Israel bombarded southern Gaza after it publicly sparred with its primary ally, the United States, over the potential of a Palestinian state, the creation of which Washington sees as the one pathway to an enduring peace.
Witnesses reported gunfire and air strikes early on January 19 in Khan Younis, the principle metropolis within the south of the Gaza Strip, the place Israel says many members and leaders of the Palestinian Islamist motion Hamas are hiding.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported “intense” artillery fireplace close to the Al-Amal hospital, whereas Gaza’s Hamas-run well being ministry mentioned 77 individuals have been killed and dozens injured in a single day.
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The Israeli navy mentioned its Givati Brigade was combating as far south as its troops had reached to this point within the marketing campaign.
“The soldiers eliminated dozens of terrorists in close-quarters combat and with the assistance of tank fire and air support,” it mentioned.
The United Nations says the struggle, which started with the unprecedented Hamas assaults on Israel on October 7, has displaced roughly 85% of Gaza’s 2.4 million individuals.
Many are crowded into shelters the place they wrestle to get meals, water, gasoline and medical care. UN businesses say improved assist entry is required urgently as famine and illness loom.
The World Health Organization (WHO) mentioned in a single day it had counted 24 instances of hepatitis A and “thousands” of instances of jaundice possible linked to the unfold of the viral liver an infection.
“The inhumane living conditions — almost no drinking water, clean toilets or ability to keep the surroundings clean — will allow hepatitis A to spread further,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned on X, previously Twitter, describing the well being disaster as “explosive”.
Hamas’s October 7 assaults resulted within the deaths of about 1,140 individuals in Israel, most of them civilians, in keeping with an AFP tally based mostly on official figures.
Militants additionally seized about 250 hostages through the assaults, round 132 of whom Israel says stay in Gaza. At least 27 hostages are believed to have been killed, in keeping with an AFP tally based mostly on Israeli figures.
Israel has vowed to “annihilate” Hamas in response and its relentless air and floor offensive has killed at the least 24,620 Palestinians, round 70% of them ladies, kids and adolescents, in keeping with figures from the Hamas-run well being ministry.
“We will not be satisfied with anything less than total victory,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu advised a information convention on Thursday, warning that “victory will take many months”.
Total victory meant “the elimination of terrorist leaders, the destruction of Hamas’s operational and military capabilities, the return of our hostages to their homes”, in addition to the demilitarisation of Gaza, he mentioned.
A Palestinian state?
Washington helps Israel’s marketing campaign in Gaza, however regardless of in any other case shut ties, the 2 allies publicly aired variations once more this week over the best way ahead.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken used the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to resume his name for a “pathway to a Palestinian state”.
But Mr. Netanyahu once more flatly rejected the suggestion on Thursday.
“Israel must have security control over the entire territory west of the Jordan River,” he mentioned. “This is a necessary condition, which contradicts the idea of (Palestinian) sovereignty.”
Mr. Netanyahu maintained that “a prime minister in Israel should be able to say no, even to our best friends”.
Washington believes that the creation and recognition of a viable Palestinian state is critical to realize safety for Israel.
“We obviously see things differently,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby mentioned when requested about Mr. Netanyahu’s feedback.
Responding to Mr. Netanyahu’s remarks, the official spokesperson for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, mentioned that with out an unbiased Palestinian state “there will be no security and stability in the region”.
“The entire region is on the verge of a volcanic eruption due to the aggressive policies pursued by the Israeli occupation authorities against the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh mentioned, in keeping with the official Wafa information company.
Abbas’s Palestinian Authority workout routines restricted rule within the occupied West Bank, the place the Israeli military additionally carried out raids in a single day, notably in Tulkarem.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health has counted at the least six deaths within the metropolis since Wednesday.
The worldwide group already fears that the struggle in Gaza may spill over into the broader area, with day by day exchanges of fireside on the Israeli-Lebanese border, a rise in assaults by Houthi rebels on service provider ships within the waters round Yemen and the next intensification of US strikes there in response.
The Iran-backed Houthis have launched assaults towards what they deem Israeli-linked vessels within the very important delivery lanes of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden in assist of Palestinians in Gaza.
They have additionally mentioned U.S.-and British-linked ships have been honest recreation for the reason that two international locations launched air strikes towards targets in Yemen over the previous week.
The Houthis claimed accountability early on Friday for an additional assault on a U.S.-owned and operated ship within the Gulf of Aden.
The U.S. navy’s Central Command mentioned two missiles have been launched on the Marshall Islands-flagged Chem Ranger, however the vessel and its crew have been protected and continuing to the following port.
While vowing the rebels would proceed such assaults, a senior Huthi official promised protected passage via the Red Sea for Russian and Chinese vessels in an interview revealed by the Russian outlet Izvestia.