45 days of the Israeli offensive have already passed. It has been 7 weeks since the announcement of the Siege of the Gaza Strip. This siege established the fact that in addition to bombing buildings and civilian populations, the Israeli military authorities completely closed the enclave by preventing the entry of water, food and gasoline after blocking access. to electricity. This decision was based on the fact that the Israeli Minister of Defense considers the Gazans to be “animals” and that they had to be treated “accordingly”.
Air strikes and artillery fire therefore continued continuously for more than 40 days on this coastal enclave, whose population had already been living under air, land and naval blockade for 16 years. A ground offensive on the northern Gaza Strip was launched in the following weeks.
On November 19, the human toll already stood at 12,200 people killed (including more than 5,000 children and 700 elderly people) and more than 29,000 injured.
The strikes are still in progress, they are a little more violent and deadly every day. After endless days and nights of siege of Al-Shifa hospital, the troops gradually and partially withdrew from the largest health center in the Gaza Strip. But other offensives and series of strikes continue to target civilian homes and buildings, hospitals, schools and refugee camps.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17
On Friday, November 17, 2023, dozens and dozens of Gazan civilians were killed in Israeli bombings. Deadly strikes hit the Nuseirat refugee camp, Khan Younis, Jabaliya, Deir El-Balah, Al-Zahra, Beit Lahia and Gaza City.
In Beit Lahia, the Indonesian hospital area was particularly targeted. This health center is the last hospital able to accommodate injured people in the north of the Gaza Strip. That same day, the hospital received 120 bodies so that they could be kept there.
Heavy Israeli air strikes in the vicinity of the Indonesian hospital, north of Gaza. 17.11.23
حرام عنيف على محيط المستشفى الإندونيسي شمال غزة pic.twitter.com/yKGwDoOcpg
— Eye on Palestine (@EyeonPalestine) November 17, 2023
In Gaza City, the tragedies continued on November 17. The UNRWA Al-Falah school in the south of the city was bombed. There are dozens of deaths there. The Israeli air force did not authorize the Red Cross and Gazan ambulance crews to quickly reach the scene to treat the injured.
During the day, Israeli troops made new incursions into Al-Shifa hospital where 24 patients were pronounced dead. The latter were unable to benefit from urgent care due to the power outage which has affected the hospital center for several days.
Finally in al Zahra, south of Gaza City, a terrible bombing took place on the Al-Wafa health center, a center exclusively dedicated to the medical care of the elderly. The director of the center was killed in the strikes, many doctors and caregivers were very seriously affected.
The days of November 16 and 17 were also punctuated by the fact that the bombings caused a total interruption of communications in the Gazan enclave. This catastrophe not only amplified the risks incurred by the populations, faced with the impossibility of being warned of the strikes
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18
The night of November 17-18 was one of the worst nights of bombing in the last 40 days. Perhaps the worst for the southern region of Gaza, which the Israeli army publicly presents as a safe zone, protected from airstrikes.
Dozens of deaths have been reported in the towns of Rafah and Khan Younis, where 20 people were killed in a single series of strikes.
Later in the day, in Beit Lahia, the Indonesian hospital area was again covered with bombs. Attacks which suggest a land offensive.
The Jabaliya refugee camp, the largest camp in the entire Gazan enclave, was once again heavily bombarded and shelled by Israeli artillery.
Columns of smoke are seen rising in the Jabalia refugee camp amid nonstop Israeli airstrikes.
According to local sources from the camp, the camp is witnessing a genocide in a media blackout due to the halt of telecom services as Israel is trying to forcibly evict residents to… pic.twitter.com/ocVUpSrWgY
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) November 19, 2023
On Saturday, November 18, the attacks and bombings mainly took place in the towns of Gaza, Beit Lahia, Jabaliya, Beit Hanoun, Rafah and Khan Younis.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19
The bombings during the night of November 18 to 19 were again very deadly. They mainly targeted the town of Khan Younis and the Nuseirat refugee camp. That night, 15 people were killed in Khan Younis, another 13 in the Nuseirat camp. A few hours later, a new series of deadly bombings left 14 people dead in the Nuseirat camp.
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) November 19, 2023
It was then the Jabalia camp which again came under fire from Israeli aircraft and artillery. The number of killed and injured could not be estimated, but at least two entire streets were blown up.
On the evening of Sunday, November 19, yet another massacre took place in the Gaza Strip. The Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, north of Gaza City, was targeted by a series of airstrikes with the main target being the Amr bin Al-Aas school, where thousands of refugees are currently sheltering.
Sources: WAFA / Quds News Network / Times of Gaza / Younis Tirawi / Eye on Palestine
Photo: Times of Gaza (Anas Al-Sharif)