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Israel demands 1.1 million to evacuate North Gaza

Gaza's dire humanitarian crisis unfolds

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In a harrowing turn of events, the Israel-Hamas conflict has reached a critical juncture. Israel has issued a startling demand, calling for the evacuation of all 1.1 million Palestinians in North Gaza, amounting to nearly half of the strip's population. The United Nations has issued a dire warning, underscoring the potentially "devastating humanitarian consequences" of this plan.

Israel teeters on the precipice of launching a ground invasion into Gaza, a move met with defiance from Hamas, who claim they can repel it. The toll on both sides is becoming increasingly tragic, with over 1,400 casualties in Gaza and 1,300 lives lost in Hamas's recent attacks on Israel, including the shocking hostage-taking of 150 civilians.

Aid agencies are sounding the alarm as the situation in Gaza deteriorates rapidly. Israel has imposed a total blockade on the Palestinian enclave, leaving more than 423,000 people displaced from their homes, seeking refuge from relentless Israeli bombardment.

The global community's attention is firmly fixed on this crisis as Human Rights Watch (HRW) makes a grave accusation against Israel. HRW alleges that Israeli forces are using white phosphorus munitions in their military operations in Gaza and Lebanon. While not classified as a chemical weapon in international law, its deployment in civilian areas is deemed a war crime under the Geneva Convention, given its indiscriminate and traumatic effects. White phosphorus creates relentless fires that are challenging to extinguish, causing agonizing burns that worsen upon contact with water. Despite its legitimate use by military forces for night illumination and smoke screens, HRW's claims gain weight from videos taken in Lebanon and Gaza, depicting white phosphorus bursts over Gaza City's port and two rural locations along the Israel-Lebanon border.

Lama Fakih, HRW's Middle East and North Africa director, emphasizes the risks, stating, "Any time that white phosphorus is used in crowded civilian areas, it poses a high risk of excruciating burns and lifelong suffering."

Notably, Israeli authorities have remained silent on the allegations, fueling further international concern.

The aftermath of Israeli strikes in Gaza is nothing short of apocalyptic, as a Palestinian BBC reporter's video captures the devastation left in their wake.

Amid these developments, Iran has issued a disquieting warning. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has suggested the possibility of "new fronts" opening against Israel. This statement was made in Iraq, home to pro-Iranian militias, as fears mount that Hezbollah, an Iran-backed group in southern Lebanon, might directly join the conflict. The situation seems to pivot on the actions of the Zionist regime in Gaza, leaving the world apprehensive about potential escalation.

Israel's military, on the other hand, has urged the evacuation of Gaza City's civilians for their safety. They emphasize the use of human shields by Hamas terrorists, urging residents to distance themselves from the security fence with Israel. Israel pledges to continue operations in Gaza City, with a commitment to minimizing harm to civilians.

As the Israel-Hamas conflict enters its seventh day, the world watches with deep concern, yearning for a prompt end to the violence and a return to peace in the region.

[With information sourced from Euronews]

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