Humanitarian organizations are advocating for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Medical experts are sounding the alarm, stating that the Israeli-imposed fuel blockade could result in the deaths of numerous vulnerable individuals, including infants and the injured, in medical facilities. Recent reports from an aid agency indicate that the conflict has already claimed the lives of approximately 2,000 children in Gaza in recent weeks.
The situation has further intensified as Israel amplifies its aerial bombardment in the region. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced on Monday that Israel is gearing up for a comprehensive assault on Hamas, the militant organization that governs Gaza. This operation will encompass air, ground, and naval forces.
In retaliation to the terror attacks on October 7 by Hamas, which resulted in the deaths of around 1,400 individuals, predominantly civilians, and the abduction of over 200 people, Israel’s leadership has pledged to neutralize Hamas. On a positive note, two elderly Israeli women, previously held captive, were released by Hamas on Monday. This move comes amidst mounting international pressure to ensure the safe return of all abductees to Israel.
Within the confines of Gaza, which faces a near-complete blockade, Israeli airstrikes have wreaked havoc. Entire neighborhoods have been obliterated, with homes, educational institutions, and places of worship reduced to rubble. Recent drone footage captured by CNN on Monday provides a grim overview of the devastation, showcasing flattened streets in the al-Rimal area of Gaza City and the demolished al-Zahra towers in central Gaza.