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The ground shook at southern Gaza's Nasser Hospital as Israeli forces launched strikes on Khan Younis Monday, according to Médecins Sans Frontières staff on the ground.
In a social media post, the charity — also known as Doctors Without Borders — said the strikes caused “panic among staff, patients and displaced people sheltering inside the building,” adding that exit routes were blocked, preventing the evacuation of medical staff and patients.
Israel's military has intensified attacks on Khan Younis in recent days as it targets what its says is Hamas infrastructure, with the operation expected to last for several days.
“MSF staff fear the fighting, shelling and bombing will get worse and closer to Nasser hospital,” the group's statement said.
Earlier Monday, the Hamas-controlled health ministry said Nasser Hospital is receiving more patients with serious injuries than it can accommodate and intensive care units have reached capacity.
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Michael Fakhri, said Israel is destroying Gaza's food system, in a post on X on Monday.
"It's unprecedented to make an entire civilian population go hungry this completely & quickly. Israel is destroying Gaza’s food system. Israel is intentionally imposing a high rate of disease, prolonged malnutrition, dehydration + starvation by destroying civilian infrastructure," Fakhri said.
Israel’s siege in Gaza has devastated swathes of the territory, diminished food, fuel and water supplies, and crushed the enclave’s medical system.
Over 1.9 million Palestinians have been forcibly displaced, many multiple times, according to the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees.
Gaza is facing its 10th near-total internet blackout, according to Paltel, Gaza's main telecommunications provider.
"We regret to announce that telecom services in Gaza Strip have been lost. Gaza is blacked out again for the 10th time since October 7th due to the ongoing and escalating aggression," Paltel said in a post on X.
Internet monitoring site Netblocks confirmed the blackout on X, saying, "Live metrics show that the #Gaza Strip is again in the midst of a near-total telecoms blackout; the incident is likely to severely limit most residents' ability to communicate, in the tenth such incident since the start of the war."
Cell phone connection across Gaza was also “difficult to access,” an employee at Palestinian telecommunications company Jawwal, told CNN on Monday.
Israeli officials are optimistic about Hamas' response to a proposed two-month ceasefire deal, CNN foreign policy analyst Barak Ravid told CNN's Erin Burnett on Monday.
The proposal was initially met with "quite strong disagreements" within the war cabinet, but Israeli officials are now feeling "optimistic" about the prospect of Hamas agreeing to their terms, Ravid said.
"They get the feeling that every day that passes, there is more willingness by Hamas to agree to start discussing this idea in more detail," Ravid said.
Ravid first reported the deal in Axios, citing two unnamed Israeli officials.
The mediators – Qatar and Egypt – had worked on the proposal for 10 days before it was presented to Hamas, he said.
The proposal comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Hamas’ call for an end to the war in exchange for the release of hostages held in Gaza.
Ravid said that despite Netanyahu's rejection, the prime minister knows that "after two months of pause – even if the fighting resumes this way or another – it's going to look much different."
"Israeli officials are totally aware that it might be very hard – close to impossible – to resume the war, to resume the operations in Gaza after two months of pause," Ravid added.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the situation around Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis “remains extremely dangerous” amid continued military activity and bombardment in the area.
Around 80% of the entrances and exits to Al-Amal are obstructed, it said.
Paramedics were able to access the hospital using a single route “despite the difficulties and dangers and in the presence of military vehicles,” the PRCS said.
Internet outages have also interrupted communications among medical teams, it said.
“We urgently call on the international community to intervene to protect our teams working at the PRCS's headquarters, Al-Amal Hospital, and the thousands of internally displaced individuals within our facilities,” the PRCS said.
Medical facilities in southern Gaza have been battered amid an Israeli assault in the area, Palestinian health officials said on Monday.
Dozens of people have been killed and wounded in the latest offensive in western Khan Younis, according to the Hamas-controlled health ministry in Gaza. Medical facilities including the Nasser Medical Complex, Al Amal Hospital and the Palestine Red Crescent Society headquarters are located in the area.
Following the latest round of US and UK airstrikes in Yemen on Monday, Houthi leader Mohamed Ali al-Houthi said the assault would only make the Yemeni people stronger.
In a statement posted on al-Houthi's account on X early Tuesday, he said that "the American and British must understand that we are in a time of response and that our people do not know how to surrender."
"Your strikes will only make the Yemeni people stronger and more determined to confront you, as you are the aggressors against our country," said al-Houthi, who is the head of the group’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee.
Yemenis "are fighting to prevent the genocide and siege of the people of Gaza," he said, while accusing the US of protecting Israel, which he described as a "terrorist criminal" country.
The US and UK struck eight sites in Yemen on Monday with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands.
Israel's military said its operations around Khan Younis in southern Gaza demand “precise operations” due to the densely populated civilian areas.
The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Monday that it is targeting Hamas outposts, infrastructure, and command and control centers in the city.
The military operation, which was launched on Sunday, is being led by Israel's 98th Paratroopers Division and is expected to last for several days, the IDF said, without providing further details on the timeline.
“Dismantling Hamas’ military framework in western Khan Younis is the heart of the logic behind the operation,” the statement said.
The IDF said it has seen militants at “sensitive sites” such as hospitals and shelters in the densely populated civilian areas.
“We prepared several strategies and a number of means for operational activity,” the IDF said. “This area is more challenging, the plans are affected by it.”
The US says the latest strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen were “successful” and destroyed missiles, weapons storage sites and drone systems, according to a senior military official and a senior defense official.
The officials, who briefed reporters following the Monday afternoon operation, said the strikes “achieved the desired effect."
“We observed good impacts and effects at all 8 locations, assessing that we did in fact destroy missiles, unmanned aerial systems and weapons storage areas,” the official said.
A senior defense official who was also on the call said the strikes have “removed significant Houthi capability,” but warned they still have additional weapons they can use to fire upon international shipping lanes in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
For the first time, the US also struck an underground storage facility used by the Houthis, the official said. The storage site was assessed to have “more advanced conventional weaponry,” including missiles and one-way attack drones.