Despite the risk of a massive humanitarian disaster in Gaza, Israel is not stopping its attacks. As of yesterday, the death toll in Gaza has reached 9,200. The Israeli army has claimed that the entire Gaza City has been encircled amid heavy casualties and that the operation in Gaza has intensified. But Palestinian independence group Hamas said Gaza would be Israel’s “cursed history”.
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Harji Halevi said in a TV interview on Thursday that our forces have been encircling Gaza City from various directions for the past few days. The campaign is getting deeper. Meanwhile, Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah organization, said that Hamas did the right thing by attacking Israel. The Hezbollah chief noted that Hamas’s operations pale in comparison to the atrocities they inflict on Gazans.
Encirclement claims: Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Harji Halevi said that our forces have positioned themselves in key areas of Gaza City. But Abu Obaida, a spokesman for Hamas’s armed wing, Izz al-Din al-Qasham Brigades, said Gaza would turn out to be a cursed history for Israel. Israeli soldiers must return home with black bags. Meanwhile, Israeli military spokesman Daniel said that ceasefire talks are not on the table. The IDF is conducting a war to destroy Hamas. He referred to Gaza City as the center of Hamas operations. Last Friday, the Israeli army launched a ground operation in Gaza. Tanks, bulldozers, infantry and combat engineering units entered Gaza.
Although ground operations have slowed, Israel has continued airstrikes. The latest attack killed more than 20 Palestinians sheltering in UN schools in the Jabalia and Al Shati refugee camps.
What the UN says: As Gaza City is surrounded by Israeli forces, a major attack could begin at any time, a group of independent UN experts has warned. In an urgent warning, they said, time is fast running out to prevent genocide and dire humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza. In such a situation, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visited Israel on Friday. This is his third visit to Israel since the October 7 Hamas rocket attack on Israel. He said a pause in the attacks became necessary from a humanitarian perspective.
Online Arab News says that the United Nations experts have presented a frightening picture of the Gaza Strip. They expressed their deep disappointment at Israel’s refusal to suspend its plans to depopulate the area. Experts say we think the Palestinians are at risk of a terrible genocide. Now is the time to take action. The responsibility also falls on Israel’s allies. They must take immediate action to curb this disastrous practice.
9200 dead: Israel continues indiscriminate bombing of Gaza. At least 9 thousand 200 people were killed. This number is only the dead bodies that have been recovered. Many people are buried under the rubble. No trace of them was found. As a result, Gaza has become a mass grave. Israeli forces have gathered in Gaza City. They surrounded the city. Israel’s military spokesman said they would not go into a ceasefire despite international pressure.
‘Hit and Run’ Attacks: Israel’s military claims to have surrounded Hamas strongholds in the Gaza Strip. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they engaged in heavy fighting with Hamas fighters on Thursday. At this time, Hamas fighters attacked Israeli soldiers using ‘hit-and-run’ tactics from underground tunnels. “We are in a good position in the war,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, without elaborating on the progress of the attack on Gaza. Had remarkable success and crossed the outskirts of Gaza City. We are moving forward.
Meanwhile, Russian mercenary group Wagner plans to provide air defense systems to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The Wall Street Journal reported that the United States has intelligence on this matter. US officials have been mentioned as sources in this case. The air defense system Wagner plans to offer is called the Pantsir-S1 system.