Israel-Palestine war, now in its 21st day, is the deadliest of five Gaza wars for both sides as over 7,000 Palestinians have been martyred so far — more than three times the number killed in the six-week-long Gaza war in 2014.
Missile strikes Egyptian Red Sea town of Taba
A missile has struck a medical facility in an Egyptian Red Sea resort town near the Israeli border, wounding six people, Egypt’s Al Qahera News reported, and Israel’s military said it was aware of a security incident in the area.
Citing sources, Al Qahera reported the blast in the town of Taba was related to fighting between Israel and Palestine’s Hamas resistance fighters.
A witness in Taba, which lies some 220 kms from Gaza, reported hearing an explosion and seeing heavy smoke and dust rising.
Al Qahera reported the missile struck a Taba ambulance facility and a residential building for the administration of the Taba Hospital.
More than 2,000 people under debris of bombed buildings
Authorities in Palestine’s Gaza enclave have said that at least 2,000 people are reportedly under the rubble of destroyed buildings.
They said 29,000 houses have been completely flattened by Israel in its indiscriminate land and air strikes since October 7.
Israeli air strikes have ravaged swaths of besieged Gaza — leaving it looking like a wasteland from space — and residents are running out of food, water and other supplies.
War on Gaza ‘will put the entire region out of control’
Ismail Haniyeh, the political bureau chief of the Palestinian resistance group Hamas, has warned about the consequences of the continuation of the Israeli war against Gaza.
The war “will put the entire region out of control,” Haniyeh said in a televised statement aired by Hamas-affiliated Al Aqsa TV.
He said after 20 days of fighting in Gaza, the resistance “is very well.”
Haniyeh affirmed that all resistance groups in Palestine, including Hamas, “are national liberation movements,” when one considers that “terrorism is the occupier, those who support it, and those who remain silent about the massacres.”
“The continuation of the aggression against Gaza will put the entire region out of control. Indeed, today the region has become a hot tin roof, and no one can predict its directions or outcome,” he said.
The Hamas chief demanded the opening of all crossings, especially Rafah, to allow access to everything Gaza needs “without restrictions or conditions.”
Muslim group says 225,000 messages urging truce sent to US lawmakers
The Council on American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] has announced that participants in its “Ceasefire Now” congressional resolution have sent almost 225,000 messages to Congress.
“More than 225,000 emails have been dispatched to members of the U.S. House and Senate,” CAIR said in a statement.
The resolution is intended to send action alert messages to Congress to urge lawmakers to support a ceasefire in Gaza amid an Israeli bombardment and blockade.
“We must urgently address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and advocate for an immediate ceasefire. Without our voices, Congress may only hear from those who support unchecked military actions and seek to rationalize civilian casualties among the Palestinian population,” CAIR’s Robert McCaw said in a statement.