The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has intensified, with the combined death toll surpassing the 3,000 mark. The situation has drawn international attention, with countries around the world expressing deep concern over the escalating violence and its humanitarian implications.
US State Secretary Antony Blinken, during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Israel. Netanyahu emphasized the need for the isolation of Hamas and called for sanctions against countries supporting the militant group. Blinken condemned Hamas’ attacks and reiterated the United States’ firm stand against terrorism, stating, “United States has Israel’s back.”
In a significant development, Damascus and Aleppo airports in Syria were reported to be out of action following Israeli attacks. This has raised fears among global leaders that the conflict could expand, potentially involving Israel’s neighbors, Syria, and Lebanon.
The Gaza health ministry reported that Israeli strikes have resulted in the death of 447 children and 248 women. The overall Palestinian death toll in Gaza has risen to over 1,400. On the other side, Blinken confirmed that at least 25 Americans had been killed in Hamas attacks.
The conflict has also had repercussions on international travel and repatriation efforts. The British government announced flights to repatriate British nationals from Israel, with the first flight scheduled to depart from Tel Aviv. These are paid commercial flights, and vulnerable British nationals are being prioritized. Similarly, Germany is planning evacuation flights from neighboring Jordan.
India, expressing its concern over the safety of its citizens in the region, is set to repatriate Indians stuck in Israel by Thursday evening.
The international community has been making concerted efforts to bring about a ceasefire and end the hostilities. The United Nations warned of an impending humanitarian crisis, stating that food and water supplies in Gaza could run out very soon. Efforts are also being made to facilitate the release of hostages, with the Red Cross indicating its readiness to assist.
The conflict has also seen reactions from other global figures. The White House criticized former US President Donald Trump after he made remarks mocking Israel and praising Hezbollah.
The ongoing war has not only resulted in a tragic loss of life but has also displaced more than 338,000 people in Gaza, as reported by the UN. The international community continues to urge both sides to cease hostilities and work towards a peaceful resolution.