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Live blog update| Israel's war on Gaza

Evening recap

Good evening, Middle East Eye readers.

Our live blog will soon be closing for the evening. Here are the main developments from the 253rd day of the conflict:

  • The death toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Gaza since 7 October has risen to at least 37,296 people, with another 85,197 wounded, according to Gaza's Health Ministry. The ministry added that, of them, 30 were killed and another 95 wounded in the last 24 hours.
     
  • Israeli forces have killed at least 547 Palestinians, and injured another 5,200, including 800 children, in the occupied Palestinian territories since 7 October, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
     
  • The Palestine Red Crescent Society has said that 498 medical personnel have been killed since the beginning of Israel’s war on Gaza.
     
  • The Israeli military said eight of its soldiers were killed in Rafah on Saturday, when an armoured vehicle they were in exploded. The armed wing of Hamas, the Qassam Brigades, said it had killed and wounded a number of Israeli soldiers in the "complex ambush", one of the deadliest incidents involving the Israeli military in the more than eight months of war in the Palestinian territory.
     
  • At least 19 Palestinians, including a baby, have been killed and 50 others wounded in Israeli air strikes targeting homes near Gaza City.
     
  • The Palestinian health ministry said Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, as an army official confirmed troops opened fire during a raid.
     
  • Over 50,000 children in Gaza require treatment for acute malnutrition, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa) said on Saturday. Continued restrictions on humanitarian access to the enclave are producing "desperate levels of hunger," the agency said.
     
  • Israeli forces conducted dawn raids of towns in the occupied West Bank, including Beita, Kafr Dan, Qalqilya and Hebron. In Beita, soldiers ransacked several houses, firing tear gas at a Palestinian youth.
     
  • The armed wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Al-Quds Brigades, has said that captives will only be released following a withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.
     
  • Israeli police arrested five protesters who staged a demonstration outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Israel's coastal town of Caesarea.