Over 200 dead as Israeli military intensifies operations in Gaza
Escalating violence in the Gaza Strip has led to over 200 deaths, with Israeli forces intensifying operations in densely populated areas like Khan Younis and the Nuseirat camp. International responses vary as the humanitarian crisis deepens, and Turkey advocates for the rights of Gazans, calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities.
A surge in violence has engulfed the Gaza Strip, particularly affecting Khan Younis residents. Israeli military activities, notably tank fire and aerial bombings, have intensified, leading to 200 deaths in Gaza within 24 hours — a stark indicator of the conflict's human toll.
Israeli forces have expanded operations to the Nuseirat camp, where journalists and medical staff confirm numerous airstrikes. This escalation raises serious concerns for civilian safety in these densely populated areas.
In southern Gaza, Israeli troops are advancing towards Khan Younis. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the strikes aimed at Hamas' command centers and arms depots, including an alleged attack on a tunnel complex linked to Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.
Following a Hamas incursion into Israeli territory, the conflict has devastated Gaza. Reports suggest that most of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have fled their homes, with many seeking temporary shelter.
The Gaza Strip's high population density worsens the crisis. Health authorities say the latest attacks have killed 187 people, pushing the total casualties above 21,000.
Recently, an airstrike killed a Palestinian journalist and his family, highlighting the dangers journalists face in conflict zones. The Committee to Protect Journalists has reported a surge in journalist deaths.
Internationally, responses vary. The U.S. has called on Israel to scale back military actions and focus on targeted operations against Hamas. South Africa has appealed to the International Court of Justice, accusing Israel of violating the Genocide Convention.
On the humanitarian front, Israel facilitated vaccine deliveries to Gaza for diseases including polio and tuberculosis. This effort, in partnership with UNICEF, aims to prevent health crises. Yet, limited access points and restrictions challenge the distribution of essential supplies.
In response, Turkey has expressed solidarity with Gaza's people, advocating for their rights and urging an immediate end to hostilities to prevent further suffering.