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Israel said on Tuesday it had regained control of the Gaza border and devastated the area with the worst air strikes in the 75-year history of its conflict with Palestinians, while Hamas hit one house each. Threatened to kill the prisoner.

Nearly 700 Palestinians have been killed so far in Israeli attacks, according to officials, while entire districts in Gaza have been destroyed.

The airstrikes caused widespread destruction in the Jabaliya refugee camp, where charred bodies were pulled from the debris and relatives mourned.

A Palestinian woman walks through a destroyed street after Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City.  photo AFP

A Palestinian woman walks through a destroyed street after Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City. photo AFP

The United Nations said 180,000 Palestinians have been left homeless, many of whom are hiding on the streets or in schools. Smoke and flames rose into the sky in the morning, while street bombing often made it impossible for emergency workers to reach the site of the attack.

In the morgue of Gaza’s Khan Younis hospital, bodies were laid out on the ground on stretchers with their names written on their stomachs. Doctors called relatives to quickly pick up the bodies as there was no more space for the dead.

The attack on a former municipal building being used as an emergency shelter for displaced families caused heavy casualties.

“There is an extraordinary number of martyrs, people are still under the debris, some friends are either martyrs or Are injured.” , “No place in Gaza is safe, as you see they have attacked everywhere.”

there’s no place to hide

Three Palestinian journalists were killed when an Israeli missile struck a building while they were reporting outside. This increases the number of journalists killed in Gaza since Saturday to six.

At one point the Israeli military advised Gaza civilians to flee to Egypt, but issued a quick clarification confirming that the crossing was closed and there was no way out.

Israel already imposed a “total siege” on the Gaza Strip on Monday, cutting off supplies of food, water and electricity, raising fears that the already dire humanitarian situation would rapidly deteriorate.

Tel Aviv has been hit by unprecedented ground, air and sea attacks by Hamas. The death toll has risen to more than 900 in Israel, which has launched repeated attacks on Gaza in retaliation, raising the death toll in the besieged territory to 687.

The Israeli army said on Tuesday it had “more or less restored control” of the Gaza border after a large-scale breach by Palestinian fighters on Saturday.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed to have recovered the bodies of about 1,500 Hamas fighters inside Israel, confirming the scale of Saturday’s attack. It said it had “almost completed” the evacuation of Jewish communities around the border.

Gaza City lit up in flames before dawn on Tuesday as explosions were heard and sirens blared.
Hamas said on Monday that four detainees had been killed in Israeli air strikes. Later it said it could start killing them itself.

“One of the civilian hostages will be executed for targeting our people without warning,” the Azzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s armed wing, said in a statement.

In a televised speech late Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared Hamas to the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, and said Israel planned to deploy “unprecedented force.”
Netanyahu said, “Hamas terrorists tied up, burned and killed children. They are barbaric. Hamas is ISIS.”

He also vowed to “reinforce other fronts in the north against Hezbollah”, where gunfire broke out for a second day between fighters and Israeli forces.

Hamas fired more rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, where missile defense systems fired shots and air raid sirens were sounded.

Israel said it had called up 300,000 military reserves for its “Swords of Iron” campaign. Defense Minister Yoav Galant said Israel would impose a “complete siege” on the long-blockaded area of ​​2.3 million people: “No electricity, no food, no water, no gas – it’s all closed.”

UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply distressed” by the announcement of the siege, and warned that Gaza’s already dire humanitarian situation would now “only deteriorate rapidly”.

Palestinians in the coastal region were prepared for what many feared would be a major Israeli ground offensive aimed at defeating Hamas and freeing captives.

Hamas has called on its fighters in the West Bank and Arab and Islamic countries to join what it has named “Operation al-Aqsa Flood”.

“The military operation is still ongoing,” Hossam Badran, a Hamas official, told AFP from Doha. “At present there is no possibility of talks on prisoners or any other issue,” he said.

Israel, which has long boasted high-tech military and intelligence advantages, has been shaken to the core by Hamas’s surprise attack, and now faces the threat of a multi-front war.

On Monday, the Israeli military said its troops “killed several armed suspects” who had crossed the border from Lebanon and that Israeli helicopters were attacking targets in the area.

The Palestinian group Islamic Jihad later claimed responsibility for the failed incursion into Israel from Lebanon.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah said three of its members were killed in Israeli attacks on south Lebanon, prompting the movement to retaliate against two Israeli barracks, “using guided missiles and mortar shells that hit them directly.” Were”.

It was the second day of firing between Israel and Hezbollah, which said on Sunday that its attacks were “in solidarity” with Hamas attacks.

A senior US defense official said, “We are deeply concerned about Hezbollah making bad decisions and opening a second front for this conflict.”

The United States’ top general warned Iran not to get involved: “We want to send a very strong message. We don’t want this to escalate and the idea is for Iran to get that message loud and clear.” Do,” General Charles Q. Brown, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters traveling with him to Brussels.

Washington, which has moved its largest aircraft carrier and other warships closer to Israel to show its support, has said it has no plans to ground the US but would cooperate with its ally Israel in the recovery of hostages. Is working on efforts.

The Hamas attack penetrated the Gaza border fence – long considered impenetrable and protected by surveillance cameras, drones, patrols and watch towers.

Israel has imposed a blockade on Gaza since Hamas took control in 2007, leading to four previous wars with Israel.
Israeli strikes have destroyed residential tower blocks, a large mosque and the area’s main bank building.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees said it was sheltering more than 137,000 people in schools across Gaza.

“The situation is unbearable,” Amal al-Sarsawi, 37, told her class alongside her terrified students.
In the West Bank, protesting Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces, killing 15 Palestinians since Saturday.

The escalating conflict has been felt globally, with oil prices rising on fears of supply shortages.
US energy company Chevron said it has suspended operations at a natural gas platform off Israel’s coast at the request of authorities.

Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call that the Gulf kingdom was working to prevent the conflict from spreading across the region, state media said early Tuesday.

The European Commission said it was reviewing its development aid to the Palestinians, but clarified that no aid had yet been suspended. Britain said it was conducting a similar review.
The United States and the European Union consider Hamas a terrorist group.

Analysts said the unprecedented nature of the Hamas attack could render any diplomatic efforts futile for now.

Still, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is among those trying. He held an emergency round of telephone diplomacy on Monday.

Erdogan warned Israel against attacking civilians “indiscriminately” and also offered measured criticism of Hamas, urging both sides to respect the “morality” of war.

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