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'People in Gaza are dying in darkness': Ex-UK Labour leader Corbyn

Anadolu Agency MIDDLE EAST
Published October 27,2023
Former Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (AA Photo)

As darkness falls over the people of Gaza, a cease-fire is an absolute must, said former UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday.

"People in Gaza are dying in the darkness," Corbyn wrote on X.

"This unthinkable horror cannot be undone-and history will not forgive those who refused to treat Israeli and Palestinian lives with equal worth.

"Please, we need a ceasefire, now," he implored.

The Israeli army announced earlier that its ground forces would expand their activities in the Gaza Strip during the night, a possible signal that a long-feared ground operation has started.

Communications and internet services in the Gaza Strip were completely cut off on Friday evening amid heavy Israeli bombing of feeder lines, towers, and networks, the Palestine Telecommunications Company said.

Ooredoo Palestine, a mobile network operator in the West Bank, said its cellphone services were completely cut off from the Gaza Strip on Friday evening.

The conflict in Gaza began on Oct. 7 when the Palestinian group Hamas initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood-a multi-pronged surprise attack that included a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel by land, sea, and air.

Hamas said the incursion was in retaliation for the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and growing violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians.

The Israeli military then launched a relentless bombardment of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza's 2.3 million residents have been running out of food, water, medicine, and fuel, and aid convoys recently allowed into Gaza have carried only a fraction of what is needed.

Nearly 8,800 people have been killed in the conflict, including at least 7,326 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis. Some 70% of the deaths in Gaza are women and children, according to official figures.