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‘Nowhere to go’: ordinary Palestinians live in fear as Israel retaliates against Hamas

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🗞️ Driving the news: Hamas' attack on Israel over the weekend evoked mixed reactions among Palestinians in Gaza, with some celebrating it as a perceived victory against Israel, while others feared deadly retaliation
• In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised "mighty vengeance," and by Monday, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant ordered a complete siege of Gaza, cutting off essentials like electricity, food, fuel, and water

🔭 The context: Over 700 people were killed in Israel by Hamas fighters infiltrating from Gaza, while Israel retaliated by targeting around 800 sites in Gaza, resulting in at least 560 Palestinian fatalities, including 78 children, and 2,900 injuries, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health
• Amid ongoing conflict with Israel, many residents of Gaza, where 2 million people reside in a densely populated area of 140 square miles, are taking refuge in their homes, with most lacking access to bunkers

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The conflict in Gaza is a deeply concerning international issue, raising questions about humanitarian rights and regional stability
• The impact of such conflicts often reverberates beyond the immediate region, affecting global politics and security

⏭️ What's next: The situation remains volatile, with the possibility of further escalations as the international community closely watches for developments and potential efforts to broker a ceasefire

💬 One quote: "I just want a house to live in with my kids. I just want shelter" (Hani el-Bawab, Gazan resident)

📈 One stat: Over the weekend, Israel struck down at least 10 towers in Gaza that it claimed were used by Hamas, reflecting the intensity of the conflict and the scale of destruction

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