(CTN News) – Israel reaffirmed its commitment on Wednesday to continue its Gaza war, regardless of whether it receives international support or not. This decision comes as Israel faces increasing pressure, even from its key supporter, the United States.
The conflict, which has now entered its third month, was initiated in response to the unprecedented attacks on Israel by the Palestinian militant group Hamas on October 7. Israeli officials claim that these attacks resulted in the deaths of 1,200 people, predominantly civilians.
The war has caused extensive devastation in Gaza, with the Hamas-run health ministry reporting that over 18,600 people, mostly women and children, have lost their lives.
Additionally, the infrastructure, including roads, schools, and hospitals, has suffered “unparalleled” damage.
Despite the UN General Assembly’s recent endorsement of a non-binding resolution for a ceasefire, the violence continues to escalate.
Gaza City, the largest urban center, as well as Khan Yunis and Rafah in the south, have been particularly affected by ongoing airstrikes and battles, according to AFP correspondents.
Adding to the dire situation, the territory is now experiencing cold winter rains. The UN estimates that out of Gaza’s 2.4 million population, 1.9 million people have been displaced and are living in makeshift tents. The scarcity of essential supplies such as food, drinking water, medicines, and fuel further exacerbates the crisis.
In central Gaza, Ameen Edwan faced sleep difficulties due to rainwater seeping into their camp. They used stones and sand to keep the rain out as they couldn’t find nylon covers. The United Nations expressed concerns about the spread of diseases in the area.
The World Health Organization reported a decrease in aid trucks entering Gaza from Egypt. Palestinian militants launched rockets towards Israeli communities, with some intercepted.
An airstrike targeted a militant cell in Gaza City. In Khan Yunis, a family mourned the loss of Fayez Al-Taramsi, who was killed in a strike. Hamas took around 240 hostages during the October 7 attack, making it the deadliest incident in Israel’s history.
Israel launched a devastating offensive to dismantle Hamas and rescue hostages. The ground assault has resulted in the loss of 115 soldiers, including 10 on Tuesday, the deadliest day so far.
The UN General Assembly passed a resolution for an immediate ceasefire, supported by 153 nations. The US, along with Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, voted against the resolution but expressed concern for civilian safety.
President Biden initially supported Israel but later acknowledged waning international support due to indiscriminate bombings. Israel remains committed to the war against Hamas, regardless of international support.