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Live blog update| Israel-Palestine war

Evening recap

Good evening Middle East Eye readers,

Israeli forces have killed at least 118 Palestinians and wounded 163 more over the past 24 hours in 11 "massacres", according to the Palestinian health ministry. 

This brings the Palestinian death toll in 137 days to more than 29,313, with over 69,300 wounded and 7,000 missing, who are believed to be dead and buried under rubble. '

The humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to spiral out of control said the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday, adding that “on a broader level, Gaza has become a death zone”.

In other developments:

  • Khaled Shawish, a Palestinian prisoner has died in an Israeli jail, the Palestinian Detainees Affairs Commission said.
  • An Israeli air strike in southern Lebanon's Majdal Zoun on Wednesday killed a woman and a girl, according to local media. The girl was identified as Amal Eldor, five. 
  • The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that 14-year-old Saji Suleiman died of his wounds after being fatally shot by Israeli forces in the village of Azon in the occupied West Bank.
  • Most Israelis don't believe an "absolute victory" in Gaza is likely, a new poll by the Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute has shown. 
  • The UK High Court has dismissed a legal challenge that sought the immediate halt of British arms exports to Israel
  • Foreign Secretary David Cameron has been accused of dodging questions about UK policy on arms exports to Israel following an exchange of letters with the Foreign Affairs Committee chair.
  • Benny Gantz, a member of the Israeli war cabinet, indicated there were “promising early signs of progress” concerning a new agreement to free hostages from Gaza.
  • On Wednesday, the British Foreign Office announced that Britain and Jordan delivered four tonnes of aid via airdrop, including medicines, fuel and food to Tal al-Hawa Hospital in northern Gaza.
  • Bill Burns, the CIA director, is set to visit Paris this Friday for discussions with officials from Qatar, Egypt and Israel, regarding the efforts to negotiate the release of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, according to an Axios report.