Israel-Hamas war

A French frigate warship shot down two drones in the Red Sea that were heading towards it from the coast of Yemen, the French military said on Sunday. The news comes as Israeli forces pushed into southern Gaza, where hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled in search of shelter from bombardments and intense fighting with Hamas militants. Follow our live blog for the latest developments on the Israel-Hamas war. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

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The French Languedoc (D653), a FREMM multipurpose frigate, performs manoeuvres during the
The French Languedoc (D653), a FREMM multipurpose frigate, performs manuevers during the “Noble Dina 23” multilateral aeronautical exercise in the Mediterranean sea on March 27, 2023. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) © Jack Guez, AFP

Summary: 

  • The Israeli army said in a statement early on Sunday that five of its soldiers have died in the Israel-Hamas War.
  • Hamas attacked southern Israeli communities on October 7, killing about 1,200 people and taking about 240 hostages, according to the Israeli government. Since then, at least 17,700 people have been killed in Israel’s ensuing assault on the Gaza Strip, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. At least 48,780 people have been injured and at least 7,600 people are missing, the Hamas media office said.

Key Developments from Saturday, December 9: 

  • Israeli warplanes on Saturday pounded northern and southern Gaza, including areas in the south that were designated as safe areas for fleeing civilians.

  • Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu on Saturday said he appreciated the US veto at the UN Security Council, blocking a demand for an immediate ceasefire and declared the war in Gaza would continue.

  • Bypassing Congress, the Biden administration on Saturday said it approved the emergency sale of tank ammunition worth more than $106 million to Israel.

  • Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas condemned the US UN Security Council veto, declaring that it made the US complicit in war crimes against Palestinians. 

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP & Reuters)

About casualty figures from Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry:

Gaza’s health ministry collects data from the enclave’s hospitals and the Palestinian Red Crescent.

The health ministry does not report how Palestinians were killed, whether from Israeli airstrikes and artillery barrages or errant Palestinian rocket fire. It describes all casualties as victims of “Israeli aggression”. The ministry also does not distinguish between civilians and combatants. 

Throughout four wars and numerous skirmishes between Israel and Hamas, UN agencies have cited the Hamas-run health ministry’s death tolls in regular reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross and Palestinian Red Crescent also use the numbers.

In the aftermath of war, the UN humanitarian office has published final death tolls based on its own research into medical records. The UN’s counts have largely been consistent with the Gaza health ministry’s, with small discrepancies. 

For more on the Gaza health ministry’s tolls, click here.

(FRANCE 24 with AP) 

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