/ 16 October 2023

Israel prepares to invade Gaza

TOPSHOT - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at Chagall State Hall in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. (Photo by ABIR SULTAN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at Chagall State Hall in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. (Photo by ABIR SULTAN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Israeli troops have massed on the border, which analysts say means that an invasion of the Palestinian territory is imminent. Iran (which is a big backer of Hamas) has warned Israel not to send troops into Gaza, saying there would be “far-reaching consequences”. Also making calls over the weekend was US President Joe Biden, who called the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to reiterate his support for Israel, as well as making it clear that the US doesn’t want the conflict to expand. Biden also called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to offer humanitarian support for the displaced Gazans. In the week since Hamas militants killed 1,300 Israeli citizens, Israel has blocked water, food, and fuel from entering Gaza. A million Gazans have been displaced from their homes amidst shelling, which has killed 2,670 Palestinians so far. 

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