Tunisian military planes carrying humanitarian aid for residents of the Gaza Strip, Palestine landed Sunday in Egypt, neighboring the enclave under intense Israeli blockade and bombardment.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the number of Palestinians displaced in Gaza had risen to more than 423,000.
In a dramatic escalation of Middle East tensions, Israeli forces launched a sustained and forceful military campaign against the Gaza Strip, a response to a military offensive by the Palestinian resistance group Hamas in Israeli settlements.
The conflict began, a week ago, last Saturday when Palestinian resistance group initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood against Israel, a multi-pronged surprise attack including a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel via land, sea, and air.
Palestinian resistance group Hamas said the operation was in retaliation for the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli settlers’ growing violence against Palestinians.
The Israeli military then launched Operation Swords of Iron against the Gaza Strip, Palestine.
Israel’s response has extended into cutting water, electricity, Internet, and food supplies to Gaza, further worsening the living conditions in an area that has reeled under a crippling siege since 2007.
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