Israel and Hamas at war, day 258 | Bombings on Gaza, tensions on the Israeli-Lebanese border

(Beirut) The Israeli army bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday while tension remains high on the Israeli-Lebanese border, after threats from the leader of Hezbollah against Israel and the announcement of a possible offensive in Lebanon.

Posted at 6:39 a.m.

Updated at 8:38 a.m.

The war in the Palestinian territory, triggered on October 7 by an attack by the Islamist movement Hamas against Israel, has caused an outbreak of violence on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, where exchanges of fire between the army and Hezbollah Lebanese forces, an ally of Hamas, have intensified recently.

In a televised speech, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned on Wednesday that “no place” in Israel would be spared by his movement’s missiles in the event of an attack on Lebanon.

On Thursday, the situation was generally calm in the border area. The Lebanese news agency ANI claimed that an Israeli drone strike killed one person near the town of Deir Kifa, in southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah announced the death of one of its fighters. He was killed in Deir Kifa, according to a source close to the movement.

In the south of the Gaza Strip, fighting continues between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters in the center and west of Rafah, according to a source from Hamas’ armed wing.

On Thursday, according to AFP images, Palestinian families were fleeing the city, their belongings piled on trailers or carts, while smoke rose in the distance.

The army announced that it was continuing its “precision” operations in Rafah, and having, the day before, “eliminated several terrorists in close combat”.

Air strikes and artillery fire also targeted the center of the territory, according to an AFP correspondent and witnesses. A strike killed two people near the Nousseirat camp, according to a doctor.

Witnesses reported tank fire in Zeitoun, a neighborhood in northern Gaza City, and in the Boureij and Maghazi camps.

A “large-scale” war

The army announced on Sunday a daily pause in its operations along a road of around ten kilometers in the south of the Gaza Strip, in order to allow the entry of humanitarian aid from the Israeli crossing point by Kerem Shalom.

The UN, however, declared on Tuesday that this pause should “further result in more aid reaching the populations”.

The army had at the same time assured that it would continue its ground operations against Hamas launched on May 7 in Rafah, which led to the flight of a million Palestinians towards areas further north and the closure of the border post with the Egypt, until then used for the entry of aid into the besieged territory.

The war broke out on October 7, when Hamas commandos carried out an attack in southern Israel that resulted in the deaths of 1,194 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP count based on official data. Israelis.


A camp for Palestinian displaced people in Khan Younes

Of 251 people kidnapped, 116 are still held hostage in Gaza, of whom 41 are dead, according to the army.

In response, the Israeli army launched an offensive on the Gaza Strip, which has so far left 37,431 dead, mostly civilians, including 35 in 24 hours, according to data from the Gaza government’s Health Ministry. Gaza, ruled by Hamas.

Strongly criticized in his country for not having succeeded in obtaining the release of all the hostages, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, assures that he will continue the war until the elimination of Hamas, in power since 2007 in Gaza.

The Islamist movement, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel, demands a definitive ceasefire and a total Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.

An American envoy, Amos Hochstein, visiting Lebanon and Israel this week, defended a ceasefire plan presented on May 31 by President Joe Biden, affirming that it also represented “an opportunity to end the conflict” between Hezbollah and Israel and calling for “a full-scale war” to be avoided.

“No place spared”

The Israeli army announced Tuesday that “operational plans for an offensive in Lebanon” had been validated. The head of diplomacy, Israel Katz, threatened a “total war” in which Hezbollah would be “destroyed”.

“The (Israeli) enemy knows that no place […] will not be spared by our missiles” in the event of an attack against Lebanon, launched Wednesday Hassan Nasrallah, whose movement, armed and financed by Iran, exercises a preponderant influence in Lebanon.

In the event of war, Israel would have to “wait for us by land, by sea and by air,” he warned, adding that Hezbollah had received “new weapons” and had more than 100,000 men ready. in combat.

He also threatened Cyprus, saying he “has information” according to which this European Union country, closest to the coasts of the Middle East, would open “airports and bases” to Israel if this country was attacked.

Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides stressed in response that his country was “in no way involved in this war” and played a role “recognized by the Arab world and the entire international community” in the deployment of a maritime corridor in the Mediterranean allowing humanitarian aid to be delivered to Gaza.



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