Israel Latest: US Strikes Iran-Linked Targets in Eastern Syria

The US conducted airstrikes in eastern Syria on targets linked to Iran, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, while President Joe Biden spoke with Qatar’s ruler about trying secure the release of hostages in the Gaza Strip.

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(Bloomberg) — Hezbollah fired missiles at the Israeli military near the border, while Israel’s forces pressed on with the offensive against Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by the US and European Union.

The Israeli army conducted raids in northern Gaza on the outskirts of the Shati refugee camp. Heavy gunfire also continued in the vicinity of the Al-Quds hospital in Gaza City.

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Israel has targeted infrastructure it says is located in the midst of the civilian population, including in schools, universities and mosques. 

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(All time stamps are Israeli time)

Chevron Restarts Israel’s Tamar Gas Field (1:15 p.m.)

Chevron Corp. resumed natural gas output from Israel’s Tamar field following a Nov. 9 government order, the company said in a statement. Production was shut last month on safety concerns following Hamas’s attack on Israel. A gas pipeline that runs from Ashkelon, just north of the Gaza Strip, to Egypt is also likely to restart this week, according to three people familiar with the plan.

Heavy Gunfire Around Al Quds Hospital (12:29 p.m.)

Heavy gunfire is continuing near Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City, according to the Palestine Red Crescent.

The organization said in a post on X that shelling and violent explosions were heard in the area and that a convoy of vehicles arriving from southern Gaza to secure the hospital’s evacuation was stopped.

“The convoy is still waiting for the situation to settle down in the surrounding area of the hospital to be able to reach it to start the evacuation process,” according to the post, which didn’t give details on who blocked the convoy.

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EU’s Top Diplomat to Travel to Israel, Palestinian Areas for Talks (1:13 p.m.)

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign affairs chief, will travel to the Middle East, including Israel and the Palestinian areas, to discuss humanitarian access and political issues with regional leaders this week. 

“We need a political horizon looking towards the two state solution. This can only be achieved through dialog,” Borrell said in a post on X.

Hezbollah Claims Attacks on Israeli Infantry near Lebanon Border (11:50 a.m.)

Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based militant group, said it targeted Israeli infantry with missiles near the border, according to a report from its Al Manar TV channel. Israel said it identified two mortar launches, which fell in open areas in the Netu’a area, and caused no injuries. Israeli forces fired back. Sirens have been sounding in the area. 

UN Agency Says Guesthouse in Gaza Hit By Israeli Navy (10:36 a.m.)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency said one of its guesthouses in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, sustained significant damage from Israeli naval strikes on Sunday.

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“This recent attack is yet another indication that nowhere in Gaza is safe. Not the north, not the middle areas and not the south,” said the agency’s Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini. UNRWA didn’t report any casualties.

Israeli Gas Flows to Egypt Rise 60% This Month (10:30 a.m.)

Israel’s natural gas flows to Egypt have increased as much as 60% this month, according to a person familiar with Egyptian imports, as safety concerns from the war with Hamas ease.

Supplies have risen to 350-400 million cubic feet a day from about 250 million earlier in November, the person said, asking not to be named because the information is not public. Still, that’s almost half the normal flows from before the war.

Israel Approves Local Shutdown of Al Mayadeen TV (10:00 a.m.)

Israel’s security cabinet said it was shutting down broadcasts by Al Mayadeen, a Beirut-based television station whose agenda is closely aligned with that of Iran.

“To prevent a foreign broadcasting organization from harming the nation’s security, the security cabinet has authorized the Communications Minister to issue instructions against Al Mayadeen,” the Defense Ministry and the Communications Ministry said in a joint statement.

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Iran Says End to Israeli Attacks Only Way to Contain War (9:58 a.m.)

“Only an immediate end to Israel’s attacks and siege will prevent the war from spreading or other resistance groups from engaging in the war,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani said in a press conference.

The spread of the conflict to other parts of the region depends on the conduct of the US and Israel, he added.

UAE Says War Has Thrown the Middle East into ‘Chaos’ (8:15 a.m.)

The “crisis has thrown the region into yet another significant period of violence and chaos,” Anwar Gargash, the diplomatic adviser to the president of the United Arab Emirates, said at a conference in Abu Dhabi.

Hamas initiated the war and “nothing can justify attacks targeting civilians,” he said. “At the same time, we are deeply concerned by the unparalleled response of the Israeli government and military. The disproportionate attacks on civilians cannot be justified and add further fuel to the prospects of greater radicalization in the region.” 

He reiterated the UAE’s position that there must be a cease-fire.

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Israeli Army Raids Hamas Targets in Shati Camp (08:00 am)

Israeli troops are conducting raids on the outskirts of the Al-Shati Camp in northern Gaza, targeting Hamas infrastructure they say is located in central governmental institutions in the heart of the civilian population, including schools, universities, mosques, and residences.

“Hamas’ terror infrastructure was deliberately located inside civilian structures,” the Israeli military said, citing the Al-Quds University and the Abu Bakr mosque as examples. Troops seized dozens of weapons, military equipment, and operational plans belonging to Hamas.

US Warned Israel That Military Action Is Stoking Lebanon Border Tensions: Axios (7:30 a.m.)

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed concern to his Israeli counterpart Yoav Gallant Saturday about Israel’s role in escalating tensions along the border with Lebanon, Axios reported, citing unnamed Israeli and US sources.

Axios said Austin’s message to Gallant reflected growing anxiety in the White House that Israeli military action in Lebanon against the militant group Hezbollah is exacerbating tensions and could lead to a regional war.

CNN Says Hundreds of Foreign Nationals Left Gaza on Sunday (5:25 a.m.)

CNN reported that over 800 foreign nationals passed through the Rafah crossing into Egypt on Sunday, citing an unidentified Egyptian border official. It said this marked the largest number that has passed through the crossing in a single day since evacuations began.

Also on Sunday, Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said on social media platform X: “We are relieved that 234 Canadians and their families were able to leave Gaza today.”

It’s unclear whether they were part of the same group reported by CNN.

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