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Israel continued to carry out massacres in Gaza. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Israeli occupation forces carried out new massacres in Gaza and at least 11 people were killed in the southern city of Rafah. 

Following the attack on Arab Al-Aramsheh on Wednesday, where at least 21 Israelis were wounded, the Lebanese Resistance announced the targeting of another gathering of soldiers on Thursday morning. 

European Union Foreign Policy Commissioner Josep Borrell warned of an imminent regional war  and called on Iran and Israel to exercise restraint.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 33,970 Palestinians have been killed, and 76,770 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

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Friday, April 19, 12:00 pm (GMT+2)

ABC (quoting Israeli source): We made significant progress in preparations to evacuate about a million civilians from Rafah before the imminent operation there.

UNSC: I am disappointed with the result of the Security Council vote on Palestine’s membership.

UN: The UN Security Council fails to adopt a draft resolution accepting full membership of Palestine in the United Nations because of American veto.

Thursday, April 18, 11:10 pm (GMT+2)

WHITE HOUSE: We agree with Tel Aviv on the necessity of defeating Hamas.

HEZBOLLAH: We bombed “with artillery an enemy technical team while it was maintaining spy equipment in the Ramim barracks, and achieved confirmed casualties.”

Thursday, April 18, 10:10 pm (GMT+2)

ISRAELI MEDIA: Israel’s far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said the establishment of “a Palestinian state is an obstacle to peace and an existential threat to Israel and we will not allow its establishment.”

WASHINGTON POST (Citing Israeli official): Iran’s leaders are likely to instruct Hezbollah to attack if we respond to Tehran.

AL-JAZEERA: Sirens sounded in the city of Ashkelon for the first time in about two months.

HAMAS: The Israeli occupation, with the support of “malicious” international parties, is trying to replace the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) with other international bodies.

CIA: Israel’s repelling of the Iranian attack would have failed without US intelligence and our support and the support of partners.

Thursday, April 18, 8:45 pm (GMT+2)

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: We shelled Ashkelon, Sderot with a rocket barrage in response to the crimes of the occupation against our people.

KAN TV: The War Cabinet had not discussed the issue of the Israeli prisoners for 10 days, despite Hamas’s response to truce proposal.

UNITED NATIONS: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian before the Security Council:

The attack on our diplomatic headquarters in Damascus shows that the Israeli regime does not hesitate to violate international law.

Western countries failed to issue a statement condemning the attack on our consulate.

The White House continues to give the green light to Israel to continue attacks amid Security Council inaction.

Our attack on Israel was in response to a series of Israeli attacks targeting our interests.

We had long been restraint, and we had no choice but to respond after the bombing of our consulate.

CHANNEL 12 (Cited in Israeli officials fear the Hague Criminal Court will issue arrest warrants against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials. The court may issue its orders before the end of this month.

WALLA: Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beitenu party, said in an interview that “We are not close to victory (in Gaza), we are close to the summit of shame.”

Thursday, April 18, 6:30 pm (GMT+2)

ERDOGAN: An immediate and permanent ceasefire must be reached in Gaza.

NETANYAHU: the internal division that Israel is witnessing must disappear now “because we are facing an existential threat.”


The United States has objected to every ceasefire decision in Gaza.

The Middle East is on the brink of abyss.

Israel targets humanitarian convoys in Gaza and obstructs their work.

ALGERIAN DELEGATE TO UNSC: The Palestinians have the right to establish their state.

ISRAELI ARMY: The Israeli occupation army announced, “the expansion of operational control over the corridor that separates the northern Gaza Strip from its center and south.”

KAN: a drone fell during operations in the central Gaza Strip “due to a technical defect”.

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli police arrested Professor Nadra Shalhoub for accusing Israel of exterminating a people, and for her views against the war on the Gaza Strip.

Thursday, April 18, 5:00 pm (GMT+2)

ISRAEL’S REPRESENTATIVE TO UN: The Council did not condemn Hamas or its attack on us and is now preparing to vote on full membership for Palestine.

NYT: Israel will carry out a military operation in Rafah.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: Our fighters were able to “detonate the eyes of two booby-trapped tunnels in the Zionist engineering forces, leaving them dead and wounded in the Al-Mughraqa area in the central Gaza Strip.”.

GUTERRES: Israeli operations in Gaza created a raging inferno.

Thursday, April 18, 4:00 pm (GMT+2)

US TREASURY: Sanctions were imposed on 16 Iranian individuals and entities in response to Iran’s attack on Israel.

BIDEN: We will impose new sanctions on Iran.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: 18 people were killed, half of them children, in Israeli occupation raids targeting displaced people in the city of Rafah during the past two days.

AXIOS (quoting US officials): A virtual American-Israeli meeting will be held today regarding the possible operation in Rafah.

KNESSET MEMBER: Hamas brigades are still active, contrary to what the army says.

AL-JAZEERA: the Israeli War Council will meet tonight to discuss the latest developments regarding the prisoner exchange deal with Hamas.

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set a date for entering the city of Rafah.

Thursday, April 18, 3:00 pm (GMT+2)

NBC: Google fired 28 employees after they went on strike to protest a $1.2 billion contract with the Israeli government and army.

GAZA GOVERNMENT MEDIA OFFICE: Rescue crews recovered 30 martyrs who were buried in two cemeteries in front of the emergency and kidney departments in the Shifa Complex. the fate of about a thousand medical personnel and journalists who were in the Al-Shifa Complex is still unknown.

Thursday, April 18, 2:00 pm (GMT+2)

UNICEF: 2 out of every 3 homes in Gaza were damaged or destroyed.

AL-JAZEERA: Three Palestinians were killed and others were injured when the occupation forces opened fire on civilians east of Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip.

BORRELL: We are on the brink of a regional war that will send a shockwave to the rest of the world.

IRANIAN OFFICIAL: If Israel targets our facilities, it will receive a response with more advanced weapons.

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: 33,970 Palestinians have been killed, and 76,770 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

IRANIAN OFFICIAL: We confronted the Zionists with old weapons and minimal force

Thursday, April 18, 1:00 pm (GMT+2)

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, announced that an Israeli soldier had been sniped east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: Gaza needs surgical field hospitals that include operating rooms and intensive care.

AL-JAZEERA (citing medical source): The bodies of nine Palestinians were recovered after the occupation forces withdrew from the northern Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip.

NYT (citing sources): The Israelis made a mistake in their calculations by believing that Iran would not respond forcefully

ISRAELI ARMY COMMANDER: We will head to Rafah after withdrawing from Nuseirat.

Thursday, April 18, 11:30 am (GMT+2)

UNRWA COMMISSIONER-GENERAL LAZZARINI: Our staff who were arrested by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip gave horrific accounts of ill-treatment and torture. The Security Council must conduct an independent investigation and hold Israel accountable for its blatant disregard for the protection of humanitarian workers.

YEDIOTH AHRONOTH (quoting Israeli Army source): Hezbollah has begun using Burkan-class missiles that are highly effective and fortification-piercing.

Thursday, April 18, 10:30 am (GMT+2)

MAYOR OF NUSEIRAT: The Israeli aggression deprived the people of Nuseirat of the most basic humanitarian services, such as water and sanitation.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: The number of Palestinians killed by the occupation bombing of displaced people in Rafah has risen to 11.

AL-JAZEERA: A number of Palestinians were injured as a result of an Israeli bombing that targeted them in the Al-Mughraqa area in the central Gaza Strip.

HEZBOLLAH: Our fighters targeted, at dawn on Thursday, a movement of Israeli occupation soldiers at the Al-Malikiyah site near the border with Lebanon.

Thursday, April 18, 09:00 am (GMT+2)

BORRELL: European Union Foreign Policy Commissioner Josep Borrell warned of an imminent regional war affecting the entire world, and called on Iran and Israel to exercise restraint.

ISRAELI ARMY: The Israeli army said it assassinated an official in the Internal Security Service in Gaza in Beit Hanoun.

KAN: the number of people injured as a result of the Hezbollah operation on Arab Al-Aramsheh yesterday, Wednesday, has risen to 19.

LEBANESE CIVIL DEFENSE: Two people were killed as a result of an Israeli occupation raid that targeted the town of Kafr Kila in southern Lebanon at dawn today.

AL-JAZEERA: The body of a Palestinian arrived at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in the Gaza Strip after he was shot by an Israeli sniper east of Deir Al-Balah in the middle of the Strip.

PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER: The Israeli army finds it difficult to deal with the suicide drones used by the Lebanese Hezbollah to attack Israeli targets on the border with Lebanon.

IRANIAN FM: We exchanged letters with Washington via Switzerland before and after our operations against Israel to prevent the expansion of the crisis.

Thursday, April 18, 07:30 am (GMT+2)

AL-JAZEERA: The southern areas of Gaza City are under continuous Israeli artillery shelling.

CHINA: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on “all parties to the conflict in Gaza to exercise restraint” and said his country expected the United Nations to play its role in the Gaza Strip.

UNICEF: Around 14 thousand children killed in the Israeli war on Gaza.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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