Israeli troops have divided the northern and southern parts of Gaza as communications across the besieged territory were temporarily cut for a third time since the war started. According to Israeli media, the troops are expected to enter Gaza City on Monday or Tuesday, heightening tensions in the region.
Airstrikes Hit Refugee Camps, Raising Concerns
Sunday saw Israeli airstrikes hitting two refugee camps in the central Gaza Strip, resulting in numerous casualties, as reported by health officials. The relentless bombardment by Israel has led to mounting calls for a humanitarian pause, though the country has rejected these pleas thus far.
Palestinian Death Toll Rises
According to the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza, the Palestinian death toll in the Israel-Hamas war has now exceeded 9,700, with more than 4,000 children and minors among the victims. In the occupied West Bank, violence and Israeli raids have claimed the lives of over 140 Palestinians.
Toll in Israel
On the Israeli side, over 1,400 people have lost their lives, primarily due to the Hamas attack on Oct. 7 that sparked the conflict. Additionally, 242 hostages were taken from Israel into Gaza by the militant group, further escalating hostilities.
Changing Dynamics at Rafah Crossing
In recent days, approximately 1,100 individuals have left the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing. This apparent agreement involving the United States, Egypt, Israel, and Qatar—mediators with Hamas—has allowed for limited movement amidst the crisis.