| 2 March 2024, Saturday |

Israeli warplanes pound Gaza after truce ends, killing hundreds of Palestinians

Israel’s warplanes conducted airstrikes in Gaza after the collapse of truce talks with Hamas. Eastern areas of Khan Younis faced intense bombardment, prompting residents to flee for shelter.

Rockets were fired into southern Israel, and both sides blamed each other for the failed negotiations.

The UN warned of a worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Within hours of the truce expiration, 109 people were reported dead, and Israel targeted over 200 “terror targets.”

Egypt indicated that Israel sought a buffer zone along Gaza’s border in post-war proposals. The bombing, especially in southern Gaza, raised fears of an expanded conflict.

Leaflets urged evacuation, and Israel released a map to indicate safe areas. In south Lebanon, Israeli shelling killed two, and Hezbollah claimed attacks on Israeli positions, with conflicting reports on the events.

The collapse of the truce between Israel and Hamas was attributed to a failure in extending the daily release of hostages held by militants. The truce, initiated on Nov. 24 and extended twice, depended on Hamas releasing 10 hostages daily.

  • alarabiya