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Gaza: “11 militants killed” by Israeli fire – severe concern for the fate of civilians

Gaza: “11 militants killed” by Israeli fire – severe concern for the fate of civilians

Israeli aircraft, tanks and infantry forces killed at least 11 militants over the past 24 hours in clashes in Khan Yunis. GazaAs the army announced today.

The Israeli army said in a statement that the forces targeted militants who tried to plant explosives near the forces, and others targeted the soldiers with rifles and self-propelled missiles.

Serious concern for civilians

Meanwhile, the fate of civilians in the Palestinian enclave remains of grave concern today, despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague requiring Israel to refrain from any potential act of “genocide” on Palestinian territory.

These concerns focus on Khan Yunis, a major city in the southern part of the Strip that has become the scene of violent clashes between the Israeli army and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in recent days.

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These clashes, along with Israeli air strikes, have forced thousands of people to flee the city and reduced the capacity of the two main local hospitals, Nasser and Al Amal, to a minimum.

Overnight, there were reports of violent attacks on the site, and the Palestinian Red Crescent said it was receiving the dead and providing assistance to the wounded at Al Amal Hospital.

As for Nasser Hospital, the main hospital in Khan Yunis, its “surgical capabilities” are “almost non-existent” and “the few remaining medical staff have to deal with meager supplies of medical supplies,” according to Doctors Without Borders. ).

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“As fighting intensified around Nasser Hospital… hundreds of patients and health workers fled. “Right now, 350 patients remain in the hospital and 5,000 have been displaced (due to conflicts),” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, said at the 10th podium. “The hospital is suffering from a lack of fuel, food and supplies,” he called for “an immediate ceasefire.”

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The International Court of Justice in The Hague yesterday called on Israel to do everything in its power to prevent any act of genocide in the Gaza Strip and allow humanitarian aid in its historic ruling on South Africa's appeal against Israel.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel is bound by international law after the ruling issued by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, but he reiterated that his country has the right to defend itself. In response to South Africa's appeal to the court, Netanyahu said that the charge of genocide was “outrageous.”

With information from Reuters, AFP, APE-MEB