The conflict between Israel and Palestine has reached a critical point, as Israel carried out its 10,000th airstrike on Gaza since the war began on October 7th. The recent airstrikes have resulted in the deaths of at least 700 Palestinians in the past 24 hours alone. The situation has been described as “Hell on Earth” by a representative from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The Israel Defense Forces stated that since their ground invasion into northern Gaza started earlier this month, they have launched 10,000 airstrikes on the Palestinian-controlled area. The bombardments have intensified after failed negotiations between Israel and Hamas regarding the release of female hostages held by the terrorist group.
One of the key Hamas commanders responsible for carrying out the deadly raids on Israel in early October was killed in a strike on Sunday. The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that Haitham Khuwajari, the commander of Hamas’ Shati Battalion, was targeted and killed.
Apart from the continuing conflict in Gaza, the United States encountered a threat in Iraq. American forces thwarted an imminent drone attack by killing five militants who were preparing near the city of Kirkuk. The Islamic Resistance group in Iraq, with ties to Tehran, acknowledged the casualties and pledged to retaliate against the United States.
Meanwhile, Israel has declared an expansion of its ground operations to cover the entire Gaza Strip. Since Friday, over 400 targets in northern Gaza have been hit, resulting in one of the highest daily death tolls recorded since the beginning of the conflict. The Israeli government attributes these deaths to Hamas, holding the terrorist group accountable for a sneak attack on October 7th that claimed the lives of 1,200 people in Israel.
The violence has led to the displacement of approximately 1.8 million people in Gaza, with nearly 80 percent of the population being affected. While Israel claims to warn civilians to flee areas before bombing them, the fighting has caused hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to seek refuge in southern Gaza.
The Israeli military has been focused on destroying the extensive tunnel network that Hamas uses to operate beneath Gaza. At least 500 of the 800 tunnel shafts discovered have been destroyed, some of which were found near or inside schools, kindergartens, mosques, and playgrounds. Israel contends that these findings are evidence of Hamas’ use of the civilian population as human shields.
As the conflict escalates, the fate of the 137 people held captive by Hamas in Gaza remains uncertain. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to do everything possible to bring them back.
While dealing with the situation in Gaza, Israel is also facing threats from Hezbollah in Lebanon. The terrorist group launched an anti-tank guided missile that injured several Israeli Defense Forces soldiers. In response, Israel conducted airstrikes against Hezbollah sites.