17th Day of Israel-Hamas Conflict: Gaza Endures Deadliest Night, 400 Lives Lost in 24-Hrs -Key Updates
17th Day of Israel-Hamas Conflict: Gaza Endures Deadliest Night, 400 Lives Lost in 24-Hrs -Key Updates

As the Israel-Hamas conflict enters its seventeenth day, Gaza witnessed what has been described as its "most violent night yet," with a staggering death toll of 400 people in just 24 hours. The ongoing war between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas fighters in Gaza has ignited worldwide calls for an immediate ceasefire, as the Palestinian population in Gaza continues to suffer from relentless Israeli airstrikes in retaliation for the October 7th Hamas attack.

In a bid to assert control over the region, Israel has resorted to drastic measures, including cutting off essential supplies such as fuel, water, and food, leaving the Palestinian population struggling for survival.

Here are ten key updates on the Israel-Hamas conflict:

Intensified Bombardment: Israel significantly escalated its airstrikes on the Gaza Strip during the past night, with reports of air attacks targeting areas including the Jabalia refugee camp and locations close to Gaza's Al-Shifa and Al-Quds Hospitals.

Heaviest Bombardment Since October: The relentless Israeli air raids over the last 24 hours have resulted in the deaths of at least 400 people in Gaza. Palestinian media has described this as the "heaviest bombardment" since the October 7th Hamas attack.

International Diplomacy: UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and US President Joe Biden held a meeting with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, and Italy. Following the meeting, these leaders expressed their support for Israel while urging Prime Minister Netanyahu to adhere to international humanitarian law and protect civilian lives.

Oil Price Concerns: Global diplomatic efforts to contain the Israel-Hamas conflict have impacted oil prices. Brent crude futures fell by 67 cents to $91.49 a barrel, reflecting concerns about a potential wider confrontation in this oil-rich region.

Humanitarian Aid: Despite the conflict, the US, under President Joe Biden, continues to support humanitarian efforts in Gaza. Fourteen aid trucks crossed the Rafah border, bringing aid provided by the Egyptian Red Crescent and the United Nations. UN aid chief Martin Griffiths referred to this as a "small glimmer of hope."

Chinese Concerns: China views the situation in Gaza as "very serious," expressing worries about the increasing risk of a large-scale ground conflict and the potential spread of armed conflicts across neighboring borders, as reported by Chinese state media.

Chinese Diplomacy: Beijing has expressed its willingness to do "whatever is conducive" to facilitate dialogue, achieve a ceasefire, and restore peace in the Middle East.

West Bank Operations: Israel Defense Forces have conducted raids in the West Bank, resulting in the arrest of 11 individuals in the latest round of operations.

Israeli Response: An Israel Defense Forces spokesperson, in an interview, rebutted accusations of war crimes and contended that countries making such claims were not democracies and therefore not in a position to lecture Israel on humanitarian issues.

The situation in Israel and Gaza remains extremely fluid, with both international concerns and regional dynamics at play. The urgency for a ceasefire and a peaceful resolution continues to be paramount.

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