Heavy fighting in south Gaza as Israel presses ahead with renewed US military and diplomatic support

by Joshua Brown
Gaza Conflict

Intense clashes escalated into Sunday in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, as Israel intensified its offensive, bolstered by the U.S. The U.S. impeded global efforts to cease hostilities and expedited additional munitions to Israel, its key ally.

The global community has expressed increasing dismay and urged for a cease-fire, following the large-scale civilian casualties in Gaza. Nearly 85% of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents have been displaced, with no safe refuge available, as per U.N. reports.

However, the U.S. continues to back Israel’s campaign, obstructing U.N. Security Council initiatives for a truce, despite widespread support, and approving an urgent $100 million tank ammunition sale to Israel.

The U.S. remains steadfast in its support for Israel’s objective to dismantle Hamas’ military and governance structures, following the Oct. 7 incident where Hamas and other militants infiltrated southern Israel, resulting in significant casualties and abductions.

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Israel’s response to the attack has been a severe air and ground assault, leading to thousands of Palestinian deaths, predominantly civilians, and displacing nearly 2 million people, as reported by U.N. organizations. Humanitarian aid is severely limited, exacerbating shortages of essentials.

Israeli forces are still encountering strong resistance, even in northern Gaza, which has been severely damaged by air strikes.

In Khan Younis, residents report continuous overnight gunfire and explosions, as Israeli forces intensify their assault.

In northern Gaza, Israel mandated evacuation, but many remained, fearing the south was equally unsafe. Recent footage shows numerous detainees, underscoring the ongoing conflict.

Detainees have reported mistreatment and deprivation of necessities. Released individuals have shared experiences of abuse, and some remain in custody.

As the conflict enters its third month, the Palestinian death toll in Gaza exceeds 17,700, mostly women and children, as per the Health Ministry in Hamas-run Gaza. Israel attributes civilian casualties to Hamas’ tactics in populated areas. Israel reports 97 military fatalities, while Palestinian militants continue rocket attacks.

Israel insists it has directed civilians to safer areas, continuing strikes on alleged militant sites. Many have fled to Rafah and border areas near Egypt, where aid is still accessible.

Muwasi, a coastal strip designated as a safe zone by Israel, faces dire conditions, with overcrowding and lack of basic facilities.

Reported by Magdy from Cairo.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Gaza Conflict

What is the current situation in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis?

Heavy fighting has been ongoing in Khan Younis, with Israel intensifying its offensive, supported by the United States. This escalation follows the U.S. obstruction of international efforts for a ceasefire and the expedited supply of additional munitions to Israel.

How has the international community responded to the conflict in Gaza?

There has been rising international outrage and calls for a ceasefire due to the significant civilian casualties and displacement in Gaza. Nearly 85% of Gaza’s 2.3 million population have been displaced, with the United Nations reporting no safe refuge available in the besieged territory.

What has been the United States’ role in the recent escalation of the conflict?

The United States has provided crucial support to Israel’s offensive by vetoing United Nations Security Council efforts to end the fighting, despite wide international support. The U.S. has also facilitated an emergency sale of over $100 million worth of tank ammunition to Israel.

What triggered the current war between Israel and Hamas?

The war was triggered by an attack on Oct. 7, where Hamas and other Palestinian militants entered southern Israel, leading to substantial casualties and abductions. This has led to a strong Israeli response aiming to dismantle Hamas’ military and governance structures.

What are the conditions like in the designated safe zones in Gaza?

Designated safe zones like Muwasi are facing overcrowded and harsh conditions, with inadequate shelter and facilities. Despite being deemed safe, these areas are struggling to provide basic needs for the displaced population.

More about Gaza Conflict

  • Gaza Conflict Escalation
  • International Response to Gaza Crisis
  • U.S. Involvement in Israel-Hamas Conflict
  • Origins of the Israel-Hamas War
  • Conditions in Gaza’s Safe Zones

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Sarah K December 10, 2023 - 10:12 am

I can’t believe the US is just standing by and even supporting this, shouldn’t we be promoting peace not war?

Emma B December 10, 2023 - 4:14 pm

This is so sad… those poor people in Gaza, especially the kids. where’s the UN in all this? They need to step up.

Mike Johnson December 10, 2023 - 5:03 pm

wow this situation in Gaza is really intense, its heartbreaking to see so many civilians caught in the crossfire, whats the world doing??

Tom H December 10, 2023 - 5:36 pm

Heard about this on the news, but this article really puts things into perspective, the humanitarian crisis there is just unimaginable.

Dave R December 11, 2023 - 7:57 am

so many political games, and it’s always the innocent who suffer the most. Gaza’s situation needs urgent attention from the global community.


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