The director-general of the Government Media Office in Gaza tells Al Jazeera more than 700 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza during the last 24 hours.Hamas says captive-prisoner swap talks will not resume until the Israeli onslaught in Gaza ends.Israel pulled back its negotiators from Qatar on Saturday, saying Hamas violated the terms of the truce agreement.At least 15,500 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since October 7. In Israel, the official death toll stands at about 1,200.
Israel’s bombardment of the southern Gaza Strip has intensified, making it harder to deliver aid not only to the northern part of the besieged coastal enclave but also across the south as well, Nebal Farsakh, the Red Crescent’s spokeswoman has said.
“Israeli forces have separated the central region from Khan Younis and the rest of the southern Gaza Strip, making it more dangerous for us to deliver aid in those areas,” she said.“Our biggest challenge in the north is running out of fuel. Even during the truce period, we were not able to deliver the fuel truck that was allocated to our medics in that area.If this continues, our ambulances will be unable to be dispatched,”
Farsakh also said:
The number of trucks received by the PRCS from October 21 to November 30 is 2,538, including 1,091 during the humanitarian truce period that lasted seven days.The number of trucks that entered the northern Gaza areas during the humanitarian truce period was 310.These trucks are a drop in the ocean and do not meet the humanitarian needs of people in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli forces fighting ‘strongly’ in southern Gaza
“We fought strongly and thoroughly in the northern Gaza Strip, and we are also doing it now in the southern Gaza,” the Chief of General Staff Herzi Halevi said in a statement.Hamas fighters clashed with Israeli troops about 2km (1 mile) from the southern city of Khan Younis. Residents, many of whom moved there to flee earlier attacks, said they could hear tank fire and fear a new Israeli ground offensive is building.
The Israeli military earlier ordered people to evacuate some areas in and near the city, but made no announcement of any new southern ground assault.