Israel Reject Calls for Ceasefire as War With Hamas Continues
After a month of warfare, Israel’s military ground forces are now in the “depths” of Gaza, battling Hamas forces, indicating a new phase in the ongoing fight and a definite rise in the total death count. The primary spokesperson for the Israeli Army, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, explained that the Israeli ground operation is “putting great pressure on Hamas.”
According to reports, the Israeli military declared the separation of northern Gaza from the southern region on Sunday. Throughout the night and into Monday, airstrikes targeted 450 locations while Israeli ground forces took control of a Hamas compound. Reports describe a remaining one-way corridor available to facilitate the evacuation to the south of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who remain in Gaza City and other northern areas.
The Israel Defense Forces announced a four-hour period for the evacuation of Gaza City residents on Tuesday, while the Israeli military persisted in its operation against Hamas. This window is now closed, as reported by NBC.
Casualties Heighten as War Persists
The Ministry of Health, a Gaza-based agency in the Hamas-controlled government, reported the Palestinian lives lost have surpassed 10,000. This approximation includes both fighters and civilians. The numbers reported by the health administration in Gaza cannot be independently verified, but U.S. officials assert that the civilian death toll is undeniably in the thousands. According to AP, 70% of Gaza residents have fled their homes since the war began.
Over 250,000 Israelis have relocated from their homes near the borders of Gaza and Lebanon as a result of ongoing rocket attacks into Israel. More than 1,400 people have died, and 6,900 have been injured, as reported by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel’s military argues attempts to avoid civilian casualties, with a focused target on Hamas and other militant groups. Nevertheless, the ever-climbing count of casualties and the escalating crisis in Gaza have intensified the call for a ceasefire from governments and international organizations worldwide.
“There will be no cease-fire, general cease-fire, in Gaza without the release of our hostages.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has remained strong in his promise to push forward into war until Israeli hostages are freed. U.S. President Joe Biden and other senior administration figures have urgently called upon Israel to implement a temporary “humanitarian pause,” which would cause a delay in warfare. The idea of a pause in the fight is intended to aid Gaza and evacuate innocent civilians from the conflict-ridden Palestinian territory.
In an interview with ABC News, the Israeli Prime Minister responded to the idea of a “humanitarian pause.” He stated, “Well, there’ll be no cease-fire, general cease-fire, in Gaza without the release of our hostages. As far as tactical little pauses, an hour here, an hour there. We’ve had them before, I suppose, will check the circumstances in order to enable goods, humanitarian goods to come in, or our hostages, individual hostages to leave. But I don’t think there’s going to be a general cease-fire.”
Additionally, Netanyahu explained that Israel will uphold control of the Gaza Strip after the war commences. “I think Israel will, for an indefinite period, will have the overall security responsibility because we’ve seen what happens when we don’t have it. When we don’t have that security responsibility, what we have is the eruption of Hamas terror on a scale that we couldn’t imagine”, as shared by ABC News.
One Month Since the Hamas Massacre
In the early hours of October 7, 1,400 Israelis were killed in southern Israel when Hamas militants infiltrated the border. Hamas carried out attacks in communities near Gaza and targeted partygoers at a music festival, capturing around 240 individuals as captives.
Observing the one-month mark of one of the worst attacks on the Jewish state, Israelis nationwide participated in vigils, memorial events, prayers, and protests on Tuesday. This solemn movement reflects the ongoing struggle of the nation in the aftermath of the tragic massacre.