Israel accelerates advance into southern Gaza… Concerns about large-scale casualties

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Attacks on 400 locations, including Khan Yunis, the largest city in the south
Casualties continue to rise… Hamas: 193 dead since ceasefire ended

The Israeli army, which resumed fighting at the end of the temporary ceasefire, launched a large-scale attack on the southern part of the Palestinian Gaza Strip. There are many refugees in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, so there are concerns about large-scale casualties if the Israeli military launches a full-scale ground war.

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According to foreign media such as the Associated Press on the 2nd (local time), the Israeli military bombed the southern Gaza Strip, including Khan Yunis and Rafah, and notified residents of several Palestinian border cities in the southern Gaza Strip to leave their homes.

The Israeli military announced that it had attacked 400 locations, including 50 Hamas-related facilities, in Khan Yunis, the largest city in the southern Gaza Strip. Civilian facilities, including hospitals and houses, were hit by airstrikes, and three mosques were destroyed.

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Residents of Khan Yunis said, “The recent attack was the most powerful bombing we have ever experienced.”

On the other hand, Hamas responded with rocket attacks on southern Israel, including Tel Aviv, on this day.

Meanwhile, casualties are increasing.

“At least 193 civilians have been killed in the two days since fighting resumed,” the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again expressed his will to push forward with the ground war in a speech on the night of the 2nd. “We will continue the war until all of our goals have been achieved,” Netanyahu said in his speech. “Without a ground operation, it is impossible to achieve these goals.”

He emphasized, “Israel’s goal is to free the hostages in the Gaza Strip and prevent a ‘regime of terror’ by eliminating Hamas.”

Israel believes that “some of Hamas’ leadership is hiding in Khan Younis, where a large number of refugees are staying.”

As a result, there are speculations that the Israeli army, which has taken control of most of the northern part of the Gaza Strip, will advance towards the south, raising concerns about large-scale casualties.

Nevertheless, it seems unlikely that a ceasefire will be achieved for the time being. This is because negotiations between Israel and Hamas to extend the ceasefire have collapsed.

Earlier, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office announced on this day that it had withdrawn the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad’s negotiation team from Qatar, a mediating country.

“There will be no prisoner exchange unless the attacks stop and a comprehensive and decisive ceasefire is reached,” said Saleh al-Arouri, the second-in-command in Hamas’ political bureau. It is estimated that there are about 140 hostages remaining in the Gaza Strip, most of whom are known to be men and soldiers.

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