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Israel – Hamas: The powder keg in the Middle East – anything is possible at any time

Israel – Hamas: The powder keg in the Middle East – anything is possible at any time

The Middle East is looking like a “powder keg” in anticipation of an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza, while Iran on Sunday warned the United States and Israel that the situation could become out of control if the two countries do not “immediately end crimes against humanity and human rights.” Genocide in Gaza.

The first clashes between Hamas and the Israeli army actually occurred inside Gaza, while the Israeli army admitted that it “accidentally hit” an Egyptian observation post. The raid caused an explosion and injured 9 Egyptian border guards.

17 trucks passed through Gaza – the situation is catastrophic

Today, a new convoy of 17 trucks loaded with aid entered the besieged Gaza Strip, which is experiencing a catastrophic humanitarian situation. Israel escalated its bombing of the Palestinian Strip in response to the bloody attack carried out by the Palestinian Hamas movement on October 7.

Yesterday, Saturday, the first convoy of 20 trucks arrived. The United Nations says 100 trucks are needed daily to meet the basic needs of Gaza residents.

Also today, six fuel tanks stored at the Rafah crossing were delivered to the Gaza Strip, which does not have access to electricity and suffers from a severe shortage of fuel to operate generators.

One of the trucks loaded with aid for Gaza

UNICEF warned today that fuel shortages are jeopardizing the operation of incubators where there are more than 120 premature babies.

According to the United Nations, at least 1.4 million Palestinians have been displaced since the beginning of the conflict, and the humanitarian situation on the ground has become “catastrophic.”

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In the city of Khan Yunis, 13 people were killed and 60 others were injured today, when a building containing a café and shops was bombed, according to Hamas.

In the city of Deir al-Balla, in the central Gaza Strip, the bodies of many children were lying on the floor of the morgue, soaked in blood.

In Rafah, dozens lined up in front of a bakery or waited to fill water barrels, while others searched among the rubble of destroyed homes.

“We survived by a miracle,” Ngot tells Rafa.

Israeli army spokesman General Daniel Hagari said: “Overnight, we intensified our attacks” in the Gaza Strip, adding that “dozens” of Hamas fighters were killed.

The wounds mainly targeted the city of Rafah in the south, near the border with Egypt, and Gaza City in the north, according to journalists at Agence France-Presse.

“We were sleeping in the house, and we woke up when the windows smashed and the bricks fell. We miraculously survived,” one of the survivors, Umm Ahmed Abu Sinjar, told Rafa.

An Israeli army tank

According to Hamas, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007, at least 80 people were killed.

Another hotbed of tension is northern Israel, where gunfire is escalating between the army and the pro-Iranian Hezbollah, which has its bases in southern Lebanon and is an ally of Hamas, while residents are evacuating the border area on both sides.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that Hezbollah would make “the mistake of its life” if it launched a war against Israel.

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The Middle East is a dustbin

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian warned the United States and Israel today that the situation could spiral out of control in the Middle East if the two countries do not immediately end crimes against humanity and genocide in Gaza.

“Today the region is like a powder keg… I would like to warn the United States and the Israeli regime that if they do not immediately put an end to crimes against humanity and genocide in Gaza, anything is possible at any moment and at any time.” Amir Abdollahian from Tehran said the region could become out of control.

The international community fears the possibility of an extension of the war that began on October 7 between Hamas and Israel, and of greater involvement of the Lebanese Hezbollah, an ally of the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas.

The United States announced the reinforcement of its military assets in the region to prevent a general conflagration.

Amir Abdullahian warned that “any miscalculation in the continuation of the conflict, genocide, massacres and forced displacement of the population of Gaza and the West Bank could have dire consequences” for the region and “against the interests of the attacking countries.”

More than 1,400 people in Israel, most of them civilians, were killed, shot, burned alive or mutilated on the day of the Hamas attack in Israel on October 7, according to Israeli authorities.

In the Gaza Strip, at least 4,651 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in ongoing retaliatory bombing by the Israeli army, according to the Hamas health ministry.

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Iran praised the Hamas attack, but made clear that it was not involved.

Source: RES-MPE