Israel has ordered its Mossad negotiating team in Doha to return home, citing an “impasse” in the ongoing ceasefire talks for a possible extension and the release of captives. The decision comes as the first batch of aid trucks entered Gaza following a week-long ceasefire.

The Israeli army launched more airstrikes overnight, claiming to have hit more than 400 targets, including the southern Khan Younis area. Tens of thousands of civilians had evacuated the area over the past month.

The renewed bombardment follows the end of the week-long truce.

The death toll in Gaza has risen to a staggering 15,207 since 7 October, while the number of casualties in Israel remains at 1,200.

One reason for Israel to halt the ceasefire negotiations was Hamas including deceased individuals in a list of 10 captives to be released. Israel insisted that those to be released for an extended ceasefire should be alive.

Meanwhile, President Emmanuel Macron, speaking at the COP28 summit in Dubai, expressed concern about the conflict. He warned that Israel’s pursuit of the “total destruction of Hamas” could prolong the war for a decade. Macron announced his intention to travel to Qatar to engage in new truce negotiations. On the sidelines of the summit, President Macron called for intensified efforts to establish a lasting ceasefire.

The European Gaza Hospital faces a crisis as displaced individuals seek refuge within its premises.

Displaced people find space wherever they can in the hospital: at the doors of patient rooms, in the corridors, on the stairs, and even in the hospital garden, according to Hospital Director Dr. Youssef al-Aqqad.

The hospital has become a makeshift refuge with a surge in infections that has exceeded its capacity to handle. Dr. al-Aqqad revealed that a field hospital has been established in the Ras Naqoura School, adjacent to the hospital’s eastern wing, to accommodate patients with moderate or minor infections.

However, Dr al-Aqqad pointed out that schools are ill-equipped to handle infected individuals, lacking essential medical equipment and devices. The medical staff struggles with extreme fatigue.

The European Gaza Hospital currently houses 450 wounded patients, some of whom require specialised care from neurosurgeons, vascular doctors, orthopaedic specialists for broken bones, and experts in burns.