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Escalation in Israel-Hamas Conflict: Ground Offensive and International Reactions

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Rafia Tasleem
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Escalation in Israel-Hamas Conflict: Ground Offensive and International Reactions

The Israel-Hamas conflict has once again hit a critical juncture amid a ramped-up Israeli ground offensive in Gaza, particularly in Khan Younis, the second largest city in the Gaza Strip. As the ground offensive intensifies, humanitarian aid organizations report difficulties in delivering much-needed aid. Since Hamas launched a surprise attack in southern Israel on October 7th, local authorities indicate that over 16,000 Palestinians have already lost their lives.

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Israel Declares War on Hamas

In response to the Hamas attack, Israel declared war. This decisive action has been the catalyst for the escalation in violence, transforming an already strained situation into an outright conflict. The increased violence has made it challenging for aid organizations to reach those in desperate need of help.

Israeli Foreign Minister Criticizes UN

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In a recent development, Israeli Foreign Minister, Eli Cohen, criticized UN Secretary-General António Guterres' call for a humanitarian ceasefire. Cohen argued that Guterres, by making this plea, shows support for Hamas, which Cohen describes as a 'threat to world peace.' This statement adds another layer to the complex tapestry of international involvement in the conflict.

G7 Nations Support a Palestinian State

The G7 nations reaffirmed their support for a Palestinian state and called for urgent action to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, advocating for further combat breaks and opening border crossings with Egypt. This international response indicates a growing recognition of the dire situation in Gaza and a collective desire to see an end to the violence.

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