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United States President Joe Biden still believes in the prospect of a Palestinian state, according to John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House. (Archive photo)

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Israel bombs the south of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, against a backdrop of disagreements with its American ally over the creation of a possible Palestinian state.

During the night from Friday to Saturday, Israeli forces bombarded the north and south of Gaza, notably the Khan Younes sector (south), the new epicenter of the fighting ground and air raids after a first phase of the war concentrated in the north of the territory.

Early Saturday, the Hamas health ministry reported at least 90 deaths in Israeli attacks overnight.

Today, in Gaza, almost everything is destroyed and what is not is overpopulated. […] We operate with the minimum amount of medication to be sure not to run out, testified Enrico Vallaperta, a specialist in war medicine who returned from a mission of several weeks in Gaza for Doctors Without Borders.< /p>

The World Health Organization deplores the inhumane living conditions in the small coastal territory, whose 2.4 million inhabitants lack everything, including telecommunications.

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Friday evening, however, the Palestinian operator Paltel announced a gradual return of telephone and Internet services after a week of almost total outage, the longest since the start of the war.

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Israel has intensified its air raids in the south of the Gaza Strip, where medicines are expected for hostages held by Hamas and the humanitarian aid for the Palestinian population.

The war was sparked by an unprecedented Hamas attack on October 7 in southern Israel that resulted in the deaths of 1,140 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on figures Israeli officials.

Some 250 people were kidnapped and taken to Gaza, including around 100 released during a truce at the end of November. According to Israeli media, families of hostages staged a sit-in overnight in front of the private residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Caesarea, north of Tel Aviv, to demand an agreement to promote the release of the hostages. people still captive.

In retaliation for the October 7 attacks, Israel vowed to annihilate Hamas and has since relentlessly bombed the territory, despite calls from the UN and a large part of the international community for a ceasefire to prevent the death toll from getting even higher.< /p>Open in full screen mode

Israelis demonstrate in Jerusalem to demand the release of hostages still held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, December 28, 2023.

According to the Ministry of Hamas Health, 24,762 people, the vast majority women, children and adolescents, were killed and 62,108 wounded in Israeli operations.

Nearly 20,000 babies have been born in hell in Gaza since the start of the Israeli offensive against the Palestinian territory, Unicef ​​reported on Friday, while UN Women expressed concern about the number of women and children killed, saying they fear generational trauma.

Israel's main ally and key supporter in its war against Hamas, the United States has in recent weeks called on the Israeli army to reduce the number of civilian casualties in its operations and reiterated its support for the creation of #x27;a Palestinian state, subject to the center of dissension with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel must have security control over the #x27;entire territory located west of the Jordan River. This is a necessary condition, which contradicts the idea of ​​[Palestinian] sovereignty, Netanyahu said on Thursday.

The Palestinians immediately castigated these statements and Washington brought to light a disagreement with its ally on this issue at the heart not only of the conflict but also of post-war scenarios in the Gaza Strip.

Follow our live coverage of the Israel-Hamas war for the latest news.

The day after his statements, Mr. Netanyahu spoke by telephone with US President Joe Biden about the future of the two-state solution, a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The US president still believes in the prospect and possibility of a Palestinian state, but recognizes that it will take a lot of work to get there, said White House spokesperson John Kirby after this first Biden-Netanyahu interview since December 23.

Failing to reach an agreement with Washington on this issue, Israel gave the green light for delivery, through the Israeli port of x27;Ashdod, flour shipments destined for the Gaza Strip, according to the White House.

The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell argued that the two-state solution must be imposed from the outside while asserting that Israel had created Hamas precisely to prevent the founding of a Palestinian state and funded this armed Islamist movement in order to weaken the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas.

Conversely, the current conflict in Gaza is exacerbating the tensions between Israel and the axis of resistance established against it by Iran, bringing together, alongside Hamas, the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Yemeni Houthis.

The Houthis claimed responsibility for new shots against an American oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, provoking new American strikes against them on Friday.

The Israeli army said it had struck Hezbollah sites in southern Lebanon on Friday, while Hezbollah claimed three attacks on Israeli territory, promising a real slap in the face to Israel if this country decided to expand its aggression.

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