The Israel Defense Forces launched airstrikes on Gaza in the early hours of Monday, and also targeted southern Lebanon with aerial attacks overnight. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a meeting with his top generals and war cabinet to evaluate the intensifying conflict.
According to reports from Palestinian media, Israel’s strikes targeted the central and northern areas of the Gaza Strip. A residence near the Jabalia refugee camp in the north was hit, resulting in the death of multiple Palestinians and injuries to others.
The Palestinian health ministry announced on Monday that two individuals were killed at the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank, which is currently under Israeli control.
According to reports from residents, Israeli forces entered the camp and made multiple arrests while engaging in confrontations with armed individuals and young people who hurled rocks. The Israeli military has not released a statement regarding the event.
According to health officials in Gaza, at least 4,600 individuals lost their lives during a two-week bombing campaign by Israel. The bombing was initiated after a violent attack carried out by Hamas on October 7th in southern Israeli communities, resulting in 1,400 deaths and 212 individuals being taken hostage in Gaza.
The Palestinian group Hamas released a statement saying that its leader Ismail Haniyeh and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian spoke on the phone on Sunday night to discuss how to put an end to Israel’s violent actions in Gaza.
The Israeli military has gathered tanks and soldiers at the enclosed border near Gaza with the intention of launching a ground attack to completely destroy Hamas.
Concerns that the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict may escalate into a larger conflict in the Middle East have increased in recent days. The United States has issued a warning about the potential threat to their interests in the region and has announced plans to deploy advanced air defense systems.
The Pentagon has sent a considerable number of naval resources to the Middle East, such as two aircraft carriers, support vessels, and approximately 2,000 Marines. This is to assist in preventing potential attacks by groups connected to Iran.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated on Sunday’s episode of ABC’s This Week that there is a strong possibility of an increase in hostile attacks against our military and citizens in the surrounding area.
According to Chinese state media, Zhai Jun, China’s envoy to the Middle East, issued a warning during his visit to the region, stating that the threat of a significant ground conflict is increasing and expressing concern about potential spillover conflicts in the area.
Iranian security officials informed Reuters that Iran’s plan was for its proxies in the Middle East, such as Hezbollah, to carry out small-scale attacks on Israeli and American targets, while also avoiding a significant escalation that could involve Tehran. This approach is seen as a risky balancing act for the Islamic Republic.
In the nearby country of Syria, where the primary supporter of Hamas, Iran, has a military presence, Israeli missiles struck Damascus and Aleppo international airports early Sunday morning. This caused both airports to become inoperable and resulted in the deaths of two workers, according to Syrian state media.
Hezbollah, a group supported by Iran, has engaged in conflicts with Israeli forces along the northern border of Israel and Lebanon. This has been in support of Hamas, resulting in the deadliest increase of violence at the border since the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.
On Monday morning, the Israeli military reported that it carried out airstrikes on two Hezbollah groups in Lebanon. These groups were allegedly preparing to launch anti-tank missiles and rockets towards Israel. The Israeli military also targeted other facilities belonging to Hezbollah, such as a compound and an observation post.
Hezbollah announced on Monday that one of its members had died, but did not give any further information. The Israeli military reported that a total of seven soldiers have lost their lives on the Lebanese border during the current conflict.
Due to an escalation in violent activity near its heavily fortified borders, Israel has expanded its evacuation plan in the northern region of the country to include 14 additional communities near Lebanon and Syria.
Additional assistance has been delivered to Gaza.
Mohammad Shtayyeh, the Prime Minister of Palestine, urged the global community to unite and take action to cease Israel’s assaults in Gaza and facilitate the delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid, which has only just started to arrive.
On Sunday evening, a second group of 14 aid trucks entered the Rafah crossing to reach the blockaded Gaza Strip. The White House reported that US President Joseph R. Biden and Mr. Netanyahu discussed and confirmed that there will be a continuous supply of this crucial aid into Gaza.
According to the U.N. humanitarian office, the amount of aid received so far is only 4% of the daily average prior to the start of hostilities. This is significantly less than what is required, as supplies of food, water, medicine, and fuel are dwindling.
President Biden increased his diplomatic efforts, holding conversations on Sunday with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Pope Francis, as well as speaking with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Britain to discuss providing aid to Gaza and preventing the conflict from escalating.
The leaders issued a statement expressing their backing for Israel’s right to protect itself. They also urged compliance with international laws regarding the treatment of civilians.
The office of Israeli leader Mr. Netanyahu reported that he had a phone conversation with the leaders of France, Spain, and the Netherlands on Sunday evening.