Israel Hits Syrian And Occupied West Bank Locations As A Second Relief Convoy Arrives In Gaza
Israel hits Syrian and occupied West Bank locations as a second relief convoy arrives in Gaza.As Israel expanded its attacks to include targets in Syria and the occupied West Bank, the second aid convoy intended for helpless Palestinian civilians arrived in Gaza on Sunday. The Israeli prime minister also threatened the militant Hezbollah group in Lebanon that if it started its own war, "we will cripple it with a force it cannot even imagine."
After the horrific Hamas attack on Israeli communities on October 7, Israel has been preparing to conduct a ground invasion in Gaza for days. At the Gaza border, tanks and soldiers are gathered and waiting for the command to cross.
Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, the military spokesman for Israel, claimed that the nation had escalated airstrikes across Gaza to hit targets that would lessen the risk to troops in the following phase of the conflict.
Israeli airplanes attacked targets in Gaza, two airports in Syria, and an allegedly militant-used mosque in the occupied West Bank, raising fears of a wider conflict.
Since the start of the conflict, Israel and Hezbollah terrorists have exchanged fire. Tensions are now at an all-time high in the West Bank, where Israeli forces have recently engaged in combat with militants in refugee camps and conducted two airstrikes.
If Hezbollah starts a conflict, "it will make the mistake of its life," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned soldiers in the country's northern region. It will be crippled by a force that it cannot even fathom, with disastrous repercussions for both it and the Lebanese state.
A tank and two bulldozers were reportedly damaged during a battle between Hamas and Israeli forces in Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
Hagari reported late Sunday that an anti-tank missile during an operation into Gaza to release more than 200 prisoners taken in the incident on October 7 injured three soldiers and killed one soldier.
The first humanitarian convoy into Gaza since Israel imposed a complete closure two weeks ago arrived on Saturday in the form of 20 trucks.
At the request of the United States, Israeli authorities confirmed late Sunday that they had permitted a second shipment of aid into Gaza. According to COGAT, the Israeli defense organization in charge of Palestinian civilian affairs, among the humanitarian supplies were food, water, and medical equipment. Israel inspected everything before delivering it to Gaza.
The United Nations organization for Palestinian refugees confirmed the arrival of 14 trucks. Israel has prohibited the entry of any fuel into Gaza.
The Egyptian military said that Israeli fire hit a watchtower on Egypt's side of the border, resulting in light injuries. This is a reflection of how precarious any movement of supplies remains. The Israeli military expressed regret, stating that the incident was being looked into after a tank unintentionally fired and struck an Egyptian station.
More aid is reportedly required to handle the escalating humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, where 2.3 million Palestinians have fled their homes, according to relief workers. According to the U.N. humanitarian organization, the convoy on Saturday only contained "a fraction of what is needed after 13 days of complete siege" and approximately 4% of the typical day's imports before the war.
Even when the UN requested 100 trucks per day to enter, the Israeli military declared the humanitarian situation to be "under control."
Netanyahu and U.S. President Joe Biden "affirmed that there will now be a continued flow of this critical assistance into Gaza" in a phone discussion on Sunday, according to a statement from the White House.
Israel reiterated its requests for residents of northern Gaza to leave, including through the aerial distribution of leaflets. 700,000 are thought to have already left. But there are still tens of thousands. Because of that, any ground operation would be more likely to cause massive civilian casualties.
According to Israeli military authorities, Gaza City, in the north, is home to most of Hamas' infrastructure and underground tunnels, and the upcoming phase of the attack would use extraordinary force there. Israel claims to want to destroy Hamas. Although they haven't provided any details, officials have also mentioned creating a buffer zone to stop Palestinians from approaching the border.
Doctors are being forced to perform surgery using sewing needles, turn to vinegar as a disinfectant, and perform procedures without anesthesia because hospitals are overflowing with patients and displaced people and are running low on medical supplies and fuel for generators.
At least 130 premature babies are reportedly at "grave risk" as a result of fuel scarcity for generators, according to the World Health Organization. According to the report, seven hospitals in northern Gaza had to close because of strike damage, a lack of supplies and power, or Israeli evacuation orders.
According to Dr. Mohammed Qandeel, a physician at Khan Younis' Nasser Hospital, clinicians are being forced to ration care due to shortages of vital supplies like ventilators. As medical facilities conserve electricity for intensive care units, dozens of patients continue to come and are treated in congested, darkened corridors.
"It's tragic," Qandeel declared.
Palestinians staying in tent camps and schools operated by the UN are running out of food and are drinking contaminated water. A fuel shortage has severely hampered water and sanitation systems.
In Gaza, there have reportedly been numerous heavy airstrikes, including in the southern portion of the coastal strip, where Israel has instructed residents to take cover. A number of bodies were arranged outside the Al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah, which is located south of the evacuation line.
As the sound of nearby bombardment boomed behind him, hospital spokesman Khalil al-Degran stated that more than 90 bodies had been brought in since early on Sunday. 180 wounded persons, including children, women, and elderly people displaced from neighboring places, he claimed had arrived.