Status: 10.12.2023, 17:06 PM
People ask for food at a food counter in Rafah. © Mohammed Talatene/dpa
The supply of civilians in the Gaza Strip is becoming increasingly precarious. Those who survived the bombings suffer from hunger and thirst. Foreign Minister Baerbock warns of the possible consequences. The news at a glance.
Gaza/Tel Aviv - In view of the increasingly catastrophic situation in the Gaza Strip, pressure is growing on Israel to show more consideration for the civilian population in the fight against the Islamist Hamas. The Israeli army spread reports of success. "We are moving closer to Hamas' command centers," said Israel's National Security Adviser Zachi Hanegbi. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated the goal of crushing Hamas and freeing the hostages. For this, the war will continue "with greater intensity".
However, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called for a new ceasefire at a special meeting of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) stressed that it could hardly provide humanitarian aid to the population. And Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock warned of the consequences. "We see in a dramatic way not only the suffering, but hunger also feeds further terrorism," she said in Dubai. In an interview with Deutschlandfunk, she called on Arab states to persuade Hamas to lay down its arms.
The war was triggered by the worst massacre in Israel's history, which was carried out by terrorists from Hamas and other extremist groups on October 7 in Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip. More than 1200 people were killed. The subsequent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have now killed 17,700 people, according to the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health.
OCHA: Surroundings of the European Gaza Hospital under Fire
Targets near the European Gaza Hospital and the Al-Amal Hospital in the south of the coastal strip have been repeatedly shelled, according to information from the UN Office for Emergency Relief (OCHA). Dozens of injured people were unable to reach the emergency rooms as a result, OCHA reported. The two hospitals, as well as other hospitals, are completely overcrowded. According to estimates by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), 85 percent of the country's 2.2 million inhabitants have been forced to flee their homes because they have been damaged or destroyed, or because Israel has called for the evacuation of areas because of the fighting.
Palestinians: More than 30 killed in airstrike on buildings
According to Palestinian sources, at least 31 people were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a residential building in the Jabalia refugee neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli army did not initially comment on this. Meanwhile, the Hamas-controlled health authority said that 45 bodies killed in Israeli strikes had been brought to Al-Aqsa Hospital in the central Gaza Strip since Saturday evening.
Israeli artillery units in the Gaza Strip
The Israeli army said that for the first time since the beginning of the war more than two months ago, artillery troops were also deployed inside the Gaza Strip, in addition to tank and ground troops. So far, the artillery troops have been deployed from the border line. During operations in the area of Shejaiya, more than 20 targets were attacked. These are weapons depots, houses prepared with booby traps and infrastructure of the Islamist terrorist organization Hamas.
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Palestinians look at the rubble of a building in the center of the Gaza Strip that was destroyed in an Israeli bombing. © Hatem Moussa/AP/dpa
The army has been publishing videos and photos of the risky urban warfare against Hamas on Telegram for days. In the narrow streets of the towns in the Gaza Strip, there is hand-to-door combat with submachine guns, hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades. Again and again, entrances to Hamas tunnels in schools or residential buildings are shown, as well as extensive weapons finds. There have even been reports of weapons hidden in stuffed animals. The information cannot yet be independently verified.
Hamas leader Sinwar not yet apprehended
The head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Jihia Sinwar, has not yet been tracked down by the Israelis. Shortly after the start of the war, he is said to have left in an aid convoy to the south of the cordoned-off coastal strip, Israeli newspapers reported, citing information from the Kan channel. Israel's army is in the process of publicly giving the impression that Hamas has faltered. Army spokesman Daniel Hagari said that terrorists who surrendered had said that the fighters were in a "difficult situation" and that the Hamas leadership under Sinwar was "denying reality." None of this information can be independently verified.
On Sunday night, a video from the northern Gaza Strip circulated on the Internet, on which, according to the Times of Israel, a suspected Hamas fighter can be seen. The man emerges from a line of other men, dressed only in underpants like him, with his weapon raised, walks past a tank and lays them down in front of an Israeli soldier. The scene showed the men surrendering to Israeli troops, the report said. However, their identity could not be independently verified at first. Israeli forces have moved very close to Hamas command centers in Jabalia and Shejaiya, Hanegbi said. 7000,138 Hamas terrorists have already been killed. A total defeat of Hamas would also clear the way for the release of <> hostages currently held by the Islamists.
Israeli soldiers patrol the vicinity of the Gaza Strip. © Leo Correa/AP/dpa
Extremist Palestinians, however, continued their rocket attacks on Israeli border towns on Sunday.
Egypt election overshadowed by war
The Gaza war also overshadows Egypt's presidential election, which began on Sunday. The incumbent, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is expected to win the election again. In Egypt, there is concern that the Sinai Peninsula, which is part of his country and borders Gaza, could become the starting point for new attacks on Israel if residents of the coastal strip flee there because of the war. At the same time, the government in Cairo fears that a mass exodus could turn into permanent expulsion. Dpa