Tel Aviv — Israel carried out an hours-long, overnight ground raid into the northern Gaza Strip, the country’s military said Thursday, as part of “preparations for the next stages of
“alongside Hamas, a militant organization in Palestine.”
The IDF shared footage of the attack, displaying a bulldozer flattening a raised bank amidst explosions and tank gunfire in the Palestinian territory controlled by Hamas. The specific timing of the anticipated Israeli ground invasion was still uncertain on Thursday, but the impact of Israel’s continuous airstrikes, which commenced right after the raid, was evident.
The current situation in Gaza has been disastrous for the 2.3 million individuals who are confined there.
1.4 million people have been forced out of their homes in the heavily populated area.
The UN approximates that around 1.4 million individuals have been relocated from their residences in the densely inhabited region. According to the World Health Organization, Gaza’s healthcare system is close to complete collapse, as more than half of its healthcare facilities are no longer operational. Supplies of water, anesthesia, and other essential medications are depleting rapidly. While some aid has arrived this week, it is critical to note that 1.4 million people have been displaced from their homes in this densely populated area.
There have been no permits granted for fuel to be transported across the border.
crossing the boundary into Gaza.
The influx of wounded individuals being transported to Gaza’s medical facilities following airstrikes persists. A significant number of casualties are infants and young children.
According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, which is run by Hamas, the death toll in the past 24 hours has exceeded 750, marking the second consecutive day with a toll above 700. The total number of deaths in Gaza since the beginning of Israel’s airstrikes has now surpassed 7,000, as reported by the ministry. This includes the uncertain number of casualties from the explosion at al-Ahli hospital last week.
Israeli troops and Palestinian civilians engage in confrontations in the West Bank, while a blockade on fuel poses a threat to relief efforts in Gaza at 06:53.
According to Dr. Muhammed Kandeel of Nasser Hospital in Gaza, he often lacks even the basic necessity of water to wash his hands, putting the wounded patients he treats at risk of infection.
According to him, they will be aware of their impending death as the hospitals are unable to provide any help. He stated that there are no words that can accurately describe the situation, as it is like experiencing hell.
He expressed his despair over the direness of the situation, stating that he is on the verge of giving up.
Kandeel expressed to CBS News that they do not feel included in the human community. They are asking for open communication about their perceived sub-human status in order to take appropriate action.
Individuals who are unable to be rescued are transported to morgues where overworked employees are facing a shortage of the customary Islamic burial shrouds typically used for preparing deceased individuals for burial. Each day brings additional airstrikes and renewed emotional distress.
During the night, Wael Al Dahdouh, a journalist for Al Jazeera, received news that his wife, daughter, and son were among the 12 members of his family who were killed. They had moved to the southern region of Gaza in an attempt to find a safer location, as Israel’s military had advised Palestinians to do so.
The IDF released a statement to CBS News on Thursday stating that any military strikes must adhere to international laws, which include taking necessary precautions to prevent harm to civilians. In this instance, the IDF targeted Hamas infrastructure in the area.
Iron Dome defense system.
Hamas and other Palestinian militant organizations have launched a large number of rockets into Israel during the ongoing conflict. The majority of these projectiles have been successfully intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system.
Rewording: The Iron Dome is a defense system.
The IDF claims that it only targets militant sites in Gaza and blames Hamas for using civilians as shields, concealing weapons and command centers in schools, mosques, and other civilian structures.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported on Thursday that Israel has permitted 74 trucks filled with aid to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing from Egypt. Aid workers argue that this amount is insufficient and only a small portion of the aid that was being delivered daily prior to the war. Israel claims that it will not allow fuel to enter Gaza due to concerns that Hamas will use it to sustain their attacks. The country has also accused Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S., Israel, and many European countries, of stockpiling fuel in Gaza.
The United Nations agency UNRWA, which assists Palestinians in various areas, has been distributing its fuel resources to operate generators for desalinating water, baking bread, and powering incubators and life support devices in hospitals. The agency has announced that it must limit its fuel distribution or risk running out by Thursday.
“Is the donation intended for the incubators or the bakeries?” stated Tamara Alrifai, spokesperson for UNRWA, in an interview with The Associated Press. “It is a difficult decision to make.”