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Artillery fire and airstrikes targeting in particular the towns of Rafah and Khan Younès on New Year's Eve were reported by Agence France-Presse.

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Israel has warned that the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip will continue “throughout” 2024 after a marked New Year's Eve by incessant strikes on the besieged Palestinian territory and rocket attacks targeting Tel Aviv.

Nearly three months after the start of the war, sparked by a bloody attack on October 7 by the Palestinian Islamist movement in Israel, army spokesman Daniel Hagari announced Sunday that the reservists would make a pause in the war, in order to prepare for prolonged fighting.

The army must organize in advance , because we will be called upon for additional tasks and fights throughout this year, he detailed.

Israel vowed to destroy Hamas after the attack carried out on its soil on October 7 from Gaza by commandos from this organization classified as terrorist by the United States, Israel and the European Union. This attack left around 1,140 dead, most of them civilians, according to an AFP count based on the latest official Israeli figures.

In Israeli military retaliation operations in Gaza, a total of 21,978 people, mostly women, teenagers and children, have been killed since the start of the war, the Hamas Health Ministry announced on Monday. /p>

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On the ground, artillery fire and airstrikes targeting the towns of Rafah and Khan Younès on New Year's Eve were reported by an AFP correspondent.

At least 24 people were killed in the strikes, according to the Hamas Health Ministry. Also according to this source, 15 bodies from the same family were recovered on Monday from the rubble of a house bombed on Sunday evening in Jabaliya, in the north of Gaza.

This is the worst year of our lives. They killed our sons, Sami Hamouda, 64, told AFP.

The entry into the new year also was punctuated by warning sirens in several parts of Israel. AFP journalists in Tel Aviv witnessed the rockets being intercepted by Israeli missile defense systems at midnight.

I was terrified, it was the first time I saw missiles, it's terrifying, this is the life we ​​live, It’s crazy,” Gabriel Zemelman, 26, told AFP outside a Tel Aviv bar where he had gathered with his friends for New Year’s Eve.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas in power in Gaza, claimed responsibility for the attack in a video posted on their social networks, claiming to have fired M90 rockets in response to the massacres of civilians.

On Monday, warning sirens sounded again in northern Israel.

In the besieged Gaza Strip, where 85 percent of the population has been displaced and the humanitarian situation is desperate, bombing continues unabated. The war will continue for many months, warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite pressing calls for a ceasefire.

The day before, at least 48 Palestinians were killed in strikes on Gaza City, and another strike on the campus of Gaza's Al-Aqsa University left at least 20 dead, according to the Ministry of Security. Health of Hamas.

The Israeli army said it had killed more than a dozen enemy fighters in ground clashes, airstrikes and tank fire, adding that it had located Hamas tunnels and explosives in a nursery school.

The war has caused immense destruction and a humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip, which Israel has placed under total siege since October 9, where famine threatens and most hospitals are out of service.

On Sunday, about 120 aid trucks entered the narrow strip of land.

Ahmed al-Baz, 33, had to leave his home in Gaza City for a makeshift camp in Rafah, in the south of the territory. We experienced a tragedy that even our grandparents did not experience, he told AFP. We lived through hell and brushed shoulders with death itself.

The international mediators, led by Qatar and Egypt, have been negotiating a break in the fighting for several weeks, after a one-week truce at the end of November which allowed the release of more than 100 hostages and the entry of limited aid into Gaza.

A Hamas delegation visited Cairo on Friday to convey the Palestinian factions' response to an Egyptian plan providing for the release of hostages and a pause in hostilities.

The war in Gaza, which raises fears of a regional conflagration, has also reignited tensions on the border between Lebanon and Israel, an almost daily scene of exchanges of fire between the Israeli army and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement. Islamist close to Iran and who supports Hamas.

The Israeli army said it had identified and intercepted several hostile objects in direction of its territory.

In the Red Sea, where attacks by Houthi rebels have increased in recent weeks, British Defense Minister Grant Shapps s& #x27;is said to be ready on Monday to take direct action against these rebels.

The day before, the American army announced that it had sunk three boats Yemeni Houthi rebels, allies of Iran, accused of having attacked a container ship. Ten of them were killed in this attack.

Since the start of the war on October 7, the Houthis have shown their support for the Palestinians of Gaza by threatening traffic on this strategic sea route.

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