Black smoke seen billowing from Gaza Strip skyline

(12 May 2024)

Southern Israel – 12 May 2024
1. Wide of Gaza skyline from southern Israel, black smoke rising in the background
2. Various of black smoke rising from area in Gaza
Black smoke was seen from southern Israel rising on Gaza’s skyline early Sunday as heavy fighting continues in north Gaza.

Top Israeli military spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said that the air force were carrying out airstrikes in the north of Gaza.

Palestinians in Jabaliya, Beit Lahiya and surrounding areas were told to leave for shelters in the west of Gaza City and warned that Israel would strike with “great force.”

Northern Gaza was the first target of Israel’s ground offensive launched after Hamas and other militants attacked southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taking another 250 hostage. They still hold about 100 captives and the remains of more than 30. Hamas on Saturday said that hostage Nadav Popplewell had died after being wounded in an Israeli airstrike a month ago, but provided no evidence.

Israel’s bombardment and ground offensives have killed more than 34,800 Palestinians, mostly women and children, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry, which doesn’t distinguish between civilians and combatants in its figures. Israel blames Hamas for civilian casualties, accusing it of embedding in densely populated residential areas.

Meanwhile, on Saturday Israel ordered new evacuations in Gaza’s southern city of Rafah, forcing tens of thousands more people to leave as it prepared to expand its military operation deeper into what is considered Gaza’s last refuge, in defiance of growing pressure from close ally the United States and others.

The United Nations has warned that the planned full-scale Rafah invasion would further cripple humanitarian operations and cause a surge in civilian deaths.


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