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World

Israeli aggression in Gaza add to heavy Palestinian toll

  • Gaza health ministry says recorded toll at 21,110 killed and 55,243 wounded in Israeli attacks, while nearly all of Gaza's 2.3 million people have been driven from their homes
Published December 28, 2023
Photo: REUTERS
Photo: REUTERS

CAIRO/GAZA/OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israeli forces attacked central Gaza by land, sea and air and Palestinian authorities reported dozens more deaths, with the U.N. health agency saying thousands of people were trying to flee the fighting.

Israeli planes carried out three strikes in Al Nuseirat in central Gaza, killing seven people and wounding several others, medics said late on Wednesday.

Israel attacks central Gaza, kills dozens more Palestinians

The U.N. World Health Organization said its staff had seen tens of thousands of people fleeing heavy strikes in Khan Younis and the Middle Area on foot, on donkeys or in cars. Makeshift shelters were being built along the road, it said on Wednesday.

 Israeli soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.  REUTERS
Israeli soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. REUTERS

On the diplomatic front, where international pressure on Israel has grown, French President Emmanuel Macron told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a call of the need to work towards a durable ceasefire with the help of regional and international partners, the French Presidency said.

A Gaza health ministry statement said an Israeli airstrike killed 20 Palestinians on Wednesday near Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.

In central Gaza’s Al-Maghazi district, five Palestinians were killed in one airstrike, medics said, while to the north in Gaza City, health officials said the bodies of seven Palestinians arrived at Al Shifa Hospital.

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Residents in the central Gaza Strip said with nightfall, Israeli tank shelling intensified east of Al-Bureij and Al-Maghazi where tanks have been trying to force their way through.

Israeli army casualties rise

Israel’s military on Wednesday reported three more soldiers killed in Gaza, bringing total military losses to 166 since ground operations began on Oct. 20.

The war erupted after Hamas killed 1,200 people and captured 240 hostages in a cross-border rampage on Oct. 7, the deadliest day in Israel’s history.

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The Netanyahu government’s response has laid much of Gaza to waste.

 A Palestinian boy reacts next to a destroyed car, in the aftermath of an Israeli raid in Nour Shams camp, in Tulkarm, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. –REUTERS
A Palestinian boy reacts next to a destroyed car, in the aftermath of an Israeli raid in Nour Shams camp, in Tulkarm, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. –REUTERS

The Gaza health ministry said the recorded toll in the enclave was 21,110 killed and 55,243 wounded in Israeli attacks.

Nearly all of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have been driven from their homes.

Violence spreads

Many Western and Middle Eastern governments have expressed concerns about the conflict broadening, including on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. On Wednesday, Hezbollah fired more rockets and weaponised drones than it has in any previous day, security sources said.

The Israeli military said its warplanes had targeted Hezbollah military sites and other places in Lebanon, and cabinet minister Benny Gantz said the situation must change.

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“If the world and the Lebanese government don’t act in order to prevent the firing on Israel’s northern residents, and to distance Hezbollah from the border, the IDF will do it,” he told a press conference, referring to the Israel Defence Forces.

 An Israeli soldier sits in a military vehicle, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, near the Israel-Gaza border, in southern Israel.  REUTERS
An Israeli soldier sits in a military vehicle, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, near the Israel-Gaza border, in southern Israel. REUTERS

In Washington, U.S. President Joe Biden said that U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Monday aimed to deter Iran and Iran-backed militia groups from attacks on American personnel and bases.

A drone attack by Iran-aligned fighters earlier on Monday had wounded three Americans.

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An increasing number of confrontations have taken place between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank since the war began, and on Wednesday six Palestinians were killed by a drone strike during an Israeli raid in Tulkarm, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The Israeli military said its forces came under attack from Hamas group there who threw explosive devices at them during a counter-terrorism operation. The attackers were struck by an Israeli air force aircraft, it said.

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The confrontation took place in the Nour Shams refugee camp in Tulkarm, a flashpoint city on one of the main crossing points into the occupied West Bank.

 A military helicopter flies over Tel Aviv after lifting off from the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov), amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, Israel. REUTERS
A military helicopter flies over Tel Aviv after lifting off from the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov), amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, Israel. REUTERS

Witnesses said the six men killed were sitting together in the early hours of the morning but were not involved in clashes with Israeli forces.

“We heard the sound, and the screaming, our house is nearby so we came out to see,” said Izzaldin Assaili, a resident who lives nearby.

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KU Dec 28, 2023 01:41pm
Open genocide, consistent cruelty to civilians, if this is not settling standards for other parts of the world, then what is? Even the West doesn't realize that what Israel is sowing in hatred, many countries will reap it's unwanted harvest.
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