“Hamas” and “Jihad” participate in “healing battles”

Continuing Israeli bombing of Gaza… and famine “imminent”

The Israeli military campaign continues today, Friday, claiming dozens of deaths in the besieged Gaza Strip, whose residents face “imminent famine,” according to the World Food Programme.

On Friday, the Hamas Ministry of Health indicated in a statement that 71 people were killed within 24 hours, especially in raids on Rafah in the far south of the Strip, which Israel considers the last stronghold of the Palestinian Islamic movement and where 1.5 million Palestinians were displaced to escape the fighting.

In addition to the huge human toll and widespread destruction, the war between Israel and Hamas has caused a humanitarian catastrophe in the besieged Gaza Strip, where the majority of the population of 2.4 million people are threatened with famine, according to the United Nations, which denounces the fact that aid is insufficient to meet needs.

The World Food Fund, via the “X” platform, summarized the situation by saying: “There is no other place in the world where such a large number of people face the imminent threat of famine.”

On the other hand, the International Court of Justice, on Thursday, ordered Israel to “ensure the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance” to the Gaza Strip without delay, stressing that “famine has occurred.”

The court, headquartered in The Hague, said: “Israel must take all necessary and effective measures to ensure without delay… and without obstruction the provision of basic services and humanitarian aid to (Gaza) that it desperately needs.” She added, “The Palestinians in Gaza are no longer only facing the threat of famine, but famine has occurred.”

After a complaint from South Africa, the same court ordered Israel, in a ruling issued in mid-January, to do everything in its power to prevent acts of “genocide” during its attack on Gaza.

The court also ruled that Israel must allow aid into Gaza to alleviate the desperate humanitarian situation there.

On Thursday night – Friday, the Hamas movement welcomed the court’s decision, and said that it must be accompanied by “an executive mechanism imposed by the international community that obligates the occupation (…) to implement it immediately so that the decision does not remain a dead letter.”

In the face of the catastrophic humanitarian situation, several countries are organizing aid deliveries from the air or sending it by sea, but everyone stresses that these methods cannot replace the delivery of aid by land.

Palestinians pass through the destruction in the Maghazi camp in the Gaza Strip (AFP)

“Entering Rafah”

The Israeli army, which accuses Hamas fighters of hiding in hospitals, announced the continuation of its operations on Friday at the Al-Shifa Medical Complex in the northern Gaza Strip, stressing that it had “killed about 200 terrorists” in the Gaza Strip since March 18.

The army said that Israeli forces are ensuring that “civilians, patients, medical personnel and equipment are not harmed.”

In the central Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said that it “destroyed many missiles prepared to be launched toward Israel,” and eliminated “terrorists.”

Operations are also continuing in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip in the Al-Amal and Al-Qarara areas, where Palestinian fighters were killed, the army added.

Several wounded people were transported in ambulances to the European Hospital in Khan Yunis, according to scenes filmed by Agence France-Presse. Among the injured are children being treated on hospital grounds.

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his intention to launch a ground attack on Rafah despite international pressure, especially from the United States, not to carry out a large-scale operation.

He told the families of hostage soldiers in the Gaza Strip: “We hold the northern Gaza Strip, as well as Khan Yunis (south). We have divided the Gaza Strip into two parts and are preparing to enter Rafah.”

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