Gaza faces renewed airstrikes as Israel accuses Hamas of truce violation
SHAH ALAM - Israel’s military said it had reinitiated combat against Hamas in Gaza after accusing the Palestinian fighters of violating a seven-day temporary truce by firing toward Israeli territory.
The seven-day truce between Israel and Gaza, beginning Nov 24 and extended twice, facilitated the exchange of several hostages for Palestinian prisoners and enabled humanitarian aid delivery into Gaza. In the final hour before the truce's 7am expiration, Israel reported intercepting a rocket from Gaza.
Additional rocket warning sirens sounded in Israeli areas near Gaza shortly before the deadline, according to the Israeli military.
Following the truce expiry, Palestinian media reported Israeli air and artillery strikes in Gaza.
Hamas did not immediately comment or claim responsibility for the rocket launches.
Here’s what is to know about the situation on Dec 1, 2023:
Diplomatic Developments: During the truce, 105 hostages and 240 Palestinian prisoners were exchanged, involving diverse nationalities. Qatar and Egypt attempted to extend the truce, facing diplomatic challenges.
Civilian Protection and Aid: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticised the limited aid flow into Gaza and urged Israel to protect civilians before further military action.
Measures include safeguarding infrastructure and creating safe zones.
Humanitarian Situation: Despite increased fuel and supply deliveries, Gaza faces shortages in food, water, medical supplies, and fuel. An emergency meeting led by Jordan's King Abdullah called for improved aid access.
Prisoner Exchange: The resumption of hostilities saw Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Prime Minister Netanyahu linked these actions to Hamas’s failure to release captives. A recent exchange involved the release of 30 Palestinian prisoners and eight Israeli captives.
Impact on Gaza: Gaza has experienced widespread destruction, with social media images showing severe damage. Reports indicate heavy clashes and significant destruction, especially in Khan Younis.
Continued Diplomatic Efforts: Diplomacy continues as Israel and Hamas negotiate an extension of the humanitarian pause, with Egypt and Qatar mediating. Blinken expressed frustration over the aid situation during his Middle East visit, also condemning settler attacks in the West Bank.
International Involvement: Israeli President Herzog appealed to UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at COP28 in Dubai to use his influence for the release of Israeli captives.
The situation in Gaza remains fluid, with diplomatic efforts ongoing amid concerns for civilian welfare and renewed fighting.