#PalestineChronology: Press Summaries on the War on Gaza, October 26-27
Date: 
October 29 2023

Editor’s Note: These entries are compiled by the Palestine Chronology researcher from the period of October 23 to October 25. The gathered summaries are based on initial reporting and will be updated.

October 26

In the West Bank, 1 Palestinian man succumbed to wounds sustained by gunfire from Israeli forces last week in Tura. 2 Israeli settlers were injured during a confrontation with Palestinians who threw rocks near the Rimonim settlement north of Wadi as-Seeq. Israeli settlers assaulted 5 Palestinians in Deir Jarir (during olive harves) and Taybeh, they also assaulted Palestinians during raids in Qusra and Bethlehem. Israeli settlers also vandalized homes, stole items, and assaulted Palestinians in Shaab al-Batn and Khirbet Saddet al-Tha’leh in the Masafer Yatta area. Elsewhere, Israeli settlers left leaflets in Deir Istiya warning Palestinians to flee to Jordan before they are forcefully expelled in the “great Nakba.” Israeli forces shot and killed 1 Palestinian child, injuring another during a raid in Jalazun refugee camp. Nearly 100 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in and around Biddu, Kobar, Arora, al-Mughayyir, al-Bireh, Bethlehem, Hebron, Sanour, and Marda. In Gaza, Israeli attacks killed at least 481 Palestinians, including 209 children. Israeli tanks entered Gaza, killing several and damaging buildings. Israel also said it used combat helicopters to assassinate 4 members of Hamas, Shadi Barud, Tareq Ma’ruf, Rafat Abbas, and Ibrahim Jadbah in Gaza City. Rockets were fired at Israel, no new injuries were recorded. In Lebanon, Israeli forces attacked Ayta al-Shaab in southern Lebanon. (AJ, AJ, AP, AP, HA, NYT, REU, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/26; HA, UNOCHA 10/27)

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said at least 7,028 Palestinians had been killed, including at least 4,000 women and children, and 18,482 had been injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza since 10/7. It is estimated that 1,600, including 900 children, were trapped in rubble. In addition, it has been reported by Israeli media that 1,500 Palestinian militants have been killed near Gaza. 104 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7, including 30 children. More than 1,956 have been injured. Israeli officials recorded no new fatalities leaving the Israeli death toll at around 1,400 Israelis, including foreign nationals, 5,431 have been injured since 10/7. The UN reported that over 1.4 million Palestinians, more than half the population in Gaza, 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 27,781 housing units have been destroyed and 150,000 have been damaged in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7 as of 10/23. At least 45% of all housing units have been either destroyed or damaged in Israeli airstrikes. 12 truckloads of aid entered Gaza. (AJ, HA, WAFA 10/26; UNOCHA 10/27)

The Ministry of Health in Gaza published the names and ID numbers of 6747 Palestinians killed, including 2,665 children in Israeli attacks since 10/7. It said that 281, including children, remain unidentified. The publishing of the names comes 1 day after U.S. president Joe Biden questioned the reliability of the data coming from the ministry. (AJ, NYT 10/26)

PA Minister of Public Works and Housing Minister Mohammad Ziyara said 200,000 housing units have been completely or partially destroyed by Israeli airstrikes since 10/7. Israel said that 224 people are held captive in Gaza.  (AJ, WAFA 10/26)

Hamas leaders Bassem Naim and Moussa Abu Marzouk and Iranian deputy foreign minister Ali Baghiri Kani met with Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov in Moscow. Israel condemned Russia for hosting members of Hamas. Hamas spokesperson Abu Obeida said Israeli airstrikes had killed around 50 captives. Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a speech that Israeli attacks on Gaza will “destabilize the entire region” and that the resistance in Gaza was “doing well.” (AJ, HA 10/26; AP, HA 10/27)

At the UN Security Council, PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Israel was waging “a war of revenge,” with no real objective. Al-Maliki also met with ICC prosecutor Karim Khan in The Hague. The UN General Assembly also convened an emergency session. (REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/26)

UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, and Morocco released a joint statement, condemning the targeting of civilians, forced displacement, and collective punishment of Palestinians in Gaza. (AJ, HA 10/26)

EU leaders agreed on a final communique after a 7-hour-long meeting on the Israeli attacks on Gaza, calling for “humanitarian corridors” and “pauses.” (AJ 10/26)

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said about Israeli attacks on Gaza “it is not war, it is a genocide that has killed 2,000 children.” (AJ 10/26)

A venue in Israel canceled a Palestinian-Jewish conference after Israeli police warned the owner of the venue of “consequences.” The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee said Israel is “persecuting the Arab public trying to prevent political meetings and silence them.” (HA 10/25; HA, HA 10/26)

The U.S. said it attacked 2 facilities with links to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria. The U.S. also deployed 900 troops to the Middle East. A Pentagon spokesperson said that they were not going to Israel. (AJ 10/26; AJ, AJ, HA, HA, NYT 10/27)

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The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution denouncing anti-Semitism on campuses. In remarks related to the passing of the resolution, senators conflated criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. The Anti-Defamation League sent 200 letters to campuses in the U.S. requesting that they investigate Student for Justice in Palestine for possibly violating a law prohibiting support for a foreign terrorist organization. (HA 10/26)

A Gallup poll found that U.S. president Joe Biden lost 11 percentage points among Democrats since September and that his overall approval rating had dropped from 41 to 37. (AJ, HA 10/26)

Switzerland suspended financial support of 6 Palestinian and 5 Israeli NGOs, including Adalah, Al-Shabaka, Gisha, 7amleh, HaMoked, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre, MIFTAH: The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Palestinian NGO Network, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling. Switzerland said it would analyze the feasibility of the programs. (HA 10/26)


October 27

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers with military escort shot and injured 1 Palestinian during a raid in Sarra. Israeli settlers also threw stones at Palestinians traveling near Tuqu’, causing damage. Elsewhere, Israeli settlers vandalized 200 olive, grape, and almond trees, water pumps, irrigation pipes, and a water tank in Ain al-Beida. Israeli settlers also assaulted Palestinians during a raid in Susiya. Israeli forces shot and killed 4 Palestinians during raids in Jenin and Qalqilya; during the raid in Jenin, Israeli forces vandalized the memorial of Shireen Abu Akleh and used bulldozers to destroy infrastructure. Israeli forces also shot and injured 19 Palestinians, including at least 1 child, during raids in Jenin, Hebron, Deir Abu Masha’al, Qalqilya, Bethlehem, al-Bireh, and Nablus. Elsewhere, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian Red Crescent medics in Tubas. 45 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in as-Samu, ad-Dhahiriya, Dura, Beit Umar, Ni’lin, Kafr Nimeh, Hizma, Jericho, Aida refugee camp, Dheisha refugee camp, and Nablus. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces blocked entrance to the Haram al-Sharif compound and assaulted worshippers. In Gaza, Israeli attacks killed 298 Palestinians, including 125 children. Israeli forces made incursions and fired tank shells at Palestinian infrastructure near Gaza City. At night, all telecommunications were cut in Gaza, several humanitarian organizations and media outlets said they were unable to reach their people on the ground. The communications blackout started prior to Israel’s attempted ground invasion of Gaza. Hamas said its military wing had repelled Israeli attack on Beit Hanoun and al-Bureij and from a beach in Rafah. Israel said it assassinated Hamas member Madhat Mubashe. Rockets were fired at Israel, no injuries were reported. In Egypt, explosive objects hit a medical facility in Taba and an electric plant near Nuweiba, lightly injuring 6 people, it was later reported that the explosives came from the south of the Red Sea. (AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, HA, HA, HA, NYT, NYT, REU, REU, UNOCHA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/27; AJ, AJ, AJ, AJ, AP, AP, AP, REU 10/28)

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said at least 7,326 Palestinians had been killed, including at least 4,000 women and children, and 18,967 had been injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza since 10/7. It is estimated that 1,700, including 940 children, were trapped in rubble. In addition, it has been reported by Israeli media that 1,500 Palestinian militants have been killed near Gaza. 108 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10/7, including 30 children. More than 1,967 have been injured. Israeli officials recorded no new fatalities leaving the Israeli death toll at around 1,400 Israelis, including foreign nationals, 5,431 have been injured since 10/7. The UN reported that over 1.4 million Palestinians, more than half the population in Gaza, 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 27,781 housing units have been destroyed and 150,000 have been damaged in Israeli airstrikes since 10/7 as of 10/23. At least 45% of all housing units have been either destroyed or damaged in Israeli airstrikes. The UNRWA said 14 of its staff members had been killed in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of UNRWA staff killed in Israeli attacks to 53. UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said the monitoring regime for the aid trucks that pass to Gaza via the Rafah crossing was too slow. At least 10 trucks carrying aid entered Gaza. (AJ, HA, UNOCHA, WAFA, WAFA 10/27)

Israel indicted 5 Israeli citizens on charges of inciting terrorism or identifying with Hamas. A total of 24 have been indicated on similar charges since 10/7. (HA 10/27)

The Israeli military released a video illustration claiming al-Shifa hospital has vast network of underground facilities. The head of the Government Media Office in Gaza, Salama Marouf called the illustration “false fabricated allegations.” (AJ, AJ, REU 10/27)

Reuters reported that Israel had told the news agency and Agence Frence-Presse that as Israel ramp up its attacks on Gaza, it cannot guarantee the safety of the 2 agency’s journalists. 29 journalists have been killed since 10/7, including 25 Palestinians and 1 Lebanese. (AJ, REU 10/27)

UNRWA secretary-general Philippe Lazzarini defended the data coming from the Health Ministry in Gaza, saying it has been reliable in the past “5, 6 cycles of conflict in the Gaza Strip.” U.S. President Joe Biden said on 10/25 that he did not have confidence in the Palestinian provided data. (AJ, AJ, REU, WAFA 10/27)

Israeli soldiers were filmed singing “Ahmad Tibi is dead” referring to the Palestinian member of Knesset for the Ta’al party. (HA 10/27)

PA President Mahmoud Abbas spoke with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, discussing the situation in Gaza. (WAFA 10/27)

The UN General Assembly voted to adopt a non-binding resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas and demanding humanitarian aid access in Gaza. 120 countries voted in favor, 45 abstained, and 14 voted against. Tunisia and Iraq explained their abstentions, saying the resolution did not support Palestine enough. Israeli ambassador to the UN said it was “a dark day for the UN and for mankind,” referring to the passage of the resolution. An amendment introduced by Canada and co-sponsored by the U.S., condemning Hamas for “the taking of hostages,” failed as it did not get the 2/3s majority support in the assembly needed to pass.  (AJ, AJ, AJ, AP, HA, REU, REU, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/27; AJ, AP 10/28)

The Council of the European Union accepted a Spanish proposal for the country to host a peace conference on Middle East peace within 6 months. (AJ, AP 10/27)

French president Emmanuel Macron said he and several European countries will make a “humanitarian coalition” for Gaza. (AJ 10/27)

The Washington Post reported that the Biden administration was pushing Israel not to do a full ground invasion of Gaza. ABC News reported that the U.S. State Department was not aware that Israel would ‘expand its ground invasion.’ U.S. national security council spokesperson John Kirby said the U.S. supports humanitarian pauses if captives held by Hamas were released. A U.S. official told Reuters that Qatar is open to reconsidering allowing Hamas to have a presence in the country. (AJ, HA, REU, REU 10/27; AJ 10/28)

New York City police arrested more than 200 people at a Jewish Voice for Peace arranged mass sit-in at Grand Central Station, temporarily closing the station. The protesters called for an immediate ceasefire. (HA, WAFA 10/27; AJ, AJ, AP, AP, NYT 10/28)

The U.S. told its citizens in Lebanon that they should leave the country due to the “unpredictable security situation.”  (AJ 10/27; AJ, HA 10/28)

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