March 4, 2024

Live updates | Israel conducts deadly Gaza strikes after Biden calls approach to war ‘over the top’

Israeli airstrikes struck the central Gaza Strip and the southern metropolis of Rafah on the border with Egypt in a single day into Friday, inflicting practically two dozen fatalities together with ladies and kids, witnesses and hospital officers stated.

The in a single day airstrikes got here hours after U.S. President Joe Biden stated Thursday that he considers Israel’s conduct in the war to be “over the top.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken left Israel on Thursday as the divide grows between the two shut allies on the means ahead.

More than half of Gaza’s inhabitants of two.3 million has been pushed by Israel’s navy offensive towards the border with Egypt. Unable to depart the tiny Palestinian territory, many reside in makeshift tent camps or overflowing U.N.-run shelters.

The Palestinian loss of life toll from the war has surpassed 27,840 folks, the Health Ministry in Gaza stated. 1 / 4 of Gaza’s residents are ravenous.

The war started with Hamas’ assault into Israel on Oct. 7, wherein militants killed about 1,200 folks, largely civilians, and kidnapped round 250. Hamas remains to be holding greater than 130 hostages, however round 30 of them are believed to be lifeless.


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RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Israeli forces have stormed the Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis in Gaza, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society stated Friday.

The hospital is house to just a few dozen folks displaced by the battle in addition to the sufferers and medical workers. Khan Younis has been the middle of the Israeli floor offensive in the previous weeks.

Earlier this week, the PRCS stated that 8,000 displaced folks had been evacuated from its headquarters in Khan Younis and Al-Amal Hospital. It stated solely 40 displaced folks and round 80 sufferers and 100 workers members stay in the medical middle.

The Red Crescent gave no additional particulars about Friday’s raid.

Hamas chief Yehya Sinwar and the commander of the group’s navy wing, Mohammed Deif, each grew up in the Khan Younis refugee camp. Israel says the metropolis is a Hamas stronghold.

Hospitals in the Gaza Strip have been arduous hit by the war. Israel has repeatedly surrounded and raided Gaza hospitals, saying that Hamas makes use of the services as cowl for militant operations.

The raids have compelled many hospitals to shut and displaced hundreds of sufferers and individuals who had been in search of shelter. With humanitarian support trickling into Gaza, the territory’s well being care system is affected by shortages of many medicines.

The few hospitals that stay in operation, together with Al-Amal, have been overwhelmed with sufferers and displaced folks in search of refuge.


RAFAH, Gaza Strip — The U.N. kids’s company known as on all events to chorus from navy escalation in Rafah, at the southern fringe of the Gaza Strip, warning that there are greater than 600,000 kids in the space, a few of whom have been displaced greater than as soon as since the war started 4 months in the past.

UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell stated in an announcement late Thursday that navy escalation in Rafah would mark “another devastating turn in a war” that has killed over 27,000 folks in accordance to well being officers in Gaza.

She stated it might depart hundreds extra lifeless by violence or lack of important providers, and additional disrupt humanitarian help.

“We need Gaza’s last remaining hospitals, shelters, markets and water systems to stay functional,” Russell stated. “Without them, hunger and disease will skyrocket, taking more child lives.”

More than half of the Gaza Strip’s 2.3 million folks have fled to Rafah, heeding Israeli evacuation orders forward of the navy’s increasing floor offensive. Evacuation orders now cowl two-thirds of the besieged, tiny enclave.

Russell appealed to all events to the battle to adhere to their obligations below worldwide humanitarian regulation, which incorporates taking the utmost care to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure.


RAFAH, Gaza Strip — At least 22 folks, together with kids and girls, had been killed in 4 Israeli airstrikes in a single day into Friday in the central space of the Gaza Strip and in the southern metropolis of Rafah on the border with Egypt, witnesses and hospital officers stated.

The strikes hit a residential constructing in Rafah, killing eight folks, and a kindergarten-turned-shelter for the displaced in the central city of Zuwaida, killed 5. The lifeless and wounded had been taken to close by hospitals, the place our bodies had been seen by journalists from The Associated Press. A strike killed 9 folks in Deir al-Balah.

More than half of the Gaza Strip’s 2.3 million folks have fled to Rafah, heeding Israeli evacuation orders forward of the navy’s increasing floor offensive. Evacuation orders now cowl two-thirds of the tiny besieged enclave.

Even in areas of refuge, equivalent to Rafah, Israel routinely launches air strikes towards what it says are Hamas targets. It holds the militant group liable for civilian casualties as a result of it operates from civilian areas. President Joe Biden stated Thursday that he considers Israel’s conduct of the war to be “over the top.”

Israeli floor forces are nonetheless focussing on the metropolis of Khan Younis, simply north of Rafah, however Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly warned this week that Rafah can be subsequent, creating panic amongst a whole bunch of hundreds of displaced folks.

Netanyahu’s phrases have additionally alarmed Egypt which has stated that any floor operation in the Rafah space or mass displacement throughout the border would undermine its 40-year-old peace treaty with Israel. The largely sealed Gaza-Egypt border can be the predominant entry level for humanitarian support.

Israel’s 4-month-old air and floor offensive, ignited by a deadly Hamas assault on Oct. 7, has killed over 27,000 Palestinians, pushed most individuals from their houses and pushed 1 / 4 of the inhabitants towards hunger.


WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday known as Israel’s navy response in Gaza “over the top” and said he continues to work “tirelessly” to press Israel and Hamas to agree on an prolonged pause in preventing.

“I am of the view, as you know, that the conduct of the response in the Gaza Strip has been over the top,” Biden advised reporters in trade on Thursday night after delivering remarks on a particular counsel report on his dealing with of categorized paperwork.

Biden added that he continues to push for an prolonged pause in preventing in Gaza to facilitate the launch of the dozens of remaining hostages that had been captured throughout the Oct. 7 assault on Israel.

Hamas, nonetheless, has demanded that Israel launch a whole bunch of Palestinian prisoners and finish the war as a part of a hostage deal. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to agree to these phrases.

But Biden stated he nonetheless is hopeful a deal will be labored out which may open a path to ending the war.

“I am pushing very hard now to deal with this hostage cease-fire,” Biden stated. “I’ve been working tirelessly on this deal. How can I say this without revealing … to lead to a sustained pause in the fighting in, and the actions taking place, in the Gaza Strip.”