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Israeli Raid Triggers Renewed Exodus in Eastern Khan Younis

In a sudden escalation of conflict in the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces conducted a raid into the eastern part of Khan Younis, causing residents who had only recently returned to flee their homes again. 

This development follows Israel’s recent withdrawal of ground troops from southern Gaza, which had previously seen some of the most intense fighting of the ongoing seven-month conflict.

In other parts of Khan Younis, emergency workers have uncovered additional bodies from what are reported to be mass graves located at the site of the city’s main hospital, which had been abandoned following earlier Israeli operations. 

The recent discoveries have significantly increased the toll, with authorities now reporting a total of 283 bodies recovered from the site this week alone.

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Credits: DepositPhotos – GAZA STRIP, Rafah: Palestinians await permission to enter Egypt as they gather at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on February 14, 2016. — Photo by YAY_Images

The region continues to reel under heavy military activity, with new airstrikes reported in Rafah.

This area has become a major refuge for over half of Gaza’s population, seeking shelter from the ongoing violence.

The conflict reignited with severity on October 7, when Hamas militants launched an attack that resulted in the deaths and capture of Israeli civilians. 

Israel’s subsequent military response has been aimed at decisively defeating Hamas, but the toll on Gaza’s population has been catastrophic. 

Health officials in Gaza report over 34,000 deaths, with many more unaccounted for amidst the ruins.

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The fighting has particularly intensified around medical facilities, with Israeli forces claiming military activities by Hamas within these facilities, a claim that both medical personnel and Hamas deny. 

The controversy intensified following the discovery of mass graves at Nasser hospital, with accusations of executions being carried out and subsequently covered up by Israeli forces, charges that Israel vehemently denies.

Families have begun the grim task of reburial for recovered loved ones. 

The situation remains dire, with ongoing airstrikes and reports of significant infrastructure damage, including strikes in central Gaza that have impaired hospital operations by damaging essential solar panels. 

The international community continues to watch closely as the humanitarian situation unfolds, with many calling for urgent and sustained efforts to bring relief and restore peace to the beleaguered region.

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