Hamas Returns: Reoccupation of Areas Abandoned by Israeli Forces in Gaza

The signs of the revival of Hamas in the largest city in Gaza are proof of the resistance of that group, although Israel has been attacking the area from the air and from the ground for months

by Sededin Dedovic
Hamas Returns: Reoccupation of Areas Abandoned by Israeli Forces in Gaza
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The resurgence of Hamas in Gaza raises questions about the effectiveness of Israel's efforts to quell the group and stabilize the region. Despite Israel's claim that it aims to prevent Hamas from regaining control of Gaza, recent developments point to a complex and ongoing struggle in the region.

The Israeli army has not made progress on the front for a long time and has many losses. Several IDF soldiers die every day, and last week 24 soldiers died in just one place. Although at the beginning Israel claimed that it was waiting for Hamas to use up the few weapons it has and to launch a ground offensive, but the army is no longer making progress and morale is very weak.

It has been confirmed that the Hamas police have returned to their previous positions, from where the IDF was forced to withdraw due to the impossibility of forming a defense due to the geographical terrain. However, data on the battlefield shows otherwise, Israel is suffering heavy losses in personnel and equipment, while Hamas is the best armed so far and it seems that had been preparing for this for a long time.

Hamas announced this withdrawal as the IDF's military defeat and the beginning of the end of the war. They immediately reintegrated government officials into their roles in the "liberated" areas, along with redistributing salaries, presumably to show their determination to maintain the appearance of government and stability.

A woman watches on as Palestinian Hamas militants pass by her in Gaza City© Chris McGrath / Getty Images

The return of Hamas police marks an attempt to restore order in the devastated city after Israel withdrew a significant number of troops from northern Gaza last month, a Hamas official told the AP.

The partial salary payments also show that while Israel claims to have inflicted significant damage on Hamas, the group remains resilient enough to continue its operations, including financial transactions. This calls into question claims that Israeli military actions decisively crippled Hamas.

They have never been more armed, more organized and more determined, and a significant advantage was provided by Yemen with its blocking of the passage of ships carrying aid to Israel through the Suez Canal. Clashes in southern Gaza continue, and rocket fire on Palestinian Red Crescent facilities in Khan Yunis further worsened the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Injuries and deaths among civilians who seek shelter continue, the most terrible of all is that these people have already been displaced and are now suffering bombardment of refugee camps again. Hamas confirmed the death of over 1,500 civilians in just 7 days after South Africa's lawsuit against Israel for genocide at the international tribunal in The Hague.

Pro-Palestine demonstrators rally in the lobby of City Hall while the City Council debates a symbolic resolution calling for a c© Scott Olson / Getty Images

The prolonged siege of Red Crescent facilities raises concerns about the availability of humanitarian aid in conflict zones.

Such incidents draw international attention to the need for more concerted efforts to ensure the safety of humanitarian organizations and their ability to provide aid to those in need. The IDF claims again, as it has since the beginning of the war, that the leaders of Hamas are now in Red Crescent facilities.

Previously, there were churches, mosques, hospitals, schools, kindergartens, and the reason is always that the leaders of Hamas are hiding there and that there are tunnels under those buildings, which has never been confirmed until now.

The Israeli Army announced that operations in Khan Younis will continue for several more days. At least 17 people, including women and children, were killed overnight in two separate airstrikes in Gaza's southernmost city of Rafah on the border with Egypt, according to the registration office of Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital, where the bodies of the dead were taken.

The international community faces the challenge of finding a sustainable and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The complexities of historical grievances, territorial disputes and struggles for self-determination require a nuanced and comprehensive approach that addresses the root causes of conflict.

This conflict will not end just like that with the victory of Israel and the destruction of Hamas, but will certainly last a very long time and a concrete solution is not in sight. Diplomatic efforts, humanitarian interventions and commitment to resolving the grievances of both sides are key components, although those who look at the situation realistically know that such a thing is impossible in the current situation.

However, we are given hope by yesterday's statement by the officials of the extremist movement Hamas, in which they said that they are studying the proposed ceasefire agreement, which foresees long pauses in the conflict in Gaza and the exchange of Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners, but at the same time rejects some key provisions.

Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official in Beirut, said the organization continued to demand a permanent ceasefire and was seeking the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners, including those serving life sentences. He mentioned two such prisoners by name, and above all Marwan Barghouti, the popular leader of the Palestinian uprising, the Associated Press reported.

We hope that an agreement will be reached first to protect civilians and children, and that this war will be a lesson for us.