Latest Situation in Gaza and hopes for peace

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By Afshain Afzal
A cowardly aerial attack by Israeli drones on the civilian population at Jabaliya camp in the Gaza Strip left screaming children and parents taking out dead bodies of their children from the debris. Horrifying scenes of human bodies scattered everywhere remind of the worst mindset. A Muslim Palestinian was shouting “These baby killers! May God’s curse be upon them”. The Israelis neither allow the United Nations Organization and Human Rights organizations in Gaza nor these organizations have any plan to bring peace as the only announcement from them is asking Palestinians to move to the South or leave Gaza. Turkey and Saudi Arabia apparently have plans for peace and is the only ray of hope to negotiate a peace deal between Hamas of Gaza and Israelis including the release of Israeli prisoners, who entered Gaza on 7 October.
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Ministry, Amir-Abdollahian met Ismail Haniyeh before leaving Qatar for the Turkish capital Ankara. Amir-Abdollahian also met with Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. Qatar, which has been mediating talks with surrendered Hamas holed up at Doha and Israeli authorities.  Many Muslim nations especially Palestinians see moves of Iran – Qatar and Ismail Haniyeh with doubts and suspicion. Qatar coordinated with Egypt to open the Rafah crossing, the only official exit gate from Gaza to Egypt on 1 November 2023, to allow foreign nationals and the severely injured to leave the Palestinian enclave. However, with the exception of two families and some individuals, no one left their homes.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement said, "We will continue until victory over Hamas” and Palestinians. Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant claims that ground operations inside Gaza have started operations and there is strong cooperation between ground and air forces. The Minister, expressing satisfaction over hitting terrorists of all levels, from fighters in the field to high-ranked ones, acknowledged that there are casualties in this battle on the part of the Israelis as well. Israeli Army Radio made the announcement by Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, “Israeli operations in Gaza were moving forward, with thousands of targets destroyed. However, as of 2 November, the local Palestinians have denied all reports of Israeli forces ground attack or the presence of Israeli forces. A Palestinian young boy showed stones in his packets and claimed, “Israelis cannot dare enter Gaza we would storm them with stones; they dare not to put their feet inside Gaza”. The Palestinians are defending their homeland alone and Israelis are backed by world powers; where is their conscience?

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