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Day 102: Israel’s Conflict with Gaza – A Timeline of Key Events

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The conflict between Israel and Gaza has reached a critical point, with devastating human impact on both sides. On Monday, January 16, 2024, the situation escalated dramatically: –

Ballistic Missiles Attack in Erbil, Iraq:

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed responsibility for launching five ballistic missiles at the city of Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. This attack resulted in the deaths of at least four people and injuries to six others. –

Israeli Strikes in Gaza:

Israeli attacks on Gaza resulted in at least 25 casualties, including 11 Palestinians from two families in Miraj, north of Rafah. The continuous strikes have led to a staggering death toll of 24,100 Palestinians since October 7, with 60,834 others sustaining injuries, as reported by Gaza’s Ministry of Health. –

Hamas' Claim of Israeli Hostages' Deaths:

Hamas released a video on Monday, purportedly showing the bodies of two Israeli hostages, alleging that they were killed in Israeli air strikes. –

Communications Blackout in Gaza:

Gaza experienced its seventh communications blackout since October 7, with telecommunication services remaining shut down for the third consecutive day, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA).

Diplomacy

The diplomatic landscape surrounding the Israel-Gaza conflict has seen intense developments: –

UN Secretary-General's Call for Investigation:

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged for the rigorous investigation and prosecution of sexual violence claims against Hamas. –

Response to US and UK Military Strikes:

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, criticized the United States and United Kingdom’s military strikes on Houthi targets, describing them as a “strategic mistake” during a phone call with Guterres.
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Reactions to the Erbil Attack:

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region condemned Iran’s attack on Erbil, emphasizing its violation of Iraq’s sovereignty. –

Israel's Additional Budget for War:

Israel’s cabinet approved an amended 2024 state budget, allocating an additional $15 billion for war expenditures.

West Bank Raids and Violence

The conflict has not been limited to Gaza, as the West Bank has also witnessed significant unrest: –

Elite Unit Redeployment:

The Israeli army redeployed an elite unit from Gaza to the occupied West Bank, citing a “spiralling” situation in the region. –

Settler Attacks on Palestinian Vehicles:

Israeli settlers launched an attack on Palestinian vehicles in the town of Sinjil, north of Ramallah, resulting in casualties. –

Israeli Raids and Alleged Attacks:

Israeli soldiers conducted raids and investigations related to alleged car ramming and stabbing attacks, intensifying the tensions in the region. In conclusion, the Israel-Gaza conflict has escalated to alarming levels, with widespread casualties and significant diplomatic and military developments. The impact of the conflict extends beyond Gaza, affecting diplomatic relations and causing unrest in the West Bank. Immediate and concerted efforts are essential to address the humanitarian crisis and work towards a sustainable resolution for lasting peace in the region.
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