“ASignificant strikes are underway (…) and will continue tonight and in the coming days,” said Israel Defense Forces spokesman Daniel Hagari, asserting that Israeli forces operating in the territory “have cut it in two : South Gaza and North Gaza”.
Shortly before, the Hamas government had reported “intense shelling” around several hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip, where internet and telephone lines were cut.
The bombings occurred mainly near the al-Shifa hospital, the largest in the Gaza Strip, according to the same source.
After 30 days of war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic movement, the siege of the northern part of the territory and its separation from the southern Gaza Strip is an important step in the operation carried out by Israeli forces, highlighted Hagari.
“We still allow the passage of civilians from the north of Gaza and Gaza City to the south,” he added, while 300,000 to 400,000 people are still in the north of this tight territory of 2.4 million inhabitants where the humanitarian situation is considered catastrophic.
Since mid-October, Israel has ordered civilians to evacuate the north of the territory, where the fighting is most intense, to the south. Today, the Israeli army once again released messages to this effect in the sky over Gaza.
The war was triggered after attacks on Israel by the Islamist movement Hamas, which on October 7 killed around 1,400 people in Israeli territory and kidnapped more than two hundred.
In retaliation, Israel has attacked the Gaza Strip daily from the air and on land, which, according to the Ministry of Health in the territory controlled by Hamas, has already caused more than 9,700 deaths.
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