Israel has stepped up its ground campaign and bombardment of the Gaza Strip in response to October 7 attacks by the Palestinian group Hamas, catching Netanyahu Benjamin’s administration by surprise.
Israel – targeting schools, hospitals, mosques, churches and even refugee camps where terrified civilians have taken refuge – has so far killed 9,488 people, including more than 3,000 children.
Israel has accused Hamas of hiding among civilians and uses this explanation as an excuse when it faces criticism for targeting besieged civilians.
Hamas killed more than 1,400 Israelis in the October 7 attack and a few hundred soldiers in clashes during the nearly month-long war.
Honduras, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Jordan and Bahrain have recalled their envoys to Israel, and some have also severed diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, whose forces have besieged Gaza for 17 years.
Global powers, including the United States and the United Nations, have called on Israel to ensure that civilian casualties are avoided in its continued effort to eliminate Hamas, but to no avail.
The United Nations is also calling for an immediate ceasefire so that aid can flow smoothly at least to the war-torn strip and hostages can be exchanged.
However, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has refused to stop his military offensive on Gaza and insists they will continue to attack the Hamas-run territory.
The Israel-Hamas war is still ongoing and the humanitarian crisis in Palestine is increasing due to continued bombing of the Gaza Strip.