Israel’s relentless strikes on southern Israeli warplanes and tanks bombed southern Gaza overnight and on Tuesday, and the United Nations warned that Gaza’s starving population is growing due to the intensity of fighting in the two-month war between Israel and Hamas. It was announced that the distribution of aid supplies had almost been halted.

Israel’s relentless strikes on southern An overnight Israeli airstrike on a house in Rafah, a town in the southern Gaza Strip bordering Egypt, killed 22 people, including children, health officials said. Civilian rescue workers searched under the rubble for more victims. Residents said the shelling of Rafah, where Israeli forces ordered residents to flee to safety this month, was one of the heaviest in days.

“I can’t sleep at night because of the bombing, and in the morning I wander around the city looking for food for my children, but there is no food,” Abu Khalil, 40, a father of six, told Reuters. Told. He calls Rafa. “We can’t find bread, and the prices of rice, salt, and beans have increased many times.” “It’s hunger,” he said. “Israel is killing us twice, once with bombs and once with starvation.”

Israel’s relentless strikes on southern In Khan Yunis, the capital in the southern Gaza Strip, residents say tank shelling is concentrated in the city center. Told. According to one person, tanks were seen operating on the street where Gaza Strip Hamas leader Yahya al-Shinwar’s home is located on Tuesday morning. Health officials announced two deaths in the city overnight. 4,444 4,444 Hundreds more civilians have been killed in Israeli attacks on Palestinian enclaves since Friday’s US veto of a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire.

Aid agencies say hunger among Gazans is worsening. The United Nations World Food Program estimates that half of Gaza’s population is hungry.

Israel's relentless strikes on southern Gaza
People search building rubble for items to salvage following an early morning Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on December 12, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)

The United Nations Humanitarian Office (OCHA) said on Tuesday that while limited aid distribution was taking place in the Rafah area, “in the rest of the Gaza Strip, aid distribution is slow due to intensified fighting and restrictions.” has almost stopped in recent days.” About moving along Main Street.

Aid flows are also being restricted by a shortage of trucks in the Gaza Strip, ongoing fuel shortages, communications failures, and an increase in personnel unable to cross the Rafah border into Egypt due to intensified fighting, the paper said. said. Gaza Health Ministry Spokesperson Ashraf al-Khidra said Israeli forces raided Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza on Tuesday and rounded up men, including medical staff, in the hospital courtyard.

The Israeli military did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Israel takes steps to protect civilians as it tries to root out Hamas militants killed in cross-border attacks on Israel on March 7 that killed 1,200 people and killed on October 7. Israel says this is one of the measures it is taking. 240 people are taken hostage. Approximately 100 hostages have now been released.

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According to the Gaza Health Ministry, 18,205 people have been killed and nearly 50,000 injured in Israel’s retaliatory attacks. The 193-nation General Assembly is scheduled to adopt a draft resolution on Tuesday that mirrors the text of a resolution blocked by the United States in the 15-nation Security Council last week.

Although General Assembly resolutions are not binding, they carry political weight and reflect global views. Some diplomats expect the vote to receive more support than Congress’ October call for an “immediate, permanent, permanent humanitarian ceasefire.”

U.S. President Joe Biden, who has been criticized for supporting Israel’s response to the October 7 attacks, spoke out against Israel on Monday at a White House celebration of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. He said his commitment was “unwavering.”

“Folks, if there were no Israel, there would be no safe Jewish people in the world,” Biden said. He also referred to his complicated relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that Netanyahu is in a “difficult situation.”

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters that this is not an exception to the U.S. policy that countries receiving U.S. weapons must abide by the laws of war.

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UN officials say 1.9 million people, or 85% of Gaza’s population, have fled, and conditions in the southern region, where they are concentrated, are hellish. Displaced people seeking refuge in Rafah are setting up wooden and nylon tents in open spaces. Some people are sleeping on the streets. To increase aid reaching Gaza, Israel announced on Monday that it would introduce shipping restrictions at the Kerem Shalom crossing, without opening it itself.

Before the war, most trucks entered the Gaza Strip through this border crossing. Two Egyptian security officials said inspections would begin on Tuesday under a new agreement between Israel, Egypt and the United States. After a week-long ceasefire collapsed on December 1, Israel launched a ground offensive in the south and has since advanced into the city center of Khan Yunis from the east.

Nidal al-Mughrabi in Cairo, Bassam Massoud in Gaza, Michelle Nichols at the United Nations, Humaira Pamuk and Daphne Psaredakis in Washington, Ali Rabinovich in Jerusalem, Maayan Rubel in Jerusalem, Tom Perry in Beirut; Reporting by Klauda Tanios in Dubai, Suleiman Al Khalidi in Amman, Aiden Lewis and Ahmed Mohamed Hassan in Cairo. Written by Lincoln Feast and William MacLean. Edited by: Cynthia Osterman, Michael Perry, Timothy Heritage