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Israel continues to target homes, schools, and hospitals

By N Knowles (Writers Group)

As hopes for an immediate ceasefire fade in the wake of a US veto on the UN vote, 300 more Palestinian civilians were killed in the past 24 hours in Israeli airstrikes, bringing the official death toll in Gaza to 18,000. The airstrikes have included the bombing of the Al-Tannour neighbourhood in Rafah and the home of journalist Shaima Al-Jazzar, resulting in her death.

The occupation warplanes also bombed a house in the centre of Khan Younis, which led to the killing of a woman and the injury of at least eight other people in addition to the killing of two people and wounding of two others in an attack of al-Qarara, northeast of Khan Younis. Other bombings have included the eastern area of the city. A child was also killed in a raid that targeted a house in Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, in addition to a bombing that targeted Palestine Square and the vicinity of the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in the centre of Gaza City.

In the northern Gaza Strip, medical sources said five people were killed in the bombing of a mosque in the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood, in addition to the death and injury of dozens more civilians in another bombing that targeted the family of journalist Ola Atallah on al-Nafaq Street in the city.

It is also reported that Israeli occupation forces targeted the Khalifa Bin Zayed school in Beit Lahia, where thousands of displaced Palestinians are taking shelter, as well as several homes in the Jabalia refugee camp, leading to more death and injury, in addition to the bombing of homes in Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun.

Israel’s relentless bombardment of areas populated by civilians, along with ongoing ground operations, has forced almost 70% of Gaza’s population from their homes in the northern and central areas to the increasingly overcrowded south. The United States veto of a United Nations resolution backed by almost all other Security Council members shows that it has no qualms about the 30,000 tonnes of explosives dropped on Gaza that have damaged around 50 percent of all housing units throughout the Gaza Strip, rendering at least 10 percent of them unfit for habitation. Almost all the hospitals and primary care health centres are out of service with out of service schools being used for shelter instead of places of education for children.

Using its veto power, the United States is hedging its bets on Israel prevailing as a worthy investment for its imperialist designs on the region. However, the Israeli army is reporting unprecedented losses in its ground operations, with at least 5,000 soldiers wounded and 2,000 left disabled according to Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. Israel’s offensive in Gaza is starting to have a significant impact on its economy, as 470,000 dual citizenship Israeli civilians leave the country, decimating its workforce and costing Israel more than 50 billion dollars. With only 7,000 Hamas fighters killed, it is becoming clearer that Israel’s primary strategy for a victory is to kill every single Gazan, presuming no Gazan is innocent, in the hope that they will eventually wipe out Hamas.

How long they can sustain this is yet to be seen. The international community increasingly calls Israel out for the glaring evidence of war crimes against Gaza that are being broadcast to anyone with a smartphone in real time, despite the increasingly hollow assertions that Israel has the right to defend itself by carpet bombing children in their beds. Furthermore, mass civilian punishment has not convinced Gaza’s residents to stop supporting Hamas, and the Israeli people are turning against Netanyahu. This could point to the beginning of the end of the State of Israel, which is proving that the only way it can continue to exist is through the continued violent subjugation of the occupied population. For now, it appears to be in the final thrashing throes of an entity in decline.

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