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Heavy gunfire, air strikes, shelling in Khan Younis, as Gaza death toll tops 25,000

In MIDDLE EAST, World
January 21, 2024

AS IT HAPPENED

Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry on Sunday said that a total of 25,105 Palestinians have been killed since October 7. Fighting raged across the Strip, with reports of especially heavy gunfire, air strikes and tank shelling focused on Khan Younis, Gaza’s main southern city, and Israeli bombardment of Gaza City and other areas in the north. Read our liveblog for all the latest developments. 

A picture taken from Rafah shows smoke billowing over Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip during Israeli bombardments on January 21, 2024.
A picture taken from Rafah shows smoke billowing over Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip during Israeli bombardments on January 21, 2024. © AFP

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Summary:

  • Fighting raged across the Gaza Strip on Sunday, with reports of intense gunfire, air strikes and tank shelling in Khan Younis, Gaza’s main southern city.
  • The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Saturday’s strike targeting the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Syria spy chief in Damascus and blamed on Israel killed 12 people in an updated toll. “The death toll has risen to 12… five Iranians, including three IRGC leaders, four Syrians working with the Iranians, two Lebanese, and one Iraqi national,” the war monitor said in a statement.
  • The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says at least 25,105 people have been killed, mostly women and children, and 62,681 have been injured 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.
  • Thousands of people demonstrated in central Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, calling for the return of hostages held in Gaza and early elections to oust Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
  • 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.
  • The Israeli military released photos of a kilometre-long tunnel with holding cells where Hamas allegedly kept about 20 hostages.
  • Missiles and rockets launched by Iran-backed militants in Iraq, where such groups have targeted US forces, hit al-Asad air base, the US Central Command said. A number of US personnel were being evaluated for traumatic brain injuries and one Iraqi service member was wounded.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP, Reuters)

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