Shortly before, the Israeli army had claimed to have killed “dozens of terrorists who had barricaded themselves in buildings and tunnels and tried to attack them” during the night. A plane guided by soldiers on the ground targeted a building “with more than 20 Hamas terrorists inside”, she added. Hamas reported “intense fighting” in the north of the Gaza Strip, without giving an assessment.
Due to a lack of journalists on site, it is impossible for AFP to establish an accurate one. independent source.
During the morning, witnesses told AFP that they had seen “dozens” of Israeli tanks enter a neighborhood on the edge of Gaza City, 1.5 to 2 km inside Palestinian territory.
“They have cut the Salahedine road (linking the north to the south of the territory) and are shooting at any vehicle traveling there,” said one of them.
In Israel, according to the authorities, more than 1,400 people have died since October 7, mainly civilians killed on the day of the unprecedented attack perpetrated by Hamas.
The Islamist movement, for its part, claims that more than 8,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since that date in Israeli bombings.
This photo taken from Israel shows Israeli Merkava tanks positioned facing the Gaza Strip on October 29, 2023 © AFP – FADEL SENNA
In the Gaza Strip, where the humanitarian situation is “disastrous” according to the UN, thousands of buildings have been razed and more than half of the 2.4 million inhabitants (approximately 1.4 million) have been forced to move according to the same source.
Calls are increasing to allow aid to flow to this territory which had already been subject to an Israeli blockade since 2007, the date of Hamas's takeover.< /p>
Sunday, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Khan affirmed “that preventing the delivery of aid can constitute a crime.”
– 33 trucks 'help Sunday –
“Israel must ensure without delay that civilians receive food, medicine,” added Mr. Khan, after going to the Rafah border crossing, separating Egypt from Gaza, where people are piling up. 'international aid.
Map of the northern Gaza Strip © AFP – Simon MALFATTO
Thirty-three aid trucks entered Gaza on Sunday, the largest convoy since the first trucks on October 21, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) reported. In total, 117 trucks have passed since this date, according to a report published Monday.
But this aid is insufficient, underlines Ocha, which fears “a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation” and “unrest civilians”.
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) warned on Sunday of a collapse of “public order” in the Gaza Strip, the day after the looting of warehouses and distribution centers of food aid.
In Rafah (south), Souleimane al-Houli, interviewed by AFP, can only deplore his helplessness in the face of the long queue in front of his bakery. “I can't give bread to everyone. The bakery only produces 30 batches per hour.”
Humanitarian concern also concerns the situation of hospitals in Gaza. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, the surroundings of one of its clinics were bombed several times, endangering the patients and the thousands of civilians who came to take refuge there.
“We received threats” from Israel to “immediately evacuate the al-Quds hospital”, in Gaza City (north), “because it was going to be bombed”, its director, Bachar Mourad, told AFP.
< p>Regardless, “we reiterate that it is impossible to evacuate hospitals full of patients without putting their lives at risk,” wrote World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
– Four Palestinians killed in the West Bank –
On Saturday, Mr. Netanyahu announced the start of a “second stage of the war” aimed at “destroying military capabilities and leadership of Hamas”, and to recover the hostages, whose relatives live in “absolute uncertainty” of their fate, according to their spokesperson Haim Rubinstein.
Four women who were in Hamas custody have been released to date.
A woman stands on the roof of her house on October 30, 2023 the day after Israeli bombings on the Nusseirat refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip © AFP – MOHAMMED ABED
On October 7, in the middle of Shabbat, the weekly Jewish rest, hundreds of Hamas fighters infiltrated from Gaza onto Israeli soil, where they carried out the deadliest attack since the creation of Israel in 1948. They kidnapped 239 people including “many foreign workers”, according to the latest figure provided by Israel.
While the international community fears a regional conflagration, the Israeli army announced Monday that it had struck several targets in Syria in response to rocket fire.
Tensions are also high on the Israeli-Lebanese border, where exchanges of fire are almost daily between Israel and pro-Palestinian armed groups, including Hezbollah.
Allied with Hamas, this movement indicated Sunday having shot down an Israeli drone above Israeli territory and announced Monday the death of another of its fighters, bringing the total of its members killed since the start of the conflict to 47.
The Israeli army reported new shots coming from Lebanon towards the area of Har Dov and Kiryat Shmona and said they had responded.
Tension is also very high in the occupied West Bank. Four Palestinians were killed at dawn on Monday during an Israeli army raid in Jenin (north), according to the local Health Ministry.
According to the same source, nearly 120 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank by fire from Israeli soldiers or settlers since October 7.
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