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Is­rael con­tin­ues at­tacks throughout Gaza amid on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions – The Occasions Of Earth

By Adel Zaanoun with Stuart White in Jerusalem AFP

Israel carried out contemporary strikes on Gaza Sunday as its leaders got here below rising strain to safe the discharge of hostages nonetheless held within the Hamas-run territory greater than two months after the October 7 assaults.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confronted protests on Saturday by family members of hostages who known as for an pressing deal to safe their freedom after the military admitted mistakenly killing three captives in Gaza.

The trio have been amongst an estimated 250 folks taken hostage throughout Hamas’s October 7 raids into Israel, which additionally killed about 1,140 folks, in response to the Israeli authorities’ newest figures.

In line with Hamas, Israel’s retaliatory offensive in Gaza has killed 18,800 folks, largely girls and kids.

At a protest in Tel Aviv on Saturday, family members of hostages gathered to plead with the federal government for a deal.

“Take us into consideration and give you a plan now (for negotiation),” mentioned Noam Perry, daughter of hostage Haim Perry, on the protest.

Greater than 100 of the Israelis and foreigners seized by Hamas and different militants on October 7 have been launched in change for 240 Palestinian prisoners throughout a week-long truce final month, mediated by Qatar.

Netanyahu doubled down on his battle effort on Saturday, telling reporters of the three hostages’ deaths: “It broke my coronary heart. It broke the entire nation’s coronary heart.”

“With all of the deep sorrow, I wish to make clear: the navy strain is important each for the return of the kidnapped and for reaching victory over our enemies,” he added.

On Sunday, in response to the Hamas-run well being ministry in Gaza, at the least 12 folks have been killed in Israeli strikes on the central metropolis of Deir al-Balah.

Witnesses additionally reported Israeli air and artillery strikes on the southern municipality of Bani Suhaila east of Khan Yunis, the Gaza Strip’s second metropolis.

On Saturday, Netanyahu appeared to handle Qatari efforts in direction of a brand new truce.

“We’ve critical criticisms of Qatar, about which I suppose you’ll hear in the end, however proper now we try to finish the restoration of our hostages,” he mentioned.

In an announcement, Qatar reaffirmed on Saturday its “ongoing diplomatic efforts to resume the humanitarian pause”.

However Hamas mentioned on Telegram it was “towards any negotiations for the change of prisoners till the aggression towards our folks ceases fully”.

US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin mentioned late Saturday he was travelling to Israel, Bahrain and Qatar to focus on Washington’s “commitments to strengthening regional safety and stability”.

Information platform Axios mentioned Israeli spy chief David Barnea met Friday in an unspecified European location with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, who helped negotiate the sooner truce.

–  ‘Starvation, illness, weak immunity’ –

Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has left a lot of the territory in ruins, with the UN estimating 1.9 million Gazans have been displaced by the battle.

The UN mentioned this week that starvation and desperation have been driving folks to grab humanitarian assist being delivered to Gaza, warning of a “breakdown of civil order”.

Worldwide assist organisations have struggled to get provides to determined Gazans.

“I’d not be stunned if folks begin dying of starvation, or a mixture of starvation, illness, weak immunity,” mentioned Philippe Lazzarini, the pinnacle of the UN company for Palestinian refugees.

The company reported a “extended communications blackout” throughout Gaza that began on Thursday evening and has continued over the previous 48 hours.

US President Joe Biden, whose administration supplies billions of {dollars} in navy assist to Israel, has voiced rising concern over civilian deaths.

UK International Minister David Cameron and his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock wrote in The Sunday Occasions that the “want is pressing” for a “sustainable ceasefire” in Gaza.

Within the face of mounting worldwide strain, Israel introduced a “momentary measure” to permit assist deliveries on to Gaza by means of the Kerem Shalom border crossing.

Fierce combating raged in Gaza on Saturday, with the Israeli military saying it had raided two faculties which it mentioned have been Hamas hiding locations within the northern Gaza Metropolis.

The Israeli military mentioned Sunday two extra troopers had been killed in Gaza, bringing the whole to 121 since floor operations started in late October.

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem mentioned a Christian mom and daughter have been shot lifeless by an Israeli soldier on the grounds of the Gaza Strip’s solely Catholic church.

Within the metropolis of Khan Yunis, dozens of journalists took half in a funeral for Al Jazeera cameraman Samer Abu Daqqa, who was killed in an Israeli strike, in response to his information organisation.

Greater than 60 journalists and media employees have died for the reason that battle started, in response to the Committee to Shield Journalists.

– Pink Sea disruption –

The battle continues to be felt throughout the Center East and has raised fears of a broader battle.

Israel has exchanged common hearth with militants, primarily the highly effective Iran-backed Hezbollah, throughout its northern border with Lebanon.

The Israeli military mentioned on Saturday a soldier was killed and two others wounded within the Margaliot space on the Lebanese boundary.

A spokesperson confirmed to AFP the casualties have been attributable to a “hostile plane”.

The battle has additionally brought about main disruption to the important thing Pink Sea delivery lane between Asia and Europe, with two extra main corporations saying they have been redirecting their vessels following repeated assaults by Yemeni rebels allied with Hamas.

The motion by Mediterranean Delivery Firm (MSC) and CMA CGM follows related strikes on Friday by Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd.

It comes after Yemen’s Iran-backed Huthi rebels launched repeated assaults on passing vessels in current days.

The rebels additionally launched a wave of 14 one-way assault drones on Saturday, all of which have been “shot down with no injury to ships within the space or reported accidents”, the US navy’s Central Command mentioned.