In an alarming escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, at least 50 people have lost their lives in Israeli airstrikes on schools in al-Darraj neighborhood, Gaza City. The conflict, which intensified on October 7, has left thousands of Palestinians injured. The strikes, part of a larger series of air and ground attacks, targeted UN-run schools as a response to Hamas actions.
International Responses and Allegations
The White House implicated Iran as the responsible party for attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea. Discussions are underway to form maritime task forces to prevent further incidents. Moreover, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani have been in talks in Doha about the situation in Gaza. Erdogan condemned Israel, calling for accountability for war crimes.
Calls for a Humanitarian Cease-Fire
The UN has renewed its call for a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza due to the high civilian casualties, including scientists, journalists, and UN workers. The Israeli military has expanded its offensive in southern Gaza, leading to mass evacuations. The toll has surpassed 15,500 deaths with over 41,000 wounded.
Sports and Economic Impacts
In sports news, Patrick Kluivert has been dismissed as head coach of Turkish club Yukatel Adana Demirspor, with Fenerbahce leading in Türkiye's Trendyol Super Lig. On the economic front, the Israeli Finance Ministry estimates the initial cost of the Gaza war at around 51 billion dollars. Swiss private bank Banque Pictet has agreed to pay $122.9 million to the US Treasury for assisting in tax evasion.