9 Gaza War Updates: Israel Attacks Iran, Hezbollah-Houthi Go Crazy

Bloody conflicts continue to occur in the Gaza Strip. Israel continues to launch attacks in the region to crush the Hamas group, which has attacked the southern region of the Jewish State.

On October 7, Hamas launched a multi-pronged attack by land, sea and air and infiltrated Israel, killing more than 1,400 people and kidnapping 200.

In response, Israel responded with air strikes on the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave controlled by Hamas. Since then, the enclave has been the target of aerial bombardment for days, killing at least 29,000 thousand civilians there.

Human rights bodies have condemned the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where food, water and electricity are running out after Israel cut off supplies.

The following are the latest developments as collected by CNBC Indonesia , Thursday (22/2/2024):

1. Israel Attacks Iranian Gas Pipeline

The Middle East is getting hotter. Two explosions were reported on Iran’s main south-north pipeline.

The explosion that occurred last week hit a natural gas pipeline from Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari provinces in western Iran to cities on the Caspian Sea. The approximately 1,270 km (790 mi) long pipeline starts in Asaluyeh, the center of Iran’s offshore South Pars gas field.

It was reported that there were no victims in the attack. However, state media said supplies had been disrupted in the northeastern provinces of North Khorasan, Lorestan in the west and Zanjan in the northwest.

Iran was angry and pointed to Israel as the mastermind behind the attack, Wednesday local time after a cabinet meeting. This is believed to be part of the Zionist State’s ‘espionage mission’, which Tel Aviv rarely admits to.

‘”The gas line explosion… was Israel’s doing,” said Oil Minister Javad Owji as quoted by Al Jazeera , Thursday (22/2/2024).

“Acts of terrorism and sabotage,” he added.

He said this did not only disrupt gas services in a number of provinces. But it also endangers public gas distribution.

He compared the attack to a series of mysterious and unclaimed attacks on gas pipelines in 2011, including an attack on the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution. Last December, a hacking group that Iran accused of having ties to Israel had claimed a cyber attack that disrupted 70% Iranian gas station.

Iran and Israel are bitter enemies in the region. A number of reports even say that Iran has tried to target Iran’s nuclear sites in several sabotage attacks.

The current war in Gaza has also worsened relations between the two countries. Yemen’s Houthis, who are allied with Iran, have launched attacks on Israel and shipping in the Red Sea as a show of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

Israel and the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah, which is also linked to Tehran, have been involved in increasingly deadly cross-border attacks for months. Monday, Israel launched air strikes and attacked the port city of Sidon, Lebanon.

2. Hezbollah Attacks Israel

The Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah, has again carried out direct attacks on Israeli territory.

The attack was carried out in response to Israel’s attacks in South Lebanon and to support the Palestinian people who continue to be bombarded, especially since the war erupted between Israel and Hamas on October 7.

Reporting from Lebanese media, Al Mayadeen , in its latest operation Wednesday (21/2/2024), Hezbollah for the first time targeted the Matzuva settlement using Katyusha missiles. The action was a direct response to Israel’s Majdal Zoun attack.

The settlement is 3 kilometers from the Lebanese border in the western sector and is home to a steel factory, tourist site, military barracks, shooting range, theater and shopping shops.

In parallel, Hezbollah also deployed Israeli troops in the Avivim settlement with appropriate weapons for the second time on Wednesday resulting in deaths and injuries among Israeli troops.

Hezbollah’s attack also targeted Hadab Yaroun with two Burkan missiles hitting him directly.

In all, Hezbollah carried out 13 operations on Wednesday targeting Israeli military positions in the Even Menachem Shomera settlement, Avivim, the al-Marj military site, the Roueissat al-Alam and Zibdine posts in the occupied Shebaa Farms, the Zarit barracks, the Metula settlement, Matzuva, and Hadab Yaroun.

3. Gaza Becomes a ‘Death Zone’

Israeli attacks continue to occur in the Gaza Strip. This paralyzed the region from logistical supplies and utilities such as clean water and electricity.

In a report released in the New York Times , Thursday (22/2/2024) researchers from

Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine estimate that escalating war in Gaza could lead to the deaths of 85,000 citizens from injury and disease over the next six months.

This adds to the number of casualties in the region due to Israeli attacks, which has now reached 29 thousand.

The estimates also represent “excess deaths”, which would have occurred in Gaza even in the absence of war. This is due to the fate of the Palestinian enclave which has been restricted by Tel Aviv for a long time, so that health facilities have experienced many problems.

“In the second scenario, assuming no change in current levels of fighting or humanitarian access, there could be an additional 58,260 deaths in the enclave over the next six months,” the report added.

“This figure could increase to 66,720 if there is an outbreak of infectious diseases such as cholera.”

This number alone cuts a lot of the population in Gaza. It is known that the Palestinian coastal region currently has a population of 2.2 million people.

“This is not a political message or advocacy. We just want to put this in people’s minds and on the table of decision makers,” said Francesco Checchi, professor of epidemiology and international health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The analysis projects that deaths from traumatic injuries in Gaza over the next six months will be spread across all ages and genders.

“The loss of life includes the deaths of people who have been injured or injured by unexploded bombs, the deaths of babies and women who were unable to receive complex care during childbirth, as well as the deaths of children who were malnourished and unable to fight infections such as pneumonia. “

4. US Defends Israel at the International Court of Justice

The United States (US) had the opportunity to express its views regarding Israel’s annexation of Palestine at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Wednesday (21/2/2024). This was done on the basis of accusations that Israel had carried out illegal annexation of Palestinian land since its founding.

In a statement of views, the US representative, Richard Visek, said the ICJ should not order the unconditional withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Palestinian territories without security guarantees.

“The court should not rule that Israel is legally obliged to immediately withdraw from the occupied territories without conditions. Any movement towards Israel’s withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza requires consideration of Israel’s very real security needs,” he explained, quoted by Al Jazeera .

Visek continued that Israel’s security received a major threat after the attack by Gaza’s ruling militia, Hamas, on October 7. According to him, many people ignore the importance of the security of the Jewish State.

“We were all reminded of that security need on October 7, and that need remains. Unfortunately, that need was ignored by many participants,” he added,

Furthermore, Visek said he was intensively involved with Palestine, Israel and other countries in the region to achieve peace in the region. This ultimately means a sovereign and independent Palestinian state, as proposed in the Two-State Solution clause.

“There is broad international support for reaching a negotiated solution to the conflict that would lead to a Palestinian state.”

5. China talks about Israel at the ICJ

Just like the US, China also got a platform to express its opinion at the ICJ regarding alleged violations of Israel’s annexation of Gaza. Ma Xinmin, legal advisor to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Beijing consistently supports justice for the Palestinian people in restoring their legitimate rights.

“Chinese President Xi Jinping has emphasized on several occasions that China calls for a comprehensive ceasefire and an early solution to the Palestinian issue based on a two-state solution through negotiations,” he said.

“In fighting for the right to self-determination, the use of force by the Palestinian people to resist foreign oppression and complete the establishment of an independent state is an inalienable right.”

6. The Red Sea is Burning Again

A missile attack in the Red Sea targeted a ship transiting the Gulf of Aden and caused a fire on a ship in the region. This was conveyed by the British maritime security agency.

“A ship was struck by two missiles, resulting in a fire on board,” said UK Maritime Trade Operations, adding that “coalition forces are responding”.

It is known that in recent months, the Yemeni ruling militia, the Houthis, have launched attacks on ships affiliated or linked to Israel and its allies as a form of solidarity with the Palestinian militia, Hamas and Gaza residents.

7. Gaza Casualties

The death toll from Israel’s war on Gaza has risen to 29,410 since October 7, the Gaza Health Ministry said in a statement. In addition, at least 69,465 people were injured.

8. Israeli Minister’s Plan

Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said Palestinians’ freedom of movement should be restricted. This follows a shooting attack on a highway near the settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank.

“Our right to life overrides Palestinians’ freedom of movement,” Ben-Gvir said, according to Israeli media reports. “I will fight for barriers around villages that will limit the freedom of movement of Palestinian Authority citizens.”

At least three people were killed and eight others injured in shootings this morning. Israeli police said two gunmen were killed and a third was arrested.

9. Houthis Attack Israel

The Houthis have reportedly launched missiles today towards Israel. This was conveyed by Israeli officials to Skynews.

In the report, the missile was reportedly launched near the port city of Eilat. Sirens were heard this morning in Eilat, followed by reports of interceptions in the sky.

The Israeli military later described the interception as being carried out by its Arrow missile defense system.

“The system, which intercepts long-range ballistic missiles, successfully intercepted an identified launch in the Red Sea region and is on its way to Israel,” the Israeli military said.

“The target did not cross Israeli territory and did not pose a threat to civilians.”

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