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“Chronicle of the Israel-Hamas Conflict: 7 Days of Tragedy and Devastation”

"Did not start the war, but will finish it"

Israel-Hamas War Updates

  • October 7, 2023: On the Jewish Sabbath day, Hamas launched a surprise attack into southern Israel, resulting in the raid of military bases and residential areas, causing a tragic loss of at least 1,300 lives and injuring thousands more.
  • October 8, 2023: Overnight, Israel struck up to 426 targets in the Gaza Strip. The Al-Amin Muhammad Mosque was destroyed.
  • October 9, 2023: The IDF reportedly struck 500 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight, including the densely populated Jabalia refugee camp, causing “dozens” of casualties, including children. Israel’s military imposed a “complete siege” on the Gaza Strip, halting the delivery of essential supplies to its 2.3 million people and continuing airstrikes in retaliation for Hamas’ incursion.
  • October 10, 2023: The IDF said it had mobilized up to 360,000 reservists and launched airstrikes at the al-Daraj and al-Furqan neighborhoods in Gaza. They also largely leveled the Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City, which hosted ministries of the Hamas-run government, universities, media organizations, and aid agencies.
  • October 11, 2023: It has been reported that 1,900 were killed, including 260 children and 230 women, along with 4,600 wounded in Gaza. Additionally, 100 hostages were captured by militants in Gaza.
  • October 12, 2023: More than 260,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the Gaza Strip as heavy Israeli bombardments from the air, land, and sea continue to hit the Palestinian enclave, according to the United Nations. Over 137,000 Palestinians were packed into United Nations shelters, and the World Health Organization reported that the medical supplies it had pre-positioned in seven Gaza hospitals were already used up.
  • October 15, 2023: Israeli citizens evacuated from the city of Sderot near Gaza as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continued. The casualties had reached at least 1,900 Palestinians killed and 7,696 wounded in Israeli air attacks on Gaza, while the number of casualties in Israel had reached 1,300 with 3,400 wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas, saying that “though Israel did not start this war,” it “will finish it.”

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In a week that will be remembered for its tragic toll on innocent lives, the Israel-Hamas conflict began on October 7, 2023, when Palestine launched a large-scale offensive against Israel. At 6:30 a.m., the militant group Hamas launched a devastating attack, firing around 3,000 rockets in just 20 minutes. This relentless assault resulted in the loss of innocent lives in both countries.

The conflict escalated rapidly as, on October 8, Israel responded with overnight airstrikes targeting up to 426 locations in the Gaza Strip, including the destruction of the Al-Amin Muhammad Mosque.

On October 9, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reportedly struck 500 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight, leading to dozens of casualties, including children. Simultaneously, the IDF imposed a “complete siege” on the Gaza Strip, cutting off the delivery of essential supplies to its 2.3 million residents.

The following day, on October 10, the IDF further intensified its actions, mobilizing up to 360,000 reservists and launching airstrikes at various neighborhoods in Gaza. The Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City, home to government ministries, universities, media organizations, and aid agencies, was substantially leveled.

By October 11, the tragic human toll of the conflict became evident, with 1,900 individuals killed, including 260 children and 230 women, and 4,600 wounded in Gaza. Furthermore, reports emerged that 100 hostages were captured by Gaza militants.

The United Nations reported that over 260,000 people were forced to flee their homes in the Gaza Strip as Israeli bombardments continued relentlessly from the air, land, and sea. The situation grew increasingly dire, with over 137,000 Palestinians seeking refuge in United Nations shelters. The World Health Organization noted that medical supplies pre-positioned in seven Gaza hospitals were already depleted.

Amidst this turmoil, questions arose about Israel’s intelligence and its ability to protect its citizens. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized that while Israel did not initiate the conflict, it was committed to ending it.

This week of devastation in the Israel-Hamas conflict serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for peace and resolution in the region, as innocent lives on both sides continue to be caught in the crossfire of a long-standing and deeply complex conflict.

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