Health officers within the Hamas-controlled enclave mentioned Monday that greater than three weeks of relentless Israeli artillery and missile strikes had left over 8,300 folks dead, together with greater than 3,400 kids. Israel insists it is solely concentrating on Hamas and different militant teams in Gaza, and that the blame for all civilian casualties rests totally with Hamas for sparking the battle and hiding amongst Gaza’s civilian inhabitants.
Israel says the preliminary Hamas assault and ongoing rocket hearth from Gaza have claimed greater than 1,400 lives since October 7.
Determined to point out he is in full management of the battle, Netanyahu visited a few of his troops over the weekend, telling them they had been “surrounded by a sea of affection.”
Grainy IDF video confirmed Israeli troopers finishing up a clear, scientific operation, with tanks rolling into Gaza as floor operations elevated. The army claimed to have killed dozens of Hamas militants who’d barricaded themselves inside buildings within the densely-packed strip of land — and in an enormous community of tunnels dug beneath them, from which they tried to assault the troops.
But many in Israel take a really completely different view of their nation’s battle, together with Reoma Kedem, who misplaced her daughter and grandchildren within the ugly terror assault when Hamas gunmen stormed into their group close to the Gaza border.
Over the weekend, Kedem joined a small protest within the southern Israeli metropolis of Ashdod, the place she got here to voice her rage at her personal authorities and the person who leads it, Prime Minister Netanyahu.
“How lengthy will we proceed with this bloodshed?” She requested. “If this man doesn’t go, we cannot have an answer.”
Despite the IDF’s promise that the battle with Hamas will usher in a “new safety actuality” for Israelis, many within the nation imaginecoalition are an obstacle to discovering the peace that has eluded the nation since its creation in 1948, not a authorities intent on working towards it.
Tension has additionally been mounting quick within the bigger Palestinian territory of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Four Palestinians had been killed in clashes with Israeli forces over the past 24 hours, and there have been common protests in solidarity with these trapped in Gaza.
The Health Ministry run by the Palestinian Authority, the Western-backed administration within the West Bank, mentioned Monday that nearly 330 Palestinians had died in clashes with Israeli forces since October 7.
Palestinian teenager Yazan Najjar was amongst these voicing his outrage over the weekend. He informed CBS News he believed the kids of Gaza had been forgotten.
“It makes me sick that the world is popping its again on us and it is not doing something to guard us,” he mentioned.
As Israel kilos Gaza, there’s nowhere secure to cover for the roughly 2.3 million Palestinians trapped within the slender strip of land on the Mediterranean coast, and so they’re operating out of every thing, together with probably the most primary requirements of meals, water and drugs. Aid businesses say the truck convoys which have been allowed to cross into Gaza over its southern border with Egypt over the past week are totally inadequate, and so they have continued to name for a wider opening of the border.
The desperation has grown so extreme that individuals broke right into a United Nations warehouse over the weekend to seize something they might get their arms on.
CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul is amongst these trapped in Gaza, and he drove via what’s left of the northern a part of Gaza City over the weekend. He noticed kids trying round within the rubble of a home that had simply been destroyed by an Israeli airstrike, looking for victims. A lady’s physique was seen below the crushed concrete and twisted metal.
Ambulances rushed from one hellscape to a different all weekend in Gaza, making an attempt to rescue the critically injured.
Many civilians have taken shelter in hospitals, which have been ordered repeatedly by the Israeli army to evacuate.
The IDF accuses Hamas of utilizing Gaza’s hospitals as bases, inserting weapons, fighters and even command facilities in tunnels below the buildings and within the buildings themselves — and utilizing the medics and civilians throughout them as human shields.
The Red Crescent says it might probably’t evacuate the hospitals as in the event that they attempt to transfer the tons of of sufferers in intensive care, they’re going to die.
As Israel ramps up its battle on Hamas, the pleas from inside Gaza — and for Gaza from around the globe — are rising louder, with many calling for a right away humanitarian cease-fire.
While U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has issued a private name for an “instant humanitarian cease-fire,” neither the U.N. Security Council nor the complete General Assembly, nor the U.S. authorities, have gone that far.
The U.S. and the U.N. have each urged Israel to prioritize the safety of civilians.
CBS News’ Pamela Falk on the United Nations contributed to this report.