Today, Friday 1 December, the prestigious Reuters agency reported that the Israeli army has resumed combat operations against the Palestinian terrorist organisation Hamas in the Gaza Strip, resulting in fierce fighting in the area.
We should add that Israel has accused Hamas that during the ceasefire, which was aimed at exchanging hostages and prisoners, the organisation did not respect the agreement and fired on Israeli territory.
The seven-day ceasefire, which began on 24 November, was extended twice and allowed for the exchange of dozens of hostages held in Gaza. For its part, Tel Aviv released hundreds of Palestinian prisoners and also allowed humanitarian aid to enter the Palestinian enclave.
One hour before the ceasefire ended, Israel reported that it intercepted a rocket fired from Gaza aimed at Jewish territory. There was no immediate comment on the Israeli accusation from Hamas, so the group has so far not claimed responsibility for the launch.
The Israelis Continue Normal Operations
Palestinian media reported that Israel carried out airstrikes and artillery fire attacks along the length of the Gaza Strip shortly after the ceasefire period ended. The Israeli attacks were also said to have targeted Rafah, a town near the border with Egypt.
In Khan Younis, in the southern part of the strip, a witness contacted by Reuters said he heard heavy explosions and saw smoke rising in the east of the town. He added that city residents fled to gathering points west of Khan Yunis.
Al-Jazeera television network reported that a number of people were killed and injured by Israeli artillery fire and Israeli bombardment.
The Israeli military confirmed that its fighter jets took off and struck targets in Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said that by continuing the fighting, Israel promises to achieve its goals in the war.
Images posted on social media show large clouds of black smoke rising over the Jabalia refugee shelter in Gaza.
Before the ceasefire began, Palestinian authorities had reported that more than 15,000 people in Gaza had been killed as a result of the war with Israel.