Calm in Gaza ends with new bombings
After the end of the ceasefire, Israel has continued the military campaign in Gaza. On Saturday, the target of the bombing was the south, where thousands of Palestinians have been evacuated from the north.
The fragile peace of the ceasefire is but a memory in Gaza. Once again, the Gaza Strip is a zone of active fighting. Israel has continued the military campaign with a series of bombings from north to south of Gaza.
Once again, Palestinians have no safe haven. The target of the bombing was the Khan Younis neighborhood.
The Israeli army has stepped up attacks since the end of the ceasefire with Hamas and raised concerns about the killing of civilians. Many residents are settled in the open field.
Israel's attacks have been concentrated in this neighborhood and on Friday the Israeli army had called on residents to leave.
"The army called our neighbor and said: 'you are a target. We will bomb the houses and you have to leave'. We told them we have nothing here, why do you want to bomb it? They then told us: 'You have to leave, it's for your own good,'" said Hekmat Al Qedra, a resident of southern Gaza.
United Nations agencies have stated that there were not many Palestinians left from the neighborhood that were the target of Israeli bombing.
Israel has claimed that there are more than 50 Hamas targets in this area. At least 200 Palestinians have been killed since fighting resumed on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, more than 15 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the war on October 7.
The United States of America, through Secretary of State Antony Blinken, has called on Israel to avoid displacing Palestinians from their homes and to do everything to protect Palestinian civilians during the offensive against Hamas.
French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Israel that the goal of "total destruction of Hamas", the Palestinian Islamist movement in Gaza - must be "specified" as there is a risk the war could last up to ten years.
"The total destruction of Hamas, what is it? Does anyone think this is possible? If so, the war will last 10 years. I don't think anyone seriously knows how to define that goal. Therefore, that goal must be specified," Macron told reporters in Dubai during the International Climate Conference (COP28).
He said that a good war against terrorism does not mean "systematic and continuous bombing".
After a seven-day ceasefire, Israel continued attacks on Gaza on Friday in response to Hamas' incursion into Israeli territory on October 7. Israel has previously announced that its goal is the complete destruction of Hamas, which is in power in the Gaza Strip.
Macron has said that efforts must be redoubled to achieve a lasting ceasefire in the war.
"The continuation of fighting in the Gaza Strip... is worrying and the subject of many talks in Dubai. This situation calls for redoubled efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire, to secure the release of all hostages held by Hamas, and to provide the people of Gaza with the assistance they urgently need, and to provide guarantees to Israel that his security is back," Macron said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he expects the International Criminal Court to hold accountable the "butchers of Gaza", especially Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Erdogan emphasized the need for the necessary punishments for those caught red-handed in the reported incidents in Gaza, writes Anadolu.
"They will closely follow the proceedings in The Hague," Erdogan said, expressing hope that the decision will bring a sense of justice to those waiting.
This is state terrorism. We cannot remain silent against this state terrorism. The Netanyahu administration's massacre in Gaza is etched in history as a "black stain," Erdogan said, adding that countries that unconditionally support it are "stained as well."
"Israeli officials, who have been recognized as victims of genocide, have now turned into murderers of their ancestors," Erdogan said.
The Israeli military resumed bombing the Gaza Strip early Friday after announcing the end of a week-long humanitarian truce with the Palestinian resistance group Hamas.
The humanitarian pause began on November 24 as part of an agreement between Israel and Hamas to temporarily stop fighting to allow the exchange of hostages and the delivery of aid.
The UN children's agency is calling for a lasting humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Following the resumption of military operations in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Friday, the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, called for an immediate halt to hostilities in the war-torn Palestinian enclave, calling on parties and states influential to secure the ceasefire.
"A long-term ceasefire must be implemented. The alternative is unimaginable for people who, as one Palestinian told me, are already living in a nightmare," said UNICEF spokesman James Elder, writes Euronews.
"Inaction is essentially condoning the killing of children. But here we are. The bombs started just a few seconds after the ceasefire", he added.
Citing data from Gaza's health authorities, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 15 people had died since November 27. Of this number, 41 percent - or 6.150 - were children.
"It is deeply disturbing to hear how some have been able to overlook the tragic deaths of thousands and thousands of boys and girls in Gaza and are now apparently content with the horrors of the attacks starting again. Accepting the sacrifice of children in Gaza is giving up on humanity," said Elder.
WHO reported that 18 out of 36 hospitals are partially functional and total bed capacity in Gaza has dropped from 3.500 to just 1.562. Given the extreme needs, at least 5 beds are currently required.
Evacuation of infants
Premature babies who were evacuated from Shifa hospital in Gaza during November are receiving proper medical treatment in Egypt. The babies were crossed into Egypt from the Rafah border crossing by Red Cross officials.
Health authorities in Egypt have said that 50 percent of the 16 babies have improved in health.
Eight babies are still in incubators. Authorities have said some of the babies are in critical condition but are expected to improve over the next few days.
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