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Growing pleas for a ceasefire are rejected by Netanyahu as Israel fights Hamas outside the major Gaza hospital

<p>Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, resisted demands for a cease-fire on Saturday, stating that Israel would continue to use “full force” in its fight against the Hamas terrorists who control Gaza.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-278532″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/theindiaprint.com-growing-pleas-for-a-ceasefire-are-rejected-by-netanyahu-as-israel-fights-hamas-out.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com growing pleas for a ceasefire are rejected by netanyahu as israel fights hamas out” width=”1235″ height=”777″ title=”Growing pleas for a ceasefire are rejected by Netanyahu as Israel fights Hamas outside the major Gaza hospital 3″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/theindiaprint.com-growing-pleas-for-a-ceasefire-are-rejected-by-netanyahu-as-israel-fights-hamas-out.jpg 283w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/theindiaprint.com-growing-pleas-for-a-ceasefire-are-rejected-by-netanyahu-as-israel-fights-hamas-out-150×94.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1235px) 100vw, 1235px” /></p>
<p>Netanyahu said in a televised speech that a cease-fire would only be feasible if all 239 hostages held by terrorists in Gaza were freed.</p>
<p>The Israeli prime minister also emphasized that Israel would maintain security control over Gaza and that it would be demilitarized after the conflict, which is now in its sixth week. When questioned about his definition of security control, Netanyahu responded that Israeli troops needed unrestricted access to Gaza in order to pursue terrorists.</p>
<p>Additionally, he disapproved of the notion that Gaza would eventually come under the administration of the Palestinian Authority, which already rules over autonomous regions of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Both viewpoints contradict post-war projections put out by the United States, Israel’s closest friend.</p>
<p>According to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as a first step toward Palestinian statehood, the US opposes an Israeli reoccupation of Gaza and eventually sees a single Palestinian administration overseeing both Gaza and the West Bank.</p>
<p>“The war against (Hamas) is advancing with full force and it has one goal, to win,” said Netanyahu as of right now. There is no other option except to succeed.</p>
<p>A preterm newborn, another infant in an incubator, and four other patients died as a result of the final generator running out of fuel, according to terrified physicians at Gaza’s biggest hospital, adding to the mounting pressure on Israel. The combat captured thousands of injured soldiers, medical personnel, and displaced civilians.</p>
<p>The violence in the northern Gaza region around Shifa and other hospitals has been worse recently, and supplies are running low. Without offering any proof, the Israeli military has claimed that Hamas has set up command centers in and under hospitals, employing patients as human shields. The medical personnel in Shifa has refuted these allegations and charged Israel of attacking people without warning.</p>
<p>Mohammed Abu Selmia, the director of Shifa Hospital, said that electricity went off on Saturday.</p>
<p>“Medical equipment ceased. Over the phone, he said, “Patients, especially those in critical care, started to die,” while explosions and shooting could be heard in the background. He said that Israeli forces were obstructing traffic between buildings and “shooting at anyone outside or inside the hospital.”</p>
<p>Later, the World Health Organization said in a post on X, then known as Twitter, that it had lost touch with its contacts at Shifa.</p>
<p>While the Israeli military acknowledged fighting outside the hospital, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari refuted reports that Shifa was under siege. He said that military would help move newborns receiving care there on Sunday and that “we are speaking directly and regularly” with hospital employees.</p>
<p>Taking over the hospitals would be crucial to Israel’s efforts to destroy Hamas, according to former Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, who told broadcaster Channel 12 that doing so would need “a lot of tactical creativity” in order to avoid endangering patients, innocent civilians, or Israeli prisoners.</p>
<p>Speaking representatives for the Health Ministry, which is administered by Hamas, revealed that six patients—including the two children—died at Shifa when the generator failed.</p>
<p>Robert Mardini, the director general of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said on social media that the “unbearably desperate situation” in Shifa had to end immediately. “Acts of war in health care facilities can have no justification,” said UN humanitarian head Martin Griffiths in a tweet.</p>
<p>The 14,000 displaced civilians taking refuge inside al-Quds hospital in Gaza City were reportedly in “a state of extreme panic and fear” as a result of Israeli tanks being 20 meters away, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.</p>
<p>The Israeli military published video footage purporting to show tanks in action in Gaza. The photos showed demolished streets devoid of everyone except soldiers and broken houses, some of which were on fire.</p>
<p>In a communiqué, leaders of 57 Muslim and Arab countries gathered in Saudi Arabia demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza and the provision of humanitarian supplies. Additionally, they demanded that the UN body, the International Court of Justice, launch an inquiry into Israel’s assaults, claiming that the conflict “cannot be called self-defense and cannot be justified under any means.”</p>
<p>Netanyahu said that Hamas, which denied impeding people’s ability to escape Gaza City, was to blame for any damage done to civilians.</p>
<p>The military arm of Hamas released a statement saying that militants were ambushing Israeli forces and that Israel will be fighting a protracted war. In an audio clip that was broadcast on Al-Jazeera, the Qassam Brigades spokesperson, Abu Obaida, said that while the conflict is excessive, “it is terrifying the strongest force in the region.”</p>
<p>Hundreds of Hamas militants have reportedly been met by Israeli forces while battle in subterranean buildings, schools, mosques, and clinics. Crushing Hamas, which has dominated Gaza for 16 years, is one of the war’s main objectives, according to Israel.</p>
<p>Following the October 7th catastrophic Hamas onslaught on Israel, which resulted in the deaths of at least 1,200 people, Israel’s friends have spoken up for the nation’s right to self-defense. But now entering the second month of conflict, there are significant divisions about how Israel should conduct its struggle.</p>
<p>The US has pressed for short-term breaks that would enable more desperately needed supplies to be sent to residents in the besieged area, where circumstances are becoming worse. However, Israel has only consented to limited daily times during which residents may evacuate the area of ground conflict in northern Gaza and proceed south on foot along the territory’s major north-south artery.</p>
<p>UN Monitors report that since these windows for evacuation were originally announced a week ago, over 150,000 people had left the north. The central route and a seaside road are available for civilian access, according to a revised evacuation timetable issued by the military on Saturday.</p>
<p>A stream of people ran southward on the main route, some in donkey-drawn carts. Two kids were pulled by one guy in a wheelbarrow.</p>
<p>“What do they want from us, and where should we go?” remarked Yehia al-Kafarnah, one fleeing resident.</p>
<p>Civilians and human rights activists in Palestine have retaliated against Israel’s description of the southern evacuation zones as “fairly safe.” They observe that Israeli shelling has continued throughout Gaza, including airstrikes in the south that Israel claims target Hamas leaders but that have also killed women and children.</p>
<p>Demonstrations and indignation persisted. The greatest peaceful demonstration in London since the start of the conflict, according to the police, included 300,000 supporters of the Palestinian cause. Right-wing counterprotesters fought with police.</p>
<p>Thousands of people were taking refuge in Shifa, and Islam Mattar remarked, “Shelling and explosions never stopped.” Children here are afraid because they can’t stop hearing bombs.</p>
<p>The Health Ministry told Al Jazeera there were still 1,500 patients in Shifa, along with 1,500 medical professionals and between 15,000 and 20,000 civilians seeking refuge.</p>
<p>Thousands have escaped Shifa and other hospitals that have come under siege, but medics warned it’s difficult for everyone to get away.</p>
<p>“We cannot evacuate ourselves and (leave) these people inside,” a Doctors Without Borders physician in Shifa, Mohammed Obeid, was reported as saying by the group.</p>
<p>Meanwhile, the Gaza Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between civilian and militant killings, reports that over 11,070 Palestinians have died since the start of the conflict, two-thirds of them women and kids. It is believed that 2,700 persons who have been reported missing may be dead or trapped under the debris.</p>
<p>Israeli sources claim that at least 1,200 people have died in Israel, the majority of them in the first Hamas strike. Five reserve troops were declared dead by the military on Saturday; since the start of the ground battle, 46 Israeli soldiers have lost their lives in Gaza.</p>
<p>There are still around 240 Israelis held hostage by Hamas.</p>
<p>In the vicinity of Gaza and along the northern border with Lebanon, where Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah terrorists have engaged in frequent gunfire, over 250,000 Israelis have been forced to flee their homes.</p>
<p>“Hezbollah is dragging Lebanon into a possible war,” Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant warned after speaking with troops stationed near the border.</p>
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