Destruction in Gaza: Israeli strikes ravage South, causing widespread panic
The south of the Gaza Strip has come under intense bombardment from Israeli war planes and artillery, striking key locations including mosques, homes, and areas close to hospitals. This aggression follows the collapse of a near two-month truce between Israel and Hamas militants, as reported by Reuters.
Rising Casualties and Fears of Ground Operation
Residents are now gripped with fear, anticipating a possible Israeli ground operation that could severely restrict movement within the Palestinian territory and potentially push people into neighboring Egypt. According to the Gaza health ministry, the renewed violence has resulted in at least 193 Palestinian deaths and 650 injuries since the truce ended on Friday morning.
Israel’s Resolute Stance Against Hamas
Israel has expressed its determination to eliminate Hamas, citing the Islamist group as a threat to its existence. The conflict has been marked by significant Israeli military actions, including a large-scale bombing campaign and ground offensive that have caused extensive destruction across Gaza.
Humanitarian Crisis Intensifies, Aid Trucks Enter Gaza
The renewed fighting has been described as adding a new layer of destruction to an already devastated area. Robert Mardini of the International Red Cross highlighted the unparalleled destruction of civilian infrastructure. With the situation reaching a breaking point, aid trucks have entered Gaza through the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing, marking the first such assistance since the end of the truce.
Blame Game Over Truce Collapse
Both warring sides hold each other responsible for the truce’s breakdown. Israel has recalled its Mossad team from Qatar, accusing Hamas of reneging on a deal related to the release of hostages. The conflict has seen a rampant escalation since October 7, with Hamas militants accused of killing 1,200 people in southern Israel and taking hostages back into Gaza.
International Responses and U.S. Involvement
The United States, along with other international players, is closely monitoring the situation. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, in talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, emphasized the need for a unified governing entity for the Palestinian people post-war. She also asserted the U.S. stance against forced relocation of Palestinians and redrawing of Gaza’s borders.
The situation in the Gaza Strip remains tense and volatile, with the international community watching closely as events unfold.