Sat. May 18th, 2024

A former Israel Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, joined soldiers at the battlefront as the country’s war with Hamas escalated, resulting in a death toll of at least 1,200 on both sides. In his reserve duty, Bennett was seen shaking hands with Israeli soldiers. The conflict erupted after Hamas launched a surprise attack on Saturday, prompting Israel to launch a massive counteroperation. Israel has been engaged in a fierce battle with Hamas, primarily concentrated in southern towns, and has deployed tens of thousands of troops near the Gaza Strip in its determination to defeat the Palestinian group. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Gazan civilians to evacuate all Hamas sites that will be destroyed. The conflict has witnessed a significant escalation, with Hamas launching a massive rocket barrage and engaging in ground, air, and sea offensives. Hamas named their attack “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood” and urged resistance fighters in the West Bank and Arab and Islamic nations to join the battle. Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, proclaimed that the group was on the verge of a great victory. Israel’s allies, including US President Joe Biden, have pledged fresh support to confront what they referred to as an “unprecedented terrorist assault” by Hamas. Consequently, the USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier and a fleet of warships have been dispatched to the eastern Mediterranean by Washington, with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin promising additional equipment and resources on their way.

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