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7. (AJ, HA 10/15; AJ, HA, REU, REU, REU, UNOCHA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/16; AJ 10/17)

UNRWA said in a tweet that people claiming to be from the Gaza health ministry seized fuel and medical equipment from its compound in Gaza City, later deleting the tweet. A UNRWA statement later said that there had been no looting of UNRWA warehouses. (HA, HA 10/16; HA 10/17)

Palestinian prisoner Kayed al-Fafsous suspended his 75-day long hunger strike after his family urged him to end it, fearing that Israel will let him die as part of its campaign against Palestinians related to the war with Hamas. Al-Fafsous was protesting being held in administrative detention. (WAFA 10/16)

Hamas released a video of one of its captives, a 21-year old dual French-Israeli citizen who in the video said “I'm in Gaza. I came back early on Saturday morning from a party in the Sderot area. I was seriously injured in the arm. They brought me to Gaza, and they took me to the hospital here for three hours. They've been taking care of me, providing medication. I'm just asking that you bring me back home as soon as possible to my family, my parents, my siblings. Please get me out of here as quickly as possible.” Hamas military spokesperson Abu Obeida said Hamas is holding around 200-250 people captive and that they are treated with dignity and respect. He further said 22 captives have been killed in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7 and that captives that are not Israelis will be released when “circumstances allow.” (AJ 10/15; AJ, HA, HA, NYT, REU 10/16; HA, REU, REU 10/17)

Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh spoke with Turkish foreign minister Hakan Fidan about the release of the Hamas-held captives and with Malaysian prime minister Anwar Ibrahim. (AJ 10/15; AJ, HA, REU, REU 10/16)

PLO secretary-general Hussein al-Sheikh met with UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Tor Wennesland in Ramallah, discussing the need for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian aid to enter Gaza. PA president Mahmoud Abbas spoke with UK prime minister Rishi Sunak, and Russian president Vladimir Putin. (WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/16)

Israeli military spokesperson Daniel Hagari said 199 people have been taking captive by Hamas in Gaza. The prime minister’s office denied reporting that there will be a ceasefire to allow foreigners to leave Gaza. (AJ 10/15; AJ 10/16)

Israel said it allowed some aid entering Gaza via the Rafah crossing but did not allow fuel to enter. Egypt said humanitarian aid for Gaza is stuck in Egypt as Israel is not cooperating in allowing the aid to enter Gaza. The EU said it would launch a humanitarian air bridge to Egypt with aid to Gaza and the UN began shipping aid to Egypt in anticipation that it would be able to enter Gaza. (AJ 10/15; AJ, AP, HA, HA, NYT, REU, REU, REU 10/16)

Hezbollah said it started destroying Israeli surveillance cameras near the border. (AP 10/16)

The Israeli military said it will evacuate Israeli residents from 28 communities within 1.2 miles of the Blue Line. (HA, REU, REU 10/16; HA, HA 10/17)

The Israeli National Security Committee at the Knesset approved new regulations making it easier for Israelis to obtain a gun license. 41,000 Israelis have applied for a license since 10/7. (HA 10/16)

The U.S. said 30 U.S. citizens were killed since 10/7 and that 13 are unaccounted for. (HA 10/15; HA 10/16)

Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told Iranian state TV that a “preemptive strike” against Israel could be expected as Israel continues to attack Gaza. Amir-Abdollahian suggested the strike would be carried out by Hezbollah and would be related to a potential Israeli ground invasion of Gaza. Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said that Iran considers the U.S. militarily involved in the conflict. (AJ 10/15; AJ, AJ, HA, NYT, REU, REU 10/16; AJ 10/17)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian president Vladimir Putin that Israel would not end its attacks on Gaza until Israel had eliminated Hamas’ military and governmental capabilities. Netanyahu also spoke with UAE president Mohammed bin Zayed. (AJ 10/15; HA, REU 10/16; HA, REU 10/17)

U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken visited Israel again after touring the Middle East over the weekend, meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Israeli war cabinet, and President Isaac Herzog. Blinken said Israel had agreed to develop a plan to get humanitarian aid to Gaza without it benefiting Hamas. Blinken also spoke with Turkish foreign minister Hakan Fidan who condemned Israel’s “inhumane” actions in Gaza. President Joe Biden spoke with German chancellor Olaf Scholz and Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. had prepared around 2,000 soldiers for potential deployment to Israel to serve as advisors and for medical support. (AJ 10/15; AJ, HA, NYT, REU, REU 10/16; AP, HA, REU 10/17)

The UN Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire and condemning violence and terrorism against civilians. 5 countries voted for the resolution, China, Russia the UAE, Gabon, and Mozambique, 4 against including the U.S., the UK, France, and Japan, while 6 abstained. The U.S. criticized the resolution for not condemning Hamas. (AJ, HA, REU 10/16; AP, WAFA 10/17)

U.S. senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Peter Welch (D-VT) called on Israel to protect civilians in Gaza. 14 U.S. senators, 8 Democrats, 5 Republican, and 1 independent, called on President Biden to freeze $6 billion in Iranian assets held in Qatar that the U.S. exchanged for the release of people held in Iran last month. 13 members of the House co-sponsored a resolution urging Biden to call for an immediate ceasefire, the resolution spearheaded was by Cori Bush (D-MO), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Summer Lee (D-PA), Delia Ramirez (D-IL), and Andre Carson (D-IN). (AJ 10/15; AJ, AJ, HA 10/16)

Pakistan’s foreign minister Jalil Abbas Jilani called Israel’s attacks on Gaza genocide. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for the opening of a humanitarian corridor in Gaza to allow delivery of food, fuel, and water. Scottish first minister Humza Yousaf said that he fears that his in-laws who are visiting Gaza could die any day as they are running out of water and food. UK prime minister Rishi Sunak charactered the Hamas operation on 10/7 as a “pogrom” while addressing the House of Commons and said “Israel must defend itself in line with international humanitarian law.” Sunak said 6 UK citizens have been killed and 10 are missing. Furthermore, Sunak said the UK would increase its aid to Palestinians by $12.12 million. Sunak also spoke to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who warned him about making “provocative steps” and reminded him of the “unkept promises [made] to Palestine.”  (AJ 10/15; HA, HA, REU, REU, REU, REU 10/16; HA 10/17)

U.S. police arrested 50 demonstrators outside of the White House who were calling for a ceasefire. The demonstration was arranged by Jewish-American groups, including IfNotNow. (AJ 10/15; HA 10/16)

The BBC apologized for describing thousands of protesters in London on 10/14 as backing Hamas, calling the reporting misleading. (AJ 10/15)

The New York Times reported that Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, was accused of suppressing pro-Palestinian content on its platforms. (NYT 10/16)

The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, concluded that “Israeli forces used lethal forces without justification under international human rights law,” when soldiers killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin in May 2022. (AJ 10/15; AJ 10/16)

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. president Donald Trump said he would expel immigrants who are anti-Zionists, support Hamas, or are Communist, Marxist, or Fascist. (HA, REU 10/16)

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