Update(0957ET): At the start of the week, IDF troops had photographed themselves inside the building and room which serves as "Hamas parliament". On Wednesday Israeli media has confirmed the entire building has been demolished, in what a appears a symbolic act wherein Israel is showing the world the terror group is 'finished' in the Gaza Strip.
"After troops photographed themselves inside Hamas’s parliament building in Gaza City several days ago, the military has demolished the site," Times of Israel (TOI) writes. "The building was captured by the 7th Armored Brigade and Golani Infantry Brigade." The below video of the demolition is widely circulating and was featured by TOI:
After Golani soldiers photographed themselves inside, the IDF demolished Gaza's parliament building. This video is reported to be from the blast. pic.twitter.com/K2hceFxEYB— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) November 15, 2023
Below is the before and after Israeli troops took it over this week...
But fierce fighting continues, and the IDF has reported at least 51 Israeli troops killed since the start of the ground invasion.
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At this point most of the over one million Palestinians who had been living in the northern half of the Gaza Strip have fled to the southern half. But Israel's military has been reportedly ramping up its bombardment of the south too, despite for weeks urging Gazan civilians to make their way to this supposed 'safe zone' area - which it turns out is anything but.
There's not just bombs to worry about, but the rain has been falling too, creating an additional crisis for the densely packed tent cities which have been popping up. Now there are fears of flooding, increasing the potential for the spread of disease.
WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris has told reporters in Geneva that "We've already got outbreaks of diarrhoeal diseases." She said the organization has received reports of over 30,000 cases.
“Everything is gone!”— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) November 14, 2023
Heavy rain in the Gaza Strip has worsened conditions for displaced Palestinians. Rainwater is seeping into tents, soaking belongings and beds. The lack of heating sources, due to electricity cuts and fuel scarcity, makes it difficult for people to stay warm pic.twitter.com/XbKQ2wSW6D
The Washington Post documented this week that "More than 11,100 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since Oct. 7, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry. While there is no breakdown between fighters and civilians, most of the dead are women and children."
"In just a little over a month of war, that amounts to over 0.5 percent of Gaza’s more than 2 million people," WaPo underscored.