Over 100 fatalities reported as Israeli airstrikes intensify the offensive on Gaza.

The deadly fighting in the ongoing war has hit the ‘Safe’ evacuation zone in Deir al-Balah.

The present war in the Gaza Strip has intensified, with Israel expanding its offensive shortly after the UN security council passed a resolution calling for more aid and urgent steps towards a sustainable ceasefire.

Health officials in the area run by Hamas reported that more than 100 people were killed in Israeli airstrikes, including at least 70 in bombings that targeted a residential block in the Maghazi refugee camp near Deir al-Balah.

Despite being identified as an evacuation zone for Palestinians fleeing the fighting, Deir al-Balah was also hit overnight.

The Palestinian Red Crescent released footage from al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital, showing an injured and disoriented girl covered in dust being examined for injuries. Numerous white body bags were also seen.

At the site of the attack on Maghazi, people desperately tried to rescue survivors from the rubble.

According to Ahmad Turkomani, who lost several family members in the bombings, “There is no safe place in Gaza anyway.”

The Israeli military has stated that it is reviewing the incident in Maghazi.

These casualties add to the toll of 166 Palestinians that have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in a single day, making it one of the deadliest days in the 12-week-old conflict.

Since the war was declared by Israel in response to the attack by Hamas in October, over 20,400 Palestinians have lost their lives. In addition, 1,140 people were killed and 240 were taken as hostages.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has acknowledged that the war has come at a “very heavy cost,” with 156 combat losses among Israeli soldiers.

Despite the UN security council resolution calling for urgent action towards a ceasefire, the fighting has intensified since the collapse of a seven-day truce in December.

Israel has expanded its operations into the southern half of the 365-sq-km strip, raising concerns for the 2.3 million residents of Gaza.

The Israeli army had advised residents to seek shelter south of the Gaza River for safety.

The military chief of staff, Herzi Halevi, stated that the Israeli forces have achieved operational control in the north of Gaza and will further expand their offensive towards the south. However, residents in Gaza City and the Jabalia camp have reported that the fighting has worsened.

New details have emerged about a ceasefire proposal put forward by Egypt as a mediator between Israel and Hamas.

The proposal suggests a three-stage plan, including an initial cessation of hostilities for at least a week and the release of all remaining Israeli civilian hostages held in Gaza. This will be followed by the exchange of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails for female soldiers, and a month-long negotiation period for the release of male soldiers in exchange for Israeli withdrawal.

The Israeli security cabinet is expected to discuss the Egyptian proposal.

Hamas has rejected all initiatives so far that do not involve a complete ceasefire.

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