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Fighting between Israel and Hamas intensifies in the southern Gaza Strip

Fighting between Israel and Hamas intensifies in the southern Gaza Strip

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Israeli troops surrounded this Wednesday Khan Yunis, the largest city in the southern Gaza Stripand they clashed with militants from the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in their streets and in other parts of the enclave, in the most intense fighting in two months of hostilities.

The conflict, which has left thousands dead, has moved to southern Gaza after fierce fighting and bombings that have reduced much of the northern Strip to rubble and pushed almost 2 million people, 80% of Gazans, to leave their homes.

The UNwhich has often criticized the offensive, denounced this Wednesday the “absolute horror” in which the 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza live and said that this week’s fighting and bombings have largely paralyzed the distribution of humanitarian aid.

Israel says it can no longer accept a Hamas military presence in Gaza, where the group has ruled since 2007, after its Oct. 7 attacks in southern Israel, which sparked the current offensive.

The distribution of humanitarian aid was only possible in and around Rafah, on the southern border with Egypt.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu He said Israel would maintain control of security in Gaza indefinitely once Hamas is eradicated, something the United States and much of the international community oppose.

The Israeli Army said on Tuesday that it had reached the “heart” of Khan Yunis after what it described as “the most intense day” of fighting since the start of the ground operation five weeks ago, with heavy clashes also in the north.

In the city, which is located just nine kilometers from the southern border with Egypt, tens of thousands of Palestinians take refuge who fled the north of the Strip following evacuation orders from the Israeli Army.

The streets were practically empty this Wednesday morning, while hospitals did not stop receiving dead and injured people.

Israeli forces surround Khan Yunis, the main city in the southern Gaza Strip / Photo: AFP:

“We were in the center of Khan Yunis. The entire city is suffering from incessant destruction and shelling,” said the Palestinian Hassan al Qadi, an inhabitant of Khan Yunis displaced to Rafah this Wednesdaythe southernmost city in the territory, to the AFP news agency.

“If they want to kill us, they should surround us in one place and kill us all together. But forcing us to move from one place to another is not fair”he added.

In the past three days, the distribution of humanitarian aid was only possible in and around Rafah due to fighting and the closure of routes by Israeli forces, the UN humanitarian aid office (OCHA) said on Wednesday.

Gaza has been without electricity since the first week of hostilities and Israel has severely limited fuel imports, forcing several hospitals to close because they cannot operate their emergency generators.

Gaza has been without electricity since the first week of hostilities and Israel has severely limited fuel imports

Hamas and the Islamist group Islamic Jihad said their militants were fighting Israeli troops on Wednesday to prevent them from advancing further into Khan Yunis, where already displaced civilians had to pack up and flee south again.

In it Nasser hospital That city saw scenes of chaos, with ambulances, vans and other vehicles bringing bloodied and dust-covered victims.

“My cousin called me and told me to come because my sister’s body was in the school yard,” Mohammed Saloul told AFP.

“My cousin called me and told me to come because my sister’s body was lying in the school yard.”Testimony of an inhabitant of the Gaza Strip

According to the Hamas government’s press office, artillery fire left “dozens dead and wounded” on Tuesday night in the east of this city.

They also reported a bombing against the Nuseirat refugee camp, in the center of the Strip, which left six dead, and another in the northern town of Jabaliya that also caused several deaths.

Israel declared war on Hamas after the attack on October 7 of the Islamist movement, which killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapped about 240, including twenty Argentines, who were taken to Gaza.

The offensive against Gaza left 16,248 dead, mostly women and children, according to the press office of the Hamas government in the Strip.

The numbers of war

Israel declared war on Hamas after the Islamist movement’s October 7 attack, which killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapped about 240including about twenty Argentines, who were taken to Gaza.

The offensive against Gaza has left 16,248 dead, mostly women and childrenaccording to the press office of the Hamas government in the Strip.

Israel vowed to annihilate the Islamist movement and free the 138 hostages still held in Gaza after short truce which allowed the return of dozens of them.

Israel vowed to annihilate the group and free all 138 hostages still held in Gaza after the short truce that allowed the return of dozens of kidnapped people, including a dozen Argentines, exchanged for Palestinian teenagers and women imprisoned in Israel

Several Hamas commanders were killed in an airstrike near the Indonesian Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said today.

With the expansion of its operations, Israel urged the population of Gaza to move further south, triggering “panic, fear and anxiety”, according to Philippe Lazzarini, the director of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

Civilians are pushed into an area that represents less than a third of the surface of the Strip, whose access roads are collapsed, he said.

Benjamin Netanyahu assured that Israel will maintain control of security in Gaza indefinitely / Photo: Archive.

“Nowhere is safe in Gaza”, criticized the UN humanitarian chief, Martin Griffiths. “Not the hospitals, not the shelters (…). Nobody is safe,” he said.

In Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk said Palestinians in Gaza live in “absolute horror that is only getting worse.”

“Civilians in Gaza continue to be relentlessly bombed by Israel and collectively punished,” he said, while calling for an immediate end to the violence and the release of all Hamas hostages.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, called on Tuesday to condemn the “sexual violence” committed by Hamas, after accusations of rape by its militiamen during the October 7 attack, something that the group denies.

“Not the hospitals, not the shelters, not the refugee camps. No one is safe” Martin Griffiths, UN humanitarian chief

The director of the UN children’s fund (Unicef) also condemned this Wednesday the “sexual violence” against Israeli women during the Hamas attacks, but without mentioning the Palestinian Islamist group, which caused discomfort in the Israeli Government.

“Survivors must be heard, supported and cared for. Complaints must be thoroughly investigated. We condemn gender-based violence and all forms of violence against women and girls,” director Catherine Russell said on the social network X.

Fighting resumed after the collapse of the truce, which was negotiated with the mediation of Qatar.

The emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, said that his country “is constantly working to renew” the truce and denounced the “shameful” international inaction on the war.

The offensive against Gaza has left more than 16,248 dead according to Palestinian estimates Photo Archive
The offensive against Gaza has left more than 16,248 dead, according to Palestinian estimates / Photo: Archive.

The conflict raised fears of a regional conflagration, with frequent exchanges of fire between the Israeli military and the Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border.

It also increased the violence in the West Bank, the other Palestinian territories, which are occupied by Israel, where two Palestinians aged 16 and 18 were killed this Wednesday morning by shots fired by Israeli soldiers, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Since October 7, at least 257 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank by the Israeli army or settlers, according to the Palestinian National Authority.

The United States announced restrictive visa sanctions on Tuesday against Jewish settlers accused of attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank.

Fierce fighting and shelling reduced much of the northern Gaza Strip to rubble Photo Archive
Fierce fighting and bombing reduced much of the northern Gaza Strip to rubble / Photo: Archive.

Out of control

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, called to condemn the “sexual violence” committed by Hamasafter accusations of rape by its militiamen during the October 7 attack, something the group denies.

But Washington, Israel’s main ally, also called for more efforts to protect the population of Gaza and announced a $21 million aid package for this Palestinian territory.

Fighting resumed after the collapse of the truce negotiated with the mediation of Qatar that allowed the exchange of dozens of Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners.

The emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, said that his country “is constantly working to renew” the truce and denounced the “shameful” international inaction in the face of the war.

The conflict raised fears of a regional conflagration, with frequent exchanges of fire between the Israeli Army and the Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border.

Violence also increased in the West Bank, the other Palestinian territories, which are occupied by Israel, where two Palestinians, aged 16 and 18, were killed this Wednesday by shots fired by Israeli soldiers.according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Since October 7, at least 257 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank by the Israeli army or settlers, according to the Palestinian National Authority.

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