Apparently heavy fighting in southern Gaza

As of: December 2nd, 2023 7:03 a.m

After the ceasefire ended on Friday, fighting between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas continues. Israel’s military is attacking further Hamas positions – according to media reports, including in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza.

The Israeli military attacked further targets of the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip during the night – apparently also increasingly in the southern part of the area. “We are currently shelling Hamas military targets throughout the Gaza Strip,” said Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus.

According to Israeli media reports, heavy fighting was reported from the south of the sealed-off coastal area. They concentrated on the area around Khan Yunis. Parts of the Hamas leadership are said to be in the city. According to the army, areas with explosive traps were targeted, as well as tunnel shafts, launch pads and Hamas command centers – both in the south and north of Gaza.

The Times of Israel newspaper reported, citing residents of the sealed-off Gaza Strip, that the Israeli military dropped leaflets in the town of Khan Yunis urging residents to flee to Rafah in the south. The Hamas-run health ministry in the Gaza Strip reported almost 200 deaths since fighting resumed on Friday morning. The information cannot be independently verified.

Conflict parties as a source

In the current situation, information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by the Palestinian and Israeli conflict parties cannot be directly verified by an independent body.

Hamas shells central Israel

A seven-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas expired on Friday. Both sides blame each other for not extending the ceasefire. According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the United States, Egypt and Qatar are working to broker a new ceasefire.

According to its own statements, Hamas fired rockets at the center of Israel for the first time again after the end of the week-long break in fighting. According to Israeli figures, around 10,000 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel since the Gaza War began.

Army: “Fight Hamas as long as necessary”

According to a spokesman, Israel’s army has not set a time limit for the Gaza war. “We are determined to fight Hamas for as long as it is necessary,” said army spokesman Conricus: “We have no other choice.” He once again reiterated his country’s war goal of completely destroying the terrorist organization so that it no longer poses a threat to Israel in the future.

The spokesman was reacting to media reports that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had allegedly spoken in his recent talks with the Israeli leadership of three weeks that Israel had to continue the war at its current level. Israeli media reported that Blinken was not sure whether Israel would have the international support to continue fighting with the same intensity as before the ceasefire.

Military confirms death of five hostages

Israel’s military says it has recovered the body of an Israeli who was kidnapped to Gaza. She was recently discovered and brought back to Israel, the army said on Friday. The dead man has been identified. The 27-year-old is said to have been kidnapped from the Supernova music festival to the Gaza Strip on October 7th.

An Israeli military spokesman also confirmed the deaths of four more hostages from the Islamist Hamas. According to media reports, the bodies are still in the Gaza Strip. The military continues to seek more information on the condition of the remaining hostages remaining in the Gaza Strip, the spokesman said.

Björn Dake, ARD Tel Aviv, tagesschau, December 2nd, 2023 6:00 a.m

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