Gaza War: Israeli Bombardment Continues in Gaza Strip… and Hamas Group in Cairo
Today (Friday), according to the United Nations, the Israeli army continues its heavy bombardment of the southern Gaza Strip, where the humanitarian situation is catastrophic, while representatives of the Hamas movement arrived in Cairo. To discuss the ceasefire proposed by Egypt.
The town of Rafah, south of the small besieged area, was bombed again last night, and today (Friday) bombing is concentrated in the center and south of the area.
The death toll of Palestinians as a result of Israeli bombardment in the Gaza Strip since the start of the war has risen to 21,507, the majority of them civilians, according to the latest figures from the Hamas Health Ministry released on Friday. According to the same source, 187 people have been killed in the last twenty-four hours.
In the Makassi camp in Deir al-Bala in the central Gaza Strip, Palestinians wandered among the rubble of buildings destroyed by Israeli bombing while the sound of Israeli drones continued above them, according to video clips from Agence France-Presse. Images were obtained of wounded people being transported to Al-Aqsa Hospital in the center of the Gaza Strip and Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis in the south.
Nael Daya from Deir al-Bala (18 years old) said: “Have mercy on us and help us. People on the streets have no home… ENOUGH!
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that “at least 100,000 people” have sought refuge in Rafah in recent days due to the intensification of Israeli military operations in Khan Younis (in the south). Millions of the Gaza Strip's 2.4 million residents have become refugees.
War broke out between Israel and Hamas on Oct. 7, when the movement launched an unprecedented attack inside Hebrew state territory, killing about 1,140 people, most of them civilians, according to an Agence France-Presse count based on official Israelis. Statistics. During the attack, about 250 hostages were taken to the Gaza Strip, of whom 129 are still being held, according to Israel.
Since then, Israel has begun heavy bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip and began ground operations on October 27.
The response of the Palestinian factions
The army says 168 Israeli soldiers have been killed since the ground offensive began in the Gaza Strip.
As Israeli military operations continue into the 84th day of the war, representatives of the Hamas movement arrived in Cairo to discuss a three-phase Egyptian plan that would include an extended ceasefire and the gradual release of dozens of Palestinian hostages and prisoners in Israeli jails. leading to a cessation of hostilities. .
The Hamas delegation will inform the Egyptians of “the response of the Palestinian factions, which includes several observations on their plan,” an official of the movement told Agence France-Presse, requesting not to be identified.
He explained that these observations were particularly related to “the modalities of the expected exchange operations, the number of Palestinians to be released and the obtaining of guarantees for the complete withdrawal of the Israeli army from the Gaza Strip”.
Abu al-Rahman al-Khabris, a resident of Rafah, said: “We hope for a complete ceasefire… The Palestinian people hope that security will be restored so that they can live in peace like the rest of the world. .”
On Thursday evening, hundreds of Israelis, Jews and Arabs, gathered in Tel Aviv, waving banners calling for a ceasefire in Hebrew and Arabic.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a meeting with the families of the hostages in Tel Aviv on Thursday: “We are in contact (with mediators) at this time. I cannot provide further details. We are working to rescue them all. “That's our goal.”
The price is high
At Rask market in Rafah, stall owner Montazer al-Shehr (30) says: “This is the first time that eggs and some fruits are brought to Gaza from Egypt.” “All kinds of fruits are missing from the markets. There are some kinds of vegetables, but they are very expensive,” he points out.
Since October 9, Israel has fully tightened its land, sea and air blockade of the Gaza Strip since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. Humanitarian aid has been limited since Egypt inspected Rafah. The Security Council resolution on December 22 (December) called on “all parties to enable and facilitate the prompt, safe and unimpeded delivery of large-scale humanitarian assistance.”
With apparent shortages of basic goods, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned of the “serious danger” Gaza's residents face.
He called on the international community to “take urgent measures to mitigate the grave danger facing the people of Gaza, which is undermining the ability of humanitarian workers to help those suffering from horrific injuries, acute hunger and disease.”
Francesca Albanese, the United Nations rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories, wrote on the “X” site: “What Israel is doing to Palestinians, especially in Gaza, is the 'atrocity of our century',” and “Western complacency is turning into complicity.”
United Nations humanitarian coordinator Martin Griffiths criticized the conditions for the introduction of aid, and said on the “X” stage: “The fighting must stop immediately,” “warning of the impossible situation for the people of Gaza and those who come to help them.”
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced on Friday that the Israeli army opened fire on one of its aid convoys in the Gaza Strip, causing no casualties.
The Islamic Jihad movement announced today (Friday) that it fired missiles from the Gaza Strip towards areas in the Gaza Strip.
Tension in the area
Violence has escalated since the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas in the West Bank, occupied by Israel since 1967. Since then, according to Palestinian Ministry of Health statistics, more than 315 Palestinians have been killed by army fire in the West Bank, in addition to Israeli settlers, while Israeli forces carry out almost daily military operations and raids in various Palestinian towns and villages. and refugee camps.
On Friday, the Israeli army announced that four people were injured in a Palestinian car-ramming attack near the military base at the al-Fawwar camp junction, south of the West Bank city of Hebron. The area blocked the movement of the attackers.
The army added: “Additional soldiers have been deployed to strengthen army presence in the area.” Restrictions imposed by Israeli security forces since the start of the war on entering Al-Aqsa Mosque, particularly those under the age of fifty, have prevented the arrival of dozens of Palestinians who gather on the road in a nearby area for Friday prayers.
The war between Israel and the Hamas movement is raising tensions in the region amid fears of its escalation, particularly along the Israeli-Lebanese border where daily bombings and attacks between the Israeli army and Lebanese Hezbollah have begun. They say the Houthis in Yemen have communications with Israel on ships in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.
On Friday morning, the Israeli military again bombed Hezbollah bases in southern Lebanon. The military said several missiles were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon, two of which entered Israeli territory.
Sirens sounded several times in northern Israel today. In recent days, Iran has threatened Israel with “direct actions” by the “resistance front” in retaliation for Monday's killing of Revolutionary Guard chief Radhi Mousavi in an Israeli strike in Syria.
On the other hand, the US Navy announced on Thursday that it had shot down a drone and an anti-ship missile launched in the southern Red Sea by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the “22nd attempt” to launch an attack. This variety is from mid-October.