Israeli forces resumed their bombardment shortly after the expiration of a week-long truce. The renewed hostilities have resulted in a tragic toll, with more than 180 people killed and hundreds more wounded, according to Palestinian officials.
The Eastern areas of Khan Younis in southern Gaza experienced intense bombardment, sending columns of smoke into the sky as residents fled, seeking shelter further west. Simultaneously, militants in Gaza fired rockets into southern Israel, triggering sirens across the region.
Hamas claimed to have targeted Tel Aviv, though no casualties or damage were reported.
Gaza health officials reported that Israeli airstrikes have claimed the lives of 184 people, injured at least 589 others, and damaged over 20 houses.
The Israeli military issued leaflets urging civilians in Gaza City and southern parts of the enclave to evacuate, raising concerns from rights groups that there are no safe places in the besieged territory.
As the conflict intensifies, humanitarian organizations are sounding the alarm. “Hell on Earth has returned to Gaza,” warned Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN humanitarian office in Geneva, emphasizing the worsening humanitarian emergency.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) criticized the Israeli army’s evacuation orders, asserting that nowhere in Gaza is safe due to indiscriminate bombing and ongoing fighting.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that Israeli forces prohibited the entry of trucks at the crossing point, exacerbating the challenges faced by humanitarian and relief organizations.
The UN echoed concerns about the deteriorating situation, emphasizing the urgent need for a ceasefire.
Gaza’s government media office has called on Arab and Muslim states to establish field hospitals in the enclave urgently. Salama Marouf, the office’s spokesperson, emphasized the need for aid trucks and fuel, urging quick humanitarian solutions for the thousands affected by the conflict.
The collapse of the ceasefire has led to a blame game between the warring sides. Each accuses the other of causing the breakdown by rejecting terms for extending the daily release of hostages held by armed groups in exchange for Palestinian detainees.
The pause, which began on November 24 and had been extended twice, faltered as mediators failed to find a formula for further releases.
Qatar, the United States, and Egypt have played a central role in mediation efforts. However, Israel’s renewed bombardment has complicated negotiations.
Qatar’s prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, reiterated his country’s commitment to de-escalation during a meeting with the UK’s Foreign Secretary David Cameron.
The two discussed the latest developments and explored ways to implement a lasting ceasefire.
The White House has also expressed its commitment to restoring the truce, with Press Secretary John Kirby stating the US’s desire for more captives to be released and increased humanitarian aid to reach the Gaza Strip.
As the international community watches with growing concern, urgent calls for a ceasefire and humanitarian intervention resonate. The tragic toll on civilians and the escalating crisis demand swift and decisive action to alleviate the suffering in Gaza.
The world waits in hope for a resolution that brings an end to the cycle of violence and paves the way for lasting peace in the region.
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