The War Between Israel and Hamas Enters Day 27
Updates on the Ongoing Conflict
The war between Israel and Hamas has now reached Day 27, with no signs of slowing down.
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Updated: Within the last minute, since the time of this update, Israel’s top commander says IDF forces have surrounded Gaza City.
Israel’s forces have surrounded Gaza City on three sides, and now have personnel operating within the city, The Guardian updated.
Updated: Within the last minute, since the time of this update, hundreds more nationals have fled Rafah Crossing in Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that Israel Defense Forces are “at the height of battle” after pushing through Gaza City outskirts. This was an update from five minutes before the time of this report via The Guardian live reports.
Facts of the Conflict
In a merciless assault, Hamas has already claimed the lives of at least 1,300 Israelis and injured over 3,300. On the other side, the Hamas-controlled health ministry reports that the death toll among Palestinians has reached a staggering 8,796. In addition, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are holding more than 240 soldiers and civilians hostage in Gaza, including foreign nationals.
Amidst the ongoing conflict, a Qatar-brokered deal between Hamas and Egypt allowed for the evacuation of several hundred wounded Gazans and foreign nationals. However, fierce fighting continues to ravage Gaza, with both Palestinians and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) engaged in intense battles. Hamas rocket fire and Israeli airstrikes persist, while Israel and Hezbollah exchange fire as well.
Here are the key developments and updates as the conflict enters Day 27::
From Day 26
The Israeli incursion into Gaza saw airstrikes on internally displaced persons permanent encampments, which resuled in heavy casualties and international ire.
On Wednesday, the Israeli army announced that 16 soldiers were killed in multiple clashes in northern Gaza as the ground operation deepens. A senior army commander revealed that Israeli forces have advanced deep into the Gaza Strip and are now at the gates of Gaza City.
The border crossing between Gaza and Egypt was opened to facilitate the evacuation of wounded Gazans and foreign nationals. An Egyptian official stated that up to 500 foreign nationals are expected to leave in the coming days. The first group of U.S. citizens, out of an estimated 400 residing in Gaza, departed on Wednesday, as confirmed by U.S. President Joe Biden.
In response to the ongoing conflict, Jordan has recalled its ambassador to Israel, demanding that Israel put an end to the war against Hamas. The ambassador's return is contingent upon Israel's compliance.
Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned Israel's "inhumane" bombing of the Jabalya refugee camp on Tuesday, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of people. The Israeli army claims that the airstrike targeted Hamas commander Ibrahim Biari and led to the collapse of Hamas' underground military infrastructure beneath neighboring buildings.
As the Israel-Hamas conflict extends into its twenty-seventh day, the situation remains dire. The death toll continues to rise, and both sides are engaged in relentless fighting. International efforts, such as the Qatar-brokered deal, aim to alleviate the suffering of wounded Gazans and foreign nationals. However, a lasting resolution to the conflict seems elusive, with no immediate end in sight. The world watches as Israel and Hamas continue their deadly battle, leaving countless lives shattered in their wake.