Israeli forces are engaged in intense fighting with Hamas militants in the north of the Gaza Strip. The situation for civilians in Gaza is worsening, with thousands seeking refuge at the Al Shifa hospital, which Israel believes houses a Hamas command center. The United Nations human rights chief has called for a ceasefire, stating that both sides have committed war crimes during the month-long conflict. In Paris, officials from various countries and organizations are meeting to coordinate humanitarian aid and find ways to help civilians escape the siege.
Residents in Gaza City report that Israeli tanks are stationed around the city, and both sides are inflicting heavy casualties on each other in street battles. Israel launched its assault on Gaza in response to a cross-border raid by Hamas, resulting in a high number of casualties. Palestinian officials claim that over 10,000 Gaza residents have been killed, with 40% of them being children. The enclave is facing a humanitarian crisis, with limited supplies and widespread destruction caused by Israeli bombardments.
Israel, determined to eliminate Hamas, has lost 33 soldiers in its ground operation. Israeli troops have secured a Hamas military stronghold and made significant discoveries, including weapons and tunnel shafts. The armed wing of Hamas claims to have killed more Israeli soldiers than reported and destroyed numerous vehicles. Thousands of Palestinians have sought refuge at Al Shifa hospital, despite Israeli orders to evacuate. The Israeli military has opened a corridor for residents to leave the area, but clashes and shelling continue to endanger evacuees.
The World Health Organization warns of the rapid spread of infectious diseases due to overcrowding and disrupted infrastructure. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights calls for an immediate ceasefire, condemning the atrocities committed by both Palestinian armed groups and Israel. A conference in Paris aims to address the suffering in Gaza, but expectations are low without a pause in fighting. Options being discussed include establishing a maritime corridor for humanitarian aid and evacuations. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlines expectations for Gaza after the conflict, emphasizing the need for Palestinian-led governance and unity with the West Bank.
The Palestinian Authority asserts that Gaza is an integral part of a future Palestinian state, while Israeli officials state that they do not intend to occupy Gaza after the war. However, they have not provided details on ensuring security. The conflict continues to escalate, with no clear resolution in sight.
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