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Palestinians attempt to recover their belongings following raids by the Israeli army on Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Agence France-Presse

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Israel's allies, including the United States, have increased pressure for a ceasefire in the besieged and war-torn Gaza Strip, where ground fighting and deadly bombings have continued. Wednesday.

Taking over from a Security Council paralyzed by the American veto, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted on Tuesday a non-binding resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, where The war between Israel and Hamas has plunged hundreds of thousands of Palestinians into a desperate humanitarian situation.

In an unprecedented warning to Israel, US President Joe Biden criticized indiscriminate bombing on the Palestinian territory.

Despite this, airstrikes and ground fighting continued overnight, particularly in Khan Yunis and Rafah in the south and Gaza City in the north, according to correspondents. AFP on site.

According to the Hamas Ministry of Health, the raids left more than 50 dead in Gaza City, Khan Yunis and Rafah, as well as as in Nusseirat and Deir al-Balah, in the center of the territory.

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Rafah, the border town with Egypt, has become a gigantic camp with hundreds of tents cobbled together using pieces of wood, sheets and plastic sheeting, where the displaced take shelter as best they can in the rain, as winter and the cold set in.

Palestinians met by AFP expect nothing from the UN resolution. The United States has given Israel the green light in general. And the superpowers, like the United Kingdom and France, have given Israel the green light, so no one can control Israel, lamented Rafah resident Khaled Sheikh al-Eeid.

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Israeli soldiers stationed at the border listen to their commander before entering the Gaza Strip.

Israel vowed to destroy Hamas after an unprecedented attack on Israeli soil on October 7 by its commandos infiltrated from the Gaza Strip, which killed around 1,200 dead, mostly civilians, according to the authorities.

According to the Hamas Ministry of Health, 18,608 people were killed by Israeli bombings on Gaza, the vast majority women and children and young people under 18 years old.

In parallel with its campaign of devastating airstrikes, the army has been carrying out a ground offensive since October 27 against Hamas, which it has extended to the entire Gaza Strip after taking control of several areas in the north.

The Israeli army announced on Wednesday that 115 soldiers had died in Gaza since the start of ground operations, following the deadliest day on Tuesday when ten soldiers were killed.

A seven-day truce at the end of November allowed the release of 105 people kidnapped in Israel on October 7, while 135 hostages, according to the army , remain detained in Gaza.

On Tuesday, Israel and the United States voted against the resolution adopted at the UN by 153 votes in favor, 10 against and 23 abstentions, which does not condemn Hamas.

These two countries believe that an immediate ceasefire would leave the Islamist movement in control of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas, which took power in Gaza in 2007, is classified as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel notably.

A fervent supporter of Israel, Joe Biden, however, criticized Benjamin Netanyahu's government for its opposition to a two-state solution with the Palestinians, and warned against an erosion of international support for his war.

There is no doubt about the need to eliminate Hamas, Joe Biden said. But, he warned, while Israel currently has the support of most of the world, they are losing that support with the indiscriminate bombing that is taking place.

In a joint statement, the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand prime ministers on Wednesday declared themselves alarmed by the shrinking security space for civilians in Gaza.

The price to pay for defeating Hamas cannot be the continued suffering of all Palestinian civilians, they added.

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Palestinian parents and their newborn daughter shelter in a makeshift tent near al-Aqsa hospital in the Gaza Strip.

In the Gaza Strip, subject to an Israeli blockade for 16 years and a total siege since October 9, 85% of the 2.4 million inhabitants have been displaced, many of them several times since the start of the war. , and entire neighborhoods destroyed by bombing.

The Palestinians in Gaza are experiencing hell on earth, the director of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, said on Tuesday.

After fleeing their homes in the north and then their shelters in the large city of Khan Younes, tens of thousands of Palestinians are now sheltering in Rafah, in the very south of the territory, targeted daily by the Israeli army.

On Wednesday, displaced people tried to warm themselves around a brazier or under one of the tents pitched on muddy ground, where women and Children were huddled under blankets, according to AFP images.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), overpopulation and malnutrition are fueling the spread of diseases like diarrhea, influenza and smallpox, further overwhelming an already overwhelmed health system.

Children's vaccines are in short supply, the Hamas Ministry of Health announced Wednesday, warning that the shortage would have catastrophic consequences on the health of children and the spread of disease, particularly among displaced people housed in overcrowded shelters.

The ministry called on international institutions to intervene quickly to prevent a disaster. All the tents are flooded. We don't know what to do, says Ihab Abu Jof, a 23-year-old Palestinian, who protected the hearth of his homemade stove with a sheet of metal and a tarpaulin. I swear the conditions here are extremely difficult.

In the north, the army announced on Wednesday that it had carried out an airstrike against a terrorist cell in Shujaiyya, in the eastern suburbs of Gaza City, which was preparing to fire rockets at Israel.

The Israeli army released images, showing soldiers supported by an armored vehicle, advancing between the ruins and opening fire at the ;automatic weapon.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, reported an Israeli raid on Kamal Adwan Hospital in Gaza, where there are 65 patients and 45 caregivers , after several days of siege. I am extremely worried, he wrote on: , schools and mosques to house military installations, which the Palestinian movement denies.

According to OCHA, one hundred trucks carrying aid have entered since Monday evening via Rafah, as well as 120,000 liters of fuel, assistance which, according to her, remains far below needs.

Israel controls the entry of international aid into Gaza via the only open Rafah crossing point, with #x27;Egypt. Due to the fighting, this aid is very difficult to transport beyond Rafah.

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