Day 59 of the Israel-Hamas War: There have been 58 days in this war. The brief truce has ended, and the conflict has resumed. The seven-day truce between Israeli forces and Hamas militants, which had allowed for the exchange of 240 Palestinian inmates for 105 Hamas hostages—the majority of whom were Israelis—ended on Friday, and the violence resumed. The United States, Israel's closest friend, has called on Israel to limit injury to Palestinian civilians in the next phase of its offensive, which is concentrated on the south, but this has not stopped the most recent carnage. Over 15,523 people have died in over two months of fighting that started during a Hamas cross-border raid on southern Gaza, according to Gaza's Health Ministry.
The Israeli military has said that its ground forces were operating against Hamas across the Gaza Strip on Sunday, its clearest indication yet that a planned ground offensive in the enclave's heavily crowded south had begun as Israeli bombing killed and wounded dozens of Palestinians. The Israeli military earlier ordered people to evacuate some areas in and near the city, but made no announcement of any new southern ground assault.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's Prime Minister, has suggested a potential increase in violence in southern areas as Israel aims to dismantle Hamas. However, conducting combat operations in the south has become more challenging due to the displacement of approximately 1.8 million people. Many sought refuge there after fleeing earlier conflicts in the north, as reported by the United Nations.