The siege of Gaza city is complete, what will happen to Hamas now? Big announcement by Israeli army, Antony Blinken will meet Netanyahu
Rafah. Israeli ground troops surrounded Gaza city on Friday in the war against Hamas. The move comes at a time when top US diplomat Antony Blinken has arrived in Israel for a visit focused on “concrete steps” to reduce casualties among Palestinian civilians in Gaza. Ahead of Blinken’s arrival, Israel’s military (IDF) said on Thursday it had ‘completed the siege’ of the narrow Palestinian enclave’s largest city – signaling a new phase in the nearly month-long conflict.
According to the Israeli government, more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Israel since the initial attack by Hamas. Not only this, Hamas has also kept at least 229 people captive in Gaza. At the same time, more than 9000 Palestinian civilians have been killed so far in the Israeli attack. Nearly 4,000 people died in all four previous conflicts between Israel and Hamas.
Fresh Israeli attacks rocked the Gaza Strip on Friday morning, and the Gaza Health Ministry reported at least 15 deaths in Zeitun, a neighborhood near Gaza City, and seven in the Jabaliya refugee camp, an AFP correspondent said. The Hamas government has said that 195 people were killed in an Israeli bombardment of Jabaliya earlier this week, while hundreds were missing and injured. However, these figures have not yet been verified by AFP.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Israel on Friday for the third time since the start of the war with Hamas. The top US diplomat, who visited Israel twice last month, is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior officials, CNN reports.
Washington D.C. on Thursday before his departure. Blinken told the media that he planned to talk to the Israeli government about the ongoing campaign against the Hamas terrorist organization and the steps to be taken to protect civilians. He said he intended to discuss the hostage situation, but declined to provide details about concrete steps to better protect civilians.
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