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Hospitals in Khan Younis remain under siege as Red Sea tensions rise.

Hospitals in Khan Younis remain under siege as Red Sea tensions rise.
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Article: "Israel’s War on Gaza: An Overview of Key Developments on Day 118"

As of Thursday, February 1, 2024, the situation in the conflict between Israel and Gaza is as follows:

Human Impact and Fighting Updates:

  • The Israeli army executed a raid on the courtyard of al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, after a 10-day siege.
  • Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis is also under siege, facing a fuel shortage.
  • Ongoing bombardment in Gaza resulted in casualties, with reports of Palestinians killed in an Israeli airstrike on a civilian car linking Khan Younis and Rafah.

International Response and Military Actions:

  • The US Central Command (CENTCOM) reported strikes against Houthi unmanned aerial vehicles and their ground control station in "self-defense."
  • The USS Carney intercepted an antiship ballistic missile fired by the Houthis in the Gulf of Aden, with no reported damages or injuries.
  • The European Union plans to launch a naval mission in the Red Sea to protect cargo ships from Houthi attacks.

Humanitarian Aid and Diplomatic Developments:

  • Approximately 184,000 people registered for humanitarian assistance on the western outskirts of Khan Younis, according to the United Nations OCHA.
  • A civil case accusing US President Joe Biden of complicity in Israel’s actions in Gaza was dismissed by a US federal court judge.
  • The Chicago City Council passed a resolution calling for a ceasefire, joining 70 US cities expressing concerns over Israel’s actions.
  • South Africa’s Foreign Minister criticized Israel for disregarding the International Court of Justice's interim ruling.
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed commitment to maximizing aid to Gaza during a meeting with UN humanitarian coordinator Sigrid Kaag.

Ceasefire Talks and Prisoner Release Plan:

  • Mossad spy chief David Bernea briefed Israel’s war cabinet on a captives’ release plan, proposing a 35-day pause in fighting and the release of 35 captives.
  • Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is expected in Cairo for talks on a truce proposal.

Settler Attacks in the West Bank:

  • Armed Israeli settlers injured two Palestinian children near the village of Susya.
  • Settlers assaulted an elderly man in the Masafer Yatta region, south of Hebron.
  • An Israeli settler ran over a herd of sheep in the al-Ma’rajat area, west of Jericho.

Source: 95.0 IQRA FM Kenya and News Agencies