Ramallah, 7 October 2023 (TDI): The longstanding dispute between Israel and Palestine has taken a perilous turn, with the recent escalation marking one of the most substantial and deadly confrontations in decades.

In the early hours of Saturday, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas launched ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Storm’ against Israel. This attack involved coordinated actions, including infiltrations at multiple points and a barrage of missiles targeting Israel.

This development comes amidst escalating tensions over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and ongoing concerns about the Israeli occupation.

Consequently, more than 200 Israeli soldiers were killed and over 1,100 Israeli soldiers and settlers sustained injuries, while many were in critical condition.

Furthermore, dozens of Israeli soldiers and settlers are now in the custody of Palestinian freedom fighters.

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It is pertinent to note that in response to this surprise attack by Hamas, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) initiated ‘Operation Iron Swords.’

Israel’s response has included air strikes and carpet bombing on Gaza, resulting in the flattening of two buildings, one of which includes 100 apartments.

Tragically, reports of increasing casualties among civilians are continuing to emerge, as Israeli air strikes persist in Gaza.

According to the latest figures, 232 Palestinians have been martyred and about 1697 Palestinians were injured.

The international community is closely monitoring this escalating conflict, urging both parties to exercise restraint and seek a peaceful resolution.

The situation remains fluid, with grave humanitarian implications and widespread concern for the safety and well-being of civilians caught in the crossfire.

As developments unfold, TDI will continue to provide updates on this critical and evolving situation in the Israel-Hamas conflict.