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Unveiling the Latest Developments in the Israel/Gaza Conflict

War between Israel and a controversial Islamist militant group in the Gaza strip, Hamas, started on October 7, 2023. This war is a result of an ongoing 75 year conflict.

Since October, more than 33,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis have been reported dead over this conflict, including 94 journalists and 139 United Nations Relief and Works Agency aid workers. As of February 14, 134 hostages remained in captivity in the Gaza Strip. Israel has kept over 4,500 Palestinians prisoner.

A temporary ceasefire took place from November 24 – November 30, 2023. This ceasefire was so important because it can lead to a more permanent end to the war, the release of hostages on both sides, as well as the need for Gaza to receive humanitarian aid.

As of December 2023, the United Nations General Assembly voted with a high majority to call for a humanitarian ceasefire, however Israel refused to act on it. A similar occurrence took place this past month with the United Nations Security Council.

The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip after the United States vetoed three calls for a cease-fire previously.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has criticized the United States for allowing this resolution to pass. Netanyahu ordered delegates that were scheduled to go to Washington D.C to talk with U.S. officials to remain in Israel instead.

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Olivia Tackett
Olivia Tackett, Contributor
Olivia is a Senior at Powhatan High School and is our social media manager. In her free time she volunteers for the Powhatan Volunteer Rescue Squad, hangs out with friends and family, and reads. Olivia feels the news is important because it allows people to view different perspectives as well as allows people to have an understanding of what is happening locally and globally.

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