Conflicts & War

Israel claims to have killed several Hamas militants in 450 attacks in Gaza

Jerusalem, Dec 8 (EFE).- The Israeli military said on Friday that it had killed an unspecified number of Hamas militants in 450 land, sea, and aerial attacks in Gaza over the past day.

The military shared the report on the social media app X, formerly Twitter, saying that the ground, aerial, and naval forces in Gaza targeted over 450 locations in the last 24 hours, starting Thursday morning.

The statement said the intense fighting persisted in the Palestinian strip, with the Israeli offensive now concentrated on southern Gazan regions, including Khan Younis city.

The Israeli army said its operations aimed to identify and destroy tunnels, weapons, and militant infrastructure in Gaza.

In Khan Younis, Israeli warplanes executed a series of “two-hour precise strikes” against various targets.

During Thursday night, the Israeli navy reportedly struck “the naval and intelligence capabilities of Hamas” in the center and south of the strip, targeting observation posts and weapons warehouses of the Islamist group.

The Israeli military offensive has killed more than 17,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, in the last two months of the war, according to the Gaza health ministry.

More than 46,000 people have been injured in the Israeli military attacks that began after thousands of Hamas militants stormed into Israel, killed 1,200 people, and kidnapped 240 on Oct. 7.

The war has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe in the besieged strip, sparking a global outcry.

The United Nations estimates that approximately 1.9 million people, constituting around 85 percent of the total Gaza population, have been internally displaced, seeking refuge in schools and other facilities of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees.

On Friday, the UN reported that humanitarian aid had essentially halted in Khan Yunis, a city in the south of Gaza.

Most of the displaced people had moved into the south after the Israeli military forced Gazans out of the northern territories to ostensibly destroy the Hamas militant infrastructure.

However, the southern part has now become the focus of the Israeli military, putting hundreds of thousands of displaced people at risk.

In its daily report on the conflict, the UN Humanitarian Aid Coordination Office said it was only able to distribute aid in Rafah, in the extreme south on the border with Egypt.

“In Khan Younis, except for the delivery of medical supplies to two hospitals, aid distribution largely stopped due to the intensity of hostilities,” the UN aid agency said.

Currently, only 14 out of the 36 hospitals in Gaza are functional, with just two located in the northern area occupied by Israeli forces.

On Thursday, al-Awda hospital in Jabalia, one of the two still operational in the north, was surrounded by Israeli forces and sustained damage due to Israeli shelling and sniper firings.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army reported that two soldiers were mildly injured due to an anti-tank missile launched from Lebanon on Thursday.

In response, Israel used fighter jets and helicopters to destroy Hezbollah’s infrastructure.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened on Thursday that the Israeli military would turn Beirut and southern Lebanon into Gaza if Hezbollah opened a second front in the war.

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