Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that the Israeli military would attack Hamas with force “like never before,” as the militant group threatened to kill civilian hostages if airstrikes targeted Gaza without warning.
Following Hamas’ devastating surprise attack on Israeli territory over the weekend, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant also ordered a “complete siege” of Gaza on Monday and said he would stop the supply of electricity, food, water and fuel. to the Palestinian enclave.
Attacks in Gaza: The air strikes have been Israel’s main retaliatory measure was inside Gaza itself, with planes repeatedly bombing the densely populated 140-square-mile coastal strip, turning multiple buildings into rubble, displacing tens of thousands of people and sending waves of wounded Palestinians to overwhelmed hospitals. .
An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman said they had been attacking Hamas, destroying around 800 targets and killing “hundreds” of fighters, wounding thousands and capturing dozens more.
Most of those arriving at Gaza hospitals have suffered second- and third-degree burns and amputations, a spokesman for the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza told the Palestinian Shihab Agency news agency on Monday. Many have also suffered shrapnel wounds, Ashraf al-Qidra said.
Those seeking hospital care are mainly women and children, al-Qidra said, adding that this is “the result of Israelis directly attacking homes and residential buildings.”
Access to medical care has been complicated by Israel’s power outage in the territory, threatening the “lives of hundreds” of the wounded, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said.
The ministry later said that all services at the only functioning hospital in the Beit Hanoun neighborhood of Gaza were suspended due to continued Israeli airstrikes, blocking the ability of medical teams to enter or leave the building. Nine ambulances have been attacked since Saturday, the ministry added.
“Massacre” in refugee camps: Israeli airstrikes targeted the Shati and Jabalia refugee camps in Gaza on Monday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, describing the attack as a “massacre against the entire neighborhood.”
The ministry said bodies were still being recovered after the attacks killed a “large number” of people. No death toll has been provided.
Meanwhile, Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila urged the international community to stop “the aggression” against medical facilities and equipment in Gaza.
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