The ongoing conflict in Gaza has seen a significant escalation, with the Israeli military intensifying its operations against Hamas. Over the past 24 hours, approximately 250 Hamas targets have been struck by Israel's air force, marking a slight increase from the previous day and a focus on undermining the militant group's capabilities.
Military Strikes and Civilian Impact
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reported that their ground troops directed fighter jets to strike two rocket launchers used by militants to fire rockets toward central Israel. The IDF also targeted an armed terrorist cell operating near a school in northern Gaza and conducted airstrikes in the central area of Deir al-Balah.
According to the IDF, these operations resulted in the elimination of terrorists from Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as well as the destruction of terrorist infrastructure. However, these military actions have had a severe impact on the civilian population in Gaza.
Multiple videos and witness accounts reviewed by CNN show extensive destruction in Deir al-Balah, with numerous casualties. The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported nearly 16,000 deaths in Gaza since October 7, highlighting the dire humanitarian situation in the region.
Humanitarian Crisis at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in central Gaza is grappling with a critical shortage of fuel and medical supplies, exacerbated by road closures. According to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the hospital is currently treating 700 patients, with new ones arriving continuously, while running out of essential supplies.
MSF has reiterated calls for a ceasefire and for aid to be allowed into the entire Gaza Strip. Dr. Khalil Al Daqran, a spokesperson for the hospital, reported that over 90 bodies and 130 injured individuals arrived at the facility on Tuesday alone.
He expressed concern about the hospital's capacity to handle such a large influx of casualties, especially amid ongoing attacks.
A Region in Turmoil
The situation in Gaza remains fraught with complexity, as military operations continue amidst a worsening humanitarian crisis.
The escalation of violence and its impact on civilians underscore the urgent need for diplomatic efforts and humanitarian aid to address the unfolding tragedy in the region.