Gaza , Palestine | BAZZUP | In the midst of Israel’s ceaseless bombing, the number of Palestinian deaths in the enclave increased to 9,770. On Sunday, the Israeli military stated that its troops had reached the shore of Gaza City and surrounded Hamas within the city.
The 36th Division, which is armored, reached “positions along the coast of Gaza,” according to a statement from the Israeli military, and the soldiers were “encircling” Hamas fighters inside the city.
“To strike and destroy select targets, including significant assets and Hamas command and control centers,” the military said.
Israel Defense troops (IDF) Spokesperson Daniel Hagari said in a briefing that “massive attacks are currently being carried out in the northern Gaza Strip, including the killing of Hamas commanders.” “The forces divided the Strip to Gaza-north and Gaza-south and control the shoreline.”
As further Israeli attacks in Gaza City are anticipated, Hagari reiterated the demands for Gazans to flee from northern Gaza via “a one-way corridor for civilians” to the south.
Hagari made the same demand of Hamas on Sunday: that it cease its “systematic exploitation of medical facilities for terrorist activity.” During an English-language briefing, Hagari showed pictures and audio clips he said provided proof that hospitals in the northern enclave had Hamas subterranean equipment implanted in them.
Hamas’ armed wing, Al-Qassam Brigades, declared on Sunday that its fighters had “used Al-Yassin 105 shells, heavy sniper weapons, medium weapons, and mortar shells to strike Israeli forces penetrating east of Khan Younis, resulting in the destruction of two tanks and trapping them into a tight ambush.”
Israeli bombardment have resulted in at least 9,770 deaths and at least 24,808 injuries throughout the course of the 30-day battle, according to a statement from the health ministry in Gaza.
According to a statement from the Palestinian communication operator Paltel, phone and internet service was once again interrupted in the Gaza Strip. Since the start of the battle, the enclave’s contact has been cut off three times, including during the blackout.
Iran, meantime, acknowledged on Sunday that Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas, had a meeting with Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader, in Tehran. The meeting’s date was not stated.
According to a statement posted on the leader’s website on Sunday, Haniyeh gave a report on the most recent events in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as the Israeli “crimes” against the coastal enclave during the meeting. Khamenei emphasized Iran’s “permanent policy” of assisting the Palestinian resistance forces in their conflict with Israel.
Aid supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip were delayed and Egypt was burdened further, according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who said on Sunday that Israel’s continuous shelling of the Rafah border crossing and the logistical challenges it imposed were to blame.
A security source who asked to remain anonymous claimed that earlier in the day, Egypt transported 75 trucks to Gaza via the Rafah gate, full with food, water, and medical supplies. This brings the total number of assistance trucks that Egypt has transferred to the enclave since October 21 to about 500.
Sunday’s border clashes between Israel and Lebanon claimed the lives of two Hezbollah members and four civilians on the Israeli side, injured five more on the Lebanese side, according to local media. According to Lebanese military sources, the Israeli army dramatically up its military operations in response to Hezbollah’s deployment of new surface-to-surface missiles, extending its reach over the border into southern Lebanon.