The conflict between Israel and Palestine has a long history, dating back to the end of the 19th century. The establishment of Israel in 1948 and the displacement of Palestinians have been key factors in the ongoing conflict. The recent escalation in October 2023 marks a significant escalation in the conflict.
The war that began Oct. 7 has become the deadliest of five Gaza wars for both sides, with more than 4,000 dead. The Gaza Health Ministry said 2,750 Palestinians have been killed and 9,700 wounded. Water has run out at U.N. shelters across Gaza and overwhelmed doctors as the territory’s largest hospital struggles to care for patients as supplies of water, fuel and medicine run dangerously low.
Notable buildings destroyed in Israeli attacks include four large towers with multiple floors of residential units, it said, adding that a total of 159 housing units have been destroyed while 1,210 have suffered severe damage. At least 2,670 Palestinians, a quarter of them children, have been killed in Israeli air raids. In a press release, the institution said the death toll is the highest in about two decades.
Here are the most significant developments in the past few hours:
• Health officials in Gaza say 2,808 people have been killed and 10,859 wounded as a result of Israeli attacks.
• The World Health Organization warns there are fewer than “24 hours of water, electricity and fuel left” in Gaza before “catastrophe”.
Gaza is suffering relentless violence from Israeli bombardments this week. Let us pray for recognition of our shared humanity and unite in calls for liberation War, a dreadful word filled with pain and suffering – displacement, hunger, destruction.
A devastating war, leaving people helpless, searching amidst rubble. Let’s pray for every child, mother, and family, for those in dire need. As humans, let’s unite in our shared humanity and pray for all.