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Israel vs Palestine: Israel and Hamas end 2023 locked in a war that will extend to 2024


The war between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas reaches its 86th day on the last day of 2023, an escalation that promises to extend for several months of the following year, while the humanitarian crisis worsens increasingly in the Gaza Strip, where there are already more than 21,000 dead.

This Sunday, Israeli troops continued their offensive by air, land and sea along the entire length of the Palestinian enclave: in the north, they consolidated their control, while in the south, where Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in the region, is believed to be hiding. Strip, attacks increased.

On the outskirts of Gaza City, “a vehicle with terrorists inside approached the troops,” so it was attacked from the air and the people on board were “eliminated,” an Army spokesperson said.

In Beit Lahia, also in the north of the enclave, Israeli forces “identified three terrorists” entering a building, which was bombed, he added.

Nearby, in the Shati refugee camp, Israeli troops “found a kindergarten where there was terrorist infrastructure, including explosive devices” that were neutralized, the source explained, adding that a fighter jet attacked a military complex “from which the terrorists had detonated an explosive device”.

In the south of the enclave, soldiers discovered two tunnel mouths and in Khan Younis, the main militant stronghold in the area, “they identified three terrorists and led an airstrike that killed one of them. The remaining two terrorists were then killed.” identified between buildings with a portable anti-tank rocket launcher and an Israel Defense Forces tank fired at them,” said the military spokesperson.

During the night, fighter jets attacked “dozens of terrorist targets, including military compounds, terrorist infrastructure and a tunnel,” while “Israeli naval forces” did the same, he added.

The war broke out on October 7 after a massive attack by Hamas that included the launching of rockets and the simultaneous infiltration of some 3,000 militiamen who massacred some 1,200 people and kidnapped another 250 in towns near Gaza.

On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured that the war – which has left 504 soldiers dead, including 170 in the ground incursion – “will last several more months”, while continuing without giving details on how to free the hostages yet. captives in the Strip nor does it specify what Israel’s post-war plan is.

The Israeli Army has maintained a strong offensive by air, land and sea against the Palestinian enclave, where more than 21,600 Palestinians have died, most of them children and women, in addition to another 7,000 missing under the rubble, according to the Ministry of Defense. Gaza health, under Hamas control.

Arguing that Hamas uses civilian infrastructure for its military operations, Israel has bombed homes, schools, hospitals, temples, water treatment and supply plants, as well as telecommunications or energy supply facilities.

The war has also left some 1.9 million displaced people in Gaza, 85% of the strip’s population, who live in the midst of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis due to the collapse of hospitals, the outbreak of Pandemics and the shortage of drinking water, food, medicine, electricity and fuel.

C.T.

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