Israeli Airstrikes Devastate Northern Gaza, Displacing Thousands

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza displace hundreds, as conflict escalates, causing massive destruction and casualties. Hospitals struggle to cope, and calls grow for ceasefire and Netanyahu's resignation.

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Muhammad Jawad
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Israeli Airstrikes Devastate Northern Gaza, Displacing Thousands

Israeli Airstrikes Devastate Northern Gaza, Displacing Thousands

Israeli warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, targeting the areas of Beit Lahia, Beit Hanoun, and the vicinity of the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing. The attacks compelled scores of Palestinian civilians to flee their homes, seeking refuge in the Jabaliya refugee camp.

In addition to the airstrikes, Israeli artillery shelled these areas, causing further destruction and displacement. The occupation forces also uprooted thousands of Palestinian olive, orange, and lemon trees in Beit Hanoun. While the exact number of casualties from the latest attack remains unclear, the UN's Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, reported that nearly 600,000 people have been internally displaced in Gaza due to the ongoing conflict.

Before and after images reveal the extent of the devastation in the cities of Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia. The Israeli military conducted a brief ground raid in northern Gaza, which they claimed was intended to "prepare the battlefield" for a potential full-scale ground invasion.

Why this matters: The escalating violence in Gaza has resulted in a staggering loss of life and widespread destruction, with the majority of casualties being Palestinian civilians, including a high number of children and women. The international community has expressed growing concern over the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the middle east, as the conflict shows no signs of abating.

According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, at least 54 Palestinians were killed and 104 others injured by Israeli indiscriminate bombings in the Gaza Strip in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Gaza since October 7 to at least 34,151, including 14,520 children and 10,000 women, with 77,084 others injured. The Civil Defense Service in Gaza reported finding a mass grave containing 283 bodies in Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis, from which the Israeli army had withdrawn after widespread violations.

As the Israeli bombardment from air, land, and sea continues, Palestinian hospitals are struggling to cope with the influx of wounded patients. The Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza has had to set up operating rooms in corridors and waiting areas due to the main surgical theaters being full. Doctors are working around the clock to save lives, but face challenges such as power cuts, dwindling medical supplies, and the constant threat of further airstrikes.

The conflict between Israel and the Hamas militant group has resulted in the deaths of over 6,500 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis, according to official sources. The situation remains dire, with Israel ordering over a million people in northern Gaza to evacuate their homes and the bombardment causing significant damage to the area's infrastructure, including a cancer treatment facility. As Passover began, Israeli hostage supporters and anti-government demonstrators protested, calling for a deal to free captives and for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.

Key Takeaways

  • Israeli airstrikes and shelling in northern Gaza displaced hundreds of Palestinians.
  • Israeli forces uprooted thousands of Palestinian olive, orange, and lemon trees.
  • Nearly 600,000 Palestinians have been internally displaced in Gaza due to the conflict.
  • Palestinian hospitals struggle to cope with influx of wounded amid power cuts and supply shortages.