Gaza and Jerusalem – President Joe Biden had a conversation with Jordan’s King Abdullah, as announced by the White House on Tuesday. During their discussion, the leaders addressed the ongoing developments in Gaza, on Israel gaza Crisis and affirmed their commitment to facilitating the increased and continuous delivery of vital humanitarian aid to Gaza’s civilian population, along with the resumption of essential services. The White House press release also stated that the President emphasized the significance of safeguarding civilian lives and upholding international humanitarian law while Israel defends its citizens and combats terrorism.
- Biden and Abdullah committed to facilitating ‘life-saving’ humanitarian aid for Gaza
- Phone, internet down in Gaza again, Palestinian communications companies say
- IDF confirms strike on Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza
- 52 Palestinians killed in refugee camp strike, Gaza Health Ministry says
- Israeli forces ‘fighting deep inside the Gaza Strip’: IDF
President Biden and King Abdullah underscored the critical necessity of preventing the forced displacement of Palestinians from Gaza and explored ways to alleviate regional tensions.
Since the militant group Hamas initiated a surprise attack on Israel on October 7, numerous casualties have occurred, with thousands of people losing their lives and thousands more sustaining injuries. In response to this attack, Israel launched a bombing campaign and imposed a complete blockade on the neighboring Gaza Strip, intensifying the risk of a full-scale war in Israel gaza region.
Gaza has faced repeated disruptions in its communication services, with independent internet monitoring groups informing CNN that the recent blackouts represent the most severe interruptions since the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas began on October 7.
In a statement released on Wednesday on X (formerly Twitter), Palestine Telecommunications (Paltel) reported a “complete interruption of all communications and internet services within the Gaza Strip.” This disruption was attributed to the reconnected international routes being cut off once again.
Jawwal Telecommunication Company also announced that its cellphone service was down, as stated on Facebook.
This latest interruption follows a similar outage last Friday, which lasted for over 24 hours.
An Israeli airstrike in the densely populated Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza resulted in a significant number of casualties and caused extensive damage, as reported by eyewitnesses and medics within the enclave.
The Gaza Health Ministry, which is under the control of Hamas, issued a statement reporting that 52 Palestinians were killed in the Israel Defense Forces’ strike on the Jabalia refugee camp earlier on Tuesday. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have stated that they are engaged in close-range combat with terrorists inside the Gaza Strip and are conducting coordinated strikes on terror targets using ground, air, and sea resources. The IDF claims to have eliminated numerous terrorists and destroyed terror infrastructure.
The IDF specifically mentioned the killing of terrorist leader Ibrahim Biari on Tuesday, which resulted in the collapse of adjacent buildings due to the extensive infrastructure used for launching terror attacks. The IDF accused Hamas of intentionally using the civilian population as a form of protection, describing this tactic as deliberate and devastatingly barbaric.
The IDF also called on the citizens of Northern Gaza to move southward for their safety, emphasizing their intention to continue taking action in both Gaza City and the Northern Gaza Strip, targeting terrorists throughout the Gaza Strip.
Hamas vehemently denied the presence of one of its leaders in the largest refugee camp in the enclave, with spokesperson Hazem Qassem accusing Israel of trying to justify what he termed a “heinous crime against innocent civilians, including children and women in Jabalya camp.”
Ambassador Riyad Mansour, the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, characterized the strike as a crime and called on the International Criminal Court to take action.
Numerous trucks filled with humanitarian assistance made their way into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing on Tuesday, a development confirmed by both Israeli and Palestinian authorities.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society disclosed that it had received 59 trucks by Tuesday evening, while Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) spokesperson stated that 70 trucks had entered the strip by late Tuesday evening.
The shipments exclusively comprised water, food, and medical supplies, as per the COGAT spokesperson.
This decision was carried out “at the request of the US Administration, and in accordance with instructions from the political leadership,” according to the statement.
The COGAT statement emphasized that Israel monitors the source, destination, and transfer of aid, cautioning that any attempts to supply items not coordinated with and approved by Israel would be blocked.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society noted that it had received a total of 217 trucks so far, but fuel shipments had not yet been permitted to enter Gaza.