Israel attacks Gaza as the UN demands greater assistance

There were reports of continuous airstrikes and bombardments on Friday night as Israel maintained its shelling of the Gaza Strip late into the night.

According to Palestinian media, at least eighteen individuals were murdered in an Israeli airstrike on the Nuseirat refugee camp.

As Israel’s army continued its ground offensive, people in another camp, Bureij, were told to move south.

The UN Security Council passed a resolution in New York calling for increased humanitarian assistance for Gaza.

The motion did not, however, demand an immediate end to hostilities.

The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, said that an airstrike on a house in Nuseirat, central Gaza, resulted in the deaths of at least 18 individuals, several of whom were injured.

According to it, an airstrike additionally damaged a water treatment facility in Jabalia, in northern Gaza.

It was instructed for the people living in Bureij, near Nuseirat, to “depart quickly for their personal security” and head south to Deir al-Balah.

“Where shall we go to?” Over the phone, Ziad, a six-parent family, told the Reuters news agency. He is a medic. “There isn’t a safe place,”

Walaa al-Medini, another displaced person, claimed to be in a wheelchair and to have been hurt in an attack on her Gaza City home.

Without food, drink, or anything else, this is not a life, she told the AFP news agency.

The southern city of Khan Younis was the site of airstrikes, according to the Palestine Red Crescent, not far from its Al-Amal Hospital.

In a message on X, the previous Twitter account, Doctors Without Borders, said that Israel’s indiscriminate bombings on Gaza had left the northern part of the Strip in ruins.

It further stated that nearly every day, new patients continue to come to Khan Younis’ Al-Nasser Hospital, both dead and injured.

Approximately 500,000 people, or 25% of all homes in Gaza, are estimated by the UN World Food Programme to be suffering catastrophic starvation, with food and water running out.

After Hamas fighters entered Israel from Gaza on October 7 and killed 1,200 people while capturing over 240 more, Israel launched its offensive.

Since then, at least 20,000 people have died and 50,000 have been injured in the Gaza Strip, according to the health ministry in Gaza, which is governed by Hamas.

Although Hamas denies operating in heavily populated areas or employing civilians as human shields, the Israeli military showed regret for the deaths of civilians.

A resolution aiming to establish prolonged medical pauses and passageways throughout Gaza was adopted by the UN Security Council.

The US, Israel’s main friend, has been negotiating to prevent a veto for days before the vote.

The phrase now calling for building conditions “for a long-term cessation of hostilities” was supported by the 13 other countries that were part of the council, including the UK, which had abstained from a previous version of the resolution.

The US and Russia chose to abstain.

The parties were required by the resolution to permit, facilitate, and enable the prompt, safe, and unimpeded supply of humanitarian aid on a large scale to the Palestinian people living in the Gaza Strip.

The resolution proposes to designate a coordinator to supervise the establishment of a UN mechanism aimed at expediting the distribution of relief.

In response, Hamas denounced the resolution as “an insufficient step” toward addressing Gazans’ humanitarian needs and said that the US was exerting significant effort to “empty the measure of its essence.”

The resolution demands that all hostages be released immediately and without conditions. Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, an Israeli military spokesman, asked the world’s leaders and international bodies to uphold this decision.

According to UN Secretary General António Guterres, the manner in which Israel is carrying out this offensive is seriously impeding the delivery of aid to Gaza.

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