(CTN News) – On Sunday, Israel launched a series of airstrikes in Gaza, amidst growing international calls for the protection of civilians and the reinstatement of a lapsed ceasefire with Hamas.
The Israeli army reported carrying out over 400 strikes since the collapse of the ceasefire on Friday, while Hamas retaliated with rocket attacks targeting various Israeli towns and cities, including Tel Aviv.
Tragically, one of the Israeli strikes hit the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, resulting in the loss of at least 13 lives, as reported by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.
United States Vice President Kamala Harris strongly condemned the escalating civilian casualties on Saturday, highlighting the toll of Israel’s eight-week-long conflict, which was triggered by an unprecedented attack on October 7.
During the UN climate talks in Dubai, she expressed her concern over the high number of innocent Palestinians who have lost their lives. She emphasized the immense suffering endured by civilians and the distressing images and videos emerging from Gaza.
The United Nations reports that over two-thirds of Gaza’s population, approximately 1.7 million people, have been displaced due to the eight-week-long conflict. Fadel Naim, the chief doctor at the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, shared that his morgue received 30 bodies on Saturday, including seven children.
Nemr al-Bel, 43, recounted the devastating impact of the bombings on his family, with three houses destroyed and a total of 10 casualties, while 13 more family members remained trapped under the rubble.
Gaza residents struggle for necessities like food, water, and housing amid demolished homes, labeled a humanitarian disaster by the UN.
Aid trucks arrived on Saturday, but Israel has directed NGOs to avoid bringing aid through the Rafah border crossing. Despite this, some trucks crossed with the help of Egyptian counterparts, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society.
The negotiators from Israel have been withdrawn.
Israeli authorities say Hamas breached Gaza’s border, resulting in 1,200 deaths, mostly civilians. Israel launched a campaign against Hamas, resulting in over 15,000 deaths, mostly civilians.
A truce was established with Qatar, Egypt, and the US, leading to the release of 80 Israeli hostages for 240 Palestinian prisoners. The truce collapsed as both sides accused each other of violating its terms. Israel claimed Hamas attempted a rocket launch and failed to provide a list of additional hostages.
Israeli negotiators left Doha on Saturday without reaching an agreement to end hostilities. The Israeli military reported that 137 people are still being held hostage in Gaza.
Israel’s Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, stated that a new military intervention is necessary to secure the release of the hostages. Former Israeli hostages spoke out, urging the government to bring back the remaining captives. French President Emmanuel Macron called for increased efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire and free all hostages.