Israel announced that intense fighting in the north of the Gaza Strip had ended and would continue in the south. 240 people, including twenty Argentinians, were abducted until it achieved its goals of completely defeating Hamas after a terrorist attack on October 7 that killed 1,200 people.
“We made it clear at the beginning of the war that intensive operations would last approximately three months,” Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant said. “In the north of Gaza, this phase is coming to an end. In the south, we are going to get it and it will end soon,” he added.
Meanwhile, at least 158 Palestinians have been killed and 320 injured in recent hours after Israeli airstrikes hit several parts of the Strip. This way, The death toll from the war that began 102 days ago in the Palestinian territories has risen to 24,285 – with 8,000 missing in the rubble – and more than 61,150 wounded.According to the latest balance sheet of the Gaza Ministry of Health.
Telephone and internet connections have been cut in Gaza for five days. According to officials, this situation represents an element that could increase casualties, as emergency health services have no way to contact and know the whereabouts of many of those injured in the attacks. Along with this, almost the entire territory is without electricity due to lack of fuel to power generators, which has made it difficult for many hospitals to care for thousands of patients.
Hamas and Israel brokered a humanitarian deal with Qatar: Israel would allow civilian medicine into Gaza in exchange for allowing Israel to send medicine to hostages held by Palestinian militants.
Majid bin Mohammed Al Ansari, spokesman for Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced the agreement as a “success of Qatar's mediation with the friendly republic of Israel and Hamas, which has reached an agreement, which will provide medicines, among other humanitarian aid, to civilians in the most affected and vulnerable areas of the Gaza Strip.”
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