LATEST DEVELOPMENTS: Heavy Fighting Resumes in Gaza
Israel Accuses Hamas of Violating Truce
After accusing the Palestinian militant group Hamas of violating a temporary truce, Israel’s military has resumed combat operations in Gaza. The seven-day pause, which began on November 24th, allowed for the exchange of hostages and the entry of humanitarian aid into the coastal strip.
Renewed Violence at Truce Expiration
In the hour before the truce was set to end, Israel intercepted a rocket fired from Gaza. Following the truce expiration, Israeli air and artillery strikes were reported across the enclave, causing heavy shelling and smoke rising in various areas of Gaza.
Israel Committed to Achieving War Objectives
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office stated that with the resumption of fighting, Israel remains committed to achieving its targets in the war.
Annihilation of Hamas
Israel has sworn to annihilate Hamas, which rules Gaza, in response to the Oct. 7 rampage by the militant group, when Israel says gunmen killed 1,200 people and took 240 hostages. Israel retaliated with intense bombardment and a ground invasion.
Hostages Released During Truce
As part of the truce, a total of 105 hostages and 240 Palestinian prisoners were released. The released hostages, including women and siblings, were reunited with their families in Israel.
Efforts to Extend the Truce
Qatar and Egypt have been making intensive efforts to extend the truce. The release of hostages and prisoners was a significant step towards sustaining the agreement and keeping the guns silent.
Humanitarian Aid and Gaza’s Needs
The truce allowed for some humanitarian aid to enter Gaza; however, deliveries remain far below what is needed. International pressure is being urged to increase aid and support for the beleaguered enclave.
U.S. Secretary of State’s Visit
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during his visit to the Middle East, emphasized the importance of avoiding civilian casualties and displacement in the renewed fighting. He called on Israel to prevent a repetition of the scale of destruction seen in northern Gaza.
The situation in Gaza remains volatile as heavy fighting resumes following the violation of the temporary truce. Efforts to sustain the ceasefire and provide essential aid to the population are crucial in order to prevent further escalation and loss of civilian lives.
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