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Friday, 24 May 2024 11.55 AM IST

Six-month mark of Israel-Palestine conflict; Gaza suffers devastation

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GAZA: As the Israel-Palestine conflict enters its sixth month, the situation in Gaza is dire, with widespread death, disease and starvation. Basic amenities like electricity and water are scarce, impacting both Gaza and the West Bank. Israel's objective of dismantling Hamas proves challenging, with hostages still held and protests mounting against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to deliver on promises of complete victory.

Internationally, Israel faces isolation amid accusations of potential genocide against Palestinians. The United States appears to distance itself from Netanyahu, particularly following Israel's deadly attack on aid workers from the World Central Kitchen.

Tensions escalate as Iran vows revenge for the killing of an Iranian general by Israeli forces in Syria. Additionally, conflicts with Hezbollah along the Lebanese border and attacks by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea raise concerns of broader regional destabilization.

Efforts for an immediate ceasefire are underway in Cairo, but achieving peace remains elusive. The war, which began with a Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 last year, has led to staggering casualties and widespread devastation:

In Israel's attack

33,137 dead in Gaza

13,800 children

12,009 injured children

1000 children with amputated legs

75,815 injured

95 journalists killed

484 health workers

17 lakh Palestinians are homeless

26 out of 36 hospitals were demolished

6 lakh students lost their schools

15 lakh refugees in Rafah

456 deaths in West Bank

4,750 injured

In Hamas attack

1,200 dead in Israel

253 Israelis were taken hostage

34 hostages are reported to have died

Hamas tortures hostages

343 dead in Hezbollah clashes in Lebanon

Israel withdraws thousands of troops from southern Gaza. Israel said it had withdrawn all but one brigade as part of a realignment of forces for further operations.

Israel is one step away from victory. No ceasefire until Hamas releases Israeli hostages

--Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Prime Minister

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