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Israel’s Prolonged Offensive in Gaza Raises Humanitarian Concerns

Israel has stated that it's ready to fight Hamas for an extended period of time, signalling an intensification of its ground offensive through more aircraft and artillery fire.

Israel has declared its readiness for an extended battle against Hamas, signaling an intensification of its ground offensive with increased airstrikes and artillery fire. 

The military, claiming success in weakening Hamas to the “verge of dissolution,” faces mounting criticism over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

On the Brink of Dissolution: Israel’s Military Offensive:

Despite Israel’s assertion of nearing victory, humanitarian leaders express deep concerns about the deteriorating situation in Gaza. 

The ongoing bombing campaign has left the Palestinian territory in a dangerous state, with fears of disease and starvation escalating. International pressure is mounting on Israel to prioritize the protection of civilians as the conflict unfolds.

Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding: Gaza’s Struggle for Survival:

Gaza residents are grappling with severe shortages of essential resources, including food and water, as only a minimal amount of humanitarian aid reaches the territory. 

Observers are alarmed by the possibility of forced displacement, further exacerbating the crisis.

On Tuesday, fierce clashes persisted, with reports of deadly Israeli strikes in various parts of Gaza. The death toll, primarily comprising women and children, has surged to at least 18,200 Palestinians, prompting international outrage. 

Approximately 90% of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have been displaced within the besieged territory, leaving no haven, according to UN agencies.

Destruction in Southern Gaza: Israel’s Military Targets Strongholds:

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant declared on Monday that Hamas is “on the verge of dissolution,” emphasizing the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) control over the last strongholds. 

A visit by Israel’s army chief to Khan Yunis highlighted the strategic gains in the northern and southern parts of Gaza.

Civilians in Gaza, particularly in Khan Yunis and Rafah, are facing a dire situation. Displaced individuals have few safe places to seek refuge, and even those deemed safe are not immune to airstrikes. 

Tragic stories, like that of Umm Mohammed Al Jabri losing seven children in an airstrike, underscore the devastating impact on innocent lives.

International Response and Comparisons: Echoes of World War II Destruction:

Amid the escalating conflict, the European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, described the situation in Gaza as catastrophic, drawing parallels to the destruction seen in Germany during World War II. 

The UN estimates that 1.9 million out of Gaza’s 2.4 million population have been displaced, with half of them being children.

The conflict has wreaked havoc on Gaza’s healthcare system, with only 14 out of 36 hospitals functioning at any capacity, according to UN humanitarian agency OCHA. 

The dire situation is evident at Al Aqsa Hospital, where victims, including numerous children, overwhelmed the facility after Israeli strikes on the Al Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza.

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