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Israel kills scores inovernight strikes as Hamas weighs Gaza truce proposal

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February 04, 2024 11:50 am | Updated 06:26 pm IST – Gaza Strip, Palestinian Territories

Scores have been reported killed in in a single day strikes throughout the Gaza Strip on February 4, after Hamas stated it wanted extra time to think about a proposal that might halt its battle with Israel within the besieged Palestinian territory.

Gaza’s Health Ministry stated early Sunday that a minimum of 92 folks had been killed in a single day, together with in what the group’s media workplace stated was an Israeli bombardment of a kindergarten in Rafah the place displaced folks have been sheltering.

Concerns over a possible Israeli floor incursion into the southern border metropolis have mounted in current days, with a whole lot of hundreds of displaced in search of refuge from the combating there in makeshift shelters and encampments.

Many made the journey from even harder-hit areas after being advised the town was a protected zone, however strikes have continued there as effectively, with mourners gathering exterior an area hospital Saturday to hope for the useless after one other bombardment.

“The children were just sleeping and suddenly the bombardment happened. The bedroom fell on my children. God took one of my children and three escaped death,” Ahmad Bassam al-Jamal advised AFP, his voice breaking. “My child now is a martyr in heaven.”

The metropolis that had been house to 2,00,000 folks now hosts greater than half of Gaza’s inhabitants, the United Nations stated.

A consultant of the U.N. humanitarian company OCHA has referred to as Rafah “a pressure cooker of despair”, expressing concern for what would possibly occur subsequent.

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant warned on Thursday that the army — which started its floor invasion within the territory’s north and has steadily superior south — “will also reach Rafah”.

Civilians who fled to the town have been pushed up in opposition to the border with Egypt, attempting to keep away from areas uncovered to bombardment and combating in close by Khan Yunis.

“We are exhausted,” stated displaced Gazan Mahmud Abu al-Shaar, urging “a ceasefire so that we can return to our homes”.

Push for a deal

International mediators are making a full-court press to seal a proposed truce deal thrashed out final week in Paris.

But a high Hamas official in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, stated on Saturday that the proposed framework was lacking some particulars.

Hamas wanted extra time to “announce our position”, Hamdan stated, “based on… our desire to put an end as quickly as possible to the aggression that our people suffer”.

The battle in Gaza was sparked by Hamas’s unprecedented October 7 assault on Israel, which resulted within the deaths of about 1,160 folks, largely civilians, in line with an AFP tally based mostly on official figures.

Militants additionally seized round 250 hostages, and Israel says 132 stay in Gaza, together with a minimum of 27 believed to have been killed.

Vowing to get rid of Hamas, Israel launched an enormous army offensive that has killed a minimum of 27,238 folks in Gaza, largely girls and kids, in line with the Health Ministry.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will make his fifth disaster go to to the Middle East within the coming days to push for the truce proposal, the State Department has stated, and French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne can also be making a move by the area, in line with a spokesman.

A Hamas supply has stated the proposal entails an preliminary six-week pause that might see extra support delivered into Gaza and exchanges of some Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners held in Israel.

Hamas’s Qatar-based chief Ismail Haniyeh has stated any ceasefire should result in “a full withdrawal” of Israeli troops from Gaza.

Domestic strain

The Israeli authorities’s lack of ability to safe the hostages’ launch, in addition to the intelligence failures that allowed the October 7 assaults to occur within the first place, have led to harsh criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s authorities.

Hundreds rallied on Saturday evening in Tel Aviv at protests calling for early elections and to demand motion to free the remaining hostages.

Demonstrations have been additionally held within the northern Israeli port of Haifa and close to Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence.

In Tel Aviv, anti-government protester Michal Hadas advised AFP that dragging out the battle solely served the pursuits of presidency officers, “because as long as the war continues there will be no election”.

At the rally for hostages’ households, Carmit Palty Katzir, sister of captive Elad Katzir, referred to as for swifter motion.

“Every second a deal is not closed, the price goes up. The number of hostages who won’t return alive goes up. The number of soldiers risking their lives without a clear plan for the day after goes up,” she stated.

Fresh Yemen strikes

The battle has despatched regional tensions hovering, with a surge in assaults by Iran-backed teams in solidarity with Gaza triggering counterattacks by key Israel ally the United States.

The United States and its coalition accomplice Britain stated they struck dozens of targets in Yemen on Saturday evening in response to repeated assaults on transport by Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

US forces additionally struck an extra anti-ship missile in Yemen on Sunday morning that the US Central Command stated was able to be launched in the direction of the Red Sea.

The joint air raids got here after a separate wave of unilateral American strikes in opposition to Iran-linked targets in Iraq and Syria that have been carried out in response to the killing of three US troopers in Jordan on January 28.

The Israeli military, in the meantime, stated on Saturday that it had struck greater than 3,400 Hezbollah militant targets throughout southern Lebanon because the begin of the battle, in addition to greater than 50 targets linked to the Iran-backed Hamas allies in Syria.

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