Israeli ground offensive expands into urban refugee camps

Palestinian fighters put up stiff resistance and managed to destroy various Israel military materiel as can be seen here in this photo.
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Israeli forces have expanded their ground offensive into urban refugee camps in central Gaza, intensifying their bombardment of crowded Palestinian communities and issuing evacuation orders.

The ongoing Israeli offensive is regarded as one of the most devastating military campaigns in recent history.

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According to the Health Ministry in Gaza, over 20,900 Palestinians have been killed, with two-thirds being women and children.

In the last 24 hours alone, 240 people were reported killed.

The U.N. human rights office reported that the continued bombardment of central Gaza has claimed over 100 Palestinian lives since Christmas Eve.

Israel announced it would no longer grant automatic visas to U.N. employees, accusing the world body of being “complicit partners” in Hamas’ tactics.

Visa requests will now be considered on a case-by-case basis, potentially further limiting aid efforts in Gaza.

Residents in central Gaza reported intense shelling and airstrikes in the Nuseirat, Maghazi, and Bureij camps, where Palestinians displaced during the 1948 war and their descendants reside.

Paltel, Gaza’s main telecom provider, declared a telecom outage, adding to similar outages during the conflict. NetBlocks, a group monitoring internet outages, confirmed disrupted network connectivity in Gaza, leaving most residents offline.

Senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan mentioned proposals from several countries to resolve the conflict, including an Egyptian proposal for a transitional Palestinian government in both Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

However, specific details of these proposals were not provided.

Over 85% of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have been displaced, with a quarter of the population facing starvation under Israel’s siege. Despite a recent U.N. Security Council call to expedite aid deliveries, there has been little observable change.

In a declared safe zone, a strike hit a home in Mawasi, a rural area in Khan Younis, resulting in one woman killed and at least eight wounded.

At the Kerem Shalom border crossing, a truck carrying about 80 unidentified bodies, held by Israeli forces in northern Gaza, was unloaded and buried in a mass grave.

Dr. Marwan al-Hams, health emergency committee director in Rafah, stated that the health and justice ministries would investigate the bodies for potential “war crimes.”

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