BREAKING: ISRAEL FORCED PALESTINIANS TO MOVE TO THE SOUTH OF GAZA BUT ARE NOW BOMBING RESIDENTIAL IN THE SOUTH pic.twitter.com/M5N6BoUckO
— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) December 2, 2023
AN ENTIRE RESIDENTIAL BLOCK WIPED OUT.
Between 300 and 1000 dead, mostly women and children. South Gaza is where they told people to flee.
— FREE PALESTINE (@missfalsteenia) December 2, 2023
Well, yeah, this is what I said they were going to do when they ended the ceasefire.
Fighting in Gaza City is difficult, and they’re really having a hard time with it.
Bombing refugees is very easy, however. It’s pretty much the easiest thing ever.
And the whole point of this “operation” seems to be to just kill as many people as possible.
Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip sought shelter in an ever-shrinking area of the south on Sunday as Israel stepped up its bombing from air, sea and land across the enclave.
Bombardments were concentrated on Khan Younis and Rafah in the south, residents said. Hospitals were struggling to cope with the flow of wounded, they said.
The renewed warfare followed the collapse on Friday of a seven-day pause in the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants to allow an exchange of Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners.
It took place despite growing calls from the United States – Israel’s closest ally – for Israel to avoid further harm to Palestinian civilians.
More than 15,400 have been killed as of Sunday, according to the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics, in nearly two months of warfare that broke out after a Hamas cross-border raid on southern Israel on Oct. 7 in which 1,200 Israelis were killed and more than 200 taken hostage.
Israel says it is acting to annihilate Hamas, saying it poses a mortal threat to the Jewish state’s very existence. The present war has become the bloodiest episode in the decades-old wider Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Gaza residents said on Sunday they feared an Israeli ground offensive on the southern areas was imminent. Tanks had cut off the road between Khan Younis and Deir Al-Balah in central Gaza, effectively dividing the Gaza Strip into three areas, they said.
The Israeli military issued a statement ordering Palestinians to immediately evacuate half a dozen areas in and around Khan Younis. It posted a map highlighting shelters they should go to west of Khan Younis and south towards Rafah, on the border with Egypt.
But residents said that areas they had been told to go to were themselves coming under attack.
Israeli tanks were shelling the eastern sector of Rafah on Sunday morning, residents said. There was no immediate comment from Israel on that development.
There was hardly any space for more displaced people in the south after hundreds of thousands had fled the Israeli ground invasion in the north of the enclave, the residents said.
Why doesn’t the UN do something?
Shouldn’t the UN sanction the United States somehow, for paying for this?
No one is doing anything.
How are we all just sitting here watching this and doing nothing?
⚡During the past 24 hours, the Israeli army committed many massacres in all governorates of the #Gaza Strip through violent bombardment by combat aircraft on the homes of safe citizens without warning.
This comes within the genocidal war it is committing against the… pic.twitter.com/EGhQe77xi1
— Megatron (@Megatron_ron) December 3, 2023
Elvis Dunderhoff contributed to this article.