(CTN News) – Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza on Saturday, causing further destruction to the already devastated Palestinian territory.
The United Nations has warned that Gaza has become “uninhabitable” after three months of intense fighting, which has the potential to escalate the conflict in the wider region.
Reports from AFP correspondents indicate that the Israeli strikes targeted the southern city of Rafah, where many people have sought refuge from the ongoing violence. The civilian population continues to suffer the most in this conflict, with the UN highlighting the deepening humanitarian crisis, including the looming threat of famine and the spread of diseases.
Abu Mohammed, a 60-year-old refugee who fled to Rafah from the Bureij camp, expressed his concerns about the future of Gaza, describing it as “dark, gloomy, and very difficult.”
UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths emphasized on Friday that much of Gaza has already been reduced to rubble, making it nearly impossible for people to live there.
The situation has reached a point where the UN’s children’s agency has warned that over 1.1 million children in Gaza are at risk due to the combination of clashes, malnutrition, and lack of healthcare.
Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari confirmed that Israeli forces are engaged in fighting across all parts of the Gaza Strip, including the north, center, and south. He also mentioned that Israeli forces are on high alert near the border with Lebanon following the killing of a top Hamas commander in a strike in Beirut.
Although Israel has not officially claimed responsibility for the strike, a US defense official informed AFP that Israel was indeed behind it.
The Gaza conflict began with a major attack by Hamas on Israel on October 7th, causing around 1,140 deaths, mostly innocent civilians.
In response, Israel launched relentless airstrikes and a ground invasion, resulting in the tragic deaths of at least 22,600 people, mostly women and children, according to the Gaza health ministry.
The struggle wages on relentlessly.
Israeli airstrikes targeted Khan Yunis and Rafah in southern Gaza, as well as central Gaza. Over 100 targets were struck, including military positions, rocket launch sites, and weapons depots. The health ministry in Hamas-controlled territory reported 162 deaths.
The army eliminated an armed terrorist cell in Bureij and clashes in Khan Yunis resulted in the deaths of Palestinian militants. Tunnels were discovered beneath the Blue Beach Hotel, used by terrorists for planning attacks. Families sought refuge in Rafah, facing dire conditions with a lack of water, electricity, and food.
Al-Amal hospital was shelled, resulting in the deaths of seven displaced individuals, including a five-day-old baby. Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital faced a humanitarian crisis with an overwhelming number of displaced people and the spread of epidemics.