Israel Turns Up the Pressure on Gaza Despite Growing Civilian Death Toll

( – Israeli jets have bombed 450 targets in Gaza within the last 24 hours, according to the Israeli military. Their ground troops took a Hamas stronghold in the same period. Palestinian health officials said the air strikes have killed dozens.

A Reuters reporter in Gaza called the strikes some of the most intense since the war began on October 7th when Hamas fighters launched a surprise attack on southern Israel, killing 1,400 and taking roughly 240 people hostage before returning to Gaza.

Health officials in Gaza said that the previous month of fighting has left nearly 10,000 people dead. It’s unclear how many of them were civilians or combatants, but the vast majority is thought to be civilian deaths.

Israel will not consider a ceasefire until all the hostages are released, per statements from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to the region to meet with Turkey’s foreign minister. Just hours prior, an angry mob attempted to raid a US base in southern Turkey.

Blinken made a stop in the West Bank to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Blinken has not indicated whether the U.S. has an official position on a ceasefire or not at present.

Telecom provider Paltel said that the strikes have severed digital communications with the area.

Israeli military representatives claimed their strikes hit terrorists and their infrastructure, including the network of tunnels under Gaza. They’re also reporting the death of Jamal Mussa, a senior Hamas commander. They’ve suffered 31 soldiers killed in action in their ground operations which began on October 27th.

The Israeli military also said they paused bombing to allow refugees time to escape the area.

US CIA Director William Burns visited Israel on Monday, November 6th to meet with senior intelligence officials. Burns is slated to stop at various nations around the region, according to unnamed officials speaking to the New York Times.

Vice President Kamala Harris will also make phone calls to allies around the world to advance humanitarian efforts aiding those impacted by the fighting.

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