Live blog: Israeli air strikes leave tragedy, many killed after Hamas truce

0607 GMT — At least six Palestinians were killed in an Israeli air raid on Rafah city in the south of Gaza, Palestinian health ministry spokesperson Ashraf al Qudra told AFP, updating an initial toll of three.

Elsewhere, two children were killed in air raids on Gaza City, said Fadel Naim, a doctor with Al Ahli hospital, as fighting resumed shortly after the expiration of a seven-day truce between Israel and Hamas.

In a series of devastating attacks, Israeli forces launched air strikes targeting residential areas in Gaza, resulting in a grim toll of casualties.

Medical sources have reported that four bodies and numerous injured individuals were rushed to Abu Youssef Al Najjar Hospital in Rafah city following a raid on a house.

The violence escalated further in central Gaza, where an Israeli bombing raid on a house in Al Maghazi refugee camp claimed the life of one Palestinian and left four others injured. Developments after week-long truce were confirmed by medical sources providing information to Anadolu Agency.

Amidst the chaos, clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian factions near Al Nasr and Al Rantisi hospitals in the northwest of Gaza, according to Anadolu.

Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital received several injured Palestinians, victims of the Israeli air strikes targeting central Gaza. The hospital staff worked tirelessly to attend to the wounded, highlighting the urgent need for humanitarian aid in the region.

The Israeli aggression extended to the city of Rafah, where aircraft targeted one house, and in the north of Gaza City, where two houses were struck. Anadolu’s correspondent on the scene reported the attacks

A temporary truce between Israel and Palestinian resistance group Hamas that was due to end at 7 AM local time (0500 GMT) on Friday has expired, with neither side announcing a deal to extend it.

In the hour before the truce was set to end, Israel said it intercepted a rocket fired from Gaza and the media in the besieged Palestinian enclave reported sounds of explosions and gunfire in northern Gaza.

The seven-day pause, which began on November 24 and was extended twice, had allowed for the exchange of dozens of hostages held in Gaza for hundreds of Palestinian women and children and facilitated the entry of humanitarian aid into the enclave.

0507 GMT — Israeli army says ‘resumed combat’, strikes Gaza The Israeli army has said combat operations have resumed and an AFP journalist witnessed air and artillery strikes on Gaza.

“Hamas violated the operational pause, and in addition, fired toward Israeli territory,” the Israeli military said.

Separately, an Anadolu Agency correspondent has witnessed artillery shelling and heavy gunfire underway in the east of the besieged Palestinian enclave.

0250 GMT — Israel, Hamas agree to extend truce for eighth day: WSJ

Israel and Palestinian resistance movement Hamas have agreed to extend a temporary truce for an eighth day, in a deal that will involve the release of more Israeli captives in exchange for Palestinians languishing in Israeli jails, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing Egyptian officials.

There was no immediate comment from Israel or from Hamas.

0250 GMT — Palestine Red Crescent says 65 aid trucks entered Gaza City, North Gaza

The Palestine Red Crescent Society said that a total of 65 aid trucks entered Gaza City and North Gaza governorate.

This brings the total number of trucks sent to 310 since the beginning of the humanitarian pause on November 24. The statement did not indicate whether fuel trucks were sent to the two areas.

Seven trucks carrying fuel and cooking gas entered Gaza via the Rafah border crossing, Wael Abu Mohsen, head of communications for the Palestinian side of the crossing, told Anadolu Agency.

0230 GMT  Israel has arrested 3,390 Palestinians in West Bank since October 7

Israeli forces have detained 3,390 Palestinians in raids across the occupied West Bank since October 7, including 260 during humanitarian pauses, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) said.

The arrests were made during home raids and at military checkpoints and included those compelled to surrender under pressure and those taken as hostages, the Palestinian Prisoners Society and the Commission of Detainees Affairs said in a joint statement.

Thirty arrests were recorded on Thursday, while the total number of arrests on Wednesday to Thursday night reached 40, they said.

0204 GMT — Netherlands calls on Israel to exercise restraint in its military deployment to Gaza

The Netherlands urged Israel on to exercise restraint in its military deployment to Gaza.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on X that he spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the latest state of affairs regarding the agreement for a humanitarian pause in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian resistance group Hamas.

“I informed Prime Minister Netanyahu that the Netherlands is still very concerned about the situation in Gaza. We must do everything we can to make the most of the humanitarian pauses to help the innocent people of Gaza,” Rutte said.

0146 GMT — Israeli captive pleads with Netanyahu to repatriate family’s bodies from Gaza

An Israeli captive being held by the Palestinian resistance group Hamas has pleaded with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to arrange for the burial of his family in Israel after they were killed in an Israeli airstrike on besieged Gaza.

The plea came in a recorded message released by Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades.

“Bibi [Netanyahu], you bombed and killed my wife and my two children, who were the most important thing in my life,” said Yardin Bibas.

“I request from you to return my family to their homeland so they can be buried in Israel,” he added emotionally.

“Bibi, I beg you to bring them back to Israel. Please bring them back home.”

0037 GMT — Israel destroys over 60% of houses in Gaza

The Israeli army has destroyed more than 60 percent of the homes and residential units in besieged Gaza, the government media office in Gaza said.

“Our people are facing a genuine and worsening humanitarian catastrophe due to the Israeli occupation army’s destruction of over 60 percent of the homes and residential units in Gaza, especially in the Gaza and North Gaza governorates,” it said.

“The residential units housed more than 50,000 families who lost their homes entirely, in addition to 250,000 housing units partially destroyed by the occupation,” it added.

Regarding the state of the health sector in Gaza, the media office said it “is still experiencing a severe collapse.

More than 26 hospitals and 55 health centres have ceased operations due to the targeting, bombing, occupation, destruction and blowing up of hospitals.”



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