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Palestinians commemorate 76 years of dispossession amidst unfolding catastrophe in Gaza

News Updates from Gaza Conflict: Dispossession, Displacement, and Escalating Violence

Palestinians Commemorate 76 Years of Dispossession as Crisis Grows in Gaza

As Palestinians mark 76 years since their mass expulsion from what is now Israel, the situation in Gaza remains dire. Over a quarter of the population in Gaza has been displaced due to recent fighting, with Israel intensifying military operations in Rafah and northern Gaza. Reports indicate that around 600,000 Palestinians have been driven out of Rafah and at least 100,000 more in the north.

The ongoing conflict has resulted in 80% of Gaza’s 2.3 million population fleeing their homes, facing multiple relocations amid the violence. The United Nations warns that 1.1 million Palestinians are on the brink of starvation, with a “full-blown famine” unfolding in parts of the territory.

Israel has targeted Rafah, deemed a Hamas stronghold, despite warnings from allies about the catastrophic impact on civilians. The war has already claimed over 35,000 lives, mostly women and children, with casualties mounting on both sides.

Amid the crisis, the Biden administration is sending an additional $1 billion in weapons and ammo to Israel. Meanwhile, social media activists are launching a “blockout” campaign to pressure celebrities to speak out on the Gaza situation.

As the conflict escalates, Hezbollah in Lebanon has launched an attack on an Israeli military base, marking its deepest strike in Israel since the Gaza war began. The situation in Gaza City has also intensified, with Hamas regrouping and clashes intensifying in various districts.

The United Nations reports that 600,000 people have been displaced from Rafah alone, while ongoing fighting is reported in central and northern Gaza, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis. The lack of essential services and aid access is compounding the situation, with critical health services struggling to meet the overwhelming needs.

As tensions continue to rise, world leaders are calling for immediate action to address the escalating crisis and prevent further loss of life. The conflict shows no signs of abating, underscoring the urgent need for a resolution to the long-standing conflict in the region.

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