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The American Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken was in the West Bank on Wednesday, where he spoke with the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, about the situation in Gaza.

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The Israeli army continued its bombings in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday while the head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, reaffirmed the his country's support for the creation of a Palestinian state, during his meeting with the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, in the West Bank.

The Israeli army reported operations in the Maghazi and Khan Yunis sectors, with more than 150 targets hit and 15 tunnels discovered. According to an AFP journalist, Khan Younes and Rafah suffered intense bombing.

Early in the evening, the Palestinian Red Crescent announced the death of six people, including four of its rescuers in a strike on an ambulance in the center of the Gaza Strip, which it attributed to the Israeli army.

During his meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, Mr. Blinken reaffirmed that his country supports tangible measures for the creation of a Palestinian statehood, a long-term goal that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's far-right Israeli government is opposed to.

He then said the Palestinian leader was committed to reforming the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank. He is fully prepared to move forward, Blinken said in response to a question.

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In 2007, the Palestinian Authority lost control of the Gaza Strip to Hamas and only exercised its limited power in the West Bank.

After his meeting with Mr. Blinken, Mr. Abbas traveled to Jordan, where he discussed pushing for a ceasefire immediate fire in Gaza during talks with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba.

The war was triggered by an unprecedented attack on October 7 by Hamas on Israeli soil which left around 1,140 dead, mostly civilians, according to an Israeli count. x27;AFP from the Israeli report.

In retaliation, Israel vowed to annihilate the Palestinian Islamist movement in power in Gaza and classified as a terrorist group by Israel, the United States and the European Union. Its military operations in the Gaza Strip have left at least 23,357 dead, the majority of them women, adolescents and children, the Hamas Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Despite numerous diplomatic efforts, nothing seems to be able to end the war between Israel and Hamas, which has entered its fourth month.

The American Secretary of State began a tour of the Middle East last week aimed in particular at trying to avoid a spillover of the conflict in the region, where Hamas has several allies, with armed groups supported by #x27;Iran in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

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Khan Younes in the south of the Gaza Strip under Israeli artillery fire on December 30. (File photo)

British and American forces shot down 18 drones and three missiles fired by the Houthis in the Red Sea on Tuesday evening, according to the US military. This attack was claimed by Yemeni rebels.

Mr. Blinken on Wednesday accused Iran of supporting and encouraging attacks in the Red Sea. British Defense Minister Grant Shapps made similar remarks and warned Yemeni rebels – who say they are acting in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza – that their attacks must stop. Enough is enough, he insisted.

In this context, and before going to Cairo on Thursday, Mr. Blinken arrived in Bahrain on Wednesday afternoon, a member of the coalition announced in December by Washington to defend maritime traffic in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden facing Houthi attacks.

While his country is Israel's main ally, the head of American diplomacy also urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday to spare Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, believing that they, particularly children , paid a price that was far too high.

Residents of Rafah cried Wednesday morning in the courtyard of Al-Najjar hospital for their killed loved ones in a strike on a building.

It's a massacre, says Hareb Nofal, a relative of the victims. We are talking about around 14 families. Fourteen apartments filled with children, women and newborns. Nobody cares.

International organizations are warning of the health disaster in Gaza, where 85% of the population has been displaced and where humanitarian aid arrives in dribs and drabs.

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A Palestinian child in front an improvised cemetery in front of Al-Chifa hospital in Gaza City, ravaged by Israeli bombings.

Again on Wednesday, the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, denounced the humanitarian situation as insurmountable and argued that the distribution of aid was facing almost insurmountable obstacles. p>

The Gaza Strip needs to receive more food, more water, more medicine, Mr. Blinken admitted on Tuesday.

Because of the lack of water, we only shower once a month, we suffer psychologically and diseases have spread everywhere, testifies to AFP Ibrahim Saadat, a Palestinian displaced by the war.

We lost all our dreams […], children can lose years of their life living here. Some went to school […] all this was for nothing, everything is lost, breathes Hadee Shehata, a 23-year-old Gazans displaced in the south of the territory.

Israel is now mainly hitting the center and south of the Gaza Strip after massively bombing the north of the territory. The Israeli government has accepted the principle of a UN assessment mission on the situation in northern Gaza with a view to a return of the displaced, Mr. Blinken stressed on Tuesday, without giving details.

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