Israel-Palestine Escalation
Israel was hit by an unprecedented rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on October 7, with Hamas movement's troops infiltrating border areas. On October 8, the Israeli government announced that it had invoked Article 40 of the Basic Law, which means the country was officially in a state of war.

Over 700,000 Palestinians in Gaza Strip Face Starvation, Enclave's Gov't Media Office States

© AP Photo / Fatima ShbairPalestinian crowds struggle to buy bread from a bakery in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024.
Palestinian crowds struggle to buy bread from a bakery in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 21.02.2024
TUNIS (Sputnik) - Famine is deepening in the Gaza Strip, and more than 700,000 Palestinians in the central and northern Gaza Strip face death by starvation, the Palestinian enclave's government media office said on Tuesday.
The office said on Telegram that "the famine in areas of the Gaza Strip, where 2.4 million people live, is worsening day after day."
"The issue is particularly acute in the Gaza and North Gaza governorates, which portends the occurrence of a global humanitarian catastrophe that could result in the death of a large number of people - 700,000 Palestinian citizens who still live in the said two areas," the office said.
The office, on behalf of the Palestinian enclave's authorities, also demanded that Israel and the international community "lift the siege of the Gaza Strip" and allow "the arrival of 10,000 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid over the next two days, before a humanitarian catastrophe occurs," the message said.
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Israel-Palestine Escalation
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On October 7, 2023, Palestinian movement Hamas launched a large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip and breached the border, killing 1,200 people and abducting around 240 others. Israel launched retaliatory strikes, ordered a complete blockade of Gaza, and started a ground incursion into the Palestinian enclave with the declared goal of eliminating Hamas fighters and rescuing the hostages. At least 29,000 people have been killed so far in the Gaza Strip, local authorities said.
On November 24, Qatar mediated a deal between Israel and Hamas on a temporary truce and the exchange of some of the prisoners and hostages, as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. The ceasefire was extended several times and expired on December 1. More than 100 hostages are still believed to be held by Hamas in Gaza.