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After an operation lasting almost three weeks, Israeli forces stated Friday that they’ve “completed their mission” within the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza — 5 months after the army declared victory in the identical space.

The Israel Defense Forces stated its troops killed “hundreds” of militants, destroyed about six miles of underground tunnels and recovered the our bodies of seven hostages within the densely built-up space.

Residents who returned to Jabalya spoke of the camp’s “complete destruction” after the 20-day operation. Once a refugee camp for Palestinians displaced by the 1948 creation of Israel, Jabalya camp became a densely populated neighborhood of concrete buildings within the subsequent many years.

Abdul Hadi Rayan, 42, ventured into Jabalya to examine his residence solely to be met with devastation. “I did not know where my house was or where its borders were. The area has no house suitable for living at all,” he lamented.

Speaking to The Washington Post by cellphone, Rayan expressed uncertainty about his future. “Even if I decide to return to the camp and live in a tent, all the infrastructure, all the streets and water lines are destroyed. There is absolutely no place for life here now.”


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Civil Defense spokesman Mahmoud Bassal reported that crews have been tirelessly working in Jabalya because the early hours of the morning. “Complete destruction in the camp, in every sense of the word. Nothing remains inside the camp,” he stated.

He estimated that greater than 1,000 properties had been destroyed, however stated the total extent of the destruction stays unclear, compounded by disrupted communication and phone companies, in addition to the problem of eradicating rubble with out ample equipment.

Samir Salem, 49, who accompanied his spouse to the camp on Friday morning in hopes of discovering their home, described the scene as a catastrophic “tsunami” of destruction.

“What happened, in short, is the complete destruction of Jabalya Camp. There is no longer a place that can be called Jabalya Camp. We are in an area that only smells of death.”

Israel’s operations in Jabalya had been simply one in all quite a few latest pushes its forces have made to “re-clear” areas of Hamas militants, who regrouped after IDF preliminary forays into neighborhoods.

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly framed the offensive on the southern metropolis of Rafah as a last battle in opposition to Hamas, troops are returning to earlier battlegrounds as Israeli operations in Gaza gradual to an extended battle of attrition, as The Washington Post reported earlier this month.

Israel’s nationwide safety adviser Tzachi Hanegbi stated earlier this week that destroying Hamas and different militant teams in Gaza will take “another seven months.”

Separately, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies stated Thursday that assaults on help employees “must stop,” after two Palestine Red Crescent Society paramedics had been killed west of Rafah this week. In a press release, the federation wrote that 24 members of its employees and volunteers have been killed because the struggle started: 20 from the PRCS and 4 from the Israeli Magen David Adom.

International medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) stated Thursday that Israel’s offensive in Rafah compelled the closure of a major care middle in Mawasi, a tent encampment alongside the Gazan coast the place many displaced Palestinians have fled since Israel launched operations in Rafah in early May. Earlier this week, Gazan well being officers stated at the least 21 folks had been killed and 64 injured in an Israeli assault on Mawasi.

“This is the second health facility we have been forced to close this week and another step in Israel’s systematic dismantling of Gaza’s health system,” the charity wrote on social media Thursday. It added that it has been compelled to depart 14 medical services in Gaza since October.

“More than a million people have been forced to flee the Rafah offensive,” MSF stated. “As long as this offensive and the larger war continues, medical services and essential aid will diminish, and more civilians will die.”

The impasse in negotiations appeared to proceed Friday. “There will be no cease-fire and no cease-fire other than as part of the deal to release the hostages,” a senior member of Israel’s negotiating workforce instructed Israeli outlet Ynet. Ismail Haniyeh, chairman of Hamas’s political bureau, stated in a speech that the militant group had not modified its place of demanding a everlasting cease-fire and the total withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, in line with the Hamas web site.

China stated Friday that it’s pushing for a cease-fire in Gaza, because it accused the United States of “double standards.” Speaking after a gathering between the U.S. and Chinese protection ministers, Chinese spokesman Wu Qian stated “the increasingly grave humanitarian disaster [in the region] has caused indignation among people all around the world.” Beijing hopes that the United States “can live up to its responsibility as a major power [and] abandon double standards,” he stated.

Philippe Lazzarini, the top of the U.N. company for Palestinian refugees, referred to as Thursday for an finish to assaults on the company’s workers and services. Lazzarini, writing within the New York Times, stated that 192 workers of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) have been killed because the begin of struggle in Gaza. He additionally cited latest assaults on the company, together with in East Jerusalem, the place Israeli demonstrations in opposition to UNRWA have turn into “increasingly dangerous.” Israeli officers, he stated, are “delegitimizing UNRWA by effectively characterizing it as a terrorist organization.” A U.N. investigative physique trying into allegations in opposition to 19 folks has closed one case for lack of proof, suspended 4 others due to “insufficient” data and is continuous to research 14 different circumstances.

A majority of Israelis help their nation’s army response to Hamas in Gaza however they’re divided over its scopein line with a survey by the Pew Research Center printed Thursday. The survey discovered that 39 p.c of Israelis stated the nation’s army response in opposition to Hamas in Gaza has been about proper, and 34 p.c stated it has not gone far sufficient — indicating continued help for the struggle.

At least 36,224 folks have been killed and 81,777 injured in Gaza because the struggle started, stated the Gaza Health Ministry, which doesn’t distinguish between civilians and combatants however says the vast majority of the lifeless are girls and youngsters. Israel estimates that about 1,200 folks had been killed in Hamas’s Oct. 7 assault, together with greater than 300 troopers, and it says 293 troopers have been killed because the launch of its army operations in Gaza.

Kareem Fahim contributed to this report.