Smoke billows from a house hit in Israeli airstrikes as flares fall on the southern Lebanese village of Kfar Kila near the border with Israel on January 19, 2024. (Hasan Fneich/AFP)

• The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that 165 Palestinians were killed and 280 wounded in Gaza within a 24-hour period.

• UN Chief Antonio Guterres emphasized the urgent need for a Gaza ceasefire, stating that people are dying not only from bombs and bullets but also due to a lack of food, clean water, and inadequate medical facilities.

• Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich expressed opposition to a Palestinian state, linking it to potential future conflicts and characterizing it as a threat to Israel’s security.

• CNN reported witnessing Israeli forces destroying cemeteries in Gaza, potentially constituting war crimes, based on satellite imagery and on-the-ground observations.

• Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi accused Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu of escalating tensions regionally to postpone political consequences, urging international support to end the aggression and occupation.

• Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzouk stated that Hamas does not want to retain Israeli captives, seeking a new prisoner exchange deal, and expressed appreciation for Houthi support against Israel’s actions in Gaza.

• A drone strike in Lebanon killed two suspected Hamas members, closer to Tyre and the coast than the disputed border region where most Hezbollah-Israel conflicts occur.

• The UK conducted 50 spy missions over Gaza in support of Israel using Shadow R1 surveillance aircraft based in Cyprus, raising suspicions about the purpose of intelligence gathering beyond the stated goal of monitoring captives.

• Israeli forces arrested at least 22 Palestinians, including women and children, in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, bringing the total number of arrests since October 7 to 6,115.

• The IRGC named four members, including Hojjatollah Omidvar, reportedly killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria, with Omidvar known as the intelligence deputy of the Quds Force operating in Syria.


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