10-day conflict with Palestinian militants, saying that Israel will continue to defend itself.
Despite increasing pressure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has firmly refused to agree to a ceasefire in the 10-day conflict with Palestinian militants in Jerusalem, stating that Israel will persist in protecting itself.
The U.S. has requested for a “pause” in the fighting in order to address humanitarian concerns, but Hamas is refusing to comply until they release over 240 hostages being held in the Gaza Strip.
The relentless airstrikes Israel launched immediately after
The conflict in southern Israel on October 7th has escalated following the invasion of Palestinian territory by Israeli ground forces. Israel was taken aback by the extent of the attack, in which it claims that Hamas militants were responsible for the deaths of over 1,400 individuals.
continuously fired rockets into Israel
Repeatedly, bombs have been dropped on Gaza in retaliation, with the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) launching around 450 strikes in the past 24 hours. The IDF announced that they have encircled Gaza City, a city that has been heavily damaged and controlled by Hamas for almost two decades. There are rumors that soldiers may enter the city, as Hamas has been consistently launching rockets into Israel from there.
Created an intricate system of tunnels. — within 48 hours.
However, people worldwide are expressing shock and dismay at the high number of civilian casualties and there is increasing demand for a halt to the violence not only from Palestinians, but also from global capitals and the United Nations.
In response to the mounting frustration regarding the high number of civilian casualties in Gaza, the government of South Africa declared on Monday that it would recall all of its diplomats from Tel Aviv for a consultation.
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Blinken’s recent visit to Ramallah sparked intense anger towards the United States for backing Israel’s attack, which Netanyahu has vowed to annihilate Hamas. However, despite reports from the Gaza Ministry of Health that over 10,000 individuals have been killed by Israel’s airstrikes, protesters in Ramallah accused Blinken of being responsible for Palestinian deaths.
There is no way to confirm the exact number of fatalities in Gaza, but American authorities have admitted that the number of civilians killed in the Palestinian region is in the thousands.
According to the United Nations, approximately 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza have been forced to leave their homes and become internally displaced. Despite the Israeli military’s repeated advisories to evacuate to the southern area of the enclave, this journey can also be dangerous for civilians.
According to a Palestinian man who was traveling south, individuals of all ages are afraid of getting caught in the middle of the conflict and are seen walking with their hands raised.
“Numerous corpses were scattered about, some in a state of decay,” he cried out. “I implore you, show us mercy!”
However, there is a shortage of mercy in Gaza, as ambulances are constantly arriving at overpopulated and poorly equipped hospitals.
According to the World Health Organization of the United Nations, over 35% of the hospitals in Gaza are completely non-operational. The remaining hospitals are experiencing severe fuel shortages, but medical personnel are still making every effort to provide care for the numerous wounded, including children, caught in the midst of this conflict.