Israel prepares to seal Gaza tunnels, free 240 Hamas hostages
Israeli troops already have surface control of the center of the Strip’s capital and are preparing for hand-to-hand and underground combat.
“We are at the gates of Gaza City, preparing to attack it”Brigadier General Itzik Cohen, commander of the Israeli ground forces, announced that his men had secured the southern flank of the offensive and cut the Gaza Strip in two. Troops are now poised to launch a second phase of the offensive against Hamas. Fighting still takes place occasionally, with periods of constant bombardment by artillery and aircraft. Now parts of the rectangle determine northern Gaza, where the terrorists are believed to be massing their forces and where the Israelis are operating. It’s urban warfare with guerilla tacticsHamas fighters emerge from their tunnels and cover the attack sites, then hide again while the infantry are still hidden behind the tanks.
Why shouldn’t Israel stop?
Israeli bombing of Gaza is taking a terrible toll. But unless Hamas’s power is broken, peace will not happen.
Israeli forces are entering a hell of their own making. One of ten buildings Loop It was pulverized by Israeli aircraft and artillery. More than 8,000 Palestinians have died, many of them children. Fuel, drinking water and food shortages imposed by the Israeli blockade threaten the lives of thousands more.
Japan strengthened its mediation role in the conflict between Israel and Hamas and donated $65 million in additional aid to Gaza.
Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, promised 65 million dollars In additional help Gaza Strip After meeting the Israeli Foreign Minister, Eli Cohen, and his Palestinian counterpart, Riyadh Al Maliki.
“Israel and Palestine must co-exist peacefully to prevent another heinous act of terrorism.“Kamigawa reiterated his country’s support for the two-state solution,” the newspaper reported.Asahi Shimbun‘.
The visit comes days before Japan hosts foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations Tokyo As the crisis deepens in Gaza, Israel is resisting calls for a humanitarian ceasefire and the head of the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah has warned of the conflict spilling over into neighboring areas.
Kamikawa declined to comment on whether Israel’s attacks on Gaza were within the bounds of international law, but pledged that actors must comply with the spirit of protecting human rights and not cause unnecessary civilian deaths.
Antonio Guterres: “I am horrified by the attack on the ambulance convoy in Gaza”
The UN Israel condemned the attack on an ambulance used by the Hamas terrorist group and withdrew 15 people died and 60 were injured.
Israel confirmed the operation and confirmed that the ambulance belonged to Palestinian terrorists and was used for infiltration. Egypt.
“I am appalled by the attack on an ambulance outside Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza,” the UN Secretary-General said in a statement. Antonio Gutierrez.
“The images of bodies strewn on the street outside the hospital are heartbreaking” he added.
The Red Crescent Palestine said “there were five ambulances in that convoy,” including one from the Health Ministry of the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Territory and another from the same NGO.
According to the organization, the blast occurred two meters away from the hospital entrance. A second ambulance was hit “a kilometer away from the hospital”, causing several injuries, the Red Crescent added.
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