Following a seven-day cessation of hostilities between Israel and the Islamic organization Hamas, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) resumed military operations on December 1. The resumption, announced via social media, comes in response to Hamas's breach of the ceasefire agreement and subsequent rocket fire towards Israel.
Intense Military Actions Resume
The IDF launched attacks on over 200 targets across the Gaza Strip, including aerial bombings of what they claimed were terrorist activity bases. Since the resumption of hostilities, more than 170 people have died, reported the Health Ministry of the Gaza Strip. Concerns are growing that the number of victims may increase further, raising questions about the potential humanitarian impact of this renewed conflict.
Criticism and Tensions within Israel
The IDF's actions have drawn criticism from the families of hostages and supporters within Israel. Advocates are urging for the continuation of the ceasefire until all hostages are released. Despite previous agreements leading to the release of hostages from both sides, 137 people remain in captivity by Hamas.
Impact on Aid Supplies and Negotiations
The situation remains tense, with fears of worsening conflict and the potential impact on the delivery of aid supplies to the region. The Israeli government has blamed Hamas for breaking the ceasefire and resuming rocket attacks. The government spokesperson stated that Hamas has decided to end the ceasefire by not releasing all the female and child hostages as obligated.