Netanyahu declares ‘hardest blow’ as more than 700 killed in Gaza within 24 hours

On Tuesday, Palestinian officials reported the highest number of fatalities in a single day since the Israel-Hamas conflict began. Israeli forces carried out strikes on hundreds of targets in Gaza, leading to this devastating outcome.

In the last 24 hours, the Palestinian Ministry of Health’s spokesperson, Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra, revealed that the number of casualties has risen to 704, with 305 of them being children. The current death toll since the beginning of the conflict on October 7 stands at a staggering 5,791.

Throughout the conflict, 65 medical personnel lost their lives, and hospitals remained out of service, according to the ministry.

According to Al-Qudra, the hospitals in the Gaza Strip have completely collapsed. He emphasized that despite the hospital doors being open, they are unable to cater to the overwhelming number of injured patients seeking treatment.

Overnight, the Israel Defense Forces launched an attack on over 400 positions in Gaza. These positions were reportedly being used by Hamas militants and were targeted by artillery, tanks, and helicopters.

According to military officials, they targeted anti-tank missile launchers and observation posts. The Israeli forces claimed to have eliminated “several” Hamas commanders and operatives.

During a recent address to soldiers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the strikes carried out in the past 24 hours were the most severe blow ever experienced by Gaza in a single day.

In a statement released through his office, he claimed to have eliminated dozens of terrorists, and possibly even more. Currently, they are in the process of assessing the full extent of the damage caused.

Netanyahu stated that the next phase of the operation was about to commence.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reported that they targeted and hit infrastructure that belonged to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The targets included a military compound, a military post, and an observation post.

Israel reported that alarms were triggered in Elkosh and Netua, indicating that they were under attack from incoming rockets and missiles.

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