Alareer was a “towering figure in Palestinian society,” said Abusalim, the writer and friend based in Washington, DC.
Meanwhile, the number of people killed in Israeli attacks in Gaza since October 7 has risen to 18,205, the Hamas-controlled health ministry in the enclave said Monday.
Since the start of the war, families of the missing Americans have had opportunities to speak or meet with President Biden, his national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Vice President Kamala Harris.
He left behind his wife, and children aged 7 to 21. CNN has been unable to reach members of Alareer’s family.
United Nations data has shown a sharp increase in attacks by settlers against Palestinians since October 7 — though European and US diplomats working in the region have been expressing concern for years about such violence and the sense that it frequently goes unpunished by Israel.
However, no aid will be allowed directly into Gaza from either crossing in Israel.
“The way things usually start is complete fear in the first couple of days,” he said. “This turns into numbness later on, complete indifference, complete submission.
“To describe him; he was generous, above all. Gracious, gentle, patient, funny. He had a wicked sense of humor,” he added.
“It’s something we don’t talk about. We don’t even want to think about how these kids, the homes, the lives (that) get destroyed again and again every few years,” he recalled.
Senior Gaza health official describes Israel’s expanded military presence in Jabalya refugee camp
Israeli tanks are spread out in the northern area of the Jabalya camp, Dr. Munir Al-Bursh said.
Hamas battalions in two areas of northern Gaza are “on the verge of dismantling," according to Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have also intensified its operation in the central part of the enclave.