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Israel’s military claims it has encircled Gaza City

Israel’s military has claimed it has encircled Gaza City and divided the besieged coastal strip into two.

“Today, there is north Gaza and south Gaza,” Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari told reporters on Sunday, calling it a “significant stage” in Israel’s war against Palestine.

Israeli media reported that troops are expected to enter Gaza City within 48 hours.

Earlier on Sunday, Israeli warplanes struck two central Gaza refugee camps, killing at least 53 people and wounding dozens.

The Palestinian health ministry said more than 9,700 Palestinians have been killed in the territory in nearly a month of war, more than 4,000 of them children.

Meanwhile, Gaza came under its third total communications outage since the start of the war.

The “collapse in connectivity” across Gaza reported by internet access advocacy group and confirmed by the Palestinian telecom company Paltel made it even more complicated to convey details of the new stage of the military offensive.

“We have lost communication with the vast majority of the UNRWA team members,” UN Palestinian refugee agency spokesperson Juliette Touma told the Associated Press.


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