By Milcah Tanimu
Israel’s military is actively responding to the unprecedented incursion by Hamas militants from Gaza, vowing to dismantle the “military and governing capabilities” of the group. The conflict has taken a severe toll on both sides, with over 700 casualties reported in Israel and nearly 500 in Gaza. Israel has officially declared war, with the potential for a ground assault into Gaza, while Palestinian militants continue to launch rockets into Israel.
Civilian populations are bearing the brunt of the conflict, with communities facing displacement and infrastructure damage. Israeli tanks and drones are stationed at breaches in the border fence to prevent further infiltrations. Israel has called up approximately 300,000 reservists in a massive mobilization effort. Simultaneously, Palestinian militants are capturing Israelis in a bid to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
The conflict has escalated swiftly, prompting international concern and attempts to mediate a ceasefire. The situation remains highly volatile, with apprehensions of further escalation and the risk of a broader regional conflict.