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Israeli military jets strike Gaza camp, says Hamas commander killed

Israeli military jets strike Gaza camp, says Hamas commander killed
Smoke billows from the northern part of the Gaza Strip as a result of an Israeli airstrike, as seen from Sderot, southern Israel, 30 October 2023. The IDF struck over 600 militant targets over the past few days as it continued to 'expand ground operations' in the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on 30 October. More than 7,600 Palestinians and at least 1,300 Israelis have been killed, according to the IDF and the Palestinian health authority, since Hamas militants launched an attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip on 07 October, and the Israeli operations in Gaza and the West Bank which followed it. (Photo: EPA-EFE / HANNIBAL HANSCHKE)

Israeli airstrikes hit a densely populated refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 50 Palestinians and a Hamas commander, and medics struggled to treat the casualties, even setting up operating rooms in hospital corridors.

  • Progress made to secure passage of American citizens and other foreign nationals who want to leave Gaza, US says
  • US top diplomat Blinken to visit Israel on Friday and make other stops in region

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Emily Rose

Israeli tanks have been active in Gaza for at least four days following weeks of air bombardments in retaliation for an attack by Palestinian Hamas militants on mostly Israeli civilians on Oct. 7 and the taking of more than 200 hostages.

An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) statement said the strike by fighter jets on Jabalia, Gaza’s largest refugee camp, had killed Ibrahim Biari.

“He was very important, I would say even pivotal in the planning and the execution of the October 7 attack against Israel from the northeastern parts of the Gaza Strip,” said IDF spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus.

Dozens of Hamas combatants were in the same underground tunnel complex as Biari and were also killed when it collapsed in the attack, Conricus said.

“And I understand that is also the reason why there are many reports of collateral damage and non-combatant casualties. We’re looking into those as well,” he said.

Palestinian health officials said at least 50 Palestinians were killed in the refugee camp and 150 wounded. Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassem denied any senior commander was there and called the claim an Israeli pretext for killing civilians.

A Hamas statement said there were 400 dead and injured in Jabalia, which houses families of refugees from wars with Israel dating back to 1948. Reuters could not independently verify the reported casualty figures.

The blast left large craters surrounded by wrecked concrete buildings.

Israel has sent repeated warnings to Gaza residents to evacuate northern areas and while many have gone south, many have not.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS ENGULFS GAZA

Power generators in al Shifa Medical complex and the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza will stop in hours, Ashraf Al-Qidra, spokesperson for the health ministry in Gaza said late on Tuesday. He called on petrol stations owners in the enclave to urgently feed the two hospitals with fuel if possible.

In Washington, a group of anti-war protesters raised red-stained hands to interrupt a hearing in Congress on providing more aid to Israel. They shouted slogans including, “Ceasefire now!” “Protect the children of Gaza!” and “Stop funding genocide.” Capitol police removed them from the room.

U.N. and other aid officials said civilians in the besieged Palestinian enclave were engulfed by a public health catastrophe, with hospitals struggling to treat casualties as electricity supplies petered out.

After the attack on Jabalia, dozens of bodies lay shrouded in white, lined up against the side of the Indonesian Hospital, footage obtained by Reuters showed.

Juggling dwindling supplies of medicines, power cuts and air or artillery strikes that have shaken hospital buildings, surgeons in Gaza have worked night and day trying to save a constant stream of patients.

“We take it an hour at a time because we don’t know when we will be receiving patients. Several times we’ve had to set up surgical spaces in the corridors and even sometimes in the hospital waiting areas,” Dr. Mohammed al-Run said.

Iran-backed Hamas has told mediators it will release some foreign captives in coming days, Abu Ubaida, the spokesperson of the group’s armed wing, al-Qassam Brigades, said in a video on the Telegram app on Tuesday. He gave no further details on the number of captives or their nationalities.

Meanwhile, Israeli families of victims of the Oct. 7 attack appealed to the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to order an investigation into the killings and abductions. Israel is not a member of the Hague-based court and refuses to recognise its jurisdiction.

 

“PROGRESS” ON SAFE PASSAGE FOR FOREIGNERS

The United States has made “real progress” in the last few hours in negotiations to secure a safe passage for Americans and other foreign nationals who wish to leave Gaza, U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Israel on Friday for meetings with members of the government there and then make other stops in the region, the department said.

The U.S., Qatar and Egypt have been working to open the Rafah crossing into Egypt to allow people to come and go.

Egyptian authorities would allow 81 Gazans who were severely wounded in the weeks of bombardment to enter Egypt on Wednesday to complete treatment, the Palestinian border authority said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed international calls for a “humanitarian pause” in fighting to enable emergency aid deliveries to civilians suffering from critical shortages of food, medicine, drinking water and fuel.

He has vowed to press ahead with plans to annihilate Hamas after several inconclusive wars dating back to the militant group’s 2007 takeover of Gaza.

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  • Steve Davidson says:

    The Palestinian Holocaust. Oh no, sorry like ‘antisemitism’ it’s a word we’re only allowed to use for Jews. Sorry.

    • George 007 says:

      I was thinking the same thing this morning. A double standard but the bottom line is people are dying.

    • Enver Klein says:

      Come now, Steve. Based on Marc36’s definition of antisemitism, even Norman Finkelstein, who stated: “I don’t like to play before an audience the Holocaust card but, since now I feel compelled to: my late father was in Auschwitz concentration camp. My late mother was in Majdanek concentration camp. Every single member of my family on both sides was exterminated. Both of my parents were in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. And it is precisely and exactly because of the lessons my parents taught me and my two siblings that I will not be silent when Israel commits its crimes against the Palestinians”, is an “antisemite”. Listening to commentary coming from Gaza from MSF (Doctors without Borders), I now “realise” that even they are also “antisemitic”. 😉

  • André Pelser says:

    Hamas hiding amongst civilians presents a conundrum to Israeli forces. Clearly a deliberate tactic by Hamas to capitalise on the inevitable deaths of civilians when there is a strike by the IDF. Why is the international community not more vociferous in condemning the Hamas tactic of using human shields. Hamas does not enjoy the support of the majority of Palestinians, not even of the Arab world. Surely there should be a demand that they not imperil ordinary Palestinians?
    It would appear that part of the IDF strategy is to get the Palestinian people to rise up against Hamas, the root cause of current hardship, but given that more than half the Palestinian population are children, (if the stats are credible), the mounting civilian casualties are bound to outweigh the chances of this strategy working.
    Hamas and other radical, fanatical organisations, aided and abetted by Iran, should be isolated by the majority of the Arab world, already grappling with the Sunni, Shiite divide. Arab states should pressure Hamas to release all hostages, renounce their objective of eradicating the state of Israel and resume the process initiated by the the Abraham accords. Israel should withdraw from the West Bank occupied territories after an ironclad guarantee of safety from the Arab League and necessary mechanisms are put in place.

  • Allan Wolman Wolman says:

    ‘Palestinian health officials’ said at least 50 Palestinians were killed in the refugee camp and 150 wounded…. an Israeli pretext for killing civilians.
    ‘Palestinian Health Officials said’….. the same ‘health officials’ who told the world that Israel had bombed a hospital in Gaza, which turned out to be an errant Hamas rocket. Yes a very reliable source. Also do Hamas fighters wear uniforms to distinguish themselves from civilians? Leave that up to you to answer??

    • Enver Klein says:

      “Meanwhile, Israeli families of victims of the Oct. 7 attack appealed to the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to order an investigation into the killings and abductions. Israel is not a member of the Hague-based court and refuses to recognise its jurisdiction.”
      Why do you think they don’t recognise it, Allan?

  • L T. says:

    Please don’t use the word “proportionality” without understanding what it actually means in the context of a war. Your reporting simply loses all credibility because of your ignorance.

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