Gaza under attack
Israel has launched new attacks across the Gaza Strip a day after the end of a week-long ceasefire, leaving over 240 people dead. The latest airstrikes targeted the cities of Rafah and Khan Yunis and the Maghazi refugee camp. The Israeli army says it hit more than 400 targets overnight. According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, the death toll in the besieged territory since October 7 has surpassed 15,200. The number of wounded has also risen to 40,000. Seventy percent of the victims are women and children. The Gaza Health Ministry says the regime forces have deliberately targeted 130 health facilities and put 20 hospitals out of service. It says hundreds of wounded are being treated on the ground.
The Al-Qassam Brigades keeps up fighting invading Israeli forces in Gaza, and launching retaliatory attacks against Israeli targets deep inside the occupied territories. In the latest attacks, Qassam fired a barrage of missiles at Tel Aviv, Asqalan and several other cities in response to the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. The group also attacked Israeli troops, tanks and military vehicles in various parts of northern Gaza. Qassam Brigades hit several gatherings of Israeli soldiers using the short-range Rajum missile system. Resistance forces also targeted an Israeli command center inside a building east of Beit Hanoun with four anti-personnel shells. The regime’s army says it has lost 75 soldiers since launching a ground invasion in Gaza. However, resistance groups say Israel is concealing the real number of its casualties.
Boycotting pro-Israel companies
Corporate support for Israel is growing increasingly costly for Western companies as a boycott campaign spreads globally. The American coffee chain Starbucks and Swedish clothing brand H and M have been forced to cease operations in Morocco from mid-December. Their decision came after the two companies saw a major decline in customers due to the boycott move. The campaign has already targeted many other Western companies due to financial ties with Israel or their pro-Israel stances. Several branches of companies like McDonald’s, KFC, and Coca-Cola are now grappling with the impact of the campaign in many countries. The campaign is fast-spreading in the countries, mostly in the Arab world, where anti-Israel sentiments have traditionally been strong.
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