Israeli forces suffer severe losses in Gaza as conflict intensifies

According to Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, IDF spokesman, 21 soldiers were killed when two buildings, previously mined for demolition, exploded after militants fired at a nearby tank. Three soldiers were reported killed in a separate attack in southern Gaza.

Israel faced a day of losses on Tuesday with 24 soldiers reported dead in the southern city of Khan Younis. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched a major operation to seize the remaining parts of the city, trapping Palestinian residents attempting to flee the violence.

According to Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, IDF spokesman, 21 soldiers were killed when two buildings, previously mined for demolition, exploded after militants fired at a nearby tank. Three soldiers were reported killed in a separate attack in southern Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed the severity of the situation, vowing to continue the fight until “absolute victory.”

As the IDF encircled Khan Younis, blocking escape routes for civilians, at least 195 Palestinians lost their lives within 24 hours, bringing the documented toll to 25,490, as reported by Palestinian health officials. The advancing Israeli forces faced accusations of blockading hospitals, hampering access to the dead and wounded.

The situation on the ground was dire, with bodies being buried on the grounds of Khan Younis’s main Nasser hospital due to safety concerns. Hospitals, including Al-Khair, were reportedly stormed by Israeli troops, leading to the arrest of staff. The Palestinian Red Crescent’s Al-Amal Hospital remained unreachable, with reports of tank shells hitting its headquarters.

Israel’s losses were seen as a victory by Palestinians, echoing the resistance’s pledge to make Gaza a “graveyard for the occupation.” While Israelis acknowledged the sacrifices, with many framing them as a necessary part of the war against Hamas, discontent emerged with Netanyahu’s strategy. The Prime Minister’s commitment to the total annihilation of Hamas raised questions about the aftermath and a potential ceasefire.

Sami Abu Zuhri, head of Hamas’s political office in exile, argued that the Israeli losses demonstrated the strengthening of Hamas’s armed wing, dismissing the possibility of weakening or eliminating the group. Amid the conflict, the international community faced increasing concerns, with the United States and Britain carrying out more strikes in response to actions by groups allied to Iran in the Middle East.

As the conflict in Gaza continues to unfold, with both sides sustaining heavy losses, the region remains entrenched in violence, raising urgent calls for diplomatic efforts to address the root causes and find a sustainable resolution to the crisis.