GAZA STRIP: A framework to halt the Gaza fighting and for hostage releases is to be relayed to Hamas, mediator Qatar said Monday, as a bitter row flared around the UN aid agency for Palestinians.
While deadly fighting again rocked Gaza, fears mounted of a widening regional conflict after Israel’s top ally Washington vowed to respond to an attack that killed three US troops in Jordan.
Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip killed 215 more people within 24 hours, including 20 members of one family, said the health ministry in the Palestinian territory.
Ground forces backed by tanks have focused on the main southern city of Khan Yunis, the hometown of Hamas’s Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar.
US, Israel, Egypt, Qatar officials in Gaza talks in Paris
Sinwar’s office, military sites and “a significant rocket manufacturing facility” were raided by troops, the army said.
Since the aggression began, the Israeli military “eliminated over 2,000 terrorists above and below ground” in the Khan Yunis area, spokesman Daniel Hagari said Monday, without offering evidence.
With Gazans facing dire humanitarian conditions after nearly four months of war, 20 international aid organisations said they were “outraged” at the suspension of funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.
At least 12 countries – including top donors the United States and Germany – have halted funds over Israeli claims that some UNRWA staff were involved in Hamas’s October 7 attack that sparked the fighting.
A UNRWA source, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity, told AFP it would be “a major disaster” if donors insist on stopping their support.