Last week, Israel called on 1.1 million residents of Gaza and other northern areas to leave the country for their own safety. However, a United Nations official said they were struggling to find shelter, food and clean water in the south. The Hamas-run Health Ministry also reported that hundreds of people were killed in Israeli airstrikes last day.
The Israeli military said it had struck hundreds of Hamas military targets across the Gaza Strip and stepped up airstrikes ahead of an expected ground offensive. According to reports from the Hamas-run Ministry of Health, more than 5,000 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Israel began shelling in response to Hamas’s unprecedented cross-border attack on October 7, leaving at least 1,400 people dead and 222 hostage taken.
Israel has also cut off electricity and most water deliveries and halted imports of food and medicine, although it has allowed several dozen trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to pass through Egypt’s Rafah terminal since Saturday. The UN estimates that nearly two-thirds of Gaza’s population, or 1.4 million people, have fled in the past two weeks out of fear or because their homes were destroyed or damaged.
On Monday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that its forces had attacked 320 targets in Gaza over the past day, including “tunnels containing Hamas terrorists, dozens of operational command centers…military installations and observation posts , .” “The IDF attacked targets that posed a threat to troops in the Gaza area preparing for ground operations, including dozens of launch sites for mortars and anti-tank missiles”; added. Videos shared on social media showed explosions from successive Israeli attacks in Gaza lighting up the sky overnight. The director of Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City told the BBC that there were 10 attacks within 100 meters (330 feet) of the facility, where 500 patients and another 1,500 people were seeking shelter. On Monday afternoon, Gaza’s Health Ministry reported that 436 people, including 182 children, had died in the past 24 hours, most of them in the south. , The ministry also announced that the total number of deaths in Gaza since Israel’s response to Hamas’ cross-border attack began was 5,087, , . This figure includes 471 people who died in the explosion in al-Ahli, according to the Ministry of Health. Arab Hospital in Gaza City.Hamas blamed the Israeli airstrike, but the IDF presented evidence that the explosion was the result of a botched rocket attack by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The British government also said on Monday that it believed the explosion was “probably caused by a rocket or part of a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel”, confirming the conclusions of the United States, France and Canada. The Israeli military claims that Hamas and other groups in Gaza have fired 7,000 rockets into Israel since October 7, of which 550 failed and landed in Gaza.