More than 180 killed as Israel resumes Gaza offensive after pause | Israel-Palestine conflict news
More than 180 people were killed and hundreds more wounded when Israeli forces resumed shelling in the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian officials, after a week-long ceasefire ended.
Areas east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza came under heavy blasts as the deadline ended shortly after dawn on Friday, with columns of smoke rising into the sky, Reuters news agency reported. Residents went on the road with things gathered in carts, looking for shelter further west.
The sirens went off across southern Israel when terrorists fired rockets from the coast into towns. Hamas said it had targeted Tel Aviv, but there were no reports of casualties or damage there.
Gaza health officials said Israeli airstrikes had killed 184 people, wounded at least 589 others and hit more than 20 houses.
The Israeli military dropped leaflets over Gaza City and southern parts of the enclave on Friday, urging civilians to flee to avoid the fighting, but rights groups have repeatedly warned that there are no safe areas. in Gaza.
“Civilians are being ordered to move south, but nowhere in Gaza is safe due to the indiscriminate bombing and ongoing fighting,” said the NGO Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) on X, asking the Israeli army to lift the ban. order.
Civilians are being ordered to move south, but nowhere in Gaza is safe due to the indiscriminate bombing and ongoing fighting.
– Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (@MSF_canada) December 1, 2023
The UN said the fighting would worsen a serious humanitarian crisis. “Hell on Earth has returned to Gaza,” said Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN humanitarian office in Geneva.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) says that the Israeli forces have informed “all groups and organizations” working at the crossing that the entry of trucks is “prohibited, starting from today”. ” and until further notice.
“This decision exacerbates the suffering of citizens and increases the challenges facing humanitarian and relief agencies in alleviating the hardships of citizens and displaced persons as a result of the ongoing attack,” said the PRCS in post on X.
‘Emergency rescue plan’
Speaking to reporters after Israel resumed its bombardment, the Gaza government’s media office called on Arab and Muslim states to urgently set up field hospitals in the besieged enclave to “treat tens of thousands of wounded people ” to save.
The office’s spokesperson, Salama Marouf, said there is an urgent need for “a large number of aid trucks”, including at least one million liters (more than 264,000 gallons) of fuel per day.
Marouf called on countries, especially members of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to create an “urgent rescue plan” and “find quick humanitarian solutions that will address the fate of more than 250,000 families who lost their homes”. .
Each of the warring sides blamed the other for causing the collapse of the peace by rejecting terms to extend the daily distribution of hostages held by armed groups in exchange for Palestinian hold.
The ceasefire, which began on November 24, was extended twice, and Israel had said it could continue as long as Hamas released 10 hostages a day. But after seven days of freeing women, children and foreign hostages, mediators at the last minute failed to find a formula to release more, including Israeli soldiers and men civil
Qatar, which plays a key role in mediation efforts with the United States and Egypt, said talks were still ongoing with Israelis and Palestinians to restore peace, but that the new Israeli bombing was on Gaza has complicated their efforts.
In a meeting with the newly appointed Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, David Cameron at COP28 in Dubai, the Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, said that his country was committed to efforts continue to de-escalate.
According to a statement released by Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two reviewed the latest developments in Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories as well as ways to implement a permanent ceasefire.
The White House also said it was pushing to restore peace, with Press Secretary John Kirby telling reporters on Friday night that the US wants to release more detainees and more humanitarian aid getting into the Struggle.
“There has been some disappointment, as US efforts to extend the ceasefire have not been successful, but the other response has been to simply repeat the Israeli line that the end of the ceasefire has come due to the actions of Hamas,” said Al Jazeera. Mike Hannah reported from Washington, DC.
Blinken says that Israel is working immediately to ensure the safety of civilians in the conflict zones, giving them areas in which they can take safe shelter. This ignores the fact that Israel, in turn, has taken care of the humanitarian notification system,” he said.
Egypt says it was also working to restore peace in Gaza as soon as possible, according to a statement by the Egyptian State Intelligence Service.
More than 15,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since October 7, including more than 6,000 children. In Israel, the official death toll is around 1,200.