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Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip on Friday.

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The Israeli army bombs the Gaza Strip on Saturday for a second consecutive day since the expiration of a truce with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas which allowed the release of hostages and the release of prisoners. delivery of emergency aid.

The Health Ministry of Hamas, the movement in power in this besieged Palestinian territory, has reports nearly 200 deaths in Israeli strikes on Friday.

We are currently striking Hamas military targets across the entire Gaza Strip, Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli army spokesman, said early Saturday.

Israel and Hamas blame each other for the end of the truce, which allowed the release of around a hundred hostages in exchange for that of 240 Palestinian prisoners as well as the acceleration of humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas said it had proposed an exchange of prisoners and elderly hostages, as well as the handover to Israel of the bodies of captives who died in Israeli bombings.

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The Israeli army also confirmed late Friday the death of five hostages in the Gaza Strip, giving their names, adding that it had informed the families of their deaths.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Islamist movement of having violated the agreement and firing rockets towards Israel. And his government promised Hamas the worst possible beating.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he deeply regrets the resumption of clashes in Gaza, which only shows how important it is to have a genuine humanitarian ceasefire.

On Israel's northern border, exchanges of fire have resumed between the Israeli army and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, an ally of Hamas. Hezbollah deplored the death of two of its members due to Israeli bombings in southern Lebanon, where a civilian was also killed. Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for attacks on Israel. Israel carried out airstrikes Saturday near the Syrian capital Damascus, the Syrian Defense Ministry said. without immediately reporting any victims. Questioned by AFP, the Israeli army did not comment on this information.

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Rockets fired from Gaza.

According to Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), an NGO which has a vast network of sources in Syria, the Israeli air force struck in the south of Damascus, Hezbollah targets. And, according to the Palestinian agency Wafa, Israeli forces carried out night operations in different sectors of the occupied West Bank, where Hamas also has support.

The war between Israel and Hamas was sparked by an unprecedented attack by Hamas in Israel on October 7, which left 1,200 people dead, mostly civilians, according to authorities.

In retaliation, Israel carried out devastating bombardments against the Palestinian territory and launched a ground offensive on October 27. According to the Hamas government, more than 15,000 people, including more than 6,150 under the age of 18, have died in Israeli strikes since October 7.

If violence resumes at this scale and intensity, we can assume that hundreds more children will be killed and injured every day, said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell.

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Victims of an Israeli bombing in Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip

After the release of 110 hostages since the start of the conflict, including 105 during the truce, mostly women and minors, there remain 136 hostages in Gaza in the hands of Hamas and other groups affiliates, Israeli authorities said.

On Friday, relatives and supporters of the hostages gathered in a Tel Aviv square, now known as Hostage Square, with Torah scrolls, representing the number of hostages remaining in Gaza.

We were given a chance that people would come out, join us and resume their previous lives, testified, moved, Ilan Zecharya, the uncle of the hostage Eden Yerushalmi, aged 27 about twenty years. From everyone, from our country, we ask for a new system for the liberation of everyone, he implored.

In the aftermath of During a visit to Israel, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States, Israel's main ally, remained focused on freeing the hostages.

We continue to work with Israel, Egypt and Qatar to get the truce back on track, said US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

Qatar, the emirate which announced the truce, called on the international community to act, because the resumption of bombings exacerbates the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.< /p>

The truce had offered respite to the inhabitants of Gaza and allowed an acceleration of humanitarian aid, but this flow, although described as very insufficient by the UN, has now dried up.

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Baby funeral.

No aid trucks have entered since Israeli bombing resumed, but preparations are underway for the evacuation of several wounded Waël Abou Omar, head of communications at the Rafah terminal (south), a crossing point between Gaza and Egypt, told AFP.

The needs are immense in the territory already under an Israeli blockade, where more than half of the territory's housing has been damaged or destroyed and 1.7 million people have been displaced by the post-war war. UN.

The health situation is deteriorating, with the World Health Organization (WHO) describing 111,000 cases of acute respiratory infection and 36,000 cases of diarrhea among children under five among the displaced in Gaza.

There are bombings everywhere, we don't We have no food, water or clothing. The stores are empty, it's cold, the border crossing with Egypt is closed, despairs Marwa Saleh, 47, who arrived in Khan Younes (south) after being displaced from Gaza city (north).

And to add: when will the world see us as human beings? My family and I are civilians, we have nothing to do with this war.

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