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Israel readies for ground assault; Biden condemns “utter wickedness” of Hamas strikes.

Israel Vows Escalation as Hamas Attacks Continue

Israel has pledged to intensify its response to the recent attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas, with a ground offensive being considered. U.S. President Joe Biden has expressed support for Israel and issued a warning to anyone seeking to take advantage of the situation.

Israel’s Retaliatory Strikes Continue

Israel has carried out overnight air strikes across Gaza, causing widespread destruction and casualties. According to Gaza’s health ministry, the strikes have resulted in the death of at least 900 people and injured 4,600. The bombings have devastated neighborhoods in the densely populated coastal enclave.

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Hamas’ Deadly Attack and Israel’s Response

Hamas gunmen launched a deadly attack on parts of southern Israel, marking the deadliest Palestinian militant attack in Israel’s history. Israel’s embassy in Washington reported that the death toll from the weekend attacks had surpassed 1,000, with some sources suggesting it had reached 1,200. The victims were mostly civilians who were targeted in their homes, on the streets, or even at an outdoor dance party. Additionally, numerous Israelis and foreigners were taken hostage by Hamas militants and paraded through the streets of Gaza on social media.

Israel’s Determination and Warning

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, speaking to soldiers near the Gaza fence, emphasized that Hamas would face consequences for their actions, stating, “Hamas wanted a change and it will get one. What was in Gaza will no longer be.” He further declared that Israel’s offensive would escalate, with both aerial and ground operations being deployed.

International Reactions and Concerns

U.S. President Joe Biden expressed his solidarity with Israel and condemned the Hamas attacks as an “act of sheer evil.” The United States has enhanced its military presence in the region as a show of support, including deploying additional aircraft carriers and fighter aircraft. Biden also announced the dispatch of top diplomat Antony Blinken to Israel to deliver a message of solidarity.

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Humanitarian Crisis and Escalation of Violence

As the violence continues, concerns have been raised about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The United Nations reported that over 180,000 Gazans have been left homeless, with many seeking refuge on the streets or in schools. The destruction caused by Israeli strikes has resulted in the collapse of numerous buildings, trapping people inside and hindering rescue efforts. The situation is dire, with no place deemed safe in Gaza.

Escalation of Violence Beyond Gaza

The violence has not been limited to Gaza. Rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel, prompting Israeli shelling in response. Shells launched from Syrian territory also landed in open areas in Israel, leading to further concerns of a wider war.

Call for Compliance with International Law

The United Nations and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights have denounced the Hamas attacks but also stressed the need for Israel to abide by international humanitarian law and spare civilian lives and infrastructure.


The conflict between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate, with both sides determined to pursue their objectives. The international community is closely monitoring the situation, urging restraint and a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

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