…as Israeli Forces Take Over Territories in Gaza
A Palestinian boy reacts to the damages at a UN-run school sheltering displaced people, following an Israeli strike, in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip on November 2, 2023.
Israel continued deadly air attacks on Gaza early on Friday, even as the number of people killed in the Palestinian enclave rises to at least 9,061. More than 1,400 people have been killed in Israel. 19 soldiers have also been killed since the beginning of the ground invasion.
The Israeli military says it has surrounded Gaza City and is pressing forward, with a spokesperson adding that a ceasefire is “not on the table” despite international pressure.
Consequently, at least four Palestinians were killed in an Israeli raid on Jenin in the occupied West Bank.
In a bid to find a positive way to end the lingering crisis, the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken heads on Friday to Israel, his third trip since October 7.
The visit is also to discuss “concrete steps” to minimize harm to Gaza civilians even as Washington, DC, resists a ceasefire call.
On the other hand, the Republican-led US House of Representatives passed a bill providing $14.3bn in aid to Israel, but linking it to domestic spending cuts.
In the latest developments, multiple deaths and injuries were reported in northern Gaza after the latest Israeli air strikes
According to the Palestinian news agency, Wafa, several people killed and wounded arrived at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, following the latest Israeli air strikes that targeted three areas in the northern part of the besieged enclave.
The latest deadly bombardments come as Israel announced that its military forces have “encircled” the northern area of Gaza.
Several deaths and injuries were also reported following a new wave of air strikes on the Bureij and Nuseirat refugee camps, as well as in the city of Deir al-Balah in the central part of the Gaza Strip.
The casualties were taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, according to Wafa.