The Israel and Hamas conflict which took centre stage some days ago has captured global attention with its escalating violence and significant humanitarian toll.
Over the course of five days, this intense struggle has left an indelible mark on the global, with world leaders choosing sides.
From targeted attacks to hostage situations, we delve into 10 key events and challenges that define this turbulent chapter in the Israel-Hamas saga.
i. The conflict between Israel and Hamas has been intensifying for the past five days, causing significant unrest and concern.
ii. Targeted Attacks: The Israel Defence Forces have launched a series of targeted attacks on hundreds of Hamas targets in Gaza. In response, Hamas has fired thousands of rockets at Israeli towns.
iii. High Human Cost: Tragically, the conflict has resulted in a substantial loss of life on both sides. Hundreds of people have lost their lives as a result of the ongoing violence.
iv. Unprecedented Attack: The recent attack by Hamas took an unprecedented scale and tactic, with militants successfully breaking through the heavily fortified border fence with Israel and infiltrating deep into Israeli territory.
v. Retaliatory Airstrikes: In response to the attack, Israel launched a lethal volley of retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza, leading to the loss of at least 560 lives.
vi. Hostages Taken: Shockingly, as they retreated into Gaza, Hamas militants took at least 100 hostages with them, according to reports.
vii. Simchat Torah Assault: The escalation of violence reached new heights when hundreds of Hamas militants attacked Israel on Saturday, specifically during the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah.
viii. Civilian Safety: The Israel Defence Forces have urged civilians in Gaza to leave their residential areas immediately for their safety as Israeli military operations continue to target Hamas.
ix. Concerns About Misinformation: European Commissioner Thierry Breton warned Elon Musk about his social network, stating it is spreading illegal content and disinformation related to the Israel-Hamas war. This includes “fake and manipulated images and facts” on the platform.
x.The Challenge of Sorting Fact from Fiction: False claims about the latest Israel-Hamas war are inundating social media, making it challenging for onlookers to discern fact from fiction. Staying informed with credible sources is crucial during this time of heightened tension and conflict.