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More than half of the homes have been destroyed or damaged by the war in the Gaza Strip, where 1.9 million people have been displaced, or 85% of the population.

Israel intensifies offensive in southern Gaza | Middle East, the eternal conflict

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An Israeli towed gun fires into the Gaza Strip from a position in the south of Israel.

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The Israeli army further increased its pressure on Hamas on Tuesday, now at “its breaking point”, according to her, in the besieged Gaza Strip, where the civilian population tries to escape the bombs in humanitarian conditions that are more desperate every day.

For several days, ground battles accompanied by airstrikes have raged between Israeli soldiers and Islamist fighters in the area of ​​Khan Younès, the large southern city, where x27;hundreds of thousands of civilians were refugees after fleeing the war in the north of the Palestinian territory.

Driven to flee again, tens of thousands of them are now sheltering in makeshift camps in the nearby town of Rafah, on the border with Egypt, where food is available. rare despite limited distributions of humanitarian aid.

In the north of the territory, the Hamas health ministry claimed that the The army launched an attack on Kamal Adwan hospital on Tuesday, after having besieged and bombarded it for several days.

Several Gaza hospitals have been caught up in fighting since the war began on October 7, with Israel accusing Hamas of installing infrastructure and #x27;thus using civilians as human shields.

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The situation in the Gaza Strip is apocalyptic, warned Monday evening the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell, estimating that the level of destruction in the territory was more or less equal, or even greater than that of Germany during World War II.

After numerous Israeli strikes on Monday on Khan Younes and Rafah, an Israeli raid left 12 dead and dozens injured overnight in Rafah, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

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Bodies are evacuated following Israeli airstrikes carried out on Tuesday in Khan Younes, in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Tuesday morning in Rafah, like every day, survivors searched the ruins with their bare hands in the Zorob neighborhood after a nighttime strike, according to images from AFP.

There are still people under the rubble. The Civil Defense is helping us, but we don't have enough equipment to get them out, testified Abu Jazar, a 23-year-old man, imploring: We call on the Arab world and the whole world to put pressure to stop the bombings on Gaza.

Hamas also reported fighting in the center of the territory.

Hamas is at its breaking point, the Israeli army is retaking its last strongholds, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Monday evening.

The fact that people are surrendering […] accelerates our success and that's what we want: to move forward quickly, the army chief of staff told Khan Younes , General Herzi Halevi, specifying that the army was intensifying its operations in the south while consolidating its presence in the north.

According to the ministry of Hamas Health, more than 18,200 people were killed in the Gaza Strip, the vast majority women and those under 18, by Israeli bombings triggered by the bloody attack carried out by the Islamist movement against Israel on October 7.

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A Palestinian man and child carry bags of flour distributed to a warehouse in United Nations in Rafah.

In Israel, this attack left 1,200 dead, mostly civilians, according to the authorities. In response, Israel promised to destroy Hamas, in power since 2007 in the Gaza Strip, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel in particular.

In parallel with its campaign of devastating airstrikes, the army has been carrying out a ground offensive against Hamas since October 27, initially concentrated in northern Gaza and then extended to the entire territory. The army said Monday that 104 soldiers had died since ground fighting began in Gaza.

A seven-day truce, from 24 November to December 1, resulted in the release of 105 hostages held by Hamas and affiliated groups, while 137 hostages remain held in Gaza.

According to the UN, more than half of the homes have been destroyed or damaged by the war in the Gaza Strip, where 1.9 million people have been displaced, or 85% of the population.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Rafah transformed into a gigantic camp where hundreds of tents were hastily set up with pieces of wood, plastic sheeting and sheets.

More and more people have not eaten for a day, two days, three days… People lack everything, the director of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees said on Monday ( UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini.

There is no hygiene, no food, no water. .. We don't have access to sanitary napkins, we have to use cloths, laments 18-year-old woman Samar Shalhoub.

Since October 9, Israel has imposed a total siege on the Gaza Strip. Arrivals from Egypt of food, medicine and fuel remain very insufficient according to the UN, and aid cannot be transported beyond Rafah, access to the north being cut off by the fighting.

The UN and aid organizations have urged Israel, which controls the entry of humanitarian aid, to let more trucks through the territory.

On Monday evening, the Israeli army announced the establishment of an additional checkpoint for the inspection of trucks before their entry into Gaza through the Gaza border crossing. Rafah, a measure which should double, according to her, the quantity of aid entering the Palestinian territory.

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Men unload bags from a truck from the humanitarian aid that will be delivered to the population of Gaza.

The measure comes ahead of a special meeting on Tuesday of the UN General Assembly on the humanitarian situation in Gaza after the US veto on Friday of a Security Council resolution that called for a cease-fire. -humanitarian fire.

The Assembly, whose resolutions are not binding, could again vote on a resolution calling for a cease-fire immediate humanitarian fire and the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages.

We still do not support a ceasefire, because that would leave Hamas in control of Gaza, but we absolutely support additional humanitarian pauses, said John Kirby, door – White House National Security Council spokesperson.

The war in Gaza continues to increase tensions in the region. On Tuesday, Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a missile strike in the Red Sea that hit a Norwegian-flagged oil tanker the day before.

The Houthis had threatened Saturday to attack any ship in the Red Sea heading towards Israel if the population of the Gaza Strip did not receive emergency aid.

After new exchanges of fire Monday on the Lebanese border between Israel and Hezbollah, Hamas ally, Benny Gantz, member of the Israeli war cabinet, spoke with the American secretary of state , Antony Blinken, growing attacks from the Lebanese Shiite movement and the need for Israel to eliminate this threat.

At the same time, the US government expressed concern over reports from the Washington Post that Israel used American-made white phosphorus munitions in strikes in Lebanon in October.

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