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Relatives of the victims come to collect the bodies of their loved ones in Khan Younès, after the bombings of December 26, 2023.

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New bombings targeted the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, where Israel announced a new intensification of fighting against Hamas, despite international calls to silence the guns and stop the heavy civilian casualties in the besieged Palestinian territory.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that peace would only be achieved if Gaza is demilitarized and deradicalized, more than two and a half months after the start of the war, triggered by the bloody attack launched on October 7 by the Hamas on Israeli soil.

In retaliation, Israel promised to destroy the Islamist movement, in power in Gaza since 2007. The war has provoked x27;Immense destruction and a humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip, where famine threatens and most hospitals are out of service.

On Tuesday morning, smoke rose after a bombardment above the large town of Khan Younes, in the south of Gaza, where Israel announced it was now concentrating most of its offensive against Hamas and which shelters many displaced people who have fled the north.

According to an AFP correspondent, Israeli strikes continued during the night, notably on Khan Younès and the neighboring town of Rafah, on the Egyptian border, where tens of thousands of displaced people were crowded into shelters. makeshift camps.

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Thirty bodies of victims of the bombings were transported in the past 24 hours to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younes, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health.

The army announced on Tuesday that it had struck more than 100 Hamas targets in the past day, including tunnel entrances and military sites used to attack soldiers, particularly in Jabaliya, in the north, and Khan Younes.

We are not stopping, (…) we are intensifying the fighting in the days to come. It will be a long war, Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, after visiting Gaza.

Hamas must be destroyed, Gaza must be demilitarized and Palestinian society must be deradicalized.

A quote from Benyamin Netanyahu, in an interview with Wall Street Journal

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited in Gaza on Monday. (File photo)

According to the Hamas Ministry of Health, 20,674 people, mostly women, adolescents and children, were killed in Israeli military operations in Gaza, which also left nearly 55,000 injured.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In Israel, the unprecedented attack launched on October 7 by Hamas commandos infiltrated from the Gaza Strip left around 1,140 dead, most of them civilians, according to an AFP count based on the latest reports. Official Israeli figures available. Around 250 people have been kidnapped by Hamas, according to Israel, of whom 129 remain detained in Gaza.

According to the army, 158 soldiers have been killed in action since its ground offensive in Gaza began on October 27.

In this small, overpopulated territory, subjected by Israel to a total siege since October 9, the war has forced 1.9 million people to flee their homes, or 85% of the population according to the UN.

The World Health Organization (WHO), who visited Deir el-Balah hospital in the center from the Gaza Strip after a strike on a nearby refugee camp, heard heartbreaking stories of entire families killed, its director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told X on Monday.

This latest strike on a community in Gaza demonstrates why a ceasefire is needed immediately.

A quote from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization

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World Health Organization Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. (File photo)

This strike on Sunday on the al-Maghazi camp killed at least 70 people, according to the Ministry of Defense Health of Hamas. The Israeli military said it was verifying the incident.

They tell us to go south, north, center: it's all lies and deception, there is no safe zone in the Gaza Strip, he said indignantly to AFP Abou Rami Abou Al-Ais, a resident of this camp. The children are reduced to remains. What is the fault of these innocent children?

The entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza has not increased significantly, despite the UN Security Council passing a resolution on Friday calling for its immediate delivery and on a large scale.

In Israel, pressure continues to free the hostages. On Monday, Mr Netanyahu was heckled during a speech in Parliament by families chanting Now, Now!. What if it was your son?, 80 days, every minute is hell, we could read on banners.

Hamas, considered a terrorist group by Israel, the United States and the European Union, demands an end to the fighting before starting new negotiations for the release of hostages.

Despite the intransigence of both camps, the Egyptian and Qatari mediators are trying to negotiate a new truce, after that of a week at the end of November, which allowed the release of 105 hostages against 240 Palestinian prisoners and the ;entry into Gaza from Egypt of large humanitarian aid convoys.

Beyond Gaza, the specter of a widening of the conflict still looms, with exchanges of fire between Hezbollah and the Israeli army on the border between Lebanon and Israel, and attacks by Houthi rebels from Yemen against ships in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.

Attacks attributed to pro-Iranian groups against American troops have increased in Iraq and Syria.

On Tuesday, the United States announced that it had carried out airstrikes against three sites used by pro-Iranian groups in Iraq .

The Iraqi government denounced a hostile act that killed a member of the security forces and injured 18 people, including civilians. Security sources say at least one member of a pro-Iran Iraqi faction was killed and 24 others injured.

L&#x27 Iran also accused Israel of killing one of its senior officers in a missile strike in Syria on Monday. The Revolutionary Guards identified this brigadier general, Razi Moussavi, as a logistics manager for the axis of resistance to Israel, which notably includes Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Houthis. /p>

We consider this assassination to be a blatant attack that goes beyond the limits, Hezbollah responded. The Israeli army declined to comment.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi warned that Israel would certainly pay for this crime.

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