Israeli Attacks on Gaza Kill Nearly 35,000 Since October 2023

Israeli military intensifies ground and air offensives in Gaza, killing 21 Palestinians and injuring dozens. The conflict has resulted in 35,000 Palestinian deaths and 78,600 injuries since October 2023.

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Bijay Laxmi
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Israeli Attacks on Gaza Kill Nearly 35,000 Since October 2023

Israeli Attacks on Gaza Kill Nearly 35,000 Since October 2023

Since October 7, 2023, Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have resulted in catastrophic consequences, with nearly 35,000 Palestinians killed and over 78,000 injured. The conflict has devastated the lives of residents, including bodybuilder Hamza Ibrahim and athletes Abdullah Masala and Aseel Al-Balawi, who struggle to maintain their physical health and pursue their passions amidst the destruction and blockade.

Why this matters: The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has far-reaching implications for regional stability and global human rights, with the potential to spark further conflict and displacement. The international community's response to this crisis will set a precedent for addressing similar conflicts and humanitarian emergencies worldwide.

The Israeli military intensified its ground and air offensives across all governorates of Gaza on Saturday. Israeli warplanes have been pounding the territory since Friday night, with at least 21 Palestinians killed and dozens injured in the central governorate alone. In Al-Zawaida, an airstrike on a residence killed nine Palestinians, including five children and three women. Similar deadly strikes occurred in Al-Maghazi camp, Al-Masdar, and the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood.

The Israeli army urged residents of neighborhoods in Rafah to relocate to the "expanded humanitarian zone in Al-Mawasi," a predominantly non-residential area with limited infrastructure. Clashes between Palestinian fighters and Israeli forces have been ongoing in the east of Rafah. The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, announced that it had carried out a series of attacks against Israeli soldiers and military vehicles in the area.

The conflict has precipitated a severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Vast swathes of the territory lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water, and medicine. Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice, with an interim ruling in January stating it is "plausible" that Tel Aviv is committing genocide in Gaza. The court ordered Israel to stop such acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has a long and complex history, with the Gaza Strip being a focal point of tensions for decades. Israel captured Gaza from Egypt in the 1967 Six-Day War and withdrew its troops and settlers in 2005. However, Israel maintains tight control over Gaza's borders, airspace, and coastline, leading to a blockade that has crippled the economy and living conditions for its 2 million residents. Hamas, an Islamist militant group, has controlled Gaza since 2007 and engaged in several wars with Israel.

The death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 2023 has reached a staggering 35,000, with the vast majority being Palestinian civilians, including women and children. Over 78,600 others have been injured in the relentless bombardment. As the international community calls for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian assistance, the people of Gaza continue to suffer under the weight of a devastating conflict with no end in sight.

Key Takeaways

  • 35,000 Palestinians killed, 78,000 injured in Israeli attacks on Gaza since Oct 2023.
  • Israeli military intensifies ground and air offensives across Gaza governorates.
  • Residents of Rafah urged to relocate to "humanitarian zone" amid clashes and airstrikes.
  • Gaza faces severe humanitarian crisis with blockade of food, water, and medicine.
  • International community calls for immediate ceasefire and humanitarian assistance.