03.04: Gaza is on the verge of collapse
The people of Gaza have gone through a week of relentless bombardment and are preparing to cooperate again. Israel fears new attacks on Israelis and Jews.
Friday is a historically very tense day in the Middle East in times of crisis and war, as is the case now. On Friday, Hamas called for an international day of rage in response to the Israeli bombing and siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, which is home to more than two million people.
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Israeli National Security Council fears that this will lead to more violence against Israelis and Jews. They ask their citizens to stay away from demonstrations around the world on Friday.
At the same time, there is great fear in the Gaza Strip that things will get worse. At least 1,537 people have been killed, and the healthcare system is on the verge of collapse. Israel has imposed a blockade, and there are shortages of food, water and electricity.
– It’s time for war
Now Gazans fear a ground operation. Israel has mobilized an army of at least 300,000 soldiers around the Gaza Strip.
– Israeli Defense Minister Herzi Halevy said on Thursday that the time for war has come.
Meanwhile, Israel received a clarification from the United States. The support provided by the state is without restrictions. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the United States expects Israel to do what is right.
The International Criminal Court has made clear that it can investigate any war crimes committed by Israel and Hamas.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was in Israel on Thursday. He says he saw horrific images of civilian deaths when Hamas attacked. Blinken says he saw images of a bullet-riddled infant, beheaded soldiers, and burned young men in their cars.
– It is immorality in the ugliest way possible. Blinken says it’s actually beyond what we can understand.
Hamas said it did not try to kill civilians and children, but a series of videos and witness testimonies tell a different story.
Horrific images and accounts of civilian killings mean many fear Israel will act more harshly. They have already imposed a blockade which means Gaza lives largely without electricity, food and water. Palestine warns of genocide.
According to the United Nations, at least 423,000 people in Gaza are now internally displaced. The United Nations says the situation is critical. The health care, water supply and sanitation system is collapsing.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for the establishment of a humanitarian corridor from Egypt. This matter is being negotiated, but Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi made it clear that his country will not accept civilians from Gaza.
Al-Sisi says that the people of the Gaza Strip must stand firm and remain in their lands.
The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on Thursday that only a few hours remain before electricity generators in Gaza hospitals run out of fuel.
The human suffering created by this escalation is abhorrent. “I ask both sides to reduce civilian suffering,” says Fabrizio Carbone, regional director of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Hamas’s call for a global day of anger was supported by the Fatah movement, which rules the occupied West Bank.
There are fears of unrest in several European cities. In Paris, police have already used tear gas and water cannons to disperse pro-Palestine demonstrations. Jewish schools in Amsterdam and London are temporarily closed.
In New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul says parents should decide for themselves whether to keep their children home from religious school or skip going to synagogue on Friday.
I can’t think about the future
In the Gaza Strip, there is sadness, despair and anger at the same time. People try to help as much as they can.
– The situation is critical. Ambulances do not reach the wounded and the wounded do not reach the hospital. Ashraf Al-Qudra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, says that we cannot transport the dead to the morgues.
Meanwhile, funerals are being held in Israel and the Gaza Strip. In Gaza City, the morgue of the largest hospital is now full. Bodies are piled up in the hallways and parking lots.
-The body bags kept coming. Now it is a cemetery. I am emotionally and physically exhausted. “I just have to stop thinking about how bad it is,” says nurse Abu Elias Al-Shobaki.
02.56: At least 6,000 bombs have been launched into Gaza since Saturday
The Israeli army announced on Thursday that it had dropped six thousand bombs on the Gaza Strip since Saturday. One expert says it’s astonishing.
At least 1,537 people were killed in the attacks.
– Warplanes and helicopters bombed a number of Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. So far, the Air Force has dropped about 6,000 bombs on Hamas targets, and the Israeli Air Force has signed off on this. X Thursday evening.
There has been an average of nearly one bomb per minute around the clock since Saturday.
It’s about astonishing carpet bombing, says Mark Jarlasko, a military adviser to the Dutch organization Peace for Peace, as well as a former UN investigator into war crimes in Libya and a US adviser before the invasion of Iraq.
– Israel released more in one week than the United States released in Afghanistan in a year. They’re doing this in a much smaller, more densely populated area where the errors will be much larger, Garlasco says. Washington Post.
He says that the largest number of bombs dropped on Afghanistan was 7,423 bombs in one year. In the entire Libyan war, NATO used more than 7,600 bombs and missiles.
02.52 The United Nations requests 3 billion for Gaza
The United Nations called on the international community to contribute $294 million in aid to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
This equates to NOK 3.2 billion. These funds will be allocated to cover the most important needs of the residents of the Gaza Strip after the Israeli siege and bombing campaign.
These funds will help more than 1.2 million people, according to the United Nations. They stress that relief organizations do not have the capacity to fully meet the needs of Gaza residents now.
01.10: The number of martyrs in Gaza and Israel increases
The latest figures show that at least 1,537 people were killed in the attacks on Gaza, and at least 1,300 were killed on the Israeli side.
Health authorities in Gaza say that 1,537 people were killed in the attacks on the Gaza Strip and at least 6,612 others were injured.
According to the United Nations, the death toll in Israel rose to 1,300, while 3,391 others were injured.
The United Nations bases its numbers on Israeli public sources.
In addition, Israel said that 1,500 Hamas fighters were killed in Israel, while between 100 and 150 hostages were taken to the Gaza Strip.
The Gaza Strip has been under almost continuous control since the Hamas attack on Saturday.
There are at least 423,000 internally displaced people in the Gaza Strip. There is a 25 percent increase in the last 24 hours.
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01.10 At least 423 thousand displaced people in Gaza
The United Nations says that the number of internally displaced people in the Gaza Strip is increasing sharply.
In the past 24 hours, the number has risen by 25 percent, and at least 423,000 people are now internally displaced. Two-thirds of them sought coverage in UN-run schools.
The United Nations says that since Wednesday at 2 p.m., electricity has been cut off in Gaza. This means that the healthcare, water supply and sanitation system is collapsing. There is significant food insecurity.
00.23: Israel accused of using phosphorus bombs
The Palestinian Authority and Human Rights Watch accuse Israel of using phosphorus bombs. Israel rejected it.
The Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday that Israel dropped phosphorus bombs on a neighborhood in the Gaza Strip. Now Human Rights Watch claims the same thing.
Human Rights Watch A statement said that Israel used phosphorus bombs in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. They say they have verified videos and witness statements that confirm this.
– They put civilians at risk of serious and long-term injury, Human Rights Watch wrote in the statement.
Earlier this week, Israel denied that it had used phosphorous bombs in Lebanon, then said they must have been flares, she wrote. New York times. Israel has also previously denied using such bombs.
Israel said it was attacking Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip and was taking measures to spare civilians. At least 1,537 people were killed in the attacks.
The occupied West Bank is governed by self-governing authorities. They shared a video on X Which will show the place that was bombed with phosphorus bombs in the Gaza Strip.
White phosphorus causes fires that spread quickly and are difficult to extinguish. The material is sticky and difficult to remove, and a flame can break out when the bandage is removed.
Israel said it was attacking Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip and was taking measures to spare civilians.
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Human Rights Watch indicates that the use of phosphorus bombs in the densely populated Gaza Strip poses a great danger, and says it is a violation of international law.
Whenever phosphorus is used in densely populated civilian areas, there is a high risk of painful burns and lifelong suffering, says Lama Fakih, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
Human Rights Watch wrote that it verified videos from Lebanon and Gaza on October 10 and 11 showing several phosphorus bomb attacks in the port of Gaza City, and in two remote areas on the border between Israel and Lebanon.
They also interviewed two people who described the attack on Gaza. Their descriptions are consistent with the use of phosphorus bombs, according to Human Rights Watch.
Human Rights Watch has previously accused Israel of using such bombs.
According to the message received from the Autonomous Administration authorities, the Karama neighborhood was destroyed as a result of the bombing. They write that people were killed or injured in the attack.
Phosphorus bombs can seriously injure people, but they also burn entire neighborhoods. It can be used to obscure troop movement, but Israel did not have forces in the Gaza port that were said to have been attacked.
00.08: Iran warns Israel
The Iranian Foreign Minister said that a new front may be opened if Israel continues its bombing of the Gaza Strip.
At least 1,537 people were killed in bombings in Gaza. The humanitarian situation is critical.
Iran demands that Israel stop the attacks and issues what could be interpreted as a threat of more attacks on Israel.
Given the ongoing aggression, war crimes and blockade of Gaza, opening new fronts could be a real possibility, says Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian.
He arrived in Beirut, Lebanon, late Thursday evening and was received by representatives of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
There are fears that the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon will attack Israel. Iran supports both Hamas and Hezbollah, but according to Western sources there is no evidence of Iranian involvement in the attack on Israel over the weekend.
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