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Israel launches deadly attacks in Gaza, says ready for new truce talks

“EXPLOSIONS AND SHOTS”

The bloodiest war ever in Gaza erupted after Hamas’ unprecedented attack on October 7 that killed more than 1,170 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally of official Israeli figures.

The militants also took 252 hostages, 124 of whom remain in Gaza, including 37 who the army says are dead.

Israel’s retaliatory offensive has killed at least 35,800 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the Hamas-run territory’s Health Ministry.

Heavy fighting occurred again in Gaza, where the military said troops in Rafah had “dismantled several tunnels and launchers in the area, and eliminated several terrorists during hand-to-hand encounters.”

Urban fighting has also broken out again in areas of the north, including Jabalia, where Israeli forces first entered several months ago.

“We heard nothing but the sound of explosions and gunshots,” said Mahmud al-Sharif, 31, in the refugee camp adjacent to Jabalia.

Dr. Mohammad Saleh, acting director of Al-Awda hospital, one of two in northern Gaza that the UN says are still operating, said it was under Israeli siege for the fifth straight day.

“Soldiers are present in the hospital courtyard and in nearby houses,” he said, adding that there was “continuous shooting and shelling” toward the hospital.

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