April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

152 Soldiers Have Been Killed In Gaza War – Israeli Army

Near Kibbutz Be eri and very close to Gaza border, one of Israeli Army battalion is positioned to defend the country and facilitate the entry of soldiers into the Gaza Strip using tanks. Photo Raphael Gotheil / Hans Lucas

The Israeli army said on Sunday that 152 soldiers have been killed so far in its offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

 

It said nine soldiers died in fighting on Saturday, one of the deadliest days for the military since it launched a ground assault in the Palestinian territory on October 27.

 

The Israeli army would continue operations across Gaza, with military spokesman Jonathan Conricus indicating that forces were close to having operational control in north Gaza.

In central Gaza, rescuers scrambled overnight to pull people from a destroyed residential building in the city of Deir al-Balah.

 

Israel denies directly targeting civilians and says the war against Hamas is vital to ensure October’s shock raids on farms, villages and kibbutzim in Israel can never be repeated.

‘We want a ceasefire’
Early on Sunday, Hamas said new strikes had hit Jabalia and Khan Yunis.

Nearly 80 percent for Gaza’s 2.4 population has been displaced by the fighting, the UN estimates.

Many from the north have fled to the relative safety of the south, only to be caught up in the war for a second time.

 

Against this backdrop, US President Joe Biden said he had another “long talk” with Israel’s hawkish prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The White House said the discussion focused on the “objectives and phasing” of Israel’s military operation, as well as “the critical need” to protect civilians.

Israeli officials gave a terse account of the call, saying Netanyahu “made it clear that Israel would continue the war until all of its goals have been achieved”.

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving premier, has had testy relations with a string of US presidents.

But disagreements over how the Gaza war is being waged, when it will end, and what happens the day after, have strained ties ever further.

On Friday, the United States allowed the passage of a UN Security Council resolution that effectively called on Israel to allow “immediate, safe and unhindered” deliveries of life-saving aid to Gaza “at scale”.

‘Lost contact’
World powers had wrangled for days over the wording, and at Washington’s insistence toned down some provisions — including removing a call for a ceasefire.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has accused Israel of “creating massive obstacles” for aid deliveries.

South Gaza is the main avenue for humanitarian relief to enter the territory.

What little aid arrives into the territory comes, for the most part, across the Egyptian border near Rafah.

For Palestinians in that southern city, the prospect of aid alone was not enough.

“We don’t want food, we want a ceasefire,” said Mahmud al-Shaer.

Ahmad al-Burawi, who was displaced from Beit Lahia further north, added: “We just want to return to our lands, that’s all. We want a solution” to end the war. “People are dying.”

Israelis, including friends and relatives of the 129 captives still believed held in Gaza, demonstrated again on Saturday in Tel Aviv.

Hamas’s armed wing said it “lost contact” with militants tasked with guarding five of the hostages, including three elderly men who appeared in a hostage video the group released this week.

“We believe that those hostages have been killed” in Israeli strikes, said spokesman Abu Obeida without providing evidence.

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