Conflicts & War

Israel besieges Khan Younis as Gaza deaths mount

Jerusalem, Jan 24 (EFE).- Israeli troops were laying siege to Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.

At least 210 people and 386 were wounded in the last 24 hours by the Israeli attacks, the Palestine Red Crescent Society said.

The relief organization also said Israeli warplanes “continue to attack the vicinity of Al Amal and Nasser hospitals”, the two main health centers in Khan Younis.

Al Amal hospital is sheltering some 7,000 people displaced by the violence, in addition to hundreds of wounded, while Nasser hospital is facing “a serious health situation inside”.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said it is “deeply concerned” for the safety of those inside the Nasser hospital.

“With heavy bombing and fighting ongoing and moving closer to the areas surrounding Nasser hospital, injured civilians will not be able to access immediate or urgent care,” MSF warned in a statement.

On Wednesday afternoon, a United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said at least nine people were killed and 75 others injured after the Israeli army fired tank shells at the shelter near Khan Younis.

“Attack on Khan Younis Training Centre this afternoon – two tank rounds hit building that shelters 800 people – reports now 9 dead and 75 injured,” Thomas White, the UNRWA director in Gaza, said.

The Israeli army, meanwhile said its Givati special forces brigade killed “dozens of terrorists” and destroyed Hamas military infrastructure in souther Gaza on Wednesday.

Since the start of the war on Oct. 7, at least 25,700 Gazans have been killed and 63,740 injured, while some 8,000 people are missing, believed to be under the rubble, according to the latest count by the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry.

Around 1,200 Israelis were killed on Oct. 7 during the attack by Hamas, while around 240 people were taken hostage.

At the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, meanwhile, dozens of Israelis protested Wednesday against the entry of humanitarian aid into the enclave, saying relief efforts are helping the “enemy” Hamas which is still holding more than 130 hostages.

“They feed the enemy while torturing our starving hostages,” the protesters shouted, as they waved Israeli flags in front of the aid-laden trucks.

“This is madness. While the people of Israel wait for a victory, the government feeds, clothes and fuels the enemy, even as it tries to kill our troops and civilians with rockets and tortures our starving hostages,” said Reut Ben Haim, a mother of eight from the town of Netivot, near the Strip, in statements reported by Israeli press.

Cogat, the Israeli military body that controls civilian affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories, reported this week that 12,000 trucks carrying over 1,000 tons of medical equipment and medicines had entered the enclave since the start of the war.

Cogat chief Elad Goren said Monday that an average of 130 trucks a day have entered the Strip and that this week some 250 were entering daily.

Both humanitarian agencies and the Hamas-controlled Gazan government claim that this amount is insufficient. EFE

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