strikes on Rafah, end of the “intense” phase for Netanyahu

strikes on Rafah, end of the “intense” phase for Netanyahu
strikes on Rafah, end of the “intense” phase for Netanyahu

► Israeli bombings on Gaza

In the Gaza Strip, besieged by Israel, artillery fire targeted Rafah on Monday June 24 as well as the Palestinian camp of Nousseirat, in the center, and the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, in the north, where fighting was reported.

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According to civil defense spokesperson Mahmoud Basal, two medical workers were killed in an airstrike on Al-Daraj Hospital in Gaza City, including Hani Al Jafarwari, the director of the ambulance service and emergencies at the Gaza Ministry of Health.

This ministry announced a new death toll of 37,626 since the start of the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement more than eight months ago. At least 28 people have been killed in the past 24 hours, he said in a statement, adding that 86,098 people had been injured in the Gaza Strip since October 7. Furthermore, at least “500 health professionals were killed directly” since the beginning of “Israeli aggression”.

The Israeli army announced that it would continue its “targeted operations” in the Rafah sector and there be “eliminated armed terrorists” And “dismantled tunnel entrances”.

► Relatives of hostages condemn Netanyahu’s comments

The main association of relatives of the hostages condemned comments by the Israeli prime minister on a “partial agreement” in the Gaza Strip, which would allow the release of a ” part “ hostages.

“Ending the fighting in Gaza without the release of the hostages would constitute an unprecedented national failure and move away from the aims of the war”, wrote the Families Forum in a press release. The press release adds that the return of the hostages is a matter of “responsibility and duty (…) of the Prime Minister. »

On Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the phase ” intense “ fighting in the Gaza Strip was ending, while insisting that the war was not over.

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“The intense phase of the fighting against Hamas is about to end. This does not mean that the war is about to end, but the war in its intense phase is about to end in Rafah”declared Benjamin Netanyahu during an interview with the Israeli channel Channel 14.

“After the end of the intense phase, we will be able to redeploy some forces towards the north, and we will do so (…)”added the Prime Minister.

► “Widespread looting and smuggling” prevent aid distribution

Looting and smuggling “are generalized” in the Gaza Strip and “prevent” the delivery of humanitarian aid, denounced the head of the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

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“The collapse of civil order is giving rise to widespread looting and smuggling which hampers the delivery of humanitarian aid (including population) desperately needs »said Philippe Lazzarini during a meeting in Geneva of the advisory commission responsible for supervising the conduct of the agency.

“Over the past nine months, we have witnessed an unprecedented failure of humanity in a land scarred by decades of violence”underlined the UNRWA official.

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“Palestinians and Israelis have suffered terrible losses and suffered enormously (…) Gaza has been decimated. For more than 2 million Gazans, it is hell. A nightmare from which they cannot wake up”insisted the head of the agency.

Faced with the difficulties of bringing aid into the territory – only the Kerem Shalom crossing point between Israel and Gaza is currently open –, “hunger is at a catastrophic level” in the territory, according to UNRWA. “Children are dying from malnutrition and dehydration, while food and clean water wait in trucks” on the border with Israel or Egypt, pending the possible reopening of the Rafah crossing, closed since the beginning of May.

► The Israeli defense minister in Washington

While the relationship between Benjamin Netanyahu and the White House is experiencing a new episode of tension, Yoav Gallant left for Washington to “to discuss developments in Gaza and Lebanon”.

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Referring to relations with Washington, Yoav Gallant assured in a press release that the “Links with the United States are more important than ever”. “Our talks with American officials are crucial to (the following) of the war “he said.

On the trip’s agenda is the dispute over American arms deliveries, after Benjamin Netanyahu criticized a delay in their transfer to Israel.

► Hezbollah announces two new drone attacks

Lebanese Hezbollah announced on Sunday that it had targeted two military sites in northern Israel using explosive drones, seriously injuring a soldier, in response to the death of a leader of an allied Islamist group in an Israeli strike in eastern Lebanon.

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The pro-Iranian movement also published a new video showing what it presents as sites in Israel with their coordinates, without identifying them, five days after revealing images of Haifa taken according to it by a drone which flew over this major port from northern Israel.

On Saturday, a Lebanese security source indicated that a leader of the Lebanese Islamist group Jamaa Islamiya, close to Palestinian Hamas, had been killed in an Israeli strike targeting his vehicle in Khiara in the Bekaa. The Israeli army confirmed that it “eliminated” this official accused of supplying weapons to Hamas.

► Hamas announces a new death toll of 37,598

The health ministry of the government of the Gaza Strip, a territory ruled by Hamas, announced on Sunday a new death toll of 37,598 since the start of the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement more than eight months ago.

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At least 47 people have been killed in the past 24 hours, he said in a statement, adding that 86,032 people had been injured in the Palestinian territory since the start of the war on October 7 sparked by the attack of Hamas in Israel.

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