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‘Nowhere is safe’ in Gaza as Israel presses ground offensive

Concerns are emerging about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in south Gaza, where Israel is widening its campaign.
Israeli military tanks roll near the border with the Gaza Strip, amid continuing battles between Israel and Hamas, Dec. 5, 2023.

Israel is pressing ahead with its ground offensive in south Gaza despite growing concerns of the deteriorating humanitarian situation.

About 900 Palestinians have been killed since Israel resumed its offensive on the Gaza Strip after the collapse of a seven-day cease-fire last Friday, according to the Hamas-run Ministry of Health in Gaza.

On Tuesday, at least 40 people were killed in a series of Israeli airstrikes in Khan Yunis, Gaza’s second-largest city in the south. Dozens of Israeli tanks and personnel carriers reached the vicinity of the city on Monday, where the Israeli army claims Hamas’ leadership is hiding.

Israel launched a major offensive against the Gaza Strip Oct. 7 to eliminate Hamas following its surprise assault on south Israel, during which militants killed around 1,200 people and took another 240 hostage. Since then, more than 15,899 Palestinians — 70% of them women and children — have been killed in Gaza, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.

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