Status: 02.12.2023, 14:09 PM
The Israeli army has resumed fighting in the Gaza Strip against the Islamist Hamas after the ceasefire. © Ilia Yefimovich/dpa
Israel continues its heavy bombardment in the Gaza Strip. In the southern part, where most of the civilians have fled, fear and hopelessness prevail. Aid organizations are horrified.
Gaza - Israel's massive bombardment in the south of the Gaza Strip, where much of the Palestinian civilian population is sheltered in a confined space, has sparked outrage and outrage among aid organizations. "Hundreds and hundreds of explosions. In a place so densely populated with civilians, everything has to hit something... someone," James Elder, spokesman for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday. Hiba Tibi, director of the charity Care, told CNN about the situation of civilians: "They don't know where to go." There are not enough places to take in people.
According to the health authority in Gaza, which is controlled by the Islamist Hamas, the number of Palestinians killed by Israel's bombardments since the start of the war has now risen to more than 15,000. The majority of victims are women, children and young people. The information provided by the authority cannot be independently verified at this time.
50 trucks with relief supplies
Meanwhile, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 50 trucks carrying aid arrived in Gaza on Saturday. The trucks were loaded with food, water, medical supplies and medicines. After the ceasefire ended and with the resumption of fighting on Friday morning, aid deliveries had come to a standstill.
Unicef spokesman Elder described the night to Saturday, in which Israel's army said it had bombed more than 50 targets in the area of the city of Khan Yunis in the south of the blockaded Gaza Strip alone, as "relentless."
Care Director Tibi demanded: "We need to protect the civilian population and the vital infrastructure on which they depend." The hostages of the Islamist Hamas remaining in the Gaza Strip must be released immediately and unconditionally. "We need a humanitarian ceasefire," Tibi declared. "The fighting has to stop."
Intensified bombardment in Gaza
Israel's military intensified its bombardment of targets in Gaza on the second day after the expiration of the week-long ceasefire. "My children had recovered a bit the week the bombing and fighting stopped," said 38-year-old Samira Zaid. Now the state of "fear, unrest and destruction" is returning. During the ceasefire, it was hardly possible to get hold of cooking gas, says Mahmud Badawi. "It's unbelievable that in the 21st century we have to cook our meals over wood fires." Now not even firewood is available.
"We woke up to the explosions knowing the nightmare we hoped was over," said Marsuk, who fled the north and lives in a refugee camp in the south. "The children, women and men in Gaza are terrified. They have nowhere to go to safety and have very little to survive. They live in the midst of disease, destruction and death. This is unacceptable," said Martin Griffiths, head of the UN Emergency Relief Fund. "What can we do when we don't have anything in our hands? We can't stop Hamas, and we can't stop Israel. What's happening here is madness," Marsuk said.
Criticism of new evacuation map
The Israeli army on Saturday began using a new evacuation map that divides the Gaza Strip into hundreds of small zones to inform Palestinian civilians of active combat zones. People from several blocks were called to flee to other districts in the northern Gaza Strip. In the south, Palestinians in several areas near the Israeli border were also urged to seek shelter in Rafah.
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Palestinians assess the damage caused by an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip. © Mohammed Talatene/dpa
The card makes it "very difficult and frightening for people to know that they will have to be evacuated for the sixth or seventh time," Care Director Tibi lamented on Saturday. The safe places shown on the map would refer to the centers designated by the United Nations. But they are already "extremely overcrowded". People have to sleep outside, Tibi said.
No card without electricity and internet
A reporter from the Arabic television channel Al-Jazeera reported from the Gaza Strip that people often had no electricity or internet to look at the Israeli map. The map makes people confused, they don't know how to deal with it. In addition, people did not trust the Israel Defense Forces. They would feel that no place in the Gaza Strip is safe.
Gaza resident Muneer Haduka sees responsibility not only for Israel, but also for the Islamist Hamas, which seized control of the coastal strip by force in 2007. "Both parties have turned us into displaced people and beggars in our own country, without shelter and food," says the 33-year-old Palestinian. The end of the ceasefire means the continuation of "this unacceptable situation". Hamas had "made a grave mistake against us," Haduka said. However, Israel is not fighting Hamas, but is collectively punishing the people of the Gaza Strip.
The most recent Gaza war was triggered by the worst massacre in Israel's history, which was carried out by terrorists from the Gaza Strip on October 7 in Israel near the border. More than 1200 people were killed. About 240 hostages were taken to Gaza. Israel responded with massive air strikes, a blockade of the Gaza Strip, and launched a ground offensive in late October. Dpa