In the latest series of devastating attacks, the Israeli military’s aggressive operations in residential areas of Gaza have resulted in the tragic loss of 165 more Palestinian lives, pushing the total number of casualties to an alarming 21,600. The indiscriminate bombardment by Israeli forces in Gaza has led to the destruction of over 290,000 inhabitable structures.
As of mid-December, reports indicate that Israel has dropped a staggering 29,000 bombs on residential areas in Gaza, marking a new record in the scale of destruction inflicted on the region.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has once again called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, urging a halt to the hostilities on humanitarian grounds. The situation continues to worsen as another Israeli soldier fell victim to Hamas’ retaliatory actions, and the tally of Israeli military casualties in ground warfare in Gaza now stands at 172.
Hamas, the Palestinian resistance group, has intensified its counteroffensives, claiming the lives of 20 additional Israeli soldiers. Multiple Israeli tanks and armored vehicles have also been destroyed during these engagements.
In response to the Israeli airstrikes, the United Nations Security Council convened, where China demanded an end to attacks inflicting social punishment on Palestinians and urged immediate humanitarian assistance for Gaza.
Arab media reports suggest that 11 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were killed in Israeli strikes at Damascus Airport. The targeted individuals were responsible for overseeing the care of Iranian forces in the Eastern Mediterranean and were present to receive a senior delegation during the airstrike.
Hamas alleges that the United States is actively participating in Israel’s aggression, accusing the U.S. of providing arms and ammunition for Israeli bombings. According to Hamas, the U.S. involvement extends beyond military support, contending that America is complicit in the forced displacement and suffering of Gaza’s civilians.
As tensions escalate, the international community faces growing pressure to intervene and broker a ceasefire. The dire humanitarian situation in Gaza demands urgent attention, with calls for an end to the violence and concerted efforts to provide aid to the affected population.