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Israel strikes south, central Gaza, as struggle enters a centesimal day

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An image taken from Rafah exhibits smoke billowing over Khan Yunis within the southern Gaza Strip throughout Israeli bombardment on January 14, 2024, as the continued struggle between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas enters its a centesimal day.
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Israeli tanks and plane hit targets in southern and central Gaza on Sunday and there have been fierce gun battles in some areas because the struggle reached 100 days because the October 7 assault led by gunmen from the Islamist Hamas motion.

Communications and Internet providers have been down for the third day working, complicating the work of emergency and ambulance crews attempting to assist individuals in areas hit by combating.

Fighting was concentrated within the southern metropolis of Khan Younis, the place Hamas mentioned its fighters hit an Israeli tank, in addition to in Al-Bureij and Al Maghazi in central Gaza, the place the navy mentioned a number of militants have been killed.

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The navy additionally mentioned its forces destroyed a number of rocket pits utilized by Hamas to fireplace missiles at Israel.

Over the previous 24 hours, the Gaza Health Ministry mentioned 125 individuals had been killed and 265 wounded, bringing the overall quantity confirmed to have been killed because the begin of the struggle to nearly 24,000, with greater than 60,000 wounded.

Speaking by means of video hyperlink to a convention in Istanbul, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh praised the October 7 assault by the group’s fighters who rampaged by means of Israeli communities across the Gaza Strip, killing greater than 1,200 individuals and seizing round 240 hostages, based on Israeli tallies.

“We are not seekers of wars. We are seekers of freedom,” he mentioned, saying the assault was, partially, a response to the years-long Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, which Hamas has managed since 2007.

The Israeli navy says it has shifted to a brand new part of the struggle, centered on the southern finish of the territory, the place nearly 2 million individuals at the moment are sheltering in tents and different momentary lodging, after the preliminary part centred on clearing the northern finish together with Gaza City.

In the northern Gaza Strip, well being officers mentioned an Israeli air strike killed an area journalist, elevating the variety of journalists killed within the Israeli offensive to greater than 100, based on the Gaza authorities media workplace.

In a press release on December 16, in response to the loss of life of a journalist in Gaza, the Israeli military mentioned “the IDF has never, and will never, deliberately target journalists”.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed requires a ceasefire, saying Israel will hold going till it achieves full victory over Hamas. The navy says, although, the following part of the struggle will see extra focused operations in opposition to the motion’s leaders and navy positions.

On Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, the place there was a relentless, low-level alternate of fireside between troops and fighters from the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia, the navy mentioned it killed 4 armed militants attempting to cross the border.

It mentioned a number of anti-tank missiles have been fired into northern Israel, considered one of which hit a home in the neighborhood of Kfar Yuval, killing one individual and inflicting plenty of different casualties.

The struggle in Gaza has additionally stoked violence within the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The Palestinian well being officers mentioned Israeli forces killed three Palestinians, together with a 14-year-old boy, in two separate incidents in Hebron and Jericho within the West Bank.

The Israeli navy mentioned two Palestinians in a automotive rammed by means of considered one of its checkpoints close to Hebron and opened fireplace on pursuing troops. They have been killed by return fireplace, the navy assertion mentioned. There was no instant touch upon the 14-year-old boy’s loss of life in Jericho.

In Rafah within the southern Gaza Strip, Nana, a 17-year-old highschool scholar displaced from northern Gaza, mentioned 100 days of struggle “turned our life upside down.”

“We demand the occupation not only to end the war but also compensation for the psychological damage of displacement and the hardships endured,” she mentioned.

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