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Fighting Intensifies in Southern Gaza and Its Main City, Khan Younis

Fighting Intensifies in Southern Gaza and Its Main City, Khan Younis


Fighting intensified in southern Gaza on Monday, with medical personnel reporting heavy exchanges of gunfire and a surge of Israeli tanks and troops into areas round hospitals.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society and the Gazan well being ministry stated many individuals had been killed and wounded within the metropolis of Khan Younis on Monday, with out offering particular counts. Nahed Abu Taaema, the director of surgical procedure at Nasser Hospital, the biggest hospital in southern Gaza, advised Al Jazeera in a televised interview that it had acquired 100 wounded individuals and 50 our bodies.

Naseem Hasan, an ambulance officer at Nasser, stated in an interview that tanks have been about 100 meters south of the hospital and “can goal anybody.” He stated one ambulance carrying an individual who had been shot within the head was not capable of attain Nasser this morning and needed to go to a hospital in Rafah — a journey that took three hours.

In a press release, the Red Crescent stated the presence of Israeli troops close to Al-Amal Hospital, which it operates, meant that its ambulances couldn’t attain the injured in Khan Younis. It stated that anybody making an attempt to maneuver across the space was coming underneath hearth.

“Khan Younis could be very harmful now,” Nebal Farsakh, a spokeswoman for the Red Crescent, stated in an interview. “The entire district of Khan Younis is actually besieged.”

As Israel has wound down its operations in northern Gaza, it has pushed forward with its invasion of Khan Younis, the place lots of of hundreds of displaced individuals have sought shelter in faculties, hospitals and tent cities.

Israeli officers have stated the marketing campaign within the metropolis — which they describe as a Hamas stronghold — was focusing on the group’s management, they usually have accused Hamas of utilizing hospitals and different civilian infrastructure to cover its operations. But civilians, a lot of whom have relocated a number of occasions because the begin of the battle, have been left with no refuge.

Wafa, the Palestinian Authority’s official information company, reported on Monday that a number of individuals had been killed and wounded at a college in Al-Mawasi, a seaside space west of Khan Younis, after an Israeli strike. The report couldn’t be independently verified. The faculty was sheltering displaced individuals who went there after the Israeli navy advised them that Al-Mawasi was a secure zone.

Ms. Farsakh stated that Red Crescent crews had been receiving calls from individuals who have been wounded throughout Khan Younis, together with on the faculty in Al-Mawasi, and that the crews have been unable to reply “as a result of they’re being focused.”

The Israeli navy stated on Monday that its troopers launched a brand new operation on Sunday evening in western Khan Younis that may goal Hamas infrastructure, together with a safety headquarters and command facilities, over the following a number of days.

Army officers famous in a press release that the delicate websites within the space embrace a number of hospitals, however that Hamas “exploits the civilian inhabitants” and has used medical amenities in its operations, together with an assault launched final week from Nasser Hospital. The assertion stated areas occupied by civilians had been marked and the troopers concerned would use their expertise to “mitigate hurt to uninvolved people.”

A day after the Gazan well being ministry stated the demise toll within the preventing had reached 25,000, officers stated that Israeli strikes had killed 190 individuals and wounded 340 others within the enclave over the earlier 24 hours. It didn’t specify how most of the casualties have been in Khan Younis.

A couple of hours later, the Israeli navy stated it had misplaced 200 troopers because the begin of its floor operations in Gaza on Oct. 27, a part of its broader response to the Oct. 7 assault, which Israeli officers say left about 1,200 individuals dead.

Ameera Harouda contributed reporting from Doha, Qatar, Abu Bakr Bashir from London, and Johnatan Reiss from Tel Aviv.

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