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An Israeli soldier in the south of Israel, near the Gaza Strip, November 17, 2023.

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A first delivery of fuel arrived in the Gaza Strip after the green light from Israel, in order to restart the electricity generators of hospitals and telecommunications networks in the besieged territory, where a strike killed 26 died overnight from Friday to Saturday, according to the director of a local hospital.

At the request of the United States, Israel allowed the daily entry of two tanker trucks into the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority, responsible for the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian border, announced Friday evening that 17,000 liters of fuel had been delivered to power the generators of the Gaza telecommunications company.

Israel has so far refused to let the fuel pass, claiming that this could benefit the military activities of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement in power in Gaza since 2007 and classified as a terrorist organization by the States -United States, the European Union and Israel.

The population of the small territory, caught in the war sparked by Hamas' attack on Israel on October 7, faces an immediate risk of famine, the United Nations World Food Program has warned.

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The lack of food in Khan Yunis, in the center of the Gaza Strip, is forcing its residents to crowd together to queue in the 'hope of buying bread.

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During the night from Friday to Saturday, a strike against three buildings in Khan Younès left 26 people dead and 23 seriously injured, according to the director of the Nasser hospital in this town in the central Gaza Strip.

We don't ask for the moon. We are calling for basic measures necessary to meet the essential needs of the civilian population and stem the course of this crisis, protested the head of UN humanitarian operations Martin Griffiths, in an intervention. video in New York.

The announced deliveries represent only a small part of the quantities of fuel, 50 trucks, which entered the Gaza Strip daily before the start of the war, according to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). This agency announced on Friday that it would soon no longer be able to coordinate the distribution of humanitarian aid in Gaza due to the communications cut.

In Al-Shifa hospital, the largest in the territory, which was stormed by the Israeli army on Wednesday, the situation is catastrophic for the patients, displaced people and caregivers who are crowded there. without electricity, water or food, its director, Doctor Mohammed Abou Salmiya, told AFP. According to the UN, 2,300 people are currently inside this hospital.

The Israeli army, including tanks still surround the hospital, told AFP that she continued to search the immense complex housing, according to her, a Hamas den installed in particular in a network of tunnels, which the Islamist movement denies.

Since Hamas carried out an attack of unprecedented scale on Israeli soil on October 7, killing 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapping other armed groups around 240 people according to Israeli authorities, retaliatory bombings on the Gaza Strip are incessant. The Hamas Health Ministry estimates that at least 12,000 Palestinian civilians were killed, including 5,000 children.

Israel has sworn to annihilate Hamas. In parallel with its bombings, the Israeli army has been carrying out land operations since October 27, concentrated mainly in the north of the territory, in the city of Gaza transformed into a field of ruins and around hospitals, accusing the Hamas to use them as bases and to use the sick as human shields.

The territory has been placed under complete siege since October 9 by Israel, which has cut off deliveries of food, water, electricity and medicine. According to Hamas, 24 of Gaza's 35 hospitals have stopped functioning.

According to the UN, more than two-thirds of the Gaza Strip's 2.4 million residents have been displaced by the war. Most fled to the south, carrying the minimum and surviving in the cold that sets in.

According to Unrwa, 70 % of the population does not have access to drinking water in the south of the territory, where sewers have started to flow into the streets.

On Friday in Rafah, injured children waited in ambulances to be evacuated to the United Arab Emirates via Egypt, according to AFP images.

At first we were told she was going to die. She has fractures to her skull, pelvis and thigh, says Adam al-Madhoun, the father of Kenza, a four-year-old girl whose right hand was amputated after an Israeli strike on the Jabaliya refugee camp.

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Children injured in the Gaza Strip arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for treatment on Saturday.

In the central Gaza Strip, Azhar al-Rifi, a 36-year-old mother, is still seeking the security Israel promised when it ordered Palestinians to flee the northern territory.

They said the south was safer, so we moved, she told AFP. But at dawn on Friday, an Israeli plane dropped several bombs on the Nusseirat refugee camp in the center of the territory, killing 18 people, including seven relatives of Azhar al-Rifi.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">At eight years old, Nada Abou Hiya is also on her third bombing.

>First they bombed my grandfather's house where we lived in Gaza, then we went to Deir el-Balah, they bombed us. So we came here and they bombed us again

A quote from Nada Abou Hiya, 8 years old, resident of the Gaza Strip

On Friday, the Israeli army announced that it had found the body of Noa Marciano, a 19-year-old soldier held hostage by Hamas, while searching a building adjacent to Al-Shifa Hospital. The Islamist movement claimed Monday that she had been killed in Israeli bombings.

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A funeral was held on Friday, November 17, 2023 for 19-year-old soldier Noa Marciano.

Talks for the release of Hamas hostages are being held via Qatari mediation, with Israel refusing any ceasefire until they have all been released.

Tensions are also high in the West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 by Israel, where around 200 Palestinians have been killed by settlers and Israeli soldiers since October 7, according to the ministry Palestinian Health.

The Israeli army announced Friday that it had killed five terrorists in Jenin, a stronghold of the Palestinian armed movements. And according to the Palestinian Red Crescent, five people were killed and two others injured overnight from Friday to Saturday in an airstrike against the Balata refugee camp, near Nablus, also known for housing young fighters from different Palestinian groups. .

In Hebron, two Palestinians were killed by Israeli army bullets, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.


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