Israel continues Gaza onslaught amid ceasefire calls

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Israel continues Gaza onslaught amid ceasefire calls

The Red Crescent said that one of its ambulance centers in Jabalia in northern Gaza is under tight siege by the Israeli army, pointing out that there are 127 people inside it, including displaced families, wounded civilians and employees

News Desk

GAZA: Arab media reported on Wednesday that head of Hamas’s political office Ismail Haniyeh was in Egypt’s Cairo, “in what could signal a new phase of possible truce negotiations”.

More information on Haniyeh’s presence in Cairo, or ceasefire talks was not yet available.

Earlier, The head of Hamas’ political bureau says the Palestinian resistance stands “firm on the battlefield” despite two and a half months of Israeli war crimes in the besieged Gaza Strip.

In a meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in the Qatari capital Doha on Wednesday, Ismail Haniyeh said the volume of the Israeli military’s aerial, naval, and ground attacks on the besieged Gaza has been unprecedented.

“The Zionist regime and its allies thought that they could eliminate the resistance this way and force it to raise the white flag,” he noted.

“The resistance, however, has still stood firm and steadfast on the battlefield and inflicted heavy damage on the Zionist regime after 75 days of Israeli crimes and mass murders as part of its scorched-earth policy.”

As the US-backed Israeli genocidal war on the Gaza Strip entered day 75 on Wednesday, massive aerial and artillery strikes continued to pound and level whole blocks and homes and massacre more civilians, mostly children and women.

According to local sources, a large number of martyrs and wounded civilians were reported in the morning in the Abu Khalifa area behind the Hira Mosque, while their neighbors are unable to reach them because of the intensity of the Israeli bombardment.

Casualties were also reported in an Israeli attack on a school housing displaced families in al-Sabra neighborhood in Gaza City.

The Red Crescent said that one of its ambulance centers in Jabalia in northern Gaza is under tight siege by the Israeli army, pointing out that there are 127 people inside it, including displaced families, wounded civilians and employees.

The Red Crescent added that 12 people, including some of its employees and displaced civilians, were injured at its headquarters in Khan Yunis following Israeli strikes on a nearby area.

Qassam Brigades say they hit several Israeli targets. Fighters from Hamas’s armed wing say they have: Boobytrapped the portal of a tunnel east of the southern city of Khan Younis, which led to the killing and injury of several Israeli soldiers. Attacked a tank, a military bulldozer and a personnel carrier in Khan Younis. Attacked a group of soldiers in al-Mughraqa, in the middle of the Gaza Strip, with mortar shells.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis rebels, who have launched missiles and drones at cargo ships in the Red Sea, warned Wednesday that they would strike back if attacked by US forces.

“If the Americans intend to escalate further, get more involved and commit foolishness by targeting our country… we will target them,” said rebel leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthis.

“We will make American battleships, American interests and American navigation a target for our missiles and drones,” he said in a speech broadcast on the rebel’s Al-Masirah television.

His comments came after the United States said it was building up a multinational naval task force to protect vessels transitting the Red Sea from Houthis attacks carried out in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

The US aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has entered the Gulf of Aden, according to a US Navy spokesperson.

Lior Sivan, a combat officer in the 363rd Battalion, was killed on Teusday in the southern Gaza Strip, an army spokesman said.

Another soldier from the Givati Brigade was also seriously injured.

This brings the number of Israeli soldiers killed in the Gaza Strip to more than 134 since the start of the ground invasion last month.