Some Palestinian civilians were fleeing their homes in northern Gaza on Wednesday, just weeks after returning, because of Israeli shelling that they said was as intense as that at the start of the war.

Most of the attack was focused, for a second day, on Beit Lahiya, in the far north of Gaza, where the Israeli military gave withdrawal orders to four neighborhoods on Tuesday, warning that they were in a “dangerous combat zone.” .

After a few weeks of relative calm, Israel intensified its attacks overnight on Monday, focusing on areas, especially in the north, where it had withdrawn many of its troops, saying Hamas was no longer in control.

Israeli media reported that Israel was also ready to send troops to the southern city of Rafah, which is considered Hamas’ last stronghold. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office and the office of the Israeli military spokesman had no immediate comment on the media reports.

Israel vowed to eradicate Hamas after the militant group’s fighters crossed the border on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people and taking 253 hostages, according to Israeli records.

The war, now in its seventh month, has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians, and many more are feared buried in the rubble. The offensive destroyed much of the densely populated enclave, displacing most of its 2.3 million inhabitants and creating a humanitarian crisis.

In the past 24 hours, Israeli strikes have killed 79 Palestinians and injured 86 others, the Gaza Health Ministry said, adding that many remain under the rubble or in the streets, where civil emergency and ambulance teams have been unable to reach due to the operations. ongoing military operations and the lack of heavy earthmoving machines.

With information from Reuters


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