After the death of 24 IDF soldiers, the Israeli army intensified its attacks on the besieged town of Khan Yunis in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Reports reveal orders to evacuate a significant portion of the city. Khan Yunis is perhaps the most densely populated city in the world, with a very small area it is home to half a million inhabitants and a significant number of displaced persons.
The United Nations World Food Program has issued an alarming report on the "catastrophic food shortages" facing Palestinians in Gaza. At the same time, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres voiced criticism in the Security Council, blaming Israel for rejecting a two-state solution to the conflict.
Guterres claims that such an attitude by Israel could prolong the conflict indefinitely. The UN Secretary General said that the establishment of a Palestinian state is necessary for long-term peace and stability in the Middle East.
The UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs confirmed that Israeli forces issued evacuation orders covering approximately four square kilometers, including major hospitals such as Nasser and Al-Amal. CNN footage captured long lines of people walking, individuals sitting on the streets near the seashore and vehicles carrying essential goods.
After only a few days of leaving their homes, the already suffering women and children now have to leave the refugee settlement as well, and the main question is where to go. They are currently in a "cage" and it is very difficult to find a safe haven.
Reports from those fleeing Khan Yunis show horrific scenes, with claims of dead bodies lying on the ground and entire families killed in their homes. The fear among the evacuees is great, and while they are fleeing, their lives are in danger all the time.
Doctors Without Borders officials said they were unable to comply with Israel's order to evacuate hospitals because of ongoing bomb blasts and heavy gunfire. The office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the evacuation as "dangerous demands" and warned of Israeli intentions to displace Palestinians from their homes, predicting unpredictable consequences.
The background to these events is very likely that Israel lost 24 soldiers on Monday, the highest number of casualties in the IDF in one day since the beginning of the war. It all started on October 7 of the previous year, when 1,200 Israeli civilians were killed in the most monstrous way and 250 were taken prisoner.
The conflict, caused by the attacks of Palestinian extremists, primarily led by Hamas, resulted in Israeli random bombing of densely populated areas where 25,000 Palestinians died, including 10,000 children. Although 132 hostages are believed to be still being held in Gaza, there are fears that some may have become victims.
Qatar is mediating talks between Israel and Hamas on the release of hostages. However, a spokesman in Doha warns that recent statements by Israeli officials pose a significant obstacle to progress. The rejection of the two-state solution and the commitment to continue the war complicate the mediation process, hindering efforts to reach a solution.