Hamas Accused of Rocket Launches from Gaza’s Humanitarian Zones

Israel announced that Hamas fired rockets from “'' on Thursday.humanitarian zone” in the southern Gaza Strip, where thousands of Palestinians have fled seeking safety.

According to the Israeli military, photos, videos and satellite images show that 14 rockets were fired into Israel from several different locations.

Some of the rockets were fired from the al-Mawasi area, where thousands of people have taken refuge in “frail tents made of wood and plastic with little food, medicine or water.” This was announced by an aid organization.

Hamas has not responded to Israel's claims.

The video shows the rocket launch site located just about 109 yards from the edge of the tent city.

The United Nations says the rockets appear to show that there is no safe place for nearly 2 million people in Gaza.

According to reports, approximately 85 percent of the total population has been displaced since the war began.

According to the United Nations, “they are all confined to less than a third of Gaza's territory.”

United Nations officials advised civilians to evacuate to schools, hospitals and other buildings protected by international law. But Israel said Hamas uses many of these locations as his headquarters.

Aid is also limited as civilian access points are closed or restricted. UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said negotiations to open a second inspection station would be a “huge boost” for aid deliveries.

according to politikoefforts to free the hostages are also facing obstacles.

More than 130 hostages are still being held in Gaza.

The Israeli military also said that “dozens” of armed Hamas soldiers were killed in close combat between the two sides. They also discovered weapons caches and underground infrastructure.

The military added that it had also detained hundreds of people believed to be Hamas operatives this week. They have been transported and will be questioned.

“We are interrogating and investigating which of them have ties to Hamas and who does not,” military chief spokesman Maj. Gen. Daniel Hagari said in a video conference.

The Oct. 7 Hamas attack killed about 1,200 people in Israel, Israeli officials said. Israeli counterattacks have killed more than 15,000 people in the Gaza Strip.

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Video provided by: CNBC TV 18 (via YouTube)

Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has been covering news at since 2014. She also writes for The Houston Chronicle, US News and World Report, and writes a blog migraine runner.


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