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Khan Younes in the south of the Gaza Strip under Israeli artillery fire.

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Fighting rages Saturday in the Gaza Strip where displaced Palestinians are “exhausted” by the offensive pursued relentlessly by the Gaza Strip ;Israeli army against Hamas in the besieged territory, a war entering its 13th week with no end in sight.

Smoke rose above Khan Younes, the main town in the south of the Gaza Strip, targeted by artillery fire during the night, according to an AFP correspondent.

Further south, in the border town of Rafah, close to Egypt, many Gazans were looking to get involved in life. shelter from the incessant bombings of the Israeli army which hunts down Hamas fighters.

The war, triggered on October 7 by the unprecedented attack carried out by the Palestinian Islamist movement on Israeli soil from the Gaza Strip, shows no sign of respite despite the civilian losses which increase every day and international calls for a ceasefire.

War is enough! We are totally exhausted, cried Oum Louay Abou Khater, a 49-year-old woman who fled her home in Khan Younes to seek refuge in Rafah, at the southern tip of the Gaza Strip.

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We are constantly moved from place to place even though it is cold. Bombs continue to fall on us day and night, she added. An AFP correspondent reported incessant artillery fire overnight in Rafah and Khan Younes.

Military operations continue in different locations in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said in a statement on Saturday, the 85th day of the war: troops are engaged in fierce fighting […], hitting cells and terrorist infrastructures, and the Israeli navy supports ground troops with fire from the sea.

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Military operations continue in different locations in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said.

In Beit Lahia, a town in the north of the Strip Gaza, two Hamas military compounds were dismantled by soldiers, and dozens of terrorists were killed in Gaza City, according to the statement.

According to a new report published on Saturday by the Health Ministry of Hamas, in power since 2007 in the Gaza Strip, 21,672 people, mostly women, adolescents and children, have been killed since the start of the war. /p>

In Israel, the October 7 attack left around 1,140 dead, most of them civilians, according to an AFP count made from the latest official Israeli data. Around 250 people have been kidnapped, of whom 129 remain detained in Gaza.

After swearing to destroy Hamas, Israel shelled the small territory and launched a ground offensive on October 27 that has cost the lives of 167 soldiers so far, according to the army.

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Residents of the Palestinian enclave face a dire humanitarian situation, according to the UN.

The approximately 2.4 million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, 85% of whom have had to flee their homes, according to the UN, continue to face a disastrous humanitarian situation.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday reiterated his call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, while the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of the growing threat of the spread of infectious diseases among the population in Gaza.

After Israeli strikes in Zawayda, in the central Gaza Strip, rescuers extracted the bodies of nine people from a very peaceful family, Civil Protection director Rami al-Aidi said, adding that two adjacent houses had been targeted.

At the funeral of journalist Jabr Abou Hadrous, in the town of Deir al-Balah, his colleague Islah al-Madhoon attacked the Israeli army: At any moment, we will probably be martyrs because the x27;occupation [Israel, Editor's note] no longer respects international law […] and continues to target journalists.

L&#x27 ;2023 was the worst year of my life. It was a year of destruction and devastation. We experienced a tragedy that even our grandparents did not experience, says Ahmed al-Baz, a 33-year-old resident.

We just want the war to end and the new year to begin at home with a ceasefire.

A quote from Ahmed al-Baz, a 33-year-old resident

The international mediators, who negotiated a one-week truce which allowed the release of more than 100 hostages and the entry of aid into Gaza at the end of November limited, continue their efforts to obtain a new break in the fighting.

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Women mourn their dead, killed by Israeli bombings on southern Gaza Strip, at Al-Najar hospital, Rafah, December 29, 2023.

According to the American media site Axios and the Israeli site Ynet, citing anonymous Israeli sources, Qatar's mediators indicated to Israel that Hamas had agreed in principle to resume talks to allow the release of more than 40 hostages held in Gaza in exchange for a ceasefire.

And a delegation from Hamas – classified as a terrorist organization by the European Union, the United States and Israel in particular –, arriving in Cairo on Friday to discuss an Egyptian peace plan, was to transmit the response of the Palestinian factions to this plan ultimately aims to end hostilities, sources close to the Islamist movement indicated.

Islamic Jihad, another armed group fighting alongside Hamas, said on Saturday that Palestinian factions were evaluating the Egyptian proposal. A response will be given in the coming days, Muhammad al-Hindi, deputy secretary general of Islamic Jihad, said in a statement. has so far not reacted to the Egyptian peace plan, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the families of the hostages on Thursday that Israel was in contact with Egyptian mediators.

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A plume of smoke is visible after Israeli bombardment on the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Kila, near the border with Israel, December 30, 2023.

The conflict has also reignited tensions across the Middle East, particularly on Israel's northern border with Lebanon, the almost daily scene of exchanges of fire between the Israeli army and the Lebanese Hezbollah.

The United States, a close ally of Israel, announced Friday that it had urgently approved the sale to Israel 155mm shells and other material taken from his army's stocks, for $147.5 million.

Furthermore, the International Court of Justice indicated on Friday that South Africa accused Israel before this United Nations judicial body of engaging in acts of genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza, allegations immediately rejected with disgust by Israel.

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