Gaza Offensive Escalates: Israel Promises Unwavering Force in Both Northern and Southern Fronts

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The Israeli military announced a comprehensive ground offensive in all parts of Gaza, expanding operations to the crowded south.

Additional evacuations were ordered, with a commitment to maintain strong operations against Hamas in the south, comparable to those in the north. 

The intensified bombardment accompanied evacuation directives, leaving many Palestinians with limited options in the sealed-off territory near Israel and Egypt. 

The conflict originated from a Hamas-led attack on Israel on Oct. 7, resulting in approximately 1,200 casualties, mostly civilians.

The United Nations reports that 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza have experienced displacement, with almost 958,000 seeking refuge in 99 UN facilities located in the south. 

Juliette Toma, the Director of Communications at the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, provided this information.

In Gaza, the Health Ministry reported over 15,500 fatalities and more than 41,000 injuries since October 7. 

The ministry doesn’t distinguish between civilian and combatant deaths, noting that 70% of the deceased are women and children. 

Prospects for a new temporary truce are diminishing, as Israel recalls negotiators and Prime Minister Netanyahu asserts the continuation of the war until all goals, including the removal of Hamas from power in Gaza, are achieved.

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Israeli Military Broadens Evacuation Orders in Gaza

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The Israeli military announced a comprehensive ground offensive in all parts of Gaza, expanding operations to the crowded south.

The military of Israel expanded the area under evacuation orders within and around Khan Younis in the south, advising people to evacuate at least five more areas.

The military, according to locals, dropped leaflets referring to Khan Younis as “a dangerous combat zone” and directing people to relocate to the southwest coastal region or the border city of Rafah.

Israel’s strongest ally, the United States, has pushed Israel to take more steps to safeguard civilians and refrain from major new mass displacement.

The US would “under no circumstances” allow the forcible eviction of Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank, an ongoing siege of Gaza, or the redrawing of its borders, Vice President Kamala Harris informed the president of Egypt.

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