Hostilities have been raging around the Gaza Strip for over two weeks. Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise attack, firing thousands of missiles and catching the IDF off guard.
The Israeli government introduced a humanitarian blockade of the Gaza Strip and launched retaliatory strikes on the region. This weekend, the Israeli army vowed to intensify attacks on the Gaza Strip while preparing for a full-scale ground operation in the hot spot.
Earlier, a missile hit the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, virtually destroying the building and killing nearly 500 people, according to data provided by Palestinian health officials.
Both Gaza Strip and Israel traded blame over the incident, as near-border tensions in the Middle East region are escalating. The hostilities have already resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries on both sides.
The Israeli ground operation in Gaza could be aborted under the condition that Palestinian group Hamas releases all hostages and surrenders unconditionally, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Jonathan Conricus said on Monday.
Ceasefire will not be introduced in the Gaza Strip despite the efforts of the USA and Qatar to free over 200 hostages taken by Hamas, US news broadcaster reported on Sunday, citing a senior Israeli official.
On Sunday, media reported that Washington put pressure on the Israeli government to postpone the ground operation in Gaza in order to release more hostages and send humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip.
Humanitarian efforts cannot be allowed to impact the mission to dismantle Hamas, The official added that Israel agreed to allow supplies of aid to Gaza, although that was not popular in Israel.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2023.