Gaza Faces Total Isolation as Israel Announces Blockade

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Israel has declared a “total” blockade of Gaza, implementing strict measures that include a ban on food, water, electricity, and fuel, following what Israeli officials have described as the largest attack on the country by Hamas in decades.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant made the announcement, stating that authorities would be cutting off electricity and preventing the entry of essential supplies like food and fuel as part of what he termed “a complete siege” on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

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Gallant characterized these actions as part of a larger conflict against what he termed “beastly people.”

“We are putting a complete siege on Gaza … No electricity, no food, no water, no gas – it’s all closed,” Gallant emphasized in a video statement.

It’s important to note that Israel, as well as Egypt, has imposed various levels of blockade on Gaza since 2007 when Hamas took control of the territory from rival Palestinian forces.

Israel’s chief military spokesperson, Daniel Hagari, provided an update, stating that Israel had “control” of its border communities following a mass incursion by Hamas fighters into Israeli territory on Saturday.

Hagari mentioned that while there were isolated incidents on Monday morning, there was no ongoing fighting in the border communities. However, he cautioned that “there might still be terrorists in the region.”

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Israeli tanks and drones were positioned to guard openings in the border fence to prevent further infiltrations. Hagari noted that 15 of the 24 border communities had already been evacuated, with the remaining expected to follow suit within the next 24 hours.

Earlier, Hamas spokesperson Abdel-Latif al-Qanoua reported that the group’s fighters continued to engage in battles outside of Gaza and had captured additional Israelis as recently as Monday morning. The group’s primary objective remains the liberation of all Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, a goal that has led to exchange deals in the past involving the release of prisoners in exchange for individual captives or the remains of Israeli soldiers.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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