JERUSALEM (The Thursday Times) — The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas took a harsh turn as Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant ordered a “complete siege” on the Gaza Strip. This stringent measure, announced on Monday, October 9, entails the cessation of electricity, food, and fuel supplies to the embattled region, as Israel intensifies its military operations against Hamas.
The siege, described by Gallant as a necessary action in the fight against Hamas, signifies a bleak escalation in the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza. The United Nations reports that more than 123,000 individuals have already been displaced due to the ongoing violence and the subsequent siege.
This move by Israel comes amid a backdrop of constant skirmishes with Hamas, a group that has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007. The siege amplifies the longstanding blockade imposed by both Israel and Egypt, further straining the already dire situation in Gaza. The severe cut in essential supplies is likely to exacerbate the living conditions for the residents of Gaza, making the international community uneasy.
The Israeli military continues to carry out air strikes in the region, with the siege serving as a forceful attempt to debilitate Hamas’ capabilities. As the situation evolves, the international outcry for a peaceful resolution grows louder, yet the path to a ceasefire seems elusive with every passing day.