Israeli Forces Raid West Bank Refugee Camp as Gaza Ground Offensive Expands

Israeli Forces Raid West Bank

Israeli Forces Raid West Bank, at least six Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers during a raid on a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian health officials on Wednesday. Additionally, the Israeli military extended its ground offensive into the heavily populated urban refugee camps in the central region of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Forces Raid West Bank Refugee Camp as Gaza Ground Offensive

Israeli Forces Raid West BankTens of thousands of people have taken shelter in the built-up Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, the southern metropolis of Khan Younis, and the southern town of Rafah due to severe bombing, while most of northern Gaza has been reduced to rubble.

“It was an awful night.” Speaking from the Bureij camp, where he has taken refuge after escaping his home in northern Gaza, Rami Abu Mosab stated, “We haven’t seen such bombing since the start of the war.”

He claimed that while gunfire and explosions reverberated from the camp’s eastern boundary, jets circled overhead. The camp, like others in Gaza, is home to refugees and their descendants from the 1948 conflict that surrounded the birth of Israel, and it today resembles other densely populated districts.

Although there was damage to a house close to Abu Mosab’s refuge, no one was able to get there, he claimed. The most recent of multiple such disruptions that have hindered rescue attempts occurred on Wednesday. On that day, internet and mobile phone service was down for several hours before slowly returning.

Palestinians fear that other regions, such as Khan Younis, where Israeli forces began ground operations in early December, and a group of densely populated refugee camps in central Gaza, where attention has switched this week, may suffer a similar fate as much of northern Gaza.

According to the UN humanitarian office, the area in central Gaza covered by the military’s most recent evacuation orders was home to over 90,000 people before the most recent fighting and is currently sheltering over 61,000 displaced individuals, the majority of whom are from the north.

Israel claims that to destroy Hamas and stop a recurrence of its Oct. 7 onslaught, in which terrorists breached Israel’s strong defenses and murdered around 1,200 people, largely civilians, and kidnapped about 240 more, a bombing campaign and land offensive are required.

129 are thought to be in captivity now that many have been released. According to Israel, achieving its objectives will need “many months.”

STARVATION, DEATH, AND DISPLACEMENT

One of the worst military operations in recent memory is already its offensive. According to the Gaza Health Ministry under Hamas, over 21,100 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have died, with around 200 deaths in the past 24 hours. There is no distinction made in the count between combatants and civilians.

Approximately 85% of the 2.3 million Palestinians living in Gaza have left their homes, swarming into progressively smaller regions as the ground offensive has become more intense in recent weeks. Many Palestinians see parallels between the migration and the 1948 mass displacement known as the Nakba, or catastrophe.

According to UN estimates, a quarter of the people living in the region are hungry as a result of Israel’s siege, despite occasional inflows of fuel, food, water, medication, and other supplies. The U.N. Security Council demanded last week that relief be delivered as quickly as possible, but little has changed.

International pressure for a cease-fire and U.S. demands that Israel reduce civilian losses have likewise not yielded much result.

Israel holds Hamas accountable for the high number of civilian deaths in Gaza, claiming that the militant group operates in populated, residential areas. Without providing proof, the military claims to have killed thousands of militants and to have lost 164 soldiers since the start of the ground offensive.

WEST BANK AND LEBANON STRIKES

Throughout the Middle East, the battle has sparked new fronts. The militant organization Hezbollah in Lebanon and Israel have frequently exchanged gunfire over their border.

Hezbollah fighters, along with their brother and sister-in-law, were murdered by an Israeli hit on a family residence during the night, local authorities and state media reported on Wednesday. There was another family member injured.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, since the beginning of the conflict, over 300 Palestinians have died in the West Bank, primarily in clashes with Israeli forces during raids and rallies.

The United States, Qatar, and Egypt have been negotiating a fresh deal to free more hostages as concerns about a broader confrontation grow. On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden had a conversation with Qatar’s governing emir.

Hamas claims that unless Israel stops its offensive, no more hostages will be freed and that it will exchange the remaining detainees for a significant number of Palestinian inmates, including well-known fighters. Both demands have been turned down by Israel.

Egypt has put forth a plan to end the crisis that calls for the installation of a government made up of Palestinian technocrats to run Gaza and the occupied West Bank, as well as the release of all hostages held in Gaza and all Palestinians detained by Israel. Both sides have given it a cold greeting, but neither has explicitly rejected it.

 

 

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