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After deaths, Hamas pushes for an end to airdrops in the Gaza Strip and calls for more aid trucks

“POLITICAL ISOLATION”

The Oct. 7 attack left about 1,160 people dead in Israel, according to an AFP tally of official Israeli figures. Most of those killed were civilians.

Israel’s retaliatory campaign against Hamas in Gaza has killed at least 32,414 people, most of them women and children, according to the Health Ministry.

Hamas welcomed the UN resolution and reiterated its willingness to negotiate the release of hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said during a visit to Iran on Tuesday that Israel was experiencing “unprecedented political isolation” and was losing U.S. “protection” in the Security Council.

In an earlier statement, Hamas blamed Israel for the lack of progress in the latest round of talks hosted by mediator Qatar.

Hamas argued that Netanyahu and his cabinet “bear sole responsibility for the failure of negotiation efforts and the prevention of an agreement to date.”

Netanyahu’s office hit back on social media platform X, claiming Hamas was “not interested in continuing negotiations.”

Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majed al-Ansari said on Tuesday that talks were “ongoing,” adding that there had been no “development that would lead to the belief that any of the teams have withdrawn from the negotiations “.

BATTLES NEAR HOSPITALS

On the ground in Gaza, dozens of Israeli tanks and armored vehicles surrounded Nasser Hospital in the southern city of Khan Younis, where thousands of displaced people had sought refuge, witnesses said.

The Health Ministry said shots were fired around the sprawling complex but no raid had yet taken place.

Israeli troops have been engaged in heavy fighting for nine days at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, the largest hospital in the region. Israel claims to have killed 170 Palestinian militants and arrested hundreds.

On Monday, the Israeli military reported that around 20 militants were killed in hand-to-hand combat and airstrikes around Al-Amal Hospital, also in Khan Younis, the previous day.

Israel has described its operations as “precise operational activities” and said it was careful to avoid harm to civilians, but aid groups expressed concern for non-combatants caught up in the fighting.

Palestinians living near Al-Shifa have reported bodies in the streets, constant bombardments and the arrest of men stripped to their underwear and interrogated.

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