‘NO SAFE PLACE IN GAZA’ Connell shared a heartbreaking story about a 9-year-old boy named Ahmed who tragically lost his life at Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah. This area was considered safe, but it became a target for Israeli airstrikes, even though there was no evacuation order. Connell spent about 1-1/2 hours at the hospital and witnessed more airstrikes and wounded people arriving.
She also showed a message from the Israeli military, telling residents of several central Gazan neighborhoods to evacuate temporarily. The message said the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) would soon be in their neighborhood and advised them to move to shelters in Deir Al-Balah.
The IDF assured that they follow international law, trying to distinguish between terrorists and civilians and taking precautions to reduce harm to civilians. Despite expectations of reduced operations, Israel’s actions intensified.
On Christmas Eve, one of the deadliest nights in the 11-week conflict, over 100 Palestinians lost their lives in central and southern Gaza due to Israeli airstrikes. This brought the total death toll to nearly 20,700. While Palestinians mourned, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to continue the fight against Hamas. Hamas had previously carried out a cross-border attack on October 7, resulting in 1,200 deaths and 240 abductions, according to Israeli reports.