The Israel-Hamas conflict is now in its 38th day, with ongoing developments impacting both sides. This article provides a summary of the key events on this day, focusing on casualties, military actions, the situation in Gaza’s hospitals, diplomatic efforts, and attacks in the West Bank.
Casualties and Fighting:
– The Ministry of Health in Gaza has been unable to provide updated casualty figures due to the collapse of medical centers and communication services. According to the government media office in Gaza, the death toll stands at 11,100, including over 8,000 women and children.
– At least seven people were killed in an Israeli air raid near Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
– Two Israeli soldiers lost their lives, and one was severely injured during clashes with Palestinian fighters in Gaza.
– Israel conducted airstrikes on Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon in response to antitank missiles that wounded Israelis near the border.
Situation in Gaza’s Hospitals:
– Due to a fuel shortage, Gaza’s second-largest hospital, al-Quds, had to cease operations.
– Three nurses were killed at al-Shifa Hospital, which is struggling to bury bodies and has closed its doors to new patients.
– The World Health Organization has managed to reestablish communication with al-Shifa Hospital’s staff.
– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alleged that Hamas rejected an offer of fuel for al-Shifa Hospital. However, Hamas denied any involvement in the hospital’s management and refuted the claim.
– In memory of colleagues killed in Gaza, flags were lowered to half-mast at six UN offices across East Asia.
– US President Joe Biden had a conversation with Qatar’s Emir, discussing the protection of civilians and the need for humanitarian aid in Gaza.
– Hamas announced the suspension of hostage negotiations due to Israel’s handling of al-Shifa Hospital.
Attacks in the West Bank:
– Israeli forces fatally shot a man in Hebron while he was driving his vehicle. The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that at least 186 Palestinians have been killed in the occupied West Bank since October 7.
As the Israel-Hamas conflict reaches its 38th day, casualties continue to rise, hospitals face operational struggles, and diplomatic efforts aim to address the crisis. The situation in Gaza remains dire, with frequent airstrikes and a shortage of medical resources. Furthermore, attacks in the West Bank contribute to the overall tension and violence in the region. Urgent calls for a ceasefire and a long-lasting resolution to the conflict remain imperative.