[Live] Israel-Hamas war: intense bombardment of the entire Gaza Strip

The Israeli army is shelling the Gaza Strip on Saturday (December 2nd) for a second consecutive day since the expiration of a truce with Hamas, which had allowed the release of hostages and the delivery of emergency aid.

Israeli flares light up the sky over Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip on the night of December 1, 2023. AFP - SAID KHATIB

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Key takeaways

The truce in Gaza collapsed on Friday morning, 1 December. The Israeli army resumed air raids and artillery fire, and Hamas resumed firing rockets into Israel.

■ Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip has killed more than 15,000people since the beginning of the war, including 6,150 children. In addition, nearly 200 people died on Friday, according to the health ministry of Hamas, which rules the Palestinian enclave. Since 7 October, more than 1,200 Israelis have been killed.

■ During the truce, 110 hostages — 86 Israelis and 24 foreigners — were freed by Hamas, according to Israel's count. For its part, Israel has released 240 Palestinian prisoners;136 hostages remain in Gaza City, according to the Israeli military.

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5:10 a.m.: Israeli air strikes near Damascus

The Israeli army carried out overnight strikes early Saturday near the Syrian capital Damascus, the Syrian Defense Ministry said, with no immediate casualties. "At approximately 1:35 a.m. (0:35 GMT Friday), the Israeli enemy carried out an air assault from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights targeting various locations near the capital Damascus," the Syrian Defense Ministry said in a statement, without reporting any casualties. An AFP correspondent on the outskirts of Damascus said he heard the sound of shelling. Asked by AFP, the Israeli army did not comment on the reports. Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), an NGO with an extensive network of sources in Syria, told AFP that the Israeli air force had struck "Hezbollah targets" in the Sayyida Zeinab neighbourhood in southern Damascus. Ambulances were dispatched to the scene after the strikes, he added.

5:00 a.m.: Shelling continues this Saturday morning


We are currently striking Hamas military targets throughout the Gaza Strip," Jonathan Conricus, an IDF spokesman, said early on December 2.

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