Israel Stays Strong in Gaza: Latest News on Conflict and Global Reactions
Israel remains determined in Gaza despite global pressure. Ongoing conflict raises concerns. Get the latest on the deadly ambush and international reactions.
Israel remains committed to its military campaign in Gaza, vowing to continue until Hamas is defeated, even in the face of one of the deadliest battles of the war. This determination persists amid escalating international calls for a cease-fire and growing discomfort expressed by its ally, the United States.
Watch: Hamas terrorists with stockpiles of weapons exit a hospital in Gaza.
Hamas is intentionally endangering the lives of innocents in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/9Y9rMCFoCx— Israel ישראל ???????? (@Israel) December 14, 2023
Challenges and International Concerns:
The recent deadly ambush in Gaza City, one of the severely affected areas, highlighted Hamas' resilience, raising doubts about Israel's ability to neutralize the group without extensive damage to the entire territory. Support for Hamas among Palestinians has surged, partly due to the group's steadfast resistance against a more powerful adversary. The United States has expressed increasing unease over civilian casualties, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan visiting Israel amidst heightened tensions.
Prime Minister's Defiant Stance:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international pressure and civilian casualties, has unequivocally declared Israel's commitment to fight until the end. Despite acknowledging the challenges and global scrutiny, Netanyahu affirmed that "nothing will stop us" in achieving their goals.
Deadly Ambush and Ongoing Ground Offensive:
The deadly ambush occurred in the dense neighborhood of Shijaiyah, a location previously marred by significant conflict during the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas. The toll included two high-ranking officers, bringing the total number of soldiers killed in the ground offensive, initiated on October 27, to 116. Shijaiyah and surrounding areas have witnessed intense fighting, with many residents refusing evacuation orders, expressing concerns about safety and potential displacement.
Arrests and Military Operations in the North:
Recent military footage from northern Gaza showcased numerous men exiting a damaged building with their hands raised. The military described them as suspected militants, part of operations to locate Hamas fighters. Reports from the Health Ministry in Gaza indicated arrests, including medical workers and patients, during Israeli forces' raids on the Kamal Adwan Hospital, further intensifying the situation.
Civilian Toll and Humanitarian Crisis:
The air and ground assault, responding to Hamas' earlier attack in October, has resulted in over 18,600 Palestinian casualties, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza. The distinction between civilian and combatant deaths remains unclear, with thousands feared dead beneath the rubble. Nearly 1.9 million Palestinians have been displaced, seeking refuge amidst ongoing strikes, while severe weather compounds the challenges faced by displaced families.
Rising Support for Hamas:
Contrary to expectations, the hardships and conflict have not turned Palestinians against Hamas. A recent poll indicated increased support for the militant group in the West Bank and Gaza, highlighting the complex dynamics of Palestinian sentiment. Despite opposition to attacks on civilians, many view Hamas as resisting Israel's long-standing occupation.
International Response and Ongoing Struggles:
International calls for a cease-fire persist, with the U.N. struggling to distribute humanitarian aid due to the conflict's expansion. Israel's sealing off of Gaza has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis, prompting makeshift tent camps and overcrowded shelters. While Israel aims to dismantle Hamas, the group's support has grown, underscoring the intricate challenges faced in the pursuit of peace.