The Israel-Hamas war is escalating with each passing day. As the war nears its 21st day, the latest updates on this front are not ideal. As of the 27th of October’s morning, we can see some recent developments. Israeli troops and tanks raided the Gaza Strip for the third time in a row. Earlier, the fighter jets shot senior Hamas operatives who played a crucial role in attacking the Israeli territory. France sent aid in the forms of tents, medicines, etc., to the Gaza Strip while the officials of Iran and Hamas met in Moscow.
The government spokesperson of Israel affirmed in a statement that Hamas would no longer reign in the region. Israel’s national budget for this year remains irrelevant as the war costs surge to $246 million per day. Biden alleges that the proposed economic corridor, India-Middle East-Europe (IMEEC), provoked Hamas’s attack. On the other hand, Eastern Syria saw early airstrikes on Friday morning after the alleged attacks on the US personals in Iraq.
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The Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, showed the intent of carrying out a major ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. A series of tanks and infantry raided the Hamas-controlled Gaza during midnight. The number of hostages held by Israeli forces increased to 224 after the cross-border raids. Sensing the wrath of mass killings, the Palestinian Minister Riyad al-Maliki claimed that the war needs a ceasefire for the aid to work. Raids and constant invasions by Israel into the Gaza Strip make the situation reprehensible and deplorable.
Meanwhile, the Gaza Health Ministry counted more than 7,000 Palestinian deaths in the past three weeks. Other instances that surrounded the events were no less significant.
- The EU leaders debate about ‘the pauses’ in the Israeli invasion.
- Turkey’s leader, Erdogan propounded that none should remain silent on the ongoing tension. His country would deepen efforts with Egypt to send humanitarian help into the Gaza Strip.
- Now, the foreign ministers of the Middle East countries released a joint statement that propounded the Palestinians right to ‘self-defend’ their territory.
- Iran warns to ‘not spare’ the US if the war in Gaza does not stop.
- Israel nudges Russia to discontinue delegating Hamas on its platform.
- The residing Palestinians in the northern Gaza do not pay heed to the evacuation orders fearing airstrikes and crowded shelters.
Israel-Hamas Conflict: An Overview
The recent Israel-Hamas war began on 7th October 2023, after Hamas’ airstrikes on Israel. Many Palestinian militants also surpassed the Israel-Palestine border, killing over 1,000 residents and attacking the IDF military posts there. They captured the Israeli hostages, civilians, and soldiers and took them to the Gaza Strip. Hamas stated its retaliation was due to the debasement of the mosque – “Al-Aqsa” plus illegal Israeli settlements, the Israeli settler violence, and the Gaza Strip’s blockade.
Israel’s Immediate Response
Israeli PM Netanyahu declared a ‘state of war’ as Israeli forces conducted a series of airstrikes in Gaza that killed over 6,000 Palestinians. Israel also cut off the supplies of food, fuel, water, and electricity to Gaza. The UN report claims that around 1 million Palestinians are displaced, and the continued airstrikes are desecrating communities, hospitals, and people’s lives.
The World Reacts
The UN, alongside many other countries, called for an immediate ceasefire. Most Western countries, including the US, UK, and Germany, condemned Hamas’s act. The Middle East countries vouched for de-escalation and termed Israel responsible for the war. Turkey canceled its trip to Israel, and Erdogan called the Hamas militants ‘Mujahideen’ (warriors). The war happened in the background of the US trying to push close ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Observers fear a full-fledged on-ground incursion; Israel does not plan to stop anytime soon, even after delaying the ground offense. One can feel the ripples of this war in any corner of the world. The humanitarian crisis in the region is worsening, and the number of casualties is rising. Amid worldwide protests and growing discontent among the people, leaders around the globe are trying their best to balance their respective national interests with sentiments of humanitarian safeguards. But for Israel and Palestine, only time will tell if the region will ever see an era of peace and stability again!