Israel, Hamas Engage In Fierce Battles In Gaza’s Biggest Cities

Israel attacked Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip’s biggest cities on Thursday, leaving 350 people dead and thousands of Palestinian civilians searching for shelter to escape the ravages of the war.

Many displaced Gazans crammed into Rafah on the southern border with Egypt, where Israeli leaflets urged Palestinians to flee, saying they would be safe. But the Hamas-controlled health ministry reported at least 37 deaths in overnight Israeli air attacks.

The Israeli military Thursday accused militants of firing rockets from areas near Rafah near the humanitarian zone.

United Nations officials said there are no safe places in Gaza. More than 85% of the territory’s population of more than 2 million people has already fled their homes or shelters, sometimes more than once.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres used a rarely exercised power to warn the Security Council of an impending “humanitarian catastrophe” in the narrow enclave along the Mediterranean Sea and urged members to demand a cease-fire.


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