Israel continues its ground attack on the Gaza Strip. Thousands of people in the region broke into UN warehouses and distribution centers, taking flour and other basic supplies needed for survival. The Israeli army said it clashed with Hamas fighters. US presidential adviser Jake Sullivan said Israel should take all possible measures to distinguish between Hamas fighters and Palestinian civilians. At tvn24.pl we summarize the most important events from Israel and the Gaza Strip.
> Thousands of residents in the region broke into warehouses and distribution centers of the United Nations Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA), taking flour and other basic items needed for survival. UN World Food Program (WFP) spokeswoman Abeer Etefa told the BBC that the attacks on warehouses were “expected” because of the “difficult conditions in which people are living.” “The bottom line is that people are desperate and hungry,” she said. Gaza resident Abdulrahman al-Kilani said: “Our houses have been destroyed. Nobody cares about us. We appeal to the nations of the world. All international powers are against us. We needed help and we wouldn’t have done it if we weren’t in need.
> Israeli soldiers continue their ground operation in the northern part of the Gaza Strip and clashed there with Hamas fighters who fired shots at them, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Sunday in a statement quoted by the BBC.
> Sky News’s Middle East correspondent Alistair Bunkall said that “intense fighting” was taking place in the Gaza Strip and that the Israeli military had apparently changed its tactics. Units no longer retreat after each operation, but remain inside the zone.
> Israel should take all possible measures to distinguish between Hamas fighters and Palestinian civilians during its military operation in the Gaza Strip, said Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to the US president on Sunday.
> Israel has reopened the second of three water pipelines supplying water to the Gaza Strip, enabling the delivery of approximately 28.5 million liters of water a day to the Palestinian exclave, the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday. This represents just over half of the approximately 49 million liters supplied by Tel Aviv before the war that began in early October.
> The Israeli ministry concluded that this is currently enough water and food to meet Gaza’s humanitarian needs. Journalists reporting on the situation in the Gaza Strip said on Instagram on Sunday that residents of the closed area were using salty seawater to try to meet their daily needs.
> At least 8,005 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip have been killed since the beginning of the war with Israel, including 3,342 children, the health ministry reported on Sunday in the territory controlled by the Hamas terrorist organization. Over 20,200 people were injured during the three-week shelling. people – added in the ministry’s announcement, the content of which was quoted by the Qatari Al-Jazeera television.
> “Contrary to false claims, in no case and at no stage was Prime Minister Netanyahu warned about Hamas’s war intentions,” the Israeli prime minister’s office said on Saturday evening. “On the contrary, all security officials, including the head of the Security Council and the head of the Israeli secret services, estimated that Hamas has been deterred. This assessment has been repeatedly presented to the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers by all security and intelligence forces,” the statement read.
> Netanyahu himself wrote on the X platform (formerly Twitter) that at no stage did he receive the slightest warning about Hamas’s “war intentions”. He added that “all security services, including the head of military intelligence and the head of the Shin Bet (the special service responsible for counterintelligence and internal security), were of the opinion that Hamas had been tamed and wanted to reach an agreement.” After many critical reactions, he deleted the entry from social media.
> Negotiations between Israel and Hamas, mediated by Qatar, continued on Saturday despite the intensification of the attack on Gaza, a source told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The talks have not broken off, but are taking place at a “much slower pace” than before the conflict escalated on Friday evening.
> UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday that he was surprised by the escalation of Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip. He also called again “for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, including the unconditional release of the hostages and the provision of assistance at a level that meets the dramatic needs of the people in Gaza, where a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes.”
> Telephone and Internet connections are gradually returning to the Gaza Strip, Palestinian media reported on Sunday.
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