Israel-Hamas War: Israeli forces are fighting Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.


Rafah, Gaza Strip (APP) – Israeli forces were battling Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, including in parts of the devastated north, the army said. It was cleared months agoWhere Hamas has taken advantage of the security vacuum to regroup.

Israel has portrayed the southern Gaza city of Rafah as the last stronghold of Hamas, saying it must attack to succeed in its aims to eliminate the group and return scores of hostages. A limited operation there has expanded in recent days, forcing the displacement of about 300,000 people and prompting warnings from Egypt, where an official said the country's A decades-old peace treaty with Israel in danger.

But the rest of the war-torn region appears to offer plenty of opportunities for Hamas. Israel has yet to present a detailed plan for post-war governance in Gaza, saying only that it will. Maintain open-ended security controls on the coastal enclave, which is home to about 2.3 million Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected a post-war US proposal for the Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, to rule Gaza with the support of Arab and Muslim countries. . Those plans Dependent on progress toward the establishment of a Palestinian state, which Netanyahu's government strongly opposes.

After the split between the two closest allies, Gaza has been left without a functioning government, disrupting public order and allowing Hamas to reconstitute itself even in the worst-hit areas.

The war began when Hamas and other militants Attacked southern Israel on October 7.Killed approximately 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and took 250 hostages. They still hold about 100 captives and more than 30 others, and internationally mediated talks on a ceasefire and hostage release appear stalled.

More than 35,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed in Israeli air, ground and sea operations, according to Gaza's health ministry, which does not distinguish between civilians and combatants in its figures. Israel says it has killed more than 13,000 militants without providing evidence.

Heavy bombardment in the north

Palestinians reported heavy overnight Israeli bombardment of the civilian Jabalia refugee camp and other areas in the northern Gaza Strip, which have caused widespread destruction and have been isolated by Israeli forces for months. UN officials say there is one. “total famine” there.

Palestinians mourn relatives of those killed in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in front of Al-Aqsa Hospital mortuary in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, Saturday, May 11, 2024.  (AP Photo/Abdul Kareem Hanna)

Palestinians mourn relatives of those killed in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in front of Al-Aqsa Hospital mortuary in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, Saturday, May 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdul Kareem Hanna)

Palestinian medics treat a man injured in an Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip at al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, Saturday, May 11, 2024.  (AP Photo/Sahr Al Ghoora)

Palestinian medics treat a man injured in an Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip at al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, Saturday, May 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Sahr Al Ghoora)

Residents said Israeli warplanes and artillery attacked the camp and the Olive area east of Gaza City, where soldiers have been battling Palestinian militants for a week. He has appealed to tens of thousands of people to move to nearby areas.

“It was a very difficult night,” said Abdul Karim Rizwan, a 48-year-old Palestinian from Jabalia. He said he could hear heavy and continuous shelling since Saturday afternoon. “This is madness.”

Palestinian Civil Defense first responders said they were unable to respond to multiple calls for help from both areas as well as from Rafah.

The Israeli military's top spokesman, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, said that in addition to Jabalia and Zeitoun, forces are also operating in Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun. Two towns near Gaza's northern border with Israel were heavily bombed in the early days of the war.

Columnist Ben Kespit wrote in Israel's daily Mario that the army “is now moving into Jabaliya for the second time and Zeitoun for the third time, and it will keep going in and out.” A sense of growing desperation by many Israelis More than seven months in the war.

“The Hamas regime cannot be overthrown without creating an alternative to that regime,” he wrote, comparing the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The only people who can rule Gaza after the war are the people of Gaza, who have a lot of support and help from outside.”

Palestinians displaced by Israeli air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip arrive at a makeshift tent camp west of Rafah, Gaza, Friday, May 10, 2024.  (AP Photo/Abdul Karim Hana)

Palestinians displaced by Israeli air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip arrive at a makeshift tent camp west of Rafah, Gaza, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdul Karim Hana)

Citizens are fleeing to the south.

The United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is the main aid provider in Gaza. 300,000 people have been displaced from Rafah. Since the operation started there. Going to most. The nearby town of Khan Younis was severely damaged Or Mwasi, an overcrowded tent camp on the coast where some 450,000 people are already living in squalid conditions.

Before the Israeli operation began, Rafah was sheltering some 1.3 million Palestinians, most of whom had fled fighting in the area.

Israel has now evacuated the eastern third of Rafah, and Hagari said dozens of militants had been killed there “while targeted operations continue”. The United Nations has warned that a full attack on Rafah will be planned. More crippling human actions And cause an increase in civilian casualties.

Rafah borders Egypt near the main aid entry points, which are already affected. Israeli soldiers have. occupied the sides of Gaza. Forced the closure of the Rafah crossing. Egypt has refused to cooperate with Israel on the delivery of aid through the crossing due to “unacceptable Israeli escalation”, state-owned Al-Qarah News television channel quoted an unnamed official as saying.

A senior Egyptian official told The Associated Press that Cairo has lodged a protest with the governments of Israel, the United States and Europe, saying the offensive undermines its peace agreement with Israel, which is a cornerstone of regional stability. is endangered.

The official was not authorized to brief the media and spoke on condition of anonymity.

US President Joe Biden has said that he will not provide Israel with offensive weapons for Rafah. On Friday, his management said that was “reasonable”. There is evidence that Israel has violated international law. Protecting citizens – Washington's strongest statement on the issue yet.

Israel has denied the allegations, saying it tries to avoid harming civilians. It blames Hamas for most of the casualties as militants fight in densely populated areas. But the military rarely comments on individual attacks, which often kill women and children.

Gaza's health ministry said an attack late Saturday in central Gaza killed Mohammed Qadat and his son Youssef, both local dentists.

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Krause reported from Jerusalem and Magdi from Cairo.

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