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Gaza residents ‘fleeing their homes’ as Israeli ground forces join the offensive
Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa The IDF says its ground forces have joined the offensive against Hamas in Gaza, a major escalation of the conflict that is likely to kill many more. The Israel Defense Forces announced the attack in a tweet: Ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip. Amid conflicting statements from the IDF on whether or not troops were on the ground in Gaza, military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus later said they didn’t were not “inside the Gaza Strip” but “carrying out strikes against targets.” in the Gaza Strip. As the death toll in Gaza climbed to 109, far higher than that of Israeli citizens, according to health officials there, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern statement vowing not to let go. ” I said that we would be charging Hamas and the rest of the terrorist organizations a very high price. We are doing it and we will continue to do it with great strength. The last word has not been said and this operation will continue for as long as it takes to restore peace and security in the State of Israel, ”Netanyahu said after the announcement of the ground operations. Israel’s offensive against the predominantly Muslim nation comes on the feast of Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest feasts in the faith, which marks the end of Ramadan. The day was supposed to start with morning prayers for Eid al-Fitr, but instead, the people of Gaza literally found themselves caught in the crossfire as Israeli forces bombarded the area with airstrikes and shells. artillery targeting Hamas militants. formidable, “said Rushdi Abu Alouf, a 42-year-old journalist in Gaza.” In about an hour and a half the airstrikes started from the air, water and planes… sounds of explosions heavy, smoke everywhere, about 150 shots in 2-3 minutes. Lots of families [are] evacuate to United Nations schools. People are fleeing their homes, “he told the Daily Beast.” It’s so difficult. My children are awake and it is 2 a.m. Children should sleep. But I don’t think anyone is sleeping in Gaza. The sounds of strikes and explosions are very difficult and no one can sleep tonight. I think it will be perhaps one of the most difficult nights for Gaza since the 2014 war. ”The two sides have waged more and more air wars against each other since the fighting erupted On Monday, Hamas firing more than 1,500 rockets at Israel and Israel leveling airstrikes. against Hamas, including several on Thursday. Israel claims to have killed more than 30 Hamas militants and hit more than 600 targets. Palestinian officials 27 children were killed in Gaza. Hospitals in the region have been overwhelmed by a combination of people injured in the airstrikes and those infected with COVID-19. A similar Israeli offensive launched in 2014 left more than 2,000 dead. Although the conflict between Israel and Palestine over the territory is almost as old as the modern state of Israel itself, recent clashes began when the Israeli police violently stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. , one of the holiest in Islam, during Ramadan prayers on Monday. Authorities fired stun grenades and tear gas into the mosque. Palestinian activists had planned a protest march and more than 300 people were injured. More than 200 Palestinians had to be hospitalized for their injuries. The march came in response to plans by the Israeli government to evict dozens of Palestinians from their homes in the predominantly Arab eastern area of Jerusalem and to hand the homes over to the Israelis. Israeli cities in episodes of localized violence that authorities still struggle to contain.Despite world leaders calling for an end to the violence, including US President Joe Biden, Israel has signaled it was not quite ready for mediation. “We are in the midst of our offensive, it is becoming more and more powerful and growing, because there are many things we want to accomplish in this operation,” Israeli Minister of Colonial Affairs Tzachi Hanegbi said on Thursday. IDF radio. : Whole families are under the rubble in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza pic.twitter.com/N50oTyacbL— Muhammad Smiry 🇵🇸 (@MuhammadSmiry) May 13, 2021 Read more from The Daily Beast. Get our best stories in your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.