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Tenth month of fighting in Gaza, amid rising violence on the Israeli-Lebanese border

Photo: Jehad Alshrafi Associated Press Palestinians displaced by Israel's air and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip light a fire to ward off mosquitoes and other insects, which have recently infested the streets of the southern city of Khan Younis, Thursday, July 4.

Agence France-Presse in Gaza

Published at 12:01

  • Middle East

The Israeli army carried out new deadly strikes on Saturday and engaged Palestinian Hamas in the devastated and besieged Gaza Strip, at a time when it exchanged cross-border fire with Hezbollah in Lebanon neighbor.

As the Gaza war enters its 10th month on Sunday, diplomatic efforts have been renewed for a ceasefire and the release of hostages held in Gaza, with Israel announcing it will send a delegation next week to continue talks with Qatari mediators.

In the past 48 hours, at least 87 people have died in the Gaza Strip, where some 2.4 million people are under siege by Israel in conditions the UN has described as “dire.” Water and food are in short supply, 80% of the population is displaced and several people including children have died of malnutrition according to the United Nations.

On Saturday, rescuers reported 10 dead including three local journalists in an airstrike on a house in the Nusseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip. A fourth journalist was killed in Gaza City (north), according to the Hamas press office.

“The rubble fell on us”

“We were sleeping when suddenly a strike hit our house. “The rubble fell on us,” said Mohammad Abou Marahil, after the attack in Nousseirat, where rescuers helped by residents pulled bodies from the rubble.

Fighting also continued in Shujaiya, a neighborhood east of Gaza City (north), where soldiers have been conducting a ground operation supported by the air force since June 27.

The army stated that “Hamas terrorist members were eliminated during fighting” in Shujaiya and reported “the destruction of weapons and infrastructure” including tunnels, accusing “the enemy of seeking to reestablish a base” in the neighborhood.

Soldiers are also fighting in Rafah (south) where according to the army “terrorist cells were eliminated” and “several tunnels destroyed and weapons seized” with the help of the air force.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) said two of its employees had been killed in al-Bureij (center) without further details.

After nine months of conflict, the Israeli army had to intervene again in several sectors that it had said it controlled, including Shujaiya.

The international community says it fears an extension of this war in Lebanon, bordering northern Israel, with each intensification of attacks by the Israeli army and Lebanese Hezbollah.

On October 8, Hezbollah pro -Iranian has, in support of Hamas, opened a front with Israel. Since then, the violence has been daily.

On Saturday, he announced that he had launched “explosive drones against a military site” in Beit Hillel in northern Israel.< /p>

Warning sirens sounded in northern Israel, with the army reporting “the interception of a suspicious aerial target” and the fall of “hostile aircraft” in Beit Hillel. Its air force bombed “terrorist targets” in southern Lebanon, according to it.

Yet another effort for a truce

In this context which raises fears of a conflagration in the Middle East, new efforts are underway for a ceasefire in Gaza, a few weeks before a visit to the United States of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is scheduled to address Congress on July 24.

After the end of talks Friday in Qatar with the head of the Israeli Mossad, David Barnea, the Mr. Netanyahu's office announced that a team would continue negotiations in Qatar “next week.”

He reported persistent “gaps” with Hamas, which for its part announced new “ideas”.

For several months, mediation efforts led by Qatar, the United States and Egypt come up against the demands of both camps: Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants to continue the war until the destruction of Hamas and the release of all the hostages.

Hamas, for its part, is demanding a definitive ceasefire and an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza before an agreement.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116