Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have intensified their operations in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, as tensions escalate in the region. The United Nations (UN) has warned of an “apocalyptic” situation in Gaza, highlighting the lack of safe places for civilians. The IDF has escalated its aerial bombardment of southern Gaza, expanding its ground operations to cover the entire territory.
Videos and witness accounts have emerged showing multiple strikes and casualties in the area of Deir al-Balah. The Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Hospital, overwhelmed with casualties, has made an urgent appeal for medical aid and supplies. Additionally, the Kamal Adwan hospital in northern Gaza has been hit by heavy explosions and gunfire, resulting in many killed and injured.
UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure amid the escalating violence. The Palestinian Ministry of Health has reported a staggering death toll of 15,800 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks since October 7.
Senior US officials have urged Israel to minimize civilian casualties, leading to disagreements behind closed doors. QR codes and warnings have been issued to Palestinians to evacuate unsafe areas, but telecommunications and electricity shortages have hindered the dissemination of this critical information.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been forced to halt its aid operations in Gaza due to the escalating violence. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has warned of the horrors to come and the overcrowded conditions in UN facilities.
Despite humanitarian aid being sent to Gaza, the US State Department believes that Israel needs to do more to ensure the well-being of civilians. In response, the US military has airlifted vital supplies to the Gaza Strip.
The health system in Gaza is struggling to cope with the increasing casualties, resulting in partial services and overcrowded hospitals. The situation in Gaza remains dire, with no signs of immediate relief.