Israeli troops and tanks are closing in on Gaza’s predominant metropolis because it steps up its conflict on Hamas.
The army superior on Gaza City from two instructions. Residents stated that the tanks had reached the outskirts of the town throughout Monday. They had been stated to have reduce, at the very least for a time, the principle north-south Salah al-Din highway south of Gaza City and working on the outskirts of the Zaytun and Shuja’iyya neighbourhoods. Armoured automobiles had been additionally stated to working near the Mediterranean coast within the north of Gaza in an space the place Hamas stated it was engaged in heavy preventing.
One resident Gaza City, who requested to not be named, informed to The Independent that tanks had reached the outskirts of Gaza City however had later “withdrawn again”.
Ghassan Abu Sitta, a British palestinian physician who’s treating the wounded in the principle al-Shifa hospital within the centre of the town, stated “The thumping today was very loud, the artillery is very very close.”
The deeper push into Gaza comes after weeks of retaliatory airstrikes which have hammered the territory within the wake of the throughout border assault by Hamas that left greater than 1,400 individuals in Israel have been killed. The well being ministry in Hamas-run Gaza stated that the demise toll within the territory had risen to greater than 8,300 individuals killed together with greater than 3,400 youngsters.
Video, taken by an area journalist and circulated on line, confirmed an Israeli tank and bulldozer in central Gaza blocking the territory’s predominant freeway – Salahuddin avenue – which the Israeli army in latest weeks has recommended Palestinians use to evacuate to the south.
In the video a automotive seems to strategy an earth barrier throughout the highway. The automotive stops and turns round. As it heads away, a tank seems to open hearth, and an explosion engulfs the automotive.
The journalist, in one other automotive, who’s filming races away in terror, screaming, “Go back! Go back!” at an approaching ambulance and different automobiles.
Hundreds of 1000’s of Palestinians stay within the north, and would no would not be capable to escape if the highway is blocked.
The Independent contacted the Israeli army for touch upon this. They didn’t verify or deny chopping the highway however pointed to a press release by Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, who stated infantry and armoured exercise had had “expanded” in Gaza.
“I will not detail here the positions of our forces even if they are published on social media,” the spokesperson stated, including that the 2 goals had been to crush Hamas and to carry greater than 200 hostages again to Israel.
The army stated on Monday night that they’d secured the discharge of a feminine soldier throughout their floor operation. They stated non-public Ori Megidish was again residence safely along with her household. She has since undergone medical checks and is “doing well,” the army stated. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the bottom marketing campaign in Gaza creates the likelihood for his or her rescue.
“Hamas will not do it unless they are under pressure,” he informed reporters. “We obviously greeted one hostage with open arms after yesterday’s successful action … but we’re committed to getting all the hostages back home. We think that this method stands a chance.”
However, Mr Netanyahu stated in a night deal with that Israel “will not agree” to a ceasefire with Hamas.
“Just as the US would not agree to a ceasefire after the bombing of Pearl Harbour or after the terrorist attack of 9/11, Israel will not agree to a cessation of hostilities with Hamas after the horrific attacks of 7 October,” he stated. “Calls for a ceasefire are calls for Israel to surrender to Hamas, to surrender to terrorism”.
“The Bible says ‘there is a time for peace, and a time for war’,” he stated. “This is a time for a war”.
When requested if he would resign within the wake 7 October Mr Netanyahu stated that the one factor he intends to resign are Hamas “We are going to resign them to the dustbin of history”
The Israeli army stated it had killed 4 outstanding Hamas operatives. “IDF troops killed dozens of terrorists who barricaded themselves in buildings and tunnels, and attempted to attack the troops,” it stated in an replace.
Hamas shared a video displaying three different feminine hostages in captivity – one of many ladies begs Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to comply with deal the place the hostages could be launched in alternate for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. They are more likely to have been to have given the assertion beneath duress.
Mr Netanyahu condemned the video as “cruel psychological propaganda”. His workplace named the ladies as Danielle Aloni, Rimon Kirsht and Elena Trupanov.
The households of the hostages who appeared within the video launched earlier by Hamas have simply given a press convention.
Remus Aloni, father of Danielle Aloni seen within the video, stated when he noticed her image on tv, “my heart nearly stopped beating”.
He said he and his wife felt a sigh of relief that she was alive. “We are excited about you each minute, each second. Everything we do, we’re consistently excited about you and we’re going to carry you again residence,” he said.
.A young Israeli-German hostage was killed in the attack, her family confirmed on Monday. Shani Louk, aged 22, was initially believed to have been kidnapped alive during Hamas’s assault on the Supernova music festival after she was paraded semi-naked through Gaza, apparently unconscious on the back of a pickup truck.
Ms Louk’s sister Adi confirmed that Shani had died, probably during the attack, after the discovery of human remains that suggested injuries that would not have been survivable. “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of my sister, Shani Nicole Z.L. , who was on October 7, 2023, at the party massacre in Re’im,” Adi wrote on Instagram.
According to reports in the German and Israeli media, a cousin of Ms Louk said that the family received an official notice from the Israel Defence Forces and the voluntary emergency response organisation Zaka that a bone from the base of Louk’s skull had been found and matched with Louk’s DNA.
Doctors determined that a person cannot live without the found bone and concluded that Louk could not possibly still be alive. “I’m actually sorry to report that we have now now obtained information that Shani Nicole Louk has been confirmed murdered and useless,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog told Germany’s Bild newspaper. “What we noticed on the Gaza-Israel border goes far past a pogrom. We noticed a slaughterhouse.” He claimed: “Her skull has been found”.
The United Nations says one-third of hospitals in Gaza and practically two-thirds of major well being care clinics have shut down resulting from harm or lack of gas. They added that 57 hospitals had been broken within the bombardment.
Doctors in Gaza and worldwide rights teams reported that at the very least three hospitals had been broken within the final 24 hours by strikes that had been dangerously shut together with the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship hospital for most cancers sufferers, photographs of which had been despatched to The Independent.
Supplies had been so low, Care International stated that pregnant ladies are present process C-sections with out anaesthetic.
“Pregnant women are being forced to undergo emergency C-sections without anaesthetics. I can only imagine how afraid these women are, for themselves and their babies, all while suffering in unbearable pain,” stated Hiba Tibi, CARE West Bank and Gaza Country Director:
Due to the dearth of capability in hospitals, ladies are being discharged inside as little as three hours after giving delivery. An common of 160 pregnant ladies are anticipated to provide delivery day by day over the subsequent month in Gaza.”