Renewed Clashes in Gaza Lead to an Increase in Casualties



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Renewed Clashes in Gaza Lead to an Increase in Casualties
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Fierce fighting continues to rage in parts of Gaza, including the southern city of Khan Younis, as reported by Israel's military and sources within the strip. This resurgence of violence occurs despite the withdrawal of some Israeli units from several areas, which had initially led to a temporary lull in the hostilities.

The Gaza Health Ministry, controlled by Hamas, has reported a death toll surpassing 22,300 people since the conflict's escalation on October 7. This staggering number reflects the severe impact of the conflict on the Gaza population.

Rising Regional Tensions

The situation in the Middle East has further been complicated by events in Iran. Iranian officials have accused Israel of orchestrating deadly twin blasts near the burial site of slain military commander Qasem Soleimani.

This incident, coinciding with the fourth anniversary of Soleimani's death in a US airstrike, has exacerbated tensions in a region already strained by the ongoing Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

Hezbollah's Warning and Cross-Border Fire

In a related development, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Islamist militant group based in Lebanon, issued a warning to Israel.

Nasrallah stated that any Israeli aggression towards Lebanon would be met with a "limitless" response. He also vowed retaliation for the recent killing of a senior Hamas leader in Beirut, which a US official has attributed to an Israeli airstrike.

Israel has not officially acknowledged responsibility for this attack. In response to cross-border attacks from Lebanon, the Israel Defense Forces have engaged in military actions. The Lebanese government, through its foreign minister, has expressed efforts to dissuade Hezbollah from declaring war against Israel, highlighting the delicate balance of power and diplomacy in the region.

Humanitarian Concerns in Gaza

On a humanitarian note, some parts of central Gaza, including the municipality of Deir al Balah, have seen the restoration of water supply. This development follows the repair of a key pipeline, which had been out of service for several days, causing sewage overflow in the streets.

UN agencies and NGOs have raised concerns about the lack of clean water in many areas of Gaza, which poses a significant risk of spreading diseases such as skin conditions and diarrhea.