Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

The deadly Israel-Hamas war has reached its one-week mark with no sign of peace proposals. The Israeli military is preparing for a ground invasion and the government is determined to eliminate the Palestinian group. Antony Blinken, the top US diplomat, visited Tel Aviv and expressed support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stating that he was shown graphic images of casualties and violence. The US has confirmed the deaths of at least 22 Americans in Israel.

India has brought back 212 of its citizens from Israel under “Operation Ajay” due to the suspension of Air India flights. Flights have been facilitated for those who were unable to return on their own, and the government is covering the costs.

Since the start of the war, at least 1,200 people have died in Israel and another 1,400 in Gaza. The Israeli government claims to have found the bodies of 1,500 Hamas operatives within Israeli territory. Additionally, almost 150 others who were taken from the Israeli side are being held hostage by Hamas.

Israel has implemented a complete siege on Gaza, cutting off water, fuel, and electricity supplies. The Palestinians’ only power plant shut down due to a lack of fuel. Israel has pledged not to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza until Hamas releases the hostages.

The United Nations has been informed by the Israeli military that they believe 1.1 million Palestinians in Gaza should relocate to the southern part of the enclave within the next 24 hours. The UN warns that such a movement would have devastating humanitarian consequences.

Hamas launched a significant rocket attack and carried out acts of violence in Israeli border towns, resulting in civilian deaths and kidnappings. In response, Israel conducted airstrikes on Hamas hideouts in Gaza, causing destruction in neighborhoods.

Israel also targeted Syria’s main airports, grounding flights and rendering them out of service. Artillery fire has been exchanged with Lebanon’s Hezbollah, supported by Iran, in a disputed region.

The Hamas assault occurred on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, 50 years and one day after the outbreak of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. One of the worst attacks during this time was the massacre of approximately 270 people at a music festival near the Gaza strip. Many young Israelis and foreigners were forced to flee as the terror unfolded.

Israel and Palestinian groups have engaged in multiple wars since Hamas came to power in Gaza in 2007. The recent violence erupted following Hamas’ call to end the occupation and condemn Israel’s actions on Palestinian land, particularly at the holy site of Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem.

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