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Hamas warns of captive executions if Israeli strikes endanger innocent civilians, says Reuters.

Israel-Hamas Conflict: Threats, Bombings, and International Concerns

Hamas Threatens Israeli Captives as Violence Escalates

The conflict between Israel and the Islamist militant group Hamas has reached a dangerous point, with Hamas issuing a chilling threat to execute an Israeli captive for every Palestinian home bombed without warning. This threat comes as Israel has called up 300,000 reservists and imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip, raising concerns about a possible ground assault. The violence has already claimed over 1,500 lives and has prompted international calls for an end to the fighting and protection of civilians.

Devastating Weekend Attack Leaves Israel in Mourning

Israeli TV channels have reported a death toll of 900 Israelis, with over 2,600 injured and dozens taken captive, following a devastating attack by Hamas. Among the victims were 260 young people who were gunned down at a desert dance party. Survivors are still emerging from hiding, with the site of the attack filled with wrecked and abandoned cars. The impact of this attack has led to declarations of support for Israel from international governments.

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Mounting Casualties in Gaza

In Gaza, the situation is dire, with Gaza’s Health Ministry reporting at least 687 Palestinians killed and 3,726 wounded in Israeli air strikes since Saturday. The targets of these strikes have included apartment blocks and hospitals. Witnesses have reported widespread destruction, with Hamas security headquarters and ministries being hit. The strikes have also disrupted essential services, as the headquarters of the Palestinian Telecommunication Co. was bombed.

Hamas Threatens Retaliation, Israel Calls Up Reservists

Hamas has responded to the Israeli attacks by threatening to kill Israelis among the dozens held captive. They have specifically targeted Israeli bombings of civilian houses without warning. The Israeli military has yet to respond to this threat, but Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen has confirmed that over 100 people have been taken captive by Hamas. In response to the escalating violence, Israel has called up an unprecedented 300,000 reservists and is considering a ground assault.

International Support and Concern

The conflict has garnered international attention, with governments expressing their support for Israel. President Joe Biden has announced that at least 11 Americans have been killed, and the U.S. government is working closely with Israel on hostage recovery efforts. However, concerns have been raised about Israel’s tightened blockade, which is preventing food and fuel from reaching the Gaza Strip. Human Rights Watch has called this collective punishment and a war crime.

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Fears of a Widening Conflict

The conflict has already spread beyond Israel and Gaza, with Israeli troops killing armed suspects that infiltrated from Lebanon and Hezbollah firing rockets into northern Israel in retaliation. This escalation has alarmed the region and the world, leading to increased volatility in markets, including higher oil prices and disrupted flight services. The situation remains volatile and unpredictable, with the bodies of hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians adding to the grim toll of the conflict.

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