February 24, 2024

By Melanie Lidman and Wafaa Shurafa | Related Press

JERUSALEM — Dozens of relations of hostages held by Hamas stormed a committee assembly in Israel’s parliament Monday, demanding a deal to win their family members’ launch, as European international ministers joined rising worldwide requires Israel to barter on the creation of a Palestinian state after the battle.

The developments confirmed the growing stress on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has dug in on each fronts. He has insisted to the Israeli public that pursuing the devastating offensive in Gaza is the one approach to carry the hostages residence. On the identical time, he has rejected america’ imaginative and prescient for a postwar decision, saying he won’t ever enable a Palestinian state.

The dispute over Gaza’s future pits Israel towards its high ally and far of the worldwide group. It additionally poses a significant impediment to plans for postwar governance or reconstruction of the coastal territory, massive elements of which have been left unlivable by Israeli bombardment.

In different developments, Israeli strikes and shelling intensified in and across the southern metropolis of Khan Younis, sending Palestinian households fleeing south in pickup vans and donkey carts loaded with possessions.

Within the metropolis, which has been a battle zone for weeks, folks dug graves for the useless contained in the yard of Al-Nasser Hospital as employees struggled to cope with dozens of newly killed and wounded, together with kids. Well being care employees stated strikes hit at the least 4 faculties sheltering displaced folks on the town’s western edges, together with two inside a coastal strip that Israel had declared a secure zone for folks fleeing.

Gaza’s web and telephone networks collapsed once more Monday for the tenth time through the battle. The repeated blackouts severely hamper distribution of support that’s important for the survival of the territory’s inhabitants of two.3 million, U.N. officers stated. The lack of service additionally prevents Palestinians from speaking with one another and the surface world.

Netanyahu has vowed to proceed the offensive till “full victory” over Hamas and to return all remaining hostages after the Oct. 7 rampage in southern Israel that triggered the battle. In that assault, some 1,200 folks have been killed and Hamas and different militants kidnapped round 250 folks.

Israelis are more and more divided on the query of whether or not it’s potential to do both.

Round 100 hostages have been freed below a weeklong cease-fire deal in November in alternate for the discharge of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel. Round 130 stay captive, however a quantity have since been confirmed useless. Hamas has stated it would free extra captives solely in alternate for an finish to the battle and the discharge of 1000’s of Palestinian prisoners.

Netanyahu has dominated out such an settlement, however anger is rising amongst hostages’ households. Kinfolk and different protesters arrange a tent camp outdoors Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem, vowing to stay till a deal is reached.

On Monday, dozens of relations of the hostages stormed right into a gathering of the Knesset’s finance committee, holding up indicators and yelling, “You received’t sit right here whereas they’re dying there!””These are our youngsters!” they shouted. Some needed to be bodily restrained, and at the least one particular person was escorted out.


Israel’s offensive has killed at the least 25,295 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded greater than 60,000, in accordance with the Gaza Well being Ministry. The ministry doesn’t distinguish between civilians and combatants however says round two-thirds of these killed have been ladies and youngsters.

Residents in Khan Younis reported bombardment on all sides of the town. At Nasser Hospital, Ayman Abu Abaid, the top of surgical procedure, instructed Al Jazeera TV early Monday that at the least 50 useless and greater than 100 wounded had been dropped at the ability.

Ashraf Al-Qudra, spokesman for the Well being Ministry, stated Israeli troops had stormed Al-Khair Hospital and detained the medical employees, the most recent hospital that troops have seized through the battle. The hospital is simply contained in the secure zone at Muwasi, a rural coastal strip west of Khan Younis, the place the Israeli army had stated it will not perform operations.

Volunteers with the Crimson Crescent stated strikes hit 4 faculties west of Khan Younis — two of them contained in the Muwasi zone — inflicting an unknown variety of casualties. They stated the group’s ambulances couldn’t attain the websites.

Households streamed out of Khan Younis alongside the coastal freeway, some strolling, some loading blankets and possessions into autos. They headed towards Rafah, the tiny sliver on the excessive southern finish of Gaza the place nicely over 1 million individuals are already crowded, many residing in tents which have stuffed the streets.

As he fled Khan Younis along with his household, Ahmad Shurrab stated he had been displaced a number of occasions. “The place ought to I am going? Ought to I am going to Rafah? Rafah is like one road. What do they need from us?” he shouted.

Some 85% of the Gaza inhabitants has been pushed from their properties by the battle. U.N. officers say 1 in 4 folks in Gaza is ravenous because the combating and Israeli restrictions hinder the supply of humanitarian support. Solely 15 bakeries are working throughout the Gaza Strip, all of them in both Rafah or the central city of Deir al-Balah, the U.N. stated.

The Israeli army says it has killed round 9,000 militants in its offensive, with out offering proof, and blames the excessive civilian loss of life toll on Hamas as a result of it operates in dense residential areas.

The battle has additionally stoked tensions throughout the area, with Iran-backed teams in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen attacking Israeli and U.S. targets.


Netanyahu, whose reputation has plummeted since Oct. 7, faces stress from the U.S. to shift to extra exact army operations and do extra to facilitate humanitarian support into Gaza.

The US can also be calling for a reformed Palestinian Authority to control Gaza after the battle and for negotiations to start out on a two-state answer. The authority at the moment governs pockets of the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution and was ejected from Gaza in 2007 when Hamas took energy.