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Israeli soldiers patrol the rubble in Gaza.

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More than 200 Palestinians have been killed in the past 24 hours during the Israeli army's relentless bombardment and ground operations in the Gaza Strip, Hamas said after an Israeli resolution The UN on humanitarian aid refrained from calling for a ceasefire.

Nearly three months after the start of the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, the latter announced the discovery of the bodies of dozens of killed Palestinians, including some executed, according to it, during an Israeli ground operation in Jabaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army announced the deaths of five soldiers, four on Friday and one on Saturday, during the fighting with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The deaths bring to 144 the number of soldiers killed since the start of the Israeli ground offensive in the territory on October 27.

It was an attack of unprecedented scale and violence carried out by Hamas commandos infiltrated into southern Israel from the neighboring Gaza Strip which triggered the latter latest war between the Palestinian group and the Israeli army.

The attack left around 1,140 dead, mostly civilians, according to an AFP count based on the latest official Israeli figures. Palestinian fighters also kidnapped about 250 people, 129 of whom remain detained in Gaza, according to Israel.

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Israeli retaliatory bombings in Gaza, where thousands of bombs were dropped, left 20,258 people dead, mostly women, teenagers and children, and more than 53,000 injured, according to the Hamas health ministry.< /p>

Among them are 201 people killed in the last 24 hours in several places in the small Palestinian territory, overpopulated and besieged by Israel, said the same source.

Aviation and artillery targeted several targets from the north to the south of the territory, including the Nousseirat refugee camp (center), where a strike killed 18 people, she added. p>

In the town of Khan Younès (south), bodies and injured people are transported to Nasser hospital.

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Map of the Gaza Strip

Men take a woman to crying after seeing the bodies of loved ones; a crouching and crying man places his hand on a black body bag. Outside, others pray in front of a body.

In addition to aerial bombardments, Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip, where they advanced from north to south and captured several areas.

Saturday Hamas Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidreh accused them of committing several atrocious massacres that resulted in the deaths of dozens of people in the camp and in the town of Jabaliya as well as in the Tal al-Zaatar area this week.

The occupying forces executed dozens of citizens in the streets.

A quote from Ashraf al-Qidreh, spokesperson for the Hamas Ministry of Health

Asked by the AFP, the Israeli army did not specifically respond to the accusations of executions but assured that its strikes against military targets comply with the provisions of international law.

AFPTV images show a body under rubble in the streets of Jabaliya as well as massive destruction.

The army, for its part, released images showing its soldiers advancing through the ruins and opening fire on targets in Gaza City. She said armed terrorists who tried to attack the soldiers were eliminated and several buildings used as military sites were destroyed.

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After five days of laborious negotiations, the UN Security Council adopted a text on Friday that calls for the immediate and large-scale delivery of aid to Gaza, where the civilian population lives in terrible conditions.

This resolution, which refrains from calling for a ceasefire, rejected by Israel and its American ally, calls for to create the conditions for a lasting cessation of hostilities.

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Palestinian Riyad Mansour (left) discusses with Russian Vassili Nebenzia before the vote on a resolution calling for immediate and large-scale delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The aid, whose entry into Gaza is controlled by Israel, arrives in dribs and drabs from Egypt and the post -Israeli border of Kerem Shalom, but it is very far from meeting the immense needs of a population largely threatened by famine, according to the UN.

UN boss Antonio Guterres on Friday castigated the massive obstacles to aid distribution created by the way Israel is carrying out its offensive in Gaza. Only a ceasefire can begin to address the desperate needs of the population.

In this context, the Egyptian and Qatari mediators are trying to achieve a compromise on a new truce that would allow for more aid and the release of Palestinian hostages and prisoners imprisoned by Israel.

At the end of November, a week-long truce allowed the release of 105 hostages and 240 Palestinian prisoners as well as the delivery of larger quantities of #x27;humanitarian aid.

Nevertheless, the belligerents remain intransigent.

Hamas demands a halt to fighting before any negotiations over the hostages.

Israel is open to the idea of ​​a truce but rules out any ceasefire before the elimination of the Islamist movement, classified as an organization terrorist by the United States, the European Union and Israel, in particular.

Hamas military wing spokesman Abu Obeida said in a statement that his group had lost contact with its fighters tasked with guarding five Israeli hostages, including three elderly men shown in a video released Dec. 18.< /p>

We believe that these hostages were killed during a Zionist strike, he declared without further details.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">No confirmation could be obtained from the Israeli authorities.

In the Gaza Strip, where entire neighborhoods have been destroyed and 1.9 million of its approximately 2.4 million residents have been displaced by the violence, the most pressing demand is a ceasefire. immediate fire, repeated the director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO

He recalled that hunger, famine and the spread of disease largely threaten this 362 km2 territory, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are housed in makeshift camps, especially in Rafah, in the south.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">No place is safe, there is nowhere to go, lamented Thomas White, director of the UN office for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza, territory occupied by Israel from 1967 to 2005 and under Israeli blockade since 2007.

Carrying pots, pans or plastic containers, Palestinians, including many children, wait by the dozens, their eyes glued to steaming pots, to receive food in a Rafah camp.

We only want to return to our lands. The fear we feel is worse than hunger. People die when they hear the bombings. We don't want food, we want an end to the war, says Ahmad al-Bourawi who, like other displaced people, criticizes the UN resolution.

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