Displaced people line up to receive food near the tents in which they live, Jan. 20, 2024, in Rafah, Gaza. Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images

• The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) reports a tragic incident in Khan Younis, where a training center sheltering tens of thousands of displaced people caught fire after being struck amid fierce fighting. The agency describes the situation as resulting in “mass casualties,” highlighting the dire consequences of the ongoing conflict.

• The armed wing of Hamas, the Qassam Brigades, claims to have targeted six Israeli vehicles near Khan Younis, including Merkava tanks, an armored personnel carrier, and a bulldozer. The group’s actions contribute to the intensification of hostilities in the region.

• Displaced Palestinians continue to flock to Rafah as a safe haven from Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. The Norwegian Refugee Council describes the situation as chaotic, with a constant influx of displaced people. The lack of space for makeshift shelters and tents adds to the challenges faced by both refugees and humanitarian workers.

• Reports emerge of Israeli protesters, known as the Order Nine Movement, preventing humanitarian aid trucks from entering Gaza at the Karem Abu Salem crossing. The protesters demand the release of Israeli captives, hindering the already limited flow of humanitarian supplies, including medical aid, into Gaza.

• Palestinian NGOs warn of an impending famine affecting approximately 500,000 people in north Gaza. Despite the destruction caused by Israeli bombing, many residents refuse to leave their homes, facing dire conditions and a severe shortage of basic food supplies. The NGOs blame the international community for the crisis, characterizing Israel’s actions as deliberate war crimes and a starvation policy against civilians.

• Hezbollah claims responsibility for targeting Israeli positions in Shebaa Farms, a disputed territory claimed by Lebanon and considered part of Syria’s occupied Golan Heights by Israel. The group released footage of a rocket attack on Israel’s Meron air base, escalating tensions in the already volatile region.

• The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is set to issue an order on South Africa’s request for provisional measures against Israel on January 26. This step is not a final ruling but pertains to South Africa’s plea for measures to protect Palestinian rights under the Genocide Convention and ensure Israel’s compliance with its obligations.

• Maersk reports explosions near two US-flagged ships passing through the Bab al-Mandeb Strait off the coast of Yemen. The company states that accompanying US navy ships intercepted projectiles, leading to heightened security concerns in the Red Sea. Some ships are rerouting around the Cape of Good Hope due to the perceived risk.


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