Ten key moments of the Israel-Hamas war since Oct 7

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Ten key moments of the Israel-Hamas war since Oct 7. A four-day ceasefire deal struck between Israel and Hamas on Friday comes into effect following Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel on October 7. Later that day, the conflict came to a “temporary halt” after Hamas launched its surprise attack on Israel.

With over 14,000 Palestinians martyred, including more than 5,000 children, since then in Gaza, an open-air prison that has more than 2.2 million residents, there has been an unprecedented human catastrophe in the besieged territory, which has resulted in nearly 35,000 wounded, 1.5 million displaced, and a human catastrophe that is unprecedented.

Over the past 48 days, there has been unspeakable suffering all over the world, so it is vital to take a moment to consider the significant events that seem to have cemented a permanent change in the Middle East.

As the attack occurred, Israelis were surprised

A surprise attack was launched on Israel on October 7 by the Palestinian group Hamas, in which hundreds of its fighters penetrated into Israeli territory as part of the attack.

As a result of the fighting that followed, over 1,200 Israelis lost their lives and 240 were taken hostage by Hamas and smuggled into the Gaza Strip by its members.

Gaza offensive begins by Israel

There were two days later, on October 9, that Israel launched its Gaza offensive, which began with Israeli airstrikes across the Gaza Strip, and created a “complete siege” on the Gaza Strip, which cut off all essential supplies such as water, electricity, fuel, and food to the Gaza Strip.

There is a 24-hour deadline set by Israeli forces four days later for Gazans to leave the northern part of the strip and move “south” and to evacuate the southern part of the strip.

Gaza’s Al Ahli hospital is struck by IDF, outrage

The Al Ahli hospital compound in Gaza was attacked by Israel and 471 Palestinians died.

According to Israel, Islamic Jihad fired a rocket that was misfired, an accusation vehemently denied by the group.

Freeing of hostages

The war is still raging, but after Hamas released the two American hostages Judith Raanan and Natalie Raanan on October 20, a glimpse of hope emerged after the war.

After three days, the group also released two older Israeli hostages, Yocheved Lifschitz and Nurit Kuper, both of whom were 85 and 79 years old at the time of their release.

Israel’s ground offensive begins with tanks

There was a raid on Gaza by Israeli tanks on October 26 in order to clear the way for the infantry of the Israeli army, who were expected to follow the armoured wall to the north.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has said that the Gaza Strip will be the subject of a “long” offensive by his country.

Opening of Egypt’s Rafah border crossing

A deal brokered by Qatar between Israel, Hamas, and Egypt helped alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza Strip, as it opened Rafah border crossing on November 1 as a result of a deal that was mediated by Israel, Hamas, and Egypt.

A new border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, which was recently opened, has enabled dozens of wounded Palestinians, foreigners and dual nationals to flee the war-torn Gaza Strip.

Gaza is being encircled by Israel

It was announced on November 2 that the Israeli military had surrounded Gaza City following weeks of relentless bombings.

After three weeks of being stranded in Israel since October 7, Israel expelled hundreds of Palestinians who had been stranded there since then.

The death toll has surpassed the grim mark of 10,000

Despite there being no signs of the Israeli offensive slowing or stopping, the Palestinian death toll on November 6 surpassed the 10,000 mark as a result of the ongoing Israeli offensive.

Gaza is being called a “cemetery for children” by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” is demanded as a result of the humanitarian catastrophe that is unfolding in the area.

Israel attacks Gaza’s Al Shifa hospital

A night raid on Gaza’s largest medical facility, Al Shifa hospital, was launched on November 15 by Israeli troops following days of speculation about the presence of a Hamas headquarters beneath the hospital.

Due to the dire humanitarian situation in the besieged territories, human rights organizations throughout the world have repeatedly called for a ceasefire in light of the incursion that led to worldwide condemnation.

Hamas-Israel truce leads to hostage swap

A four-day temporary ‘truce’ was agreed between Israel and Hamas on October 22 as a result of the United States, Qatar, and other world powers fiercely striving to achieve a ceasefire. Included in this truce was a hostage swap between the two warring factions.

39 Palestinian women and children were released from Israeli prisons on November 24th as part of a temporary ceasefire that came into effect on that day.

It should be noted however that Hamas also released a number of Thai nationals along with 13 Israeli hostages.

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