People who were gathering in Tel Aviv’s ‘Hostages Square’ scrambled for shelter as sirens wailed, signaling rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip on Friday, as interceptions were heard in Tel Aviv and other cities across the country.
A barrage of rockets that was launched from Gaza toward Israel on Friday forced many to run for cover in different parts of Israel.
Meanwhile, Israel continued striking northern and southern Gaza Strip.
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The Israel-Hamas war entered its third month Friday, and the United Nations warned that its aid operation is “in tatters” because no place in the besieged enclave is safe.
Israel’s ferocious military assault on Gaza, a tiny, densely populated territory, has led to widespread civilian casualties and mass displacements, triggering international alarm.
The Israeli army said Friday that over the past day the military had struck about 450 targets in the Gaza Strip by air, sea and ground, signaling the continued intensity of Israel’s campaign.
In recent days, Israeli tanks have rumbled into southern Gaza, starting with Khan Younis.
It’s the opening of a grim new chapter in a war that has already killed over 17,000 Palestinians, according to Gaza’s health ministry, and displaced what the United Nations estimates to be 1.9 million people.
The war — which erupted when Hamas militants rampaged through southern Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people and abducting more than 240 others — has severely damaged or destroyed as much as 36 percent of all the buildings across the entire enclave, according to analysis of publicly available satellite imagery from the European Earth observation program Copernicus taken Wednesday.