Warplanes strike Gaza refugee camps as Israel rejects US push for a pause in fighting

by Madison Thomas
Gaza displacement

Israeli fighter jets have conducted airstrikes on two refugee camps in the Gaza Strip early on Sunday, leading to the death of at least 53 individuals and injuring many, according to local health authorities. Despite international requests for a cessation, including from the United States, Israel has indicated its intention to continue its operations against the Hamas leadership in Gaza. The United States, through Secretary of State Antony Blinken, proposed temporary humanitarian breaks in the conflict, but these were not heeded.

The campaign has persisted for almost a month, with Gaza’s Health Ministry reporting over 9,700 Palestinian fatalities, a figure expected to increase as Israeli forces move further into densely populated areas.

The Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza was one of the targets overnight, resulting in at least 40 deaths and 34 injuries, as per the Health Ministry’s reports. At a local hospital, a reporter from Big Big News witnessed the tragic aftermath, with eight children among the casualties, and a young girl in a state of shock from the event.

While Israel has been calling for civilians to evacuate to safer areas as they intensify their military efforts, particularly in the north, the refugee camp that was hit is situated within these zones.

In another incident, an airstrike demolished a residence in the Bureji refugee camp, killing at least 13 individuals, according to hospital staff. This camp, too, had previously been struck earlier in the week.

Israel’s rationale for the continued bombings across Gaza is to target Hamas, whom they accuse of using civilians as shields. However, this has attracted criticism due to the high civilian death toll.

Secretary Blinken’s discussions in the region included a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, who has not governed Gaza since the Hamas takeover in 2007. Abbas has spoken of the Palestinian Authority taking control of Gaza only under a comprehensive political solution that would establish an independent state, encompassing the West Bank and east Jerusalem in addition to Gaza.

The conflict has escalated regional tensions, including on the border with Lebanon, where exchanges of fire with Hezbollah have occurred. The war has also exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, with shortages of food, water, and fuel critical for hospitals and other essential services. Despite international appeals for a ceasefire and large-scale protests against the violence, the Israeli government has remained steadfast in its position.

The full extent of the casualties on both sides remains grim, with a significant number of children reported killed in Gaza. The Israeli military has also sustained losses. Calls for Netanyahu’s resignation have intensified within Israel, and despite controversial comments from government officials, no change in the offensive stance has been signaled.

For continued updates and the complete report, please visit Big Big News’ dedicated section on the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Israeli airstrikes Gaza

What happened in the Gaza Strip with the Israeli airstrikes?

Israeli fighter jets launched airstrikes on two refugee camps in the Gaza Strip, resulting in at least 53 deaths and numerous injuries. Despite calls for a temporary pause in the offensive, Israel has continued its campaign against Hamas.

Why has Israel rejected the US’s proposal for a pause in the fighting?

Israel has rejected the proposal for a pause, including brief humanitarian breaks suggested by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as they aim to maintain their offensive against the Hamas rulers in the territory.

How many Palestinians have been killed in nearly a month of war?

According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, over 9,700 Palestinians have been killed in nearly a month of warfare, with expectations that the number will rise as Israeli troops push into more densely populated areas.

What was the outcome of Antony Blinken’s meeting with Mahmoud Abbas?

During their meeting, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed that the Palestinian Authority would assume control of Gaza only under a comprehensive political solution that involves the establishment of an independent state encompassing Gaza, the West Bank, and east Jerusalem.

What has been the impact of the conflict on the civilian population in Gaza?

The conflict has led to a severe humanitarian crisis, with shortages of essential supplies like food, water, and fuel. More than half of Gaza’s population has been displaced, with many sheltering in U.N.-run facilities, which have also been hit by airstrikes.

What is the current stance of the Israeli government regarding the offensive?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as other Israeli officials, have reiterated their commitment to continue the offensive until their objectives are met. Despite international calls for a ceasefire, there has been no indication of Israel relenting in its stance.

How has the conflict affected the broader Middle East region?

The war has heightened tensions across the region, including increased hostilities along the border with Lebanon involving Hezbollah. It has also stoked protests and political responses throughout the Middle East and beyond.

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Sarah T. November 5, 2023 - 5:38 pm

i think there’s a typo in the paragraph about the Palestinian Health Ministry’s statement. they’ve been under so much pressure, it’s understandable but still, details are important especially in sensitive situations like this

Mike D. November 6, 2023 - 4:52 am

not sure about the figures mentioned here, I read somewhere else the number of casualties was different. which source are we supposed to trust in times like these?

Emma R. November 6, 2023 - 6:04 am

Its unbelievable that in today’s world, civilians are still caught in the crossfires of politics and war, the international community needs to step up, where’s the accountability?

Alex P. November 6, 2023 - 6:16 am

Did anyone else catch the part about the Israeli minister’s comments? how can someone even say something like that, even metaphorically, it’s irresponsible, things are tense enough as it is

James K. November 6, 2023 - 9:27 am

Wow, just read about the strikes in Gaza, this is just heartbreaking, the death tolls are just numbers until you realise each one is a human being with a story, we can’t become numb to this tragedy


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