Fighting raged across Gaza and Israeli units raided the West Bank on Sunday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls for post-war “Palestinian sovereignty”. There were reports of gunfire, air strikes and tank shelling in Khan Younis, Gaza’s main southern city. On Saturday evening, thousands of Israelis demonstrated calling for the return of hostages held in Gaza and early elections to oust Benjamin Netanyahu. Read our liveblog for all the latest developments. 

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Israeli soldiers overlook the Gaza Strip from a tank, as seen from southern Israel, Friday, Jan. 19, 2024.
Israeli soldiers overlook the Gaza Strip from a tank, as seen from southern Israel, Friday, Jan. 19, 2024. © AP, Maya Alleruzzo

Summary:

  • Fighting raged across the Gaza Strip on Sunday, with reports of gunfire, air strikes and tank shelling in Khan Younis, Gaza’s main southern city.
  • Thousands of people demonstrated in central Tel Aviv on Saturday, calling for the return of hostages held in Gaza and early elections to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • The Israeli military released photos of a kilometre-long tunnel with holding cells where Hamas allegedly kept about 20 hostages.
  • The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says at least 24,927 people have been killed, mostly women and children in Israeli strikes on the enclave since October 7. Israeli officials say 1,139 people were killed in the Hamas-led October 7 attacks in southern Israel. Militant fighters took some 240 hostages during the attack and 136 are still in Gaza, according to Israeli figures.

Yesterday’s key developments:

  • An alleged Israeli missile strike on Damascus killed the Iranian Revolutionary Guards‘ intelligence chief for Syria and his deputy as well as three other Guards members.
  • Later on Saturday, missiles and rockets launched by Iran-backed militants in Iraq, where such groups have targeted U.S. forces, hit al-Asad air base, the U.S. Central Command said. A number of U.S. personnel were being evaluated for traumatic brain injuries and one Iraqi service member was wounded.
  • Fighting raged across the Gaza Strip on Saturday, with Hamas’s armed wing reporting fierce combat against Israeli troops in northern Gaza while the Israeli military said its troops were pushing southwards. Fighting overnight and earlier in the day was focused on Khan Younis.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP, Reuters)

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