The Israeli army entered the Gaza Strip, focusing on the northern part of the enclave. 1.5 million people were crammed into the southern part. A UNICEF spokesman confirmed the case of a child dying of thirst. Israel rules out ceasefire. The invasion is the Israeli government’s response to the pogrom carried out by Hamas in southern Israel in early October. About 1,400 people were killed and about 240 people were kidnapped.
Not only air strikes, but also land combat – the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip continues and – as Benjamin Netanyahu promises – it will continue until the end. – Just as the United States would not agree to a ceasefire after the bombing of Pearl Harbor or the terrorist attack of September 11, Israel will not agree to a cessation of hostilities. Calls for a ceasefire are calls to surrender to barbarism, said the Israeli prime minister.
Israel is not revealing many details of its land offensive. As CNN journalists managed to establish, Israeli infantry and tanks probably moved about 3 kilometers into the Gaza Strip, attacking the enclave from three sides. An Israeli tank allegedly fired at a passenger car that was trying to turn away from the road. It is unknown who was in the vehicle. Israeli forces warn that Hamas uses the same means of transport as civilians – therefore, Palestinians should leave the zone of active fighting as soon as possible.
– Israel is certainly making efforts to avoid civilian casualties. This does not mean, of course, that there are no such victims. Unlike Putin in Ukraine and what Hamas did on October 7, killing civilians is not a war goal of the Israel Defense Forces, according to John Kirby, spokesman for the US National Security Council. Israel also continues to conduct coordinated airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. On Monday alone, nearly 300 targets were hit – including military facilities hidden in the extensive network of Hamas tunnels under the Gaza Strip, which may be up to 500 kilometers long. – They dug up the entire city under Gaza and connected it with tunnels. They have everything there. Huge headquarters, warehouses, rocket launchers and hundreds of missiles of various sizes – says Amir Avivi from the Israeli Defense Forces.
Hamas continues to fire rockets and missiles at Tel Aviv despite the ongoing Israeli offensive. However, the spokesman for the terrorist organization denies that Benjamin Netanyahu’s troops successfully managed to enter Gaza “with the exception of some limited areas.” – There were many attempts to enter the Gaza Strip from the north or east. We want to refute all Zionist stories that they were successful in entering the Gaza Strip. This is their great failure, argues Ghazi Hamad, Hamas spokesman.
As fighting intensifies in the air and on the ground, the already critical situation for Palestinian civilians is worsening. In the Gaza Strip, 1/3 of hospitals are not functioning, and rockets are regularly landed near functioning facilities. Doctors operate on patients without anesthesia, the lives of others – including the youngest – hang in the balance because electricity generators run on fuel fumes, and in addition to patients and doctors, according to the UN, up to 117,000 civilians have taken refuge in hospitals in the north of the enclave. – Our emergency department in the Al-Shifa complex is overwhelmed with the number of patients (…). There is no longer room for new admissions, argues Dr. Marwan Abu Sai’ida, a surgeon at Al-Shifa Hospital.
The Palestinian branch of the Save the Children charity emphasizes that a child dies every 10 minutes in the Gaza Strip, and the UN warns that most Palestinian children can now survive only on salt water. Humanitarian workers themselves are increasingly becoming victims of the conflict. – I lost 64 colleagues in just over three weeks. The last one died two hours ago. Samir, head of security and protection in the central region, was killed along with his wife and eight children, reports Philippe Lazzarini of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.
There are also growing concerns that the war in Gaza will spread further to the Middle East. As clashes between Israel and Hezbollah intensify, Lebanese authorities have warned that the conflict could plunge the entire region into chaos. Iran’s president stressed that Israel had “crossed red lines,” which could force other countries to take action, and the White House admitted that the United States was working to send a “strong” signal to Tehran that would deter any escalation.
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