Displaced Palestinians walk near houses destroyed in an Israeli strike during the conflict, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 24, 2023. (Photo: REUTERS)
Dozens of Palestinian families are now without roofs over their heads as Israel has expanded its violent bombardment of the Gaza Strip, leaving hundreds dead.
Since fighting between Israel and Hamas resumed on Monday, hundreds more Palestinians, including children have been killed.
The Israeli military claimed it was delineating “safe areas” for Gaza civilians to minimise harm to them. However, civilians have no safe place to hide into as the situation on the ground remains catastrophic.
On Friday, Israel published a map dividing Gaza into “evacuation zones” and ordering civilians to keep to the army’s instructions for their safety. However, the labyrinthine charts, which include nearly 2,500 grids, have confused many. Internet and electricity blackouts have made the situation far worse.
Israel has also stepped up attacks on the city of Khan Younis in the south, which was previously designated as a safe area, leading thousands of displaced Palestinians to flee to the city.
The renewed onslaught follows the end on Friday of the seven-day pause in the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters, which had allowed an exchange of about 105 Israeli and foreign hostages held by Hamas for 240 Palestinian prisoners.
According to the latest updates by Gaza’s Ministry of Health, over 15,500 people have been killed in nearly two months of warfare that broke out after a Hamas cross-border raid on southern Israel on October 7 in which 1,200 Israelis were killed and about 240 taken hostage.
The death toll in Gaza since Saturday has hit more than 800, as Israeli bombing has gone unabated.
At the same time, Israeli military incursions and manhunts in the occupied West Bank have soared over the past 48 hours, mainly targeting the cities and towns of Ramallah, Jenin, Silwad, Jaffna, Jalazoun, Qalqilya and Al-Khalil, killing a number of people and arresting dozens more.
At least two Palestinians were killed Monday morning by Israeli gunfire during an army raid in Qalqilya in the northern West Bank. Local sources said both bodies were taken away by Israeli soldiers.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the death toll in the West Bank since the beginning of the year has risen to 464, including 256 who were killed since Oct. 7 and six prisoners who died in Israeli custody. Some 3,100 others have been injured.