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9,488 Palestinians Killed, 1,950 Under the Rubble, 24,158 Injured, in 29 days of the Israeli Genocidal War on Gaza

November 4, 2023


Including the death of 3,900 children and 2,509 women.

147 Palestinians were killed, and 2,200 injured by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank.


Injured Palestinian children who survived an Israeli genocidal air strike on Al-Fakhoora school, in Gaza, November 4, 2023 One of the Palestinian children who were killed in an Israeli genocidal air strike
on an ambulance convey at Shifa Hospital in Gaza, on November 3, 2023
A Palestinian father grieving the death of his child, who was killed in an Israeli genocidal air strike on Gaza, November 4, 2023 A view of mass destruction of Gaza neighborhoods by Israeli genocidal air
strikes, November 4, 2023

An Israeli genocidal air strike targeting Al-Azhar University, in Gaza city, November 4, 2023

Palestinian civilians wait in front of a partially collapsed, still operational bakery

in Nusayrat refugee camp, Gaza Strip, on November 4, 2023

A view of Gaza city under attack by Israeli genocidal air strikes, on November 4, 2023 A view of Gaza city neighborhood, which has been totally destroyed by Israeli
genocidal air strikes, November 4, 2023

Video showing the Israeli mass destruction  Gaza city:


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"Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul, unless for a soul, or for corruption in the land, it is as if he had killed humankind entirely" (The Holy Quran, Al-Ma-ida, 5: 32).

"And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him, and has cursed him, and has prepared for him a great torment" (Al-Nisa, 4: 93).


While brutal force has been used to create Zionist Israel and sustain it thus far, Zionist claims to Palestine are false. Actually, from the five thousand years of known written human history, there has been a continuous Palestinian-Canaanite presence in the Holy Land. Despite the Zionist false claims, the ancient Israelites ruled part of the land for only 85 years (during the reign of Prophets David and Solomon , peace be upon them, and Solomon's son).

 After that, the Egyptians conquered Palestine-Canaan in 925 BC, followed by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans, before the Arab Muslim rule, starting from 636 AD.

By the Time Jesus started his mission, the three population groups of Canaanites, Palestinians, and Israelites were melted together in religion and language. Most of them became Christians when Constantine converted in 313 AD. Then, most of them became Muslims in the 7th and 8th centuries AD.

So, Palestinian Muslims, Christians, and Jews are the ones who have the right to claim descent from ancient Israelites, Palestinians, and Canaanites, not Zionists from other continents.

No matter what the Zionists and their supporters do, they cannot change the will of God, Who promised the Holy Land to Abraham and his descendants, basically the Palestinian Muslims and Christians.

No matter how much persecution and aggression the Zionists and their supporters inflict upon the Palestinian people, they will never be able to force them out of the Holy Land, which Allah, praise to Him, promised for them, and kept His promise ever since.

The following news stories are just examples, not a systematic record, of the Israeli occupation government abuse, mistreatment, and violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis.

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Editorial Notes about terms & names of people and places:

1. Names of people and places have been standardized to match standard Arabic grammatical rules.

2. Underlined letters and letters preceded by an apostrophe are references to Arabic letter sounds, which does not exist in the English alphabet.

3. The English letter i is equivalent to the Arabic short vowel known as kasra, as in Ibraheem and Qasim as well as in the English words sit and bit. So, it is incorrect to use it as a long vowel for such Arabic nams as Jameel and Jibreel.

4. The English letter e is equivalent to the Arabi short vowel known as fat'ha, as in A'hmed and Mu'hammed.

5. It is more accurate to refer to the land-grabbing Israelis, who establish illegal settlements in the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, as illegal Israeli settlers, than referring to them as colonists.

The term colony is a reference to a large entity or a country, such as American states before independence. It was also a reference to Egypt, and India, when they were British colonies.

In addition, the term "colony" represents a positive nostalgic theme, in the minds of native speakers of English, particularly in America and Britain.

6. It is more accurate to use the verb "abduct" than the verb "detain," in reference to taking Palestinian citizens by force to prisons and interrogation centers, by Israeli occupation regime soldiers. This is because the presence of the Israeli occupation regime forces is illegal in the Palestinian territories, and they have no jurisdiction over the Palestinian people.


Letter to US Congress members notifying them of their potential legal liability for supporting genocide

WASHINGTON, Saturday, November 4, 2023 (WAFA) -

The National Lawyers Guild, Palestine Legal, and the Center for Constitutional Rights yesterday sent a Notice & Demand Letter to all US congressional representatives notifying them of their potential legal liability for aiding, abetting, inciting, or conspiring to commit genocide through congressional acts, in particular with respect to the emergency military funding package to Israel.

We understand that you will be voting on the emergency military funding package to Israel.  We write to notify you of the legal liabilities of voting for that package, and to demand that you vote against the military assistance package, said the letter.

The aid package will provide funds to Israel to, inter alia, support its ongoing genocide of, and war crimes against, Palestinians who are confined to the Gaza Strip, and to support apartheid and ethnic cleansing, and the underlying crimes of forcible transfer and deportation, in the West Bank. As the United States is a signatory to both the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the Genocide Convention, it has an obligation to respect and ensure respect for the obligations in those international treaties, including to prevent the commission of genocide and to prevent and punish the commission of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions not aid and abet them.

The letter instructs, "Please take notice that should you vote in favor of that package, you risk facing criminal and civil liability for aiding and abetting genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law, and may face investigation and prosecution at the International Criminal Court, and in third-states under the principle of universal jurisdiction."


Palestinian Health Minister says international silence is encouraging Israel to indulge in genocide of Palestinians

RAMALLAH, Saturday, November 4, 2023 (WAFA)

Palestinian Minister of Health, Mai Al-Kaila, said today that Israel, in its genocidal war on the Gaza Strip, is blatantly disregarding international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

Minister Al-Kaila explained that the international community's silence in the face of these atrocities serves as a green light for Israel to further trample on Palestinian blood and indulge in the genocide of Palestinians without facing any consequences or being held to account.

"The Israeli occupation army has extended its massacres to hospitals and their surroundings without any intervention from the international community," Al-Kaila said in a press statement. "Countries that should be upholding international law have failed in their duty to do so."

She emphasized that the Israeli occupation "is intentionally targeting hospitals and their surroundings, in addition to bombing the power generators of these medical facilities. This is a calculated move meant to inflict maximum harm on the citizens of the Gaza Strip and cause the greatest number of casualties."

The Minister of Health stated that "Israel's bombing of civilian crowds in front of Al-Shifa Hospital, Al-Quds Hospital, Indonesian Hospital, and Al-Nasr Hospital constitutes a war crime that the world must confront."

"Immediate action is required to halt these flagrant violations of international law," Al-Kaila demanded, calling for "an end to the policy of double standards and selectivity in terms of support and condemnation."

"All the laws designed to protect medical and ambulance teams have been violated by the Israeli occupation, meaning that these teams are deliberately targeted and attacked with the intent to kill both doctors and patients."


UN Secretary-General horrified by Israels strike on an ambulance convoy at Shifa Hospital in Gaza

NEW YORK, Saturday, November 4, 2023 (WAFA)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last night that he was horrified by an Israeli airstrike against an ambulance convoy transporting wounded children outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, killing and wounding dozens of people, mainly children.

I am horrified by the reported attack in Gaza on an ambulance convoy outside Al Shifa Hospital. The images of bodies strewn on the street outside the hospital are harrowing, said Guterres in a statement, adding, Now, for nearly one month, civilians in Gaza, including children and women, have been besieged, denied aid, killed, and bombed out of their homes. This must stop.

The UN chief said the humanitarian situation in Gaza is horrific. Not nearly enough food, water and medicine are coming in to meet peoples needs. Fuel to power hospitals and water plants is running out. UNRWA shelters are at nearly four times their full capacity and are being hit in bombardments. Morgues are overflowing. Shops are empty. The sanitation situation is abysmal. We are seeing an increase in diseases and respiratory illnesses, especially among children. An entire population is traumatized. Nowhere is safe.

Guterres renewed his appeal for a humanitarian ceasefire.

International humanitarian law must be respected. Civilians and civilian infrastructure, including humanitarian and medical workers and assets must be protected. Civilians must also not be used as human shields. Essential supplies and services and unimpeded humanitarian access must be safely allowed into and across Gaza at a scale commensurate with this dramatic situation, he said, calling on all those with influence to exert it to ensure respect for the rules of war, end the suffering and avoid a spillover of the conflict that could engulf the whole region.


UNRWA Director in Gaza says UN flag is not enough to protect Palestinians seeking refuge in UN buildings

GAZA, Friday, November 3, 2023 (WAFA) -

UNRWA Director in Gaza, Thomas White, said today via a video call that the UN flag is no longer enough to protect Palestinians seeking refuge in UN buildings.

We cannot even provide them safety under a UN flag, said White in reference to the approximately 600,000 people who are seeking refuge in UN buildings in the Gaza Strip, including schools.

He said that more than 50 UN facilities were damaged by Israeli shelling, including five that were directly targeted, which so far resulted in the killing of 38 people who sought refuge there.

He expressed his fear that this number would rise "significantly," especially in the northern Gaza Strip, as the agency affirmed that it has lost contact with many centers.

He further noted that 72 UNRWA staff were killed since the start of the Israeli aggression on the Strip on October 7.

"The reality is we've lost contact with many of the shelters in the north," said White addressing representatives of member states on the humanitarian situation there.

"These are people seeking shelter under a UN flag seeking protection under international humanitarian law," stressing, "Let's be very clear, there is no place that is safe in Gaza right now."




Killing and Injuring of Palestinians in Ghazza (Gaza) by Israeli Occupation Regime Forces

Gaza Holocaust: Death toll surges to 9,488

November 4, 2023, GAZA, (PIC) +-

The death toll in Gaza has reached 9,488 including 3,900 children and 2,509 women in addition to 24,158 injuries since the start of the Israeli aggression on 7 October, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. 

Spokesman for the health ministry Ashraf Al-Qidra said in a press conference Saturday afternoon that Israeli occupation army has carried out 10 massacres over the past hours, leading to the killing of 231 Palestinians in Gaza. 70% of the martyrs were women and children, he added. 

He affirmed that 2,200 missing have been reported including 1,250 children who are still under the rubble. 

Some 150 of the medical staff have been martyred with 57 ambulances destroyed, 105 health facilities targeted, and 16 hospitals knocked out of service, he added.  

Hospitals in Gaza have been overcrowded with the injured including people with severe and critical cases. We have been losing many of them every day, Al-Qidra said.  

Death toll across Palestine surges to 9,572, over 26,000 wounded

RAMALLAH, Saturday, November 4, 2023 (WAFA)

In the wake of the devastating Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank, the death toll has surged to at least 9, 572, with over 26,000 individuals wounded, the Ministry of Health said in an update this afternoon.

The Ministry said in a statement that the number of deaths in the Gaza Strip has reached 9,425, while the death toll in the West Bank also surged to 147. In addition, the ministry said, 25,000 Palestinians have been injured in Gaza, and nearly 2,200 others in the West Bank.

As of October 29, said the ministry, it's been reported that approximately 1,950 Palestinians, including at least 1,050 children, are missing, and they may be trapped or dead under the rubble, awaiting rescue. 

Of the 35 hospitals in Gaza, 16 are currently out of service due to the Israeli bombing campaign and the depletion of fuel reserves.

The shortage of fuel has left doctors with no choice but to perform surgeries without proper anesthesia, including those who have been injured in the airstrikes and women undergoing cesarean sections.

Since October 7, Israeli authorities have prevented patients in Gaza from leaving the territory to seek treatment in hospitals in Jerusalem and inside the 1948-occupied lands, including around 2,000 patients suffering from cancer.


Ma'rouf: Israel deliberately targets the essentials of life in Gaza

November 4, 2023, GAZA, (PIC) +-

Israel has deliberately targeted and bombed all life-sustaining facilities in the city of Gaza in the past few hours, Salama Marouf, head of the Government Media Office, said.

Ma'rouf said, in a press statement on Saturday, that Israel focused its bombing on solar energy projects and electricity generators that supply power to institutions or citizens' homes, especially in the areas surrounding Al-Shifa Hospital.

He pointed out that Israeli air strikes targeted the generator of Al-Wafa Hospital, the generator that supplies media institutions on Al-Wahda Street, and the generator that supplies several restaurants on the same street. The Israeli aircraft also bombed solar energy projects on several buildings and residential structures, as well as above the Amal Institute for orphans and other civil institutions.

He stated that these attacks coincide with the Israeli bombing of gatherings of citizens in front of Al-Shifa, Al-Quds, Al-Nasr, and the Indonesian hospitals, in a deliberate crime against these health facilities and the displaced civilians seeking refuge in them.

Marouf emphasized that this savage criminal holocaust against our people, our land, and our resources, which Israel has been carrying out for 29 days, sparing no one and not stopping at any prohibitions or red lines, and disregarding international law, is a natural result of the shameful position of the international community and its United Nations organizations.

He added that this international system has been unable to stop this Nazi holocaust or alleviate the humanitarian catastrophe by providing the basic needs and essential livelihood supplies for our people in the Gaza Strip. 

Israeli airstrike on a school kills refuge seekers

GAZA, Saturday, November 4, 2023 (WAFA)

An Israeli airstrike today at a school where thousands of Palestinians were seeking refuge from the barbaric Israeli war on Gaza killed and injured dozens of people, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said dozens were killed and injured when warplanes fired missiles at al-Fakhoura school in Jabalya, in the north of the Gaza Strip, where displaced Palestinians were staying running away from the Israeli bombardment of their homes.

Israel has committed hundreds of massacres throughout the Gaza Strip since the start of its aggression one month ago, targeting hospitals, schools, mosques, churches, and buildings killing more than 9000 people, most of them children and women, and injuring over 23,000 others.


On the 28th day of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, generators, water tanks hit as the massacres continue

GAZA, Saturday, November 4, 2023 (WAFA)

Dozens of people were killed and injured as Israel continues its carnage and massacres for the 28th day in the besieged Gaza Strip, targeting generators, specifically the main generator providing electric power to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, solar panels on buildings, and water tanks serving entire neighborhoods.

After targeting the entrance to Shifa Hospital yesterday killing dozens of civilians, mainly children, and also firing missiles at ambulances getting ready to transport wounded people to get treatment in Egyptian hospitals killing dozens, the Israeli warplanes attacked the hospitals generator that was providing it with the vital and life-saving electric current, setting it on fire and rendering it out of service.

Warplanes also attacked solar panels on rooftops providing solar energy to buildings and homes in light of the cut in the electric power to the entire Strip.

They also attacked a water tank serving neighborhoods east of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip destroying it in total to make sure no water reaches the people in the devastated Gaza Strip.

Israeli navy ships shelled fishing boats, setting them on fire and destroying them.

The warplanes also attacked people fleeing the north of the Gaza Strip and going south, as they were instructed by the Israeli army, killing at least 14 people, mainly women and children, walking on the coastal Rashid Street.

Meanwhile, four people were killed and many others injured in a missile attack at the Najjar family home in Khan Younus, in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Latest figures say 196 Palestinians were killed in Gaza in the last two days, bringing the total killed since the start of the Israeli aggression on October 7 to 9,257, including 3,826 children.

At the same time, the Turkish Friendship Hospital, the only cancer treatment hospital in the Gaza Strip, has stopped working due to attacks and lack of fuel leading to the death of at least four cancer patients.

The Health Ministry said 16 out of 35 hospitals have stopped functioning due to being targeted by the Israeli warplanes and lack of fuel.


Dozens of people seeking refuge in UNRWA school in northern Gaza killed and injured in Israeli airstrike

GAZA, Friday, November 3, 2023 (WAFA)

Israeli occupation forces committed tonight a new massacre during their ongoing aggression against the Gaza Strip after bombing a UNRWA school in al-Saftawy area, north of the Gaza Strip, where thousands of displaced people are seeking shelter,

Israeli warplanes shelled the Osama Bin Zaid School, which is run by the UN Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA), killing and injuring dozens of the displaced people seeking refugee inside.

Footages and photos showed the bodies of the victims torn into pieces due to the airstrike.

Local sources revealed that the occupation directly targeted the school, with thousands of displaced people seeking shelter inside.


Killing and Injuring of Palestinians in the West Bank by Israeli Occupation Regime Forces

Israeli Occupation Forces abduct 55 Palestinians during raids in W. Bank


The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) abducted last night and at dawn Saturday at least 55 Palestinian citizens, including two women, during raids in the West Bank.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), the IOF kidnaped about 25 citizens from Al-Fawwar refugee camp in al-Khalil. Some of the detainees were released later.

Israeli soldiers reportedly desecrated Mu'aadth Ibn Jabal Mosque in Al-Fawwar camp and placed an Israeli flag on its minaret.

The IOF also stormed Bait Ummar town, north of Al-Khaleel, and threatened to demolish its grand mosque if it was used to urge local residents to participate in marches and rallies in support of the Palestinian resistance. Israeli soldiers also put up Israeli flags on some buildings in the town.

PPS said that the IOF ransacked homes and opened fire at citizens during its raids in al-Fawwar camp and Bait Ummar town in al-Khalil.

In Ramallah, the IOF stormed Nileen town and kidnaped a young man and a woman identified as Siham Al-Khawaja to pressure her brother to turn himself in.

In Nablus, a large number of Israeli troops stormed Balata refugee camp and blocked its entrances before clashing with local youths. Three citizens were reportedly kidnaped by the IOF from the camp.

In Jenin, armed clashes broke out between resistance fighters and Israeli forces in Jaba' town.

Local sources said that the IOF raided homes in Jaba' town at the pretext of looking for wanted citizens, adding that four citizens were kidnaped following raids on homes.

Eight people shot by live bullets in confrontations with Israeli occupation soldiers in south of West Bank

HEBRON, Saturday, November 4, 2023 (WAFA)

Israeli occupation soldiers shot and injured eight people during confrontations in the town of Bait Ummar in the south of the West Bank, according to a local activist.

Mu'hammed 'Awadh, an activist, told WAFA that soldiers raided Bait Ummar leading to confrontations with the local residents during which the soldiers opened live fire and shot tear gas canisters at the residents, hitting eight people with live bullets in the lower limbs, who were taken to hospital for treatment.

The soldiers broke into homes, shops and mosques, ransacked them and placed Israeli flags on the roofs of buildings in a provocative manner.

The soldiers also removed posters of town residents murdered by Israeli soldiers, set them on fire, and warned people against putting pictures of their sons killed by the soldiers in their homes.


Newspapers Review: Killings in West Bank and day 28 of Israeli massacres in Gaza highlight of dailies

RAMALLAH, Saturday, November 4, 2023 (WAFA) -

The Israeli occupation army killing of 11 Palestinians in the West Bank and the killing and injuring of dozens of Palestinians in the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip for the 28th day were highlighted on the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies published today - Al-Quds, Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, and Al-Ayyam.

Following are the most prominent headlines of these newspapers:

Al-Hayat al-Jadida:

Eleven killed and injuries in the West Bank; the occupation forces continue to destroy the infrastructure in Jenin

Minister 'Assaf: The assassination of journalist Abu Hatab is a crime aimed at silencing the voice, the picture, and hiding the truth

The alleys of the Old City of Jerusalem are deserted due to the war

Arab and Muslim voters are turning away from Biden in light of their disappointment in his support for Israel

The United Nations estimates the Palestinians aid needs at $1.2 billion

Washington reveals the flight of American drones over Gaza


The day hospitals and convoys transporting the wounded and displaced were bombed

UN institutions: 67% of the victims of the Gaza war are children and women

The World Health Organization expresses its shock at the occupations bombing of ambulances

West Bank: Ten martyrs in several areas during confrontations and incursions

A worker was killed and dozens injured in assaults at Karm Abu Salim crossing

UN official: The UN flag is no longer sufficient to protect the Palestinians

American drones fly over Gaza to help Israel find the prisoners

American sources: Israel has weeks, not months, to complete its goal in Gaza

Officials from six Arab countries meet Blinken in Amman today

For the fourth Friday, Jerusalem is a military quarter and prayer is in the streets


Face-to-face fighting around besieged Gaza City

United Nations: The Palestinians need for aid is estimated at $1.2 billion

Marches at home and abroad in support of Gaza

12 martyrs and dozens of injuries in the West Bank

The house of the prisoner Kharousha was blown up and worshipers were suppressed in Wadi al-Joz neighborhood

Thousands perform prayers in the streets after being prevented from entering Al-Aqsa


Abduction of Palestinians by Israeli Occupation Regime Soldiers

More than 50 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces

RAMALLAH, Saturday, November 4, 2023 (WAFA)

The Israeli occupation forces detained today more than 50 Palestinians, most of them from Fawwar refugee camp, near Hebron, in raids at their homes in the occupied West Bank, according to different sources.

They said 25 people were rounded up in a raid in Fawwar refugee camp ranging in age between 20 and 53 years of age, and one from Bait Ummar, in the Hebron governorate.

In nearby Bethlehem, soldiers detained two people aged 33.

Six people were detained in raids in the Jenin governorate, five of them from the town of Jaba', in the north of the West Bank, and three were detained from Balata refugee camp in Nablus.

In the Ramallah district, the soldiers detained a man and his two sons from the village of Dair Jarir, and another man from the town of Ni'leen.

Israel detained more than 2000 Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the start of the aggression on Gaza on October 7, according to prisoners' advocacy groups.


Aggression and Attacks by Illegal Israeli Settlers and Soldiers


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