As the tension between the two is intensifying the death toll has exceeded the number of casualties ever recorded in previous four clashes between the two.
Now on Saturday, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the two regions have entered a second stage of war with more attacks into Gaza from ground, sea and air. He insisted on war as a fight for the survival of his own homeland, referring to this situation as a ‘do or die’ situation for the country.
The military further said that it will be gradually expanding its ground operations in Gaza, proceeding with different stages of war according to an organized plan from their military, informed the Chief Military spokesperson.
Early Sunday morning on, Israel carried out airstrikes near Gaza’s largest hospital filled with patients and Palestinies who were seeking shelter there and accused Hamas as using it as their base.
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Communication networks cut off in Gaza
The cellular and internet services were cut from the city premises after intense bombardment from the Israeli side isolating 2.3 million people in the besieged enclave. But now the communication system within the territory has been restored in the city with resurgence in online connectivity on Sunday, 29 October 2023. Palestinians were extremely traumatized with bombardment from Israel’s side and struggled in contacting their families due to disruption in the communication system. With gradual return of communication facilities they are now connecting with their known.
However, as informed by the Ministry spokesperson in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra to the media that this disruption or loss of connectivity and communication had completely paralyzed the city’s health network, imposing another hardship for people of in this tough time of war and connectivity.
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No scope for ceasefire in Israel-Hamas conflict
Although the United Nations had asked for a ceasefire in this conflict from Israel’s side, no sight for such a ceasefire can be seen in near future as Netanyahu during his speech clearly mentioned that their country’s heroic soldiers have only one aim, that is to destroy their enemies and ensure our existence in the land.
For peace compensation, Hamas top leader has said that Palestinian military group is ready to release all the Israelis kept as hostages in order to release all Palestinie kept in Israel’s prison. However, Israeli military spokesman, Hagari has dismissed this and regarded it as psychological terror. Family members of the victims had met the Prime Minister Natanyahu on Saturday and expressed their support for the exchange of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prison.
Netanyahu too emphasized that he is determined to bring all the hostages and mentions that this expanding ground raids will help the country in bringing back these people kept as hostages in Palestine.
The death toll for the Palestinians has already soared past 7700 people with a major number of victims being minors as informed by the Health Ministry. Rising concern over this, World Health Organization (WHO) has appealed in the name of humanity to stop this fight now to all those who have the power to mediate between this. WHO Informed that every hour there are more wounded people and ambulances and other medical services cannot reach on time due to communication disruption in the area. More than half of people who died are women and children and cemeteries have become overwhelmed with piling up of dead bodies.
There has been huge bloodshed and sparks fear of instability in the Arab world, while war is getting a setback from US and its Allies and other countries trying to make a peace deal between the two regions.