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‘The wounded and sick suffer a slow death’: Intense fighting rocks north and south Gaza

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May15,2024
Key Points
  • Some of the most intense fighting for weeks is raging in both the north and south.
  • Israeli operations in Rafah, which borders Egypt, have closed a main crossing point for aid.
  • A foreign UN staff member was killed on Monday when a vehicle travelling to a hospital in Rafah was struck.
Israeli forces have pushed deep into the ruins of Gaza’s northern edge to recapture an area from Hamas fighters, while in the south tanks and troops have pushed across a highway into Rafah, leaving Palestinian civilians scrambling to find safety.
Some of the most intense fighting for weeks is raging in both the north and south.
Israeli operations in Rafah, which borders Egypt, have closed a main crossing point for aid, which humanitarian groups say is worsening an already dire situation.

Hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to flee again after around half of Gaza’s population took sanctuary there after being pushed south by fighting elsewhere.

Israel has bombarded Gaza since , according to the Israeli government. More than 35,000 people have been killed in Gaza since 7 October, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in Gaza.
The 7 October attack was a significant escalation in the.

Gaza’s health authority appealed for international pressure to reopen access via the southern border to allow in aid, medical supplies and fuel to power generators and ambulances.

The wounded and sick suffer a slow death because there is no treatment and supplies and they cannot travel.

Gaza health authority

“The wounded and sick suffer a slow death because there is no treatment and supplies and they cannot travel,” it said on Monday.
A foreign UN staff member was killed on Monday when a vehicle travelling to a hospital in Rafah was struck — the first international UN casualty in the Gaza war, a UN spokesperson said.

In northern Gaza’s Jabalia, a sprawling refugee camp built for displaced Palestinians 75 years ago, Israeli forces pushed into an area where they claimed to have dismantled Hamas months ago.

Residents fled along rubble-strewn streets carrying bags of belongings. Tank shells landed in the centre of the camp and health officials said they had recovered 20 bodies from overnight air strikes.
Hamas’ armed wing said because of Israeli bombardments it had lost contact with militants guarding four Israeli hostages, including US-Israeli citizen Hersh Goldberg-Polin, who appeared in a video released by Hamas in late April.

Attending a Memorial Day ceremony to mark Israel’s fallen soldiers in Jerusalem on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the war against Hamas was a struggle to secure Israel’s “existence, liberty, security and prosperity”.

Our war of independence is not over yet.

Benjamin Netanyahu

“Our war of independence is not over yet,” he said.

In Rafah, Israel stepped up aerial and ground bombardments on the eastern areas of the city, killing people in an air strike on a house in the Brazil neighbourhood.

A bomb crater is seen among a heavily damaged area of buildings.

Palestinians search for bodies and survivors among the rubble of the Jabalia refugee camp. Source: AAP / Mohammed Saber

Residents said Israeli air and ground bombardments were intensifying and tanks had cut off the main north-south Salahuddin road dividing east of the city from the central area.

UNRWA, the main UN aid agency in Gaza, estimated that about 360,000 people had fled the southern city since the Israeli military gave its first evacuation order a week ago.
They are moving to empty tracts of land, including Al-Mawasi, a small strip of land along the coast, designated as an expanded humanitarian area by Israel.

But the Norwegian Refugee Council aid agency said it was not set up to receive uprooted families, with no space to install toilet facilities or water points.

Tyler Mitchell

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  1. The wounded and sick suffer a slow death because there is no treatment and supplies and they cannot travel.

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