News Reading Practice #52

(100 Day Challenge)


More than 62,000 injured since the start of war; Hamas calls its October 7 attack a ‘necessary step'; Netanyahu rejects Hamas's demand for troop withdrawal in exchange for release of hostages

Associated Press

The toll of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip since war broke out between Israel and Hamas in October has passed 25,000, Gaza health officials said, while Israeli attacks and street battles raged across the Hamas-run enclave on Sunday.

Israeli forces and Hamas fighters clashed in several places, from Jabalia in the north to Khan Younis in the south, the focus of recent Israeli operations.

Israel said its troops had cleared much of northern Gaza of Hamas's military network and more than a million residents of that part of the enclave have moved south to flee the bombardments. However fighting has continued in the Jabalia refugee camp and other areas around Gaza City.

Gaza's Health Ministry said 178 Palestinians were killed in the past 24 hours, one of the deadliest days of the war so far. Israel's military said a soldier was killed in fighting.

A total of 25,105 Palestinians – many of them women and children - have been killed and 62,681 have been wounded in Israeli strikes since October 7, the ministry said in a statement. It does not differentiate between civilian and militant deaths but says most of those killed have been civilians.

In a statement on Sunday, Hamas called its October 7 assault a "necessary step”.

"It was a defensive act in the frame of getting rid of the Israeli occupation, reclaiming the Palestinian rights and on the way for liberation and independence," Hamas said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected conditions presented by Hamas to end the war and release hostages that would include Israel's complete withdrawal and leaving Hamas in power in Gaza.

"In exchange for the release of our hostages, Hamas demands the end of the war, the withdrawal of our forces from Gaza, the release of all the murderers and rapists," Netanyahu said in a statement. "And leaving Hamas intact.”

"I reject outright the terms of surrender of the monsters of Hamas," Mr. Netanyahu said.

Running amok: Israeli soldiers travel near Israel's southern border with Gaza as smoke rises in the Gaza Strip on Sunday. AP


DEATH TOLL: The total number of deaths in a specific event or period.(മരണ സംഖ്യ)

STRIKES: Deliberate military attacks or actions in the ongoing conflict(ആക്രമണം, പ്രഹരം)

SURPASSES: Goes beyond a specified limit or amount.(കവിയുക)

WITHDRAWAL: Pulling back or removing, especially military forces.(പിന്‍വലിക്കല്‍)

HOSTAGES: Individuals held captive to force certain actions from others.(ബന്ദികൾ)

RUNNING AMOK - Behaving in a violent or uncontrollable manner.

BROKE OUT – The occurrence or beginning of a conflict or war.

RAGE: Intensely continued, especially in conflict or battle.(രൂക്ഷമാവുക)

ENCLAVE: Distinct area enclosed within another region, culturally or territorially.(ഒരു രാജ്യത്തിനകത്തുള്ള മറ്റൊരു രാജ്യത്തിന്റെ പ്രദേശം)

CLASHED: Engaged in conflict, involving physical confrontation or disagreement.(ഏറ്റുമുട്ടുക)

FLEE: Hide and escape(ഒളിച്ചോടുക,രക്ഷപ്പെടുക)

BOMBARDMENTS: Prolonged, continuous attacks, often with heavy artillery or bombing.(ബോംബ്ആക്രമണം)

DEADLIEST: Most lethal, causing the highest number of deaths.(മാരകമായ)

CIVILIAN: Non-military individuals, ordinary citizens not in the armed forces.(സാധാരണ പൗരന്‍)

MILITANT: Someone engaged in warfare or fighting, often associated with a cause or group.(യുദ്ധത്തിലേപ്പെട്ട, സമരക്കാരന്‍സൈനികന്‍)

ASSAULT: Violent attack or intentional act causing physical harm.(ആക്രമണം)

DEFENSIVE ACT: Action taken to protect oneself or others from harm or danger.(പ്രതിരോധ പ്രവര്‍ത്തനം)

FRAME: Context or structure within which something is understood or perceived.(ചട്ടക്കൂട്)

LIBERATION: The act of setting free or gaining independence(മോചനം)

RECLAIMING: Regaining control or possession of something.(വീണ്ടെടുക്കുക)

INDEPENDENCE: Freedom from external control or influence.(സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യം)

RAPISTS: Individuals who commit sexual assault.(ബലാത്സംഗം ചെയ്യുന്നയാൾ)