As US and other world officials push for “humanitarian pauses” in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said there will be no “temporary ceasefire” until all hostages are returned. Hezbollah’s leader warned that all options were “on the table” in wars with Israel, but did not announce an outright escalation. Understand what is behind the Israel-Gaza war.
Hostages: Israeli officials said Hamas militants took about 240 hostages in a highly organized attack. The four hostages were freed – two Americans and two Israelis – and the families are hopeful. A freed Israeli hostage described the “spider web” of the Gaza tunnels.
Humanitarian Assistance: The Palestine Red Crescent Society said more than 300 trucks with food, medicine and water had arrived in Gaza via Egypt’s Rafah crossing. However, the PRCS said, there is still no permission to bring in the fuel, which powers the enclave’s hospitals, water pumps, taxis and more.
Israel-Palestine conflict: The Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip has a troubled history, and its rulers have long been at odds with the Palestinian Authority, a US-backed government. West Bank. Here is a timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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