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The Israeli army continued its bombings on the Palestinian enclave on Saturday as the conflict between Hamas and Israel reached its 100th day.

Agence France-Presse

On the eve of 100 days of the deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip, the UN deplored “a stain on our common humanity”, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured that “no one” will stop Israel in its war to wipe out the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

It has been 100 days since this devastating war began, killing and displacing people in Gaza, following horrific attacks by Hamas and other groups against people in Israel. It has been 100 days of ordeal and anguish for the hostages and their families, said the head of the UN's Palestinian refugee aid agency, Philippe Lazzarini. , in the Palestinian territory.

In Tel Aviv, Benjamin Netanyahu hammered home this during a press conference: No one will stop us, neither The Hague, nor the axis of evil, nor anyone else. He was referring in particular to South Africa's request before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which accuses Israel of a genocidal act in the Gaza Strip.

The chief of staff of the Israeli army immediately assured that his country is waging a just war to defend its right to live in security.

Again on Saturday, the Gaza Strip was shelled by the Israeli army, where dozens of people were killed, according to Hamas.

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Since Friday, the conflict has spread to Yemen with American and British strikes against the Houthi rebels, who are attacking maritime transport in the Red Sea in a sign of solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza. A new strike hit the Yemeni port city of Hodeida on Saturday.

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An image released on January 12, 2024 shows a Typhoon aircraft returning to the Royal Air Force air base at Akrotori, on the island of Cyprus, after striking military targets in Yemen during a US-led coalition operation. (File photo)

On the ground, in the north of the Gaza Strip, Beit Hanoun is nothing more than a field of ruins, gutted buildings and piles of collapsed walls, according to a correspondent for the ;AFP.

Like many others who fled at the start of the war, I returned to Beit Hanoun and found the city ​​completely destroyed, unfit for life, without water or food, cries Zarifa Saadat.

Israeli strikes in the southern Gaza Strip have left more than 60 dead, mostly women and children, as well as dozens injured, according to the Health Ministry of Hamas, a movement that has controlled this small territory since 2007. besieged and overpopulated Palestinian.

Bassam Arafa, who fled the Bureij refugee camp in the central coastal strip, holds up a photo of a little girl on his phone: This little girl, what is she did to them? She died starving, with a piece of bread in her hand.

In the center of the territory, the Israeli army said it had eliminated armed terrorists in a Hamas command post.

The rain and cold that have hit the region are making daily survival even more difficult for families camped in the courtyard of the Al-Nasser hospital. But where to go? laments forty-year-old Nabila Abu Zayed.

International organizations tirelessly denounce the humanitarian disaster endured by the 2.4 million Gazans, including 1.9 million had to flee their homes.

According to an AFP journalist, on Saturday, communications and Internet services were partially restored after having been completely cut off the day before by the Israeli side, according to the Palestinian operator Paltel.

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An Israeli soldier looks through a hole in a building in Gaza. (File photo)

Lack of fuel caused the main generator at the Martyrs' Hospital to shut down ;Al-Aqsa, in Deir al-Balah, according to a source in the Hamas Ministry of Health.

Israel opposes the entry of fuel among humanitarian aid, citing the risk of diversion by Hamas, which it describes as terrorist, as does the European Union, the Canada and the United States.

The war was sparked by Hamas' unprecedented October 7 attack on Israeli soil, which left around 1,140 dead, mainly civilians, according to an AFP count based on the Israeli toll.

Some 250 people were taken hostage by Hamas, around a hundred of whom were released during a truce at the end of November.

Israeli military operations since then in the Gaza Strip have killed 23,843 people, mostly civilians, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health.

In Rafah, strikes and deprivations did not prevent a couple from uniting their destinies, even if the ceremony was kept to a minimum.

We are all experiencing the same tragedy. But we must continue to live, and life must continue.

A quote from Ayman Shamlakh, uncle of the groom

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Bride Afnan Jibril and her husband Mustafa Shamlakh (dressed in black) celebrated their wedding at a UN school for Palestinians in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on January 12, 2024, surrounded by relatives and guests.

At the same time, negotiations continue over the fate of the hostages. Their relatives held a new gathering in Tel Aviv on Saturday around a simulation of the tunnels that pepper Gaza, used by Hamas for its operations.

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The number “100” was visible in Tel Aviv during the day of January 13, symbolizing the 100th day since Hamas attack on Israeli soil. Israelis are still demanding the return of several hostages.

In a video broadcast on social networks on this occasion, French President Emmanuel Macron said: The French nation is determined that […] all the hostages of the terrorist attacks of last October 7 are released […] .]. This is why negotiations must be resumed again and again for their release.

The war also fuels violence on the Israeli-Lebanese border, in the occupied West Bank, Syria and Iraq, where attacks on American bases have increased.

In the West Bank, the Israeli army said it had killed three people on Friday who had attacked the Jewish colony of Adora, about twenty kilometers from x27;Hebron. According to the Palestinian agency WAFA, it concerns a 19-year-old and two teenagers.

During #x27;In a separate incident, in the northern West Bank, a 19-year-old Palestinian died after an Israeli army strike in the Tulkarem area, according to WAFA.

After two days of historic hearings, the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Netherlands, must also deliver its decision, possibly in the coming weeks, after the accusations of genocide brought by South Africa.

Israel has rejected them as completely distorted and malicious.

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