Israel-Gaza war live: 187 Palestinians killed by Israel inside Gaza in last 24 hours, says Gaza health ministry
"Hamas-run health ministry reports fatalities over past 24 hours and says at least 21,507 people have been killed since conflict began
Al Jazeera reports that two of its journalists have been assaulted by Israeli soldiers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank near Dura, in the Hebron region.
The news network claims that Montaser Nassar, one of its correspondents, and a photographer accompanying him were attacked, writing:
The soldiers severely beat the men and confiscated all their equipment, including a mobile phone, while they were on the roof of a house preparing to shoot a live report. Nassar said the soldiers attacked them without warning and did not issue a request to leave before beating the men.
Data from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has shown that since 7 October the conflict between Israel and Hamas has been the deadliest period for journalists since it began gathering data in 1992.
As of 23 December, the CPJ’s preliminary investigations showed 69 journalists and media workers were confirmed dead, including 62 Palestinians, four Israeli, and three Lebanese media workers. Three journalists were reported missing and 20 journalists were reported arrested.
A baby named Mariam Abu Akel has been rescued from under the rubble in Rafahafter an Israeli airstrike, Reuters reports. The airstrike killed 20 people and wounded 55, according to the health ministry spokesperson, Ashraf al-Qidra.
Arafat Barbakh reports that the baby’s skin was grey with dust and that she made some noise as rescuers reached into the rubble to free her legs and lift her clear. Her family had been sheltering in the Abu Edwan family’s house after they fled their own home.
Mariam’s mother and sister were both killed in the strike along with members of the Abu Edwan family and people from other families temporarily living with them. Her father and brother, Hamed, still a toddler, also survived the blast.
When Mariam was lifted free, a rescuer ran with her in his arms to take her to hospital. Doctors there swabbed her cuts.
At another airstrike site, rescuers pulled out two infant girls. In an ambulance, medics sponged a thick layer of dust from their faces as a badly bleeding boy sat opposite them, dazed.
In the hospital, children lay for treatment on the floor. A boy with bandages around his head and blood covering his face was crying. Next to him lay another boy with a brace around his neck. The two small girls lay on a stretcher.
Nadeen Abdulatif, 13, stood by a pile of debris next to the Rafah house where she and her family had taken shelter after their own home in Gaza City was ruined by an airstrike targeting the building next door and which killed her older brother.
She said she could not stop thinking about being killed, or her other brother dying. The airstrike during the night had blown out the windows and rattled the building.
“My brother was shaking. I was shaking. I was scared. I didn’t move from my place because of how terrified I was,” she said.