On Sunday, Israel said its forces had encircled Gaza City as a top United States diplomat scrambled to contain a crisis that threatened to cause a further escalation in neighboring Lebanon. Tensions with Lebanon are increasing as an Israeli strike on a car in the south of the country killed three children and their grandmother, Lebanese authorities said.
Israel’s chief military spokesperson said the military had attacked “terrorist targets of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon” in response to a missile attack against tanks that killed an Israeli citizen. He also said a Hezbollah drone was shot down.
Hezbollah said it responded by firing rockets at the town of Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel. The terrorist group said it would never tolerate attacks on civilians and its response would be “firm and strong”.
Meanwhile, Gaza was under “unprecedented bombardment” from Israel on Sunday, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported, while Palestinian telecommunications company Paltel said that all communications and internet services had once again been cut, according to a report by NDTV World.
A military spokesperson said that Israeli forces had surrounded the main city in Gaza: “They reached the coast in the southern part of Gaza City and they encircled Gaza City.”
Health officials in Hamas-controlled Gaza said more than 9,770 Palestinians have been killed in the war, which began when Hamas launched a surprise attack on southern Israel on October 7th, killing 1,400 people and taking more than 240 hostage.
This war is not cooling off as tension continues to rise and retaliations are taking place. At some point, this conflict is going to explode and get worse if things continue at the pace they are currently.
The United Nations humanitarian office had estimated that nearly 1.5 million of Gaza’s 2.3 million people are internally displaced. Humanitarian aid currently entering Gaza is “nowhere near” enough to meet people’s needs, according to World Food Programme head Cindy McCain, who made the comments after visiting the Rafah crossing. “People are living in a horrific nightmare,” McCain said. “Food and water are running out. A steady flow of aid is needed to meet the desperate needs now.”