Starving Gaza has stormed UN humanitarian aid distribution centers and forced bakers to seek police protection. This situation prompted the United Nations to sound the alarm: “Public order in Gaza has begun to collapse.” In the northern Gaza Strip, the Israeli army, with tanks and ground forces, continues to attack Hamas and the clashes are violent: among them were the first clashes between Islamist soldiers and militia members who suddenly emerged from one of the many tunnels near the Erez crossing. .
“Thousands of people – the United Nations announced in the morning – have entered several UNRWA warehouses and distribution centers in the central and southern Gaza Strip. It is a worrying sign that public order is beginning to collapse after three weeks of war and a severe siege of the Gaza Strip.” Pictures circulated throughout the day showed people leaving warehouses with bags of flour and other products. Hamas police were forced to intervene, and according to local sources, they were able to recover a large portion of the looted quantities after a few hours.
Moreover, it should be noted that so far only 80 aid trucks have entered the Palestinian Strip from the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza. The director of UNRWA in Gaza denounced that “too few trucks, slow operations, stringent inspections, supplies that do not meet the requirements of the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations, and above all the ban on the entry of fuel, are a recipe for failure.” Thomas White. The situation, as UN Secretary-General António Guterres himself summed up, “is becoming more and more desperate with every passing hour.” But instead of a humanitarian ceasefire, which was Guterres’ new approach, Israel intensified its military operations.
To relieve pressure on Gazans, the United States also intervened and – according to the Wall Street Journal – urged Israel to restore communications to Gaza. This intervention seems somewhat decisive, given that since the morning the phones and Internet that Israel isolated during the attack on the northern Gaza Strip have been working again. While National Security Advisor Jack Sullivan confirmed that Hamas is using civilians as human shields in Gaza, he was frank in emphasizing that Israel bears a responsibility to protect civilians. But above all, he described the increase in violence by Israeli settlers since the outbreak of the war in Gaza as “completely unacceptable.” Concepts that US President Joe Biden repeated to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the first phone call between the two since the army began the attack, where he also insisted on the need to increase the flow of humanitarian aid in an “immediate and significant” manner.
But Israel announced that it had summoned Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov to protest the recent visit by a Hamas delegation to Moscow.
On the field level, Israeli forces increased their forces and expanded the bridgehead deep into the Palestinian enclave, while remaining within a somewhat restricted perimeter. But northern Gaza is not the only point of friction: violent clashes were also reported in the central part of the Strip, near the Bureij refugee camp. But even in this case, we are always talking about a restricted area close to the defensive barrier.
Jewish air force raids also hit Gaza City, including the Jerusalem Hospital area (Israel again demanded its forced evacuation) and the Islamic University. “The Israeli occupation forces continue to deliberately fire rockets directly near Al-Quds Hospital to force medical staff, displaced people, and patients to evacuate the hospital. This has caused severe damage to the hospital departments and exposed residents and patients to the risk of suffocation.” Palestinian Red Crescent.
Military spokesman Daniel Hagari indicated that 450 attacks had occurred against “Hamas terrorist” targets, including operational command centers, observation points, and anti-tank missile launch sites. Among the dead was also a prominent leader in the Islamic Jihad movement: Tayseer Al-Ghouti, a member of the organization’s political bureau. The army explained that the Erez crossing – referring to the clash in which militiamen emerging from the tunnels were killed – “before October 7, it was the place from which thousands of people from Gaza entered Israel for work or treatment. Hamas built a tunnel.” . But in that battle the first wounded soldiers were also reported, two of them in serious condition. Rocket attacks on Israel continued: not only from Gaza, but also from Lebanon. In just over an hour, Hezbollah reached at least 9 people. The death toll in the Gaza Strip exceeded 8,000, and the number of hostages held by Hamas rose to 239.
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