Battles intensified in Gaza, with Israel asserting an expansion of ground operations following an escalated bombardment, three weeks into the conflict sparked by a Hamas raid.
The Palestinian health ministry reported alarming casualties, with the death toll rising to 7,326, including over 3,000 children. Amidst this backdrop, the United Nations cautioned an impending “unprecedented avalanche of human suffering.”
Fierce Clashes and Humanitarian Concerns
Hamas’s military faction, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, confirmed severe confrontations on the ground. Despite the UN’s call for a humanitarian truce, Israeli forces continued their incursion, with spokespersons Major Nir Dinar and Daniel Hagari confirming the operations’ continuation and expansion.
The situation took a dire turn with communication blackouts across Gaza, raising significant concerns. Organizations like Human Rights Watch warned that this could mask “mass atrocities,” while on-the-ground services faced severe disruptions.
International Reactions and Calls for Ceasefire
The UN’s plea for an immediate truce garnered massive support, though it faced criticism from Israel and the U.S. for omitting Hamas’s role in the conflict. With over 1.4 million displaced and essential services at a breaking point, UN officials, including Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, emphasized the urgent need for a ceasefire and humanitarian access.
Meanwhile, protests and political responses worldwide reflected the growing unrest about the ongoing military actions and the rising humanitarian crisis in Gaza.