Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant has outlined proposals for the future governance of Gaza once the war between Israel and Hamas is over.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to visit Gaza this week, amid heightened tensions following the assassination of Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri. He is expected to hold talks with Palestinian officials and Israeli leaders, despite ongoing fighting in Gaza.

Israel retains overall security control of Gaza under a “four corner” plan, with a multi-national force responsible for rebuilding the territory. Nearby Egypt has an unspecified role, but Palestinians will be responsible for running the territory. This plan has led to disagreement in Israel, with some suggesting Palestinian citizens should leave Gaza for exile.

 

Israeli forces have conducted strikes on “terrorist infrastructure” and killed militants who attempted to detonate explosives. Hamas-run Gaza health ministry reported 125 deaths in the past 24 hours, with 14 people killed in al-Mawasi, a small town designated a “safe space” for displaced Palestinians. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has not commented on Hamas claims.

Gaza camp tents are hit by Israeli strikes, killing over 22,400 people since Israel’s retaliatory campaign began. Aid agency Save the Children calls for safe zones and shelters in Gaza.