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Gaza death toll surpasses 25,000 as Israel escalates assault

Despite fierce Israeli attacks and street fighting raging throughout the Hamas-run Strip, health officials in the enclave declared on Sunday that the number of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza since October 7 had topped 25,000.
Israeli forces and Hamas fighters clashed in several locations, from Jabalia in the north to Khan Younis in the south. It was one of the deadliest days of the battle so far, with 178 Palestinians losing their lives in the last 24 hours, according to Gaza’s health ministry. The Israeli military claims that one of their soldiers perished in battle.

Gaza’s death toll surpasses 25,000.

A statement from the Gaza Ministry claims that 25,105 Palestinians have died and 62,681 have been injured as a result of Israeli bombardment since October 7. It claims that most of the dead were civilians, although it makes no distinction between civilian and militant deaths.
Israel started its campaign to crush Hamas on October 7, when the Islamist group crossed into Israel and went on a rampage over southern towns and bases, killing 1,200 people, most of whom were civilians, and bringing 253 hostages back to the enclave.
Israeli troops claim to have destroyed the majority of Hamas’ military facilities and that over a million residents of the northern part of the enclave have fled south as a result of the shelling. But fighting

Israeli attacks and intense street combat

“To be honest, we strive to withstand hunger more than bombs.”Finding food for the family and the children has grown to be a more challenging adventure than surviving the conflict, Amer, 32, a northern Gaza father of three, told Reuters. He used the eSIM cards of Gazans, who have no other means of communication, to send a notice on the ninth day that communications had been unavailable.
For instance, the price of flour has gone up in line with other necessities that are hard to come by in the already impoverished region.
Under threat of starvation, Palestinian freelance journalist Anas Al-Sharif reported on X from northern Gaza, saying that “people began to grind what is available to make flour, starting with maize and reaching to animal food”.

Flight of the Civilians and Persistent Fighting

The Israeli army said that its forces had shot down fifteen Palestinian gunmen during fighting in the northern Gaza Strip and that, with the assistance of planes, snipers near Khan Younis had “eliminated a number of terrorists”. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri denied the Israeli account and the reported death toll, stating that the intention was to “portray fake and delusional victory”.

Palestinians said that there has been a lot of violence in Jabalia throughout the past three days. They asserted that there was ceaseless aerial and ground bombardment. Smoke billowed from the areas where bombs had fallen, and other buildings caught fire. Three Palestinians were killed when an Israeli aircraft struck a car in Rafah, a city in the south that is home to over a million displaced persons. Health officials report that when another automobile in Gaza City was hit, three more people died.

In times of humanitarian crisis, hunger

Violence has also grown in the Palestinian Authority, Hamas’s rival, which has little control in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The Palestinian Health Ministry reports that 360 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since October 7.(An additional report was contributed by Ari Rabinovitch in Jerusalem and Ali Sawafta in Ramallah; Nidal al-Mughrabi authored and reported; Frances Kerry edited.)
There has never been a war in the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has resulted in as many casualties, devastation, and displacement as this one. Israeli leaders anticipate that the fight will go for several more months.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict’s unmatched devastation

The offensive has caused division amongst ordinary Israelis and their leaders, even though it poses a threat to start a larger conflict including forces supported by Iran in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen that back the Palestinians. Israeli troops near the border have been facing daily opposition from Hezbollah members in Lebanon. Lebanese state media said that an Israeli airstrike on Sunday struck a car at a Lebanese army checkpoint in the southern town of Kafra, resulting in at least one fatality and several injuries.

Determining their identity took some time.
The Israeli military claims that its tanks and aircraft struck many Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon.Despite providing both military and diplomatic support to Israel’s onslaught, the United States has not been able to persuade Israel to lessen the danger it causes to civilians and facilitate the delivery of more humanitarian aid.

Risk of a Wider-Spread Regional Conflict

Israel’s prime leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, has declined offers from the US and other nations for postwar blueprints that would have included a path towards Palestinian statehood. The United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, called the rejection of a two-state solution “totally unacceptable.”

“Wettinderbox that is the Middle East.” “We have to do every effort to stop violence from breaking out throughout the region,” said Guterres on Sunday.And an instant humanitarian cease-fire is the first step towards easing the suffering in Gaza.”



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