Israel increases pressure in Gaza Strip in response to Hamas threats over hostages’ fate

Israel increases pressure in the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas threats over the fate of the hostages (REUTERS/FILE) (Ronen Zvulun/)

The Gaza Strip was the scene of powerful air attacks Israelis and intense fighting on Monday after threats from the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamaswho said that none of the hostages in the Palestinian territory will leave “alive” if their “requirements”.

During the night of Sunday and early hours of Monday, a journalist from the AFP reported powerful air attacks about the city of Jan Yunisnew epicenter of the war located at the southern end of The Gaza Strip.

The Islamic Jihadthe second armed Islamist movement in Loopreported violent fighting in an area of ​​the city of Loop where he maintains that one of his combatants blew up a house in which Israeli soldiers They were looking for the mouth of a Underground tunnel.

He israeli army reported on Monday that there was rocket launches from Loop and “fierce fighting” on Sunday in neighborhoods of the city of Loop and in Jan Yuniswhere Palestinian fighters “emerged from the tunnels,” “possessed explosives,” and fired “rocket launchers.”

“I don’t want to say that we used all our strength, but we used significant strength and we are achieving significant results,” the head of the israeli army, Herzi Halevi.

During the night of Sunday and early hours of Monday, powerful air attacks were reported on the city of Khan Yunis (REUTERS/FILE)
During the night of Sunday and the early hours of Monday, powerful air attacks were reported on the city of Khan Yunis (REUTERS/FILE) (MOTI MILROD/)

Also on Monday, when asked about the AFPhe israeli army specified that 101 soldiers have died since ground offensive in progress in The Gaza Strip.

“Give up now.”

Ad Israeli of intensify the fighting occurs when the death toll continues to increase in Loopwhere according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health of Hamas they have died at least 17,997 peoplemostly women and minors.

The first Minister Israeli, Benjamin Netanyahuasked the fighters of Hamas to lay down their arms, and affirmed that many surrenders have been recorded in recent days that herald “the beginning of the end” of the Palestinian Islamist movement.

“They lay down their weapons and surrender to our heroic soldiers. That will take time. The war continues, but it is the beginning of the end of Hamas”he declared Netanyahucited in a statement.

“I tell the terrorists of Hamas: ‘It’s over, give up now‘”, he claimed.

Israel promised to eradicate Hamas after the unprecedented attacks on October 7, when that group’s militiamen crossed the border and killed some 1,200 people and they kidnapped some 240according to authorities Israelis.

Some 137 hostages continue in Loopsaid Israel Saturday.

Hamas said that none of the hostages in the Palestinian territory will leave “alive” if their “demands” are not met (REUTERS/FILE)
Hamas said that none of the hostages in the Palestinian territory will leave “alive” if their “demands” are not met (REUTERS/FILE) (ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/)

Hamas He assured on Sunday that none of them will leave “alive” Loop “without an exchange and negotiation, and without meeting the demands” of the Islamist movement, which governs the Palestinian territory.

Qatarthe main mediator between the two parties, assured that the efforts for a new Stop the fire and more hostage releases “continue,” but warned that the bombings Israelis They are “reducing” the possibilities.

“Catastrophic impact”

The UN General Assembly announced on Sunday that next Tuesday he will hold a special meeting about the topic Looprequired by the representatives of the cooperation organization islamic and the Arab group, said the spokesman for the presidency of the Assembly in an email.

According to diplomatic sources, the meeting could result in a written statement. The draft text, to which the AFP on Sunday, largely resumes the resolution to call for a ceasefire that was vetoed on Friday by USA in it Security Council.

The secretary general of the UN, Antonio Guterreswarned that “the situation is rapidly evolving towards a catastrophe” that could have “irreversible consequences for the Palestinians” and for the region.

The intensification of ground fighting and air strikes in Loop makes us fear more and more for the civil populationwhich is desperately trying to protect itself in the besieged territory.

Nearly 1.9 million of the 2.4 million of inhabitants of Loop have been displacedalmost a million of them children, according to the organization of the UN for childhood.

Qatar insists on finding a way for a new truce (EUROPA PRESS/ARCHIVE)
Qatar insists on finding a way for a new truce (EUROPA PRESS/ARCHIVE) (Gehad Hamdy/dpa/)

The director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusdeclared that “the impact of the conflict on health is catastrophic,” and warned that the health system is “on its knees and collapsing.”

In the city of Loop (north), at least 30,000 they take refuge in improvised tents between the collapsed walls of the hospital Al Shifawhich stopped working and is partially destroyed after an attack Israeli in November.

There, a journalist from the AFP spoke on Sunday with people who say they lack everything, from infant milk even tarps to protect from rain and cold.

“Our life has become hell. “There is no electricity, no water, no flour, no bread, no medicine for the children, who are all sick,” he explained. Mohammed Dalulwho arrived at the center with his wife and three children.

A large part of the displaced, prevented from leaving the territory, fled to the south, turning the city into Rafah in a large camp.

Attacks in Syria

During the last hours of Sunday and the first hours of Monday, the israeli air force performed attacks in several areas from the suburbs of Damascusannounced the state news agency Syria Fury.

“Around 11:05 p.m. (…) the enemy Israeli carried out a air attack (…) directed to different points around Damascus“one told the agency. security source.

A correspondent of the AFP reported that he heard longer than usual explosions in the suburbs of Damascustarget of several attacks that the authorities syrian attribute to israeli armywho did not comment on that information.

(AFP)

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