5 December 2023

Weddings are being held without any celebrations as Israel wages its genocidal war, writes Ruwaida Amer from Gaza, with one woman describing becoming “a bride of displacement, a bride without a white veil or a smile to welcome a new life.”

An Israeli air force colonel has admitted the military may have intentionally killed Israelis on 7 October. Colonel Nof Erez told a Haaretz podcast it was a “mass Hannibal” to stop Israelis being taken alive to Gaza.

Bashaer Muammar takes a walk through the once bustling and now desolate central market in Khan Younis, Gaza’s second-largest city: “These vegetables, survivors of Israel’s genocidal violence, stand as testimony to the resilience of their cultivators, reaped before the ravages of war encroached upon their fields.”

Palestinians displaced from northern Gaza and sheltering in Khan Younis describe to Ruwaida Amer their daily struggle to survive, not knowing if their relatives who remained in places like Jabaliya are still alive.

Israel’s ‘safe corridor’ was “evidently part of a plan to confuse and humiliate us,” writes Dima Ashour from the Gaza Strip. “Israel keeps on committing heinous crimes with impunity.”

Families displaced from Khan Younis head southward on 5 December.

Abed Rahim Khatib DPA

The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said that since 7 October at least 16,248 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, about 70 percent of whom are said to be women and children. Many more are missing and presumed still under the rubble of destroyed buildings awaiting rescue or recovery, the ministry added.

The pattern of Israel’s attacks “that target or impact on civilian infrastructure raises serious concerns about Israel’s compliance with international humanitarian law and significantly raises the risk of atrocity crimes,” said the UN human rights office. Meanwhile, more than 400,000 people in the northern Gaza Strip have “become completely without medical services,” the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza stated.