| 24 February 2024, Saturday |

Israel suffers worst combat losses since October, diplomatic isolation

Following an ambush in the rubble of Gaza City, Israel reported on Wednesday that its combat losses had reached their lowest point in almost a month. As civilian casualties increased and the humanitarian crisis grew worse, Israel faced increasing diplomatic isolation.

Day after day, fierce fighting broke out in both north and south of Gaza, despite UN demands for a quick humanitarian truce. According to US President Joe Biden, international solidarity is being negatively impacted by Israel’s “indiscriminate” bombing of people.

Warplanes again bombed the length of Gaza and aid officials said the arrival of winter rain worsened conditions for hundreds of thousands sleeping rough in makeshift tents. The vast majority of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have been made homeless.

Israel had global sympathy when it launched a campaign to annihilate the Hamas militant group that controls Gaza after fighters stormed across the border fence on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 Israelis, mostly civilians, and seizing 240 hostages.

But since then, Israel has besieged the enclave and laid much of it to waste. Gaza’s health ministry said on Wednesday at least 18,608 people have been killed and 50,594 injured in Israeli strikes on Gaza since Oct. 7. Many thousands more are feared lost in the rubble or beyond the reach of ambulances.

  • Reuters