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Israel-Gaza war live: Israeli forces continue incursions into southern Gaza amid ‘catastrophic’ humanitarian situation Israel-Gaza war

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Israeli troops continue operations in southern Gaza amid ‘apocalyptic’ humanitarian crisis

Israeli forces continued Sunday to advance into southern Gaza, where thousands of civilians have fled for shelter to escape bombardment and fierce fighting with Hamas militants.

Agence France-Presse reports that aid groups have sounded the alarm over the “apocalyptic” humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territory, warning that it is on the verge of being overwhelmed by disease and starvation.

Hamas, which runs Gaza, said on Sunday that Israel had launched a series of “very violent raids” targeting the southern city of Khan Younis near the border with Egypt and the road from there to Rafah.

A source close to Hamas and Palestinian militants Islamic Jihad told AFP that both groups were involved in “fierce clashes” with Israeli forces on Sunday near Khan Yunis. An AFP journalist reported attacks in the area.

Two months of fighting in the narrow strip of territory has killed at least 17,700 people, mostly women and children, according to the latest figures from Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry.

key events

French ship downs two drones amid warning from Houthi rebels

The French military said on Sunday that a French warship shot down two drones in the Red Sea that were approaching it off the coast of Yemen.

“The interception and destruction of these two identified threats” was carried out late Saturday night by the frigate Languedoc, which operates in the Red Sea, the General Staff said in a press release.

It said the interception occurred at 2030GMT and 2230GMT and was 110 km (68 miles) off the Yemeni coast.

Agence France-Presse also reports that Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels threatened on Saturday to attack any ships headed to Israeli ports if food and medicine were not allowed into the besieged Gaza Strip. do.

The latest warning comes amid heightened tensions in the Red Sea and surrounding waters following a series of maritime attacks by Houthi rebels since the start of the Israel-Gaza war on October 7.

In a statement posted on social media, the Houthis said they would “block the passage of ships headed towards the Zionist entity” if humanitarian aid was not allowed into Hamas-ruled Gaza.

The Houthis have recently attacked ships they claim have direct links to Israel, but their latest threat widens the scope of their targets.

A US destroyer shot down three drones last week while providing assistance to commercial vessels in the Red Sea targeted by attacks off Yemen, according to Washington, which condemned the “direct threat” to maritime security.

In Gaza City, north of the Strip, an Agence France-Presse journalist said thousands of people were sheltering in al-Shifa hospital, which is no longer functioning and partially destroyed after an Israeli attack last month Was.

The hospital’s courtyard and garden were filled with hundreds of makeshift tents made of pieces of cloth and plastic amid the collapsed walls.

Suhail Abu DalfaThe 56-year-old man, from the city’s Shejaiya district, said he had fled heavy bombardment from Israeli planes and tanks.

He told AFP:

it was crazy. A shell fell on the house and my 20-year-old son was injured.

We ran towards the old city, everything was just attacks and destruction… We didn’t know where to go.

We don’t know if they will attack the hospital again.

Residents and civil defense teams carry out a search and rescue operation in a collapsed building following Israeli attacks in Gaza City on Saturday. Photograph: Anadolu/Getty Images

In central Gaza, Hamas health officials said on Saturday that 71 bodies had arrived at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah in 24 hours.

And in the south of the region, 62 bodies had arrived at Nasir Hospital in Khan Younis, health officials said.

An AFP correspondent at the hospital saw a child on a makeshift stretcher and others on the floor waiting to be cared for, while firefighters outside tried to extinguish the burning building hit by the Israeli attack.

Oxfam’s Bushra Khalidi said, “The situation is not just a disaster, it is apocalyptic”.

Israeli troops continue operations in southern Gaza amid ‘apocalyptic’ humanitarian crisis

Israeli forces continued Sunday to advance into southern Gaza, where thousands of civilians have fled for shelter to escape bombardment and fierce fighting with Hamas militants.

Agence France-Presse reports that aid groups have sounded the alarm over the “apocalyptic” humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territory, warning that it is on the verge of being overwhelmed by disease and starvation.

Hamas, which runs Gaza, said on Sunday that Israel had launched a series of “very violent raids” targeting the southern city of Khan Younis near the border with Egypt and the road from there to Rafah.

A source close to Hamas and Palestinian militants Islamic Jihad told AFP that both groups were involved in “fierce clashes” with Israeli forces on Sunday near Khan Yunis. An AFP journalist reported attacks in the area.

Two months of fighting in the narrow strip of territory has killed at least 17,700 people, mostly women and children, according to the latest figures from Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry.

preliminary summary

Welcome to our live coverage of the Israel-Gaza war – this is Adam Fulton and I’ll be with you for the next little while.

At the forefront of the headlines, Israeli forces are continuing their incursion into southern Gaza, where thousands of civilians have fled for shelter to escape Israeli bombardment and fighting with Hamas militants.

Aid groups spoke of the “catastrophic” humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territory, warning that it was on the verge of being overwhelmed by disease and starvation.

Hamas, which runs Gaza, said on Sunday that Israel had launched a series of “very violent raids” targeting Gaza’s main southern city of Khan Younis and the road from there to Rafah near the Egyptian border.

Smoke billows from Khan Yunis in southern Gaza amid Israeli bombardment on Saturday
Smoke billows from Khan Yunis in southern Gaza on Saturday amid Israeli bombardment. Photograph: Saeed Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

On Saturday, Israel ordered residents out of the center of Khan Yunis, including parts of the city center that had not previously been subject to such orders, as it extended the length of the zone.

More on that story soon. In other news from Gaza City and Tel Aviv at 7.45am:

  • The Biden administration has used an emergency authorization to sell nearly 14,000 tank shells to Israel without congressional review. The State Department on Friday used an emergency declaration of the Arms Export Control Act to order $106.5 million worth of tank rounds for immediate delivery to Israel, the Pentagon said in a statement.

  • The United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) said it was only able to distribute aid to a very small part of southern Gaza. “Humanitarian crisis halted as fighting and bombardment intensifies”. UNRWA Deputy Executive Director, Karl Skau, said earlier: “Almost half the population in Gaza is dying of hunger …The humanitarian operation is collapsing. With this active fighting it is not possible to do the work that is needed because of the chaos.

  • Israeli army says five of its soldiers have been killed in war. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) named the five in a post on Twitter and said four of them were killed in fighting in southern Gaza and one died of wounds after fighting on October 7.

Israeli soldiers operating in Jabaliya, northern Gaza
Israeli soldiers operating in Jabaliya, northern Gaza. Photograph: Israel Defense Forces/Reuters
  • UN peacekeeping force’s position in southern Lebanon affected The UN force said it was trying to verify the source of the fire, with no casualties. Lebanon’s national news agency reported that an “Israeli Merkava tank” targeted the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) near the border crossing of Metula in northern Israel on Saturday. An Israeli military spokesman said: “UNIFIL was not targeted, we did not attack UNIFIL positions.”

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.Where more than 17,700 Palestinians have been killed. Netanyahu said on Saturday, “I very much appreciate the right stance the United States has taken in the United Nations Security Council.” Other countries need to understand this.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has continued to talk with counterparts in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and elsewhere amid open criticism of US opposition to a ceasefire.

  • Israeli warplanes “complete attack on Lebanese territory” “During this period, targets of the terrorist organization Hezbollah were attacked”, a spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces tweeted on Saturday. Daniel Hagari said: “The targets that were attacked included a number of military positions from which launches were made into the country’s territory, military sites where the organization’s terrorists operated and other terrorist infrastructures.”

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council is holding Israel legally responsible for the killing of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza. The GCC countries on Saturday said they again condemned Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and held Israel legally responsible for the ongoing attacks in Gaza, which have resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians in Gaza.

  • Israeli forces shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian boy in the West Bank town of Ajjun, Qalqilya, on Saturday.According to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Palestinian news agency Wafa identified the boy as Mahmoud Abu Haniya. Local reports said Haniya was caught in the crossfire by an Israeli military unit and was shot in the back and killed.

  • Scotland’s First Minister has criticized the UK government for not joining the UAE-led UN Security Council resolution A humanitarian ceasefire was called for on Friday. Hamza Yusuf tweeted on Saturday: “How can you choose to be involved in the murder of thousands of children? Shame on the UK Government and Keir Starmer’s Labor Party for refusing to support #CeasefireNow.

  • More than 130 Palestinian families have been forcibly displaced from Bedouin communities in the West Bank by Israeli forces and extremist Israeli settlers. Since October 7, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry has said. Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said at least 260 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank by extremist Israeli settlers since then.

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