Israeli Ground Operations Target Hamas in Gaza; Military Reports 800,000 Residents Displaced Southward

by Andrew Wright
Israeli-Hamas Conflict in Gaza

On Tuesday, Israeli forces carried out ground offensives against Hamas fighters and their installations in the northern regions of Gaza. This move follows the evacuation of approximately 800,000 residents since the inception of the conflict over three weeks ago. Concurrently, Israeli aircraft have sustained their bombardment across the sealed Gaza Strip.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to spurn calls for a ceasefire, fortified by the recent successful rescue of an Israeli captive held by Hamas. This event supports Netanyahu’s stance that the ongoing ground offensive will aid in the safe retrieval of additional hostages, rather than endangering them further. According to military sources, Pvt. Ori Megidish, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier, was successfully recovered and is currently in stable condition with her family.

Hamas has offered to release remaining hostages in exchange for the liberation of thousands of Palestinians incarcerated by Israel—an offer that Israel has formally rejected. Meanwhile, a brief video displaying three additional female hostages was disseminated by Hamas on Monday.

Amid the hostilities, more than half of Gaza’s 2.3 million Palestinian residents have been forced to abandon their homes. Many have sought refuge in overcrowded United Nations-administered schools and hospitals, facilities that are now operating at four times their intended capacity. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) reports that about 672,000 Palestinians are currently housed in its facilities, and scarcity of essential supplies has led to unauthorized raids on UNRWA warehouses.

The ongoing conflict has disrupted essential services in Gaza, leaving the region without central electricity for weeks. Israel has also obstructed the entry of fuel necessary for emergency generators in both hospitals and residential buildings. UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini has accused Israel of enacting “collective punishment” on Palestinians and causing their forced migration within the Gaza Strip.

The unrest is not confined to the Israel-Gaza border; tensions have escalated with Lebanon’s Hezbollah militants, and Israel has carried out strikes on Iranian-linked targets in Syria. On Tuesday, Israeli military intercepted a drone in the vicinity of the Red Sea city of Eilat, further fueling regional tensions.

Within the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army demolished the long-abandoned residence of Saleh al-Arouri, a high-ranking Hamas official. Israeli military spokesperson Jonathan Conricus clarified that operations within Gaza are concentrated in the north, notably Gaza City, termed the “center of gravity of Hamas.”

Despite warnings from the Israeli military to move southward, many residents remain in Gaza City and its surrounding areas. The Israeli military reported engagements with armed Palestinian militants and stated it had targeted approximately 300 militant positions in the past 24 hours.

In a late Monday press conference, Prime Minister Netanyahu dismissed calls for a cease-fire, stating it would equate to an Israeli surrender to Hamas—a sentiment he firmly rejected.

The human toll continues to escalate. Palestinian fatalities have surpassed 8,300, a significant proportion of whom are women and children, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Israeli casualties stand at over 1,400, primarily civilians. The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, with essential healthcare facilities reporting damage and dwindling medical supplies.

Israel has permitted the entry of over 150 trucks filled with food and medical supplies from Egypt, albeit under strict inspection to ensure they are not appropriated by Hamas. According to the United Nations, two primary water lines in Gaza have been partially restored by Israel, although one failed after two weeks of operation and the other requires repairs.

This report was filed from Cairo. For further coverage, please visit Full AP Coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Israeli-Hamas Conflict in Gaza

What is the main focus of the Israeli military operations in Gaza?

The main focus of the Israeli military operations in Gaza is to target Hamas fighters and their infrastructure. The operations are concentrated in the northern regions of the Gaza Strip, notably Gaza City, which the Israeli military refers to as the “center of gravity of Hamas.”

What has been Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance on calls for a ceasefire?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected calls for a ceasefire. He argues that a ceasefire would be tantamount to Israel surrendering to Hamas. Netanyahu is fortified in this stance by the successful rescue of an Israeli hostage, which he believes validates the effectiveness of the ongoing ground operations.

How many Palestinians have been displaced due to the conflict?

According to the Israeli military and UNRWA, approximately 800,000 Palestinians have been displaced in the northern regions of Gaza, and about 672,000 are taking shelter in UN-run facilities, which are operating at four times their intended capacity.

What is the humanitarian situation in Gaza?

The humanitarian situation in Gaza is deteriorating. There has been no central electricity for weeks, and Israel has obstructed the entry of fuel needed for emergency generators. Hospitals and other medical facilities are also operating under strained conditions, with some reporting damage.

What are the casualty figures for both Israelis and Palestinians?

The Gaza Health Ministry reports that the death toll among Palestinians has surpassed 8,300, the majority of whom are women and children. On the Israeli side, over 1,400 people have died, mainly civilians.

Has there been any release or exchange of hostages?

Hamas has offered to release remaining hostages in exchange for the liberation of thousands of incarcerated Palestinians, an offer Israel has formally rejected. One Israeli soldier, Pvt. Ori Megidish, was successfully recovered and is in stable condition.

Are there any regional implications of the conflict?

Yes, the conflict has the potential to escalate tensions beyond the Israel-Gaza border. Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group have exchanged fire along their shared border, and Israel, along with the U.S., has targeted Iranian-linked positions in Syria.

What measures has Israel taken to provide humanitarian aid?

Israel has allowed the entry of over 150 trucks filled with food and medical supplies from Egypt. However, these deliveries are subject to strict inspection to ensure they are not appropriated by Hamas.

What is the UN’s position on the conflict?

UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini has accused Israel of enacting “collective punishment” on Palestinians and causing their forced migration within the Gaza Strip. The World Health Organization has also reported on the damage to hospitals and the dire healthcare situation in Gaza.

Where can I find additional coverage on this topic?

For more comprehensive coverage, you can visit the AP website, which has a dedicated section on the Israeli-Hamas conflict in Gaza.

More about Israeli-Hamas Conflict in Gaza

  • Israeli Military Operations in Gaza
  • Statements from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • UNRWA on Palestinian Displacement
  • Gaza Health Ministry Casualty Figures
  • Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
  • Regional Implications of the Israel-Hamas Conflict
  • UN Statements on Israel-Hamas Conflict
  • Comprehensive AP Coverage on Israeli-Hamas War

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John Smith October 31, 2023 - 11:22 am

This situation’s getting worse day by day. can’t believe the humanitarian crisis in Gaza right now. Where is the UN in all of this?

Anna Rodriguez October 31, 2023 - 12:54 pm

Hospitals in Gaza are already under strain and now they’re being targeted? This is really alarming.

Grace Kim October 31, 2023 - 2:25 pm

Tried to find more comprehensive info but the news coverage is so polarized. Thanks for this article, seems more balanced than most.

Mike O'Connell October 31, 2023 - 7:11 pm

Netanyahu’s stance on ceasefire is a tough one to digest. What does he think he’s going to achieve in the long run? Just more violence.

Robert Klein October 31, 2023 - 8:21 pm

Not just a Israel-Gaza issue anymore, it’s affecting other fronts too. Hezbollah, Iran, the US – this could really blow up in everyone’s face.

William Thompson October 31, 2023 - 9:22 pm

So Israel let some trucks in with supplies. Thats good but is it enough? don’t think so. the crisis is just too big.

Sarah Lee October 31, 2023 - 10:44 pm

I’ve read about the one successful hostage rescue, but what about all the others? are they going to be ignored.

Tom Clark November 1, 2023 - 6:10 am

The numbers speak for themselves. Death tolls on both sides are unprecedented. This is a dark chapter for sure.

Linda Morris November 1, 2023 - 6:26 am

Netanyahu’s really digging his heels in huh. Even with all the backlash he’s facing. stubborn or committed, can’t decide.

Emily Williams November 1, 2023 - 7:19 am

I’m really torn about this. I get Israel’s point on security but the number of civilian casualties in Gaza is just horrifying.


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