On 27 October, Israel launched a large-scale ground incursion into the Gaza Strip with the stated goal of eliminating Hamas. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has warned that it will advance wherever Hamas is found, including the southern part of the Palestinian territory.
The civilian death toll in Gaza has exceeded 13,000 since the start of the Israel-Hamas conflict. The Israeli attacks are believed to have left an estimated 6,000 people trapped under the rubble, including more than 4,000 children and women who remain unaccounted for, Gaza officials said.
The IDF, for its part, said at least 378 Israeli soldiers had been killed since this latest wave of hostilities between Palestine and Israel started.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, most hospitals and medical clinics in Gaza have been closed because of damage from Israeli strikes or lack of fuel.
The risk of the conflict spilling over into neighboring countries continues to grow, with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah launching a rocket attack on the Israeli army.
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