Israel-Hamas War Conflict News Live Updates: Over 7,000 Palestinians have lost their lives, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said Thursday. This number exceeds by more than three times the casualties recorded during the six-week-long Gaza war in 2014. Meanwhile, as the war entered its 21st day, more airstrikes inflicted severe damage on parts of the Gaza Strip, leaving residents with dwindling supplies of essential items like food and water. The bombing persisted while the Israeli military reported a brief entry of its troops and tanks into northern Gaza, as they made preparations for a potential large-scale incursion.
In the West Bank, over 100 Palestinians have been killed in the violence and Israeli raids that followed Hamas’ unexpected attack on October 7 in southern Israel. According to Israeli officials, the conflict has resulted in the deaths of more than 1,400 people in Israel, primarily civilians who were casualties of the initial Hamas attack. Israel’s military has indicated that 222 people, including foreigners believed to have been captured by Hamas during the incursion, remain as hostages in Gaza.
Meanwhile, Israel announced on Friday that its military operations in Gaza were in preparation for “the next stage of the operation.” There are concerns that a potential ground invasion of the Palestinian enclave could escalate into a broader conflict. Additionally, there have been reports from Egypt’s Al Qahera News, citing sources, that a missile struck a medical facility in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Taba near the Israeli border, resulting in injuries to six people. Al Qahera suggested that this incident was connected to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas militants. Israel’s military acknowledged being aware of a security incident in the area.