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What is happening in Gaza and Israel?

In a region long marked by simmering tensions, the Gaza-Israel conflict has once again flared up, causing concern both regionally and internationally. The recent escalation comes after a period of relative calm, reigniting fears of a prolonged and deadly conflict.

Background:

The Gaza-Israel conflict has a complex and multifaceted history, rooted in decades of territorial disputes, political divisions, and competing national aspirations. The conflict centers on the Gaza Strip, a narrow coastal enclave controlled by the Palestinian political and militant group Hamas, and Israel, which maintains a blockade of Gaza in an effort to prevent weapons and militants from entering the territory. The situation has led to periodic outbreaks of violence.

Current Situation:

The latest round of violence began when militants in Gaza launched a series of rockets into southern Israel. Israeli authorities responded with airstrikes on Hamas positions in Gaza, resulting in casualties on both sides. As the conflict escalated, Israel declared a state of emergency in several southern cities and towns. This escalation has led to a sense of fear and uncertainty for civilians on both sides of the border.

International leaders, including the United Nations and various countries, have expressed deep concern over the recent developments and have called for an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation. The UN has emphasized the need for a diplomatic solution to the conflict to prevent further suffering and instability in the region.

Humanitarian Impact:

1. There are thousands more’: Wounded Palestinians cross into Egypt from Gaza

2. As a small number of injured Palestinians leave the Gaza Strip, many more remain in urgent need of treatment abroad. 

3. Gaza needs a humanitarian pause. Then we need a vision of where we go from here.

4. Israel-Hamas: Biden calls for humanitarian ‘pause’ in Gaza

5. Japan says all nationals and their Palestinian families wishing to leave Gaza have been evacuated.

6. Australian minister urges citizens in Gaza to move towards the Rafah border crossing.

International Response:

The situation in the Gaza and Israel war remains fluid, and the international community is closely monitoring developments in the hope of preventing further escalation and suffering. Achieving a wave of lasting peace in the region continues to be a daunting and elusive challenge.

As the world watches, the focus remains on finding a diplomatic solution to bring an end to the violence and create conditions for a more stable and prosperous future for the people of Gaza and Israel.

What Other Countries Say 

“No winners in a war where thousands of children are killed,” says UN committee

The US, the European Union, and other Western countries have all condemned the Hamas attack on Israel.

Russia and China have both refused to condemn Hamas and say they are maintaining contact with both sides in the conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed US policy for the absence of peace in the Middle East.

Below is the list of nations who have urged Israel to end its war and move toward peace talks.

Algeria

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Algeria has expressed deep concern concerning Israel’s actions within Gaza and accused Israel of infringing the international human rights law.

African Union

The chairperson of the African Union Moussa Faki Mahamat has pointed out the denial of fundamental rights to Palestinians as Palestinian citizens as being the major reason for the current tensions. The AU has urged both parties to stop military violence and to return to the negotiation table.

Belize

Belize has criticized the wars that have been raging between Hamas in Gaza and Israel and called for immediate peace while promoting the establishment of a Palestinian state that has East Jerusalem as its capital and requesting the return of Palestinians who have been forced to leave their ancestral home.

Brazil

Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira said on Friday that Brazil had “received with dismay the news that Israeli forces called for all civilians — more than one million — living in northern Gaza to leave within 24 hours”.

Colombia

Colombian President Gustavo Petro emphasized the need for Israel and Palestine to join the table of negotiations and seek a solution that is a two-state one. Petro drew historical parallels with the current situation in Gaza as well as past atrocities.

Cuba

Cuba has criticized the violence occurring in Israel and Palestine and blames it on the ongoing violation of Palestinian rights.

Indonesia

Indonesia has demanded the immediate cessation of violence to avoid more casualties In addition, Indonesia has argued that military occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel was the main source of the conflict. the occupation.

Iraq

Iraq has also declared the attack on Gaza an extension of the oppression and repression of Palestinians under Israeli occupation.

Iran

the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani has explained Palestinian opposition as the natural response in response to Israeli provocations.

Ireland

The Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has condemned Israel’s actions of shutting off fuel, power supply as well and water supply, calling it an infringement of international human rights legislation and a collective sanction.

Kuwait

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its concern about the increase in violence in Gaza it has called on the world community to end the violence, defend the Palestinian population, and put an end to Israel’s provocations. The ministry has warned that continued violence, if not deterred, will undermine peace efforts as well as the possibility of a two-state solution.

Morocco

Morocco is advancing toward full diplomatic ties with Israel as part of the Abraham Accords, has voiced grave concern over the current circumstances in Gaza, and has demanded the immediate end of violent violence as well as a return to peace. Morocco stressed the importance of talks and dialogue as a way to arrive at the two-state solution.

Malaysia

Malaysia has demanded an end to violence in the Gaza Strip, highlighting the long-term occupation and the suffering of the Palestinian population, as well as the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque as the root reason for the current conflict.

Maldives

The Maldivian government has expressed its concern over the growing tensions in the Gaza Strip and reiterated its solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The government of the country has stated that peace lasting throughout the Middle East can only be realized through a two-state resolution that is based on the borders of pre-1967, including East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

Norway

Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt has criticized the total blockade in Gaza as unjust and stressed the right of Israel to self-defense must be based on international law.

Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed concern about the ongoing conflict of tensions between Palestinians and Israelis and has stressed the necessity for both sides to be calm, as well as urging international action to halt the escalated situation. 

Qatar

Qatar has urged all parties to stop escalating and be more restrained in the growing tensions in Gaza and holds Israel accountable for the increase in tensions because of its violation of Palestinian rights, specifically attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Russia

Russia has stressed that the Israeli-Palestinian war can not be solved by force, but rather through diplomatic and diplomatic options. Russia demanded an immediate cease-fire, disavowing violence and calling for a negotiation process with the help of the international community to ensure long-term security in the Middle East.

Syria

Syria has been awed by the Palestinian resistance groups that were behind the attack on October 7 as well as criticizing the Israeli occupation and siege.

South Africa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday emphasized his nation’s historical backing for Palestinians in the “just struggle” of Palestinians in a statement to the public in which he was seen with a keffiyeh tucked around his shoulders before a crowd of people who held small Palestinian flags.

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