The cord is getting tighter and tighter for Gaza City, while it has been a month since the attack by Hamas and the declaration of war from Israel. The shelling is relentless, and raids are raging in the West Bank, while the Israeli prime minister closed any crevice of hope for a ceasefireas long as the hostages are not released.
An Israeli airstrike took place on the Khan Yunis refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, resulting in at least five dead, three of whom were children. Images from the scene show rescuers racing against time to free survivors from the rubble.
Palestinians who fled south on Monday reported heavy Israeli shelling during the night and in the Sati refugee camp. They said the Israeli military pounded the camp and the area around Al Shifa Hospital during a communications blackout. “They pounded the camp all night. The hospital buildings were shaking all night and we started receiving bodies and wounded. It was horrible,” a doctor told The Associated Press.
Ian Israeli strike also hit the roof of the Shifa hospital in Gaza, killing a number of displaced people who had taken refuge on its top floor and destroying solar panels, the director general of all hospitals in Gaza said. The panels help maintain power at the facility, which has been reduced to using a generator due to a lack of fuel.
Arrests of Hamas members in the West Bank
The Israeli security forces arrested 11 members of Hamas in the West Bank overnight, the military announced. A number of hidden explosives and a weapons cache were uncovered during a raid in the West Bank city of Tulkarem to crack down on terror infrastructure, according to a statement.
A A Palestinian was also reportedly killed in clashes with Israeli Army troops in the village of Sair near Hebron in the southern West Bank overnight, according to Palestinian media reports. A spokesman from Ahli Hospital in Hebron named the man as 24-year-old Sa’ad Nimr Al-Faroukh, according to a report. According to information, two others were injured in the incident.
Israeli soldiers were in Sa’ir to map the home of the family of a 16-year-old Palestinian who carried out a knife attack near the entrance to Herod’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday. killing border police officer Rose Elisheva Lubin and injuring another border police officer.
Earlier it became known that the Israeli forces they brought a Hamas military outpost under their control in the heart of Gaza City, say the Israeli Defense Forces, locating anti-tank launchers and rockets, weapons, etc. The military says that Israeli warplanes hit an outpost of about 10 Hamas members, under the direction of the ground troops of the Nahal Brigade who identified the core and directed the air attack on the outpost. Later, troops spotted an anti-tank platoon operating nearby and directed an additional air strike, according to the statement.
The troops they also identified Hamas fighters who had taken refuge in a building near the hospital Al Goodes in her Shejaiya district Gaza City and who according to the military were planning an attack on Israeli ground forces. An airstrike was directed at the site, which resulted in “significant secondary eruptions” indicating the presence of a weapons cache, the military says.
After all, earlier the Palestinian Red Crescent pointed out that Israeli airstrikes hit on Monday night area near Al Gudz Hospital in Gaza City, according to a statement. “Israel targeted the hospital area Al Goodes in the Gaza Strip with two rockets, about 50 meters away from the hospital gate“, the organization said.
Alert in northern Israel
At the same time, an alarm has been raised in Israelas residents in some communities in the north are being instructed to stay close to safe spots and shelters in the middle unspecified security alert.
According to Jewish media reports, residents on Metula, Yiftach, Kfar Giladi, Mishgav Am, Manara, Malkia, Kfar Yuval, Margaliot and Ramot Naftali they are asked to stay close to protected areas until further notice. Traffic in some of these areas has been blocked.
The report comes in between escalation of skirmishes on Israel’s northern borderincluding missiles from Lebanon.
Specifically, IDF troops fired artillery shells at a Hezbollah core in Lebanese territory that attempted to launch an attack with guided anti-tank missiles on Israeli territory near Upper Galilee.
Earlier, the forces of the Israeli army they attacked a Hezbollah position “to remove a threat“, says the army, without giving further details.
The dead exceed 10,000
The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza since October 7 surpass them 10,000the Hamas-controlled enclave’s Health Ministry announced on Monday.
Ashraf Al Kudra, a spokesman for the ministry, said that 10,022 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed from Israeli strikes, including 4,104 children, 2,641 women and 611 elderly. These numbers suggest that approx three quarters of the dead belong to vulnerable populations. The ministry said that another 25,408 people have been injured. It is unclear how many fighters are included in the total.
The same time, the situation for civilians in Gaza is desperate. “No one is safe in Gaza, which is turning into a children’s graveyard“, warned the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterreswhile pointing out that Hamas uses civilians as human shields.
Over 60% of Gaza’s hospitals and medical centers are now out of order, according to a statement by Palestinian Authority Health Minister Mai al-Qaila. Al-Qaila said that 16 out of 35 hospitals and 51 out of 72 medical centers are no longer operational due to shortages of fuel and medical supplies as well as Israeli shelling.
Both Israel and Hamas have rejected growing calls for an end to the fighting. Israel says that the hostages must be released first. Hamas says it will not release them or stop fighting while Gaza is under siege.
Netanyahu stated that a general ceasefire would hamper his country’s war effortbut a humanitarian ceasefire, an idea supported by Israel’s top ally the United States, will continue to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Netanyahu also stated that when the conflict is over he believes that “Israel will indefinitely have … overall responsibility for security (in Gaza)because we’ve seen what happens when we don’t have that responsibility for safety“.
Knife attack prevented in Jerusalem
A Palestine wrapped in a Hamas flag and holding a small knife was shot and wounded by Israeli forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem.
THE woman is hospitalized in custody. He walked to the checkpoint and refused to listen to the instructions of the guards and Border Police forces, who “they quickly responded by shooting her“, according to the police statement.
A search of her belongings found a sharp object and the authorities believe that a knife attack was prevented.
Day of mourning in Israel a month after the massacre by Hamas
The Israelis are honoring today the “day of mourning” they organized to honor her one month anniversary of the October 7th shock attack by the terrorist group Hamas, in which more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, were killed and around 240 were taken hostage.
At 11:00 in the morning a minute’s silence was observed across the country and local authorities will lower the flag to half-mast. Remembrance ceremonies will also be held at schools and universities throughout the day.
Later in the afternoon, the people will gather in the squares of the cities and in other central areas to light candles in memory of fallen soldiers and murdered citizens.
Indonesia refutes Israel’s accusations about hospitals
Indonesian diplomacy today denied the Israeli accusation how a hospital was built in Gaza with Indonesian funding it is located above a network of underground Hamas tunnels and a short distance from a rocket launch pad. This hospital, in Beit Lahiyya, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, was built thanks to donations from Indonesians and aid organizations in 2011.
The Indonesian Gaza Hospital is “institution built by the Indonesian people for humanitarian purposes and to meet the medical needs of the Palestinian people in Gaza“, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia emphasized in a statement.
The announcement was made public the day after statements by Daniel Hagari, a spokesman for the Israeli army, according to which the Indonesian hospital was erected on a site above underground tunnels of Hamas.
Source: ERT, Reuters, Associated Press, Times Of Israel