At least 50 Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes on a refugee camp in north Gaza, while Israeli ground forces fought Hamas gunmen in tunnels. Israeli military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hecht confirmed the strike on Jabalia refugee camp, targeting a senior Hamas commander. The situation in Gaza is a public health catastrophe, with hospitals struggling due to shortages of electricity and supplies. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls for a humanitarian pause in the fighting. The Indonesian Hospital in Gaza reported over 50 Palestinians killed and 150 wounded in the strikes. The Israeli military accused Hamas of using civilian buildings as cover, while footage showed widespread destruction and casualties. Hamas claimed that 400 people were dead or injured in Jabalia. The casualty figures could not be independently verified. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for the protection of civilians and adherence to international humanitarian law. The tunnels in Gaza are a key target for Israel as it expands its ground offensive. Some of the hostages seized by Hamas are believed to be held in the tunnels. Hamas has announced that it will release foreign captives in the coming days. The Israeli military said it struck around 300 targets, including missile launch posts and underground Hamas compounds. Hamas reported fierce battles with Israeli ground forces and claimed to have destroyed Israeli vehicles. Two Israeli soldiers were killed in combat. The Israeli military has urged civilians to evacuate north Gaza, but many have stayed due to fear of displacement and further Israeli bombardments. Gaza health authorities reported thousands of deaths and homelessness among the civilian population. RushHourDaily has been unable to independently verify the casualty counts. The al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s armed wing, said militants clashed with Israeli forces and destroyed Israeli vehicles. Aid distribution in Gaza is hindered by a lack of fuel, looting, and rubble. The Rafah crossing will be opened for severely wounded Palestinians to receive treatment in Egypt. Air raid sirens sounded in Eilat, and the military downed an approaching aerial target. Yemen’s Houthis claimed to have launched missiles and drones towards Israel in support of Palestinian militants. The widening conflict in Gaza has raised concerns in neighboring states. The article was reported by various correspondents and written by Steven Coates, Nick Macfie, and Mark Heinrich. The editing was done by Simon Cameron-Moore, Angus MacSwan, and Gareth Jones. The article adheres to the Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.
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