In this DW News update, we delve into the latest developments in the Israel-Hamas conflict. The UN reports a tragic incident as a school shelter in Gaza is damaged in an Israeli airstrike, resulting in at least 20 casualties. The humanitarian situation in Gaza is dire, with over a million people displaced and shortages of food and water. The Israeli embargo on fuel raises concerns for life support systems in hospitals.
The conflict has entered a new phase, with Israel claiming to have completely encircled Gaza City, aiming to weaken Hamas. Military analyst Marina provides insights into the challenges of urban combat, potential civilian casualties, and the risk of regional spillover, particularly at the Lebanese border with Hezbollah.
As Israel’s forces advance, the international community, including US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, expresses solidarity with Israel and calls for limited ceasefires to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza. The video also explores the impact on the West Bank, where tensions have escalated, and settlers’ violence is on the rise.
Rebecca Ritters reports from Tel Aviv on Blinken’s visit, where he addresses the ongoing conflict, works towards securing the release of US nationals, and discusses post-war scenarios. The video emphasizes the complexity and gravity of the situation, highlighting the urgent need for diplomatic efforts and humanitarian assistance in the region.