Israel is increasing airstrikes on Gaza, leading to a severe humanitarian crisis and loss of communication. Concerns about the conflict spreading are growing due to American and British attacks on Yemen's Houthi rebels. The Houthi rebels, supported by Iran, continue their attacks on Red Sea ships in response to Israeli actions.
On the 99th day of the conflict, Israeli strikes in Gaza killed at least 60 people. Witnesses reported intense shelling and airstrikes in southern Gaza. Israel's military targeted rocket launchers in central Gaza, eliminating four "terrorists" in Khan Yunis. A Hamas "command center" was destroyed in central Gaza.
The total casualties in Gaza since the October 7 Hamas attack now exceed 23,843, mostly women and children. The International Court of Justice is reviewing a case accusing Israel of violating the UN Genocide Convention, with Israel claiming self-defense. The court is expected to make a decision in the coming weeks.
These numbers are truly frightening. In a short period, many innocent people lost their lives. It is assumed that in the coming days and months, the situation will be equally catastrophic for the people of Palestine. Many countries in the world are calling for protests and consider it unacceptable to see this state of affairs in Palestine. Everything remains in words, and a concrete reaction seems to be non-existent.
In total darkness, there is a glimmer of optimism when we hear some good news. Namely, Israeli prisoners can be happy with current events, even though the situation is far from what they expect.
A recent agreement ensures the delivery of vital medicines to prisoners held by Hamas in Gaza, as announced by the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will facilitate the transfer, and the medicines are expected to reach the prisoners in the next few days.
This follows the release of 105 civilians during a ceasefire in late November. The list of medicines includes those deemed "lifesaving" for conditions like chronic illnesses, heart disease, high blood pressure, and asthma.
Negotiations were complex due to concerns about revealing the prisoners' exact location. As part of the deal, Israel will expand the flow of medicine to Palestinians in Gaza as humanitarian aid. The agreement was brokered by Hamas, led by Mossad intelligence agency's David Barnea, and approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, Channel 12 notes that this medicine transfer should not be interpreted as a step towards a new deal to release the hostages.
It is still unknown when and whether the exchange of prisoners will take place in the coming period. Israelis are angry about the fact that Hamas has a large number of Israeli prisoners. Their goal in the coming period is to move towards the release of the hostages, and for the Israelis to return to their homes peacefully. However, in the situation as it is, few are optimistic that it will come to that. Attacks by Israel only deepen the fear and conflict and reduce the chances that Hamas will decide on such a move.
Israel's foreign ministry has accused South Africa
The situation seems to be getting more and more tense day by day, considering that the whole world is protesting against the current events in the Middle East and demanding urgent intervention. Although it was expected that this conflict could end, it is still going on, and it could continue in the years ahead. It is really hard to expect that Israel and Palestine will find a common language. However, many countries of the world do not want to remain blind to current events and want to take certain steps.
Israel's foreign ministry has accused South Africa of acting as the "legal arm" for the Palestinian group Hamas after a recent legal hearing in The Hague regarding allegations of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. South Africa, which initiated the case, is urging the UN court to take urgent action, citing violations of the genocide convention. Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson criticized South Africa, calling its actions hypocritical and accusing it of distorting the reality in Gaza. This statement was made as the International Court of Justice began hearings on South Africa's case against Israel. Israel affirms its commitment to protecting its citizens in line with international law and emphasizes the distinction between Hamas terrorists and the civilian population.
The Israelis do not want to allow the countries of the world to react so furiously and make certain moves without a concrete explanation and reason. At least that's what Israeli leaders think. We will see what the intentions of the Israeli leadership are in the future and what they want to do in that regard.