GAZA: Israeli forces pounded areas in northern and southern Gaza on Wednesday (Jan 31) after Hamas mentioned it had acquired and was learning a new proposal for a ceasefire and launch of hostages held within the Palestinian enclave.
The proposal, introduced to the Palestinian militant group by mediators after talks with Israel, seemed to be essentially the most severe peace initiative for months within the Israel-Hamas conflict.
World powers hope to stop a wider battle, however tensions within the Center East remained excessive after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels mentioned they’d maintain attacking US and British warships within the Purple Sea in solidarity with Palestinians.
Relations between Tehran and Washington are additionally tense after the deaths of three US troopers in a drone strike in Jordan that US officers blame on Iran-backed militants. Washington has not yet outlined its response, however Iran’s Revolutionary Guards mentioned on Wednesday they would respond to any US threat.
Gaza well being authorities mentioned 26,900 Palestinians had been killed – together with 150 over the previous 24 hours – within the conflict that was triggered after Hamas fighters stormed from Gaza into Israeli cities on Oct 7 killing 1,200 and taking 253 hostages.
Within the newest combating, Israel bombarded components of town of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, districts of Gaza Metropolis within the north, and areas within the Al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, residents mentioned.
Witnesses mentioned tanks pummelled areas round Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, the most important hospital nonetheless functioning in southern Gaza.
To get higher entry to the frontlines, Palestinian medics say they’ve shaped subject medical factors, as reaching the fallen and the wounded in Khan Younis has grow to be more and more troublesome amid avenue battles and artillery strikes.
“There’s numerous accidents among the many displaced who have been within the industrial quarter and a few faculties,” mentioned the Head of the Emergency Unit at Nasser Hospital, Nassim Hassan, “most of the injured left loaded on carts, tuk-tuks, vehicles and even on foot”.
Numerous displaced households have been sheltering in a warehouse-like constructing on the Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis, cowering in worry as gunfire rattles outdoors, video from the Palestine Purple Crescent Society confirmed.
The Purple Crescent mentioned on Tuesday Israeli forces had stormed the hospital and requested displaced folks and employees to evacuate at gunpoint. An Israeli army spokesperson denied this.
Israel’s army mentioned its forces had killed no less than 25 Palestinian militants in Gaza previously 24 hours, and that three Israeli troopers had been killed in battle. Some 224 Israeli troops have now been killed through the floor offensive.