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Gaza-Israel Conflict Overtakes News Cycle, Calls for Ceasefire Intensify

The intense conflict between Hamas and Israel, which began on October 7, has taken center stage in global news. It has resulted in the deadliest of the five Gaza wars for Palestinians, with 2,670 Palestinians killed and over 9,600 injured. For Israel, this marks the deadliest war since the 1973 conflict with Egypt and Syria. A UN human rights expert has warned of the risk of mass ethnic cleansing and called for urgent international mediation to secure a ceasefire.

The situation has been described as reaching a “fever pitch,” and the international community is urged to prevent atrocity crimes and hold those responsible accountable. Nearly 600,000 people have been displaced due to Israeli strikes and an unlawful blockade in place since 2007. Israeli forces recently ordered 1.1 million Palestinians in north Gaza to relocate to the south within 24 hours, and military forces have entered Gaza, raising concerns of further escalation.