Gaza is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis with a rising death toll and dwindling supplies.
Israel is positioning tanks on the Gaza border in preparation for a possible ground invasion, despite global appeals for moderation.
Israel presented graphic images to U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and NATO defense officials, portraying civilians, especially children, killed by Hamas.
Blinken described the images as extremely disturbing and beyond comprehension. Israel seeks to eradicate Hamas in retaliation for an unprecedented attack on its civilians.
Although Blinken urged Israel to exercise restraint, he affirmed U.S. support, stating, “We will always be there by your side.”
Following the attacks, the Israeli parliament approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s emergency unity government, showing a united front against Hamas.
The Israeli death toll surpassed 1,300, with many being civilians.
Gaza has been besieged and subjected to Israel’s most intense bombing campaign ever.
Over 1,400 Palestinians have been reported dead and over 6,000 injured.
International bodies are alarmed by the deteriorating situation.
The ICRC warned of hospitals in Gaza running out of fuel, while the UN’s WFP stated that food and water supplies are critically low.
ICRC regional director, Fabrizio Carboni, urged both sides to alleviate civilian suffering.
Israel stated it wouldn’t end the siege without the release of its hostages.
Egypt is attempting to provide aid through its Gaza border crossing, but Israeli strikes hinder these efforts.
Tensions are spilling across borders. Syria reported Israeli air raids on its airports, with Israel refraining from commenting.
Meanwhile, hostilities flared between Israel and Hezbollah at the Lebanese boundary, prompting Lebanon to seek UN intervention. U.S. Secretary Blinken plans to meet Jordanian and Palestinian leaders, indicating U.S. awareness of Palestinian concerns.
In Gaza, the situation is dire, with the Samour family being buried in vacant lots due to filled cemeteries.
Palestinian rescue worker, Ibrahim Hamdan, narrated the devastating impact of the airstrikes.
The plight of Gazans has intensified over the years, especially since the Hamas takeover 16 years ago.
The collapse of the peace process a decade ago has exacerbated Palestinian frustrations, bolstering extremist factions.