As Israel announced its intention to launch a ground war against the Palestinian armed faction Hamas, more than 1 million refugees in the Gaza Strip have fallen into chaos as of the 15th (local time), the 8th day of fighting.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strengthened his readiness for ground warfare, saying, “The next step is approaching,” as the ‘deadline’ previously presented to Gaza residents as an evacuation deadline ended the previous day.
Hamas is closely aligned with the ‘anti-Israel’ coalition in the Middle East and is fighting a desperate war, while Iran, the leader of Shia Islam, warns of ‘possible intervention’ in the name of Israel’s war crimes, raising concerns about an escalation of war.
One million Gaza residents move out… Netanyahu warns of ‘next steps’According to foreign media reports on the 14th (local time), Israel ordered evacuation of civilians and presented safe routes before deploying ground troops into the Gaza Strip, the stronghold of Hamas.
The Israeli military ( IDF ) has designated two safe routes for refugees to leave south, saying it will be safe for six hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (10 p.m. Korean time).
At the same time, the Israeli military said it was preparing for the next phase of the war by deploying troops across the country, focusing on important ground operations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also visited a military base on the outskirts of the Gaza Strip and said, “Are we ready for the next step? The next step is coming.”
However, the prevailing view is that the deadline notified by the Israeli military has expired and a ground war will soon begin.
As Israel repeatedly put pressure on evacuation by suggesting a specific deadline, it was found that about 1 million residents of the Gaza Strip, about half of the total population, were forced to flee.
On this day, the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees ( UNRWA ) announced that approximately 1 million people had become refugees in the Gaza Strip over the past week, with hundreds of thousands leaving their homes in the past 24 hours alone.
Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, is overflowing with refugees as northern residents are moving in large numbers.
Residents of the Gaza Strip have suffered from food, water, and power cuts due to Israeli air raids that continued for several days.
Meanwhile, the United Nations expressed concern that the risk of water-borne diseases is increasing as all residents of the Gaza Strip are unable to access clean drinking water.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government also issued an order to evacuate non-essential employees and their families from U.S. embassies in Israel just before the expiration of the deadline presented by Israel, citing the “unpredictable security situation.”
In the war that began with a Hamas raid on the 7th, the death toll on both sides exceeded 3,500 as of the 14th.
On the Palestinian side, at least 2,215 people (including 724 children) died and 8,714 were injured, while on the Israeli side, the UN counted 1,300 dead and 3,436 injured.
Iran warns Israel of ‘intervention’… U.S. launches second aircraft carrier, alert for expansion of warMeanwhile, Iran warned of the possibility of its own intervention in the Gaza Strip, Palestine, saying that if Israel does not stop its military operations, the situation will get “out of control.”
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On the same day, Iran sent a warning to Israel through the United Nations that Iran would have no choice but to intervene if it continued its attacks on Gaza, American Internet media outlet Axios reported, citing two diplomatic sources.
According to these sources, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with the UN’s special envoy for the Middle East on this day and said that there is a ‘red line’ in Iran and that if Israel’s military operations continue and especially if Israel carries out a ground war, Iran will also have to respond. A message was sent to Israel.
Hamas also issued a statement saying it “agreed to continue cooperation” with Iran to achieve its goals.
The United States is trying to prevent an escalation of war while providing support for Israel.
U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu on the same day and confirmed U.S. support, saying, “All countries need to clearly condemn Hamas as a terrorist group that does not represent the aspirations of the Palestinian people.”
In addition, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, who is touring countries in the Middle East after the Hamas attack, met with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and discussed ways to prevent the spread of conflict in the Middle East and protect civilians.
The United States sent an additional aircraft carrier strike group to the먹튀검증 Middle East to help Israel, which was attacked by Hamas, and to suppress the escalation of war.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a statement on the 14th, “I have ordered the Dwight Eisenhower aircraft carrier strike group to begin movement to the Eastern Mediterranean.”
Concerns over Hezbollah’s expansion into northern IsraelTo make matters worse, war clouds are deepening in the northern region where Israel borders Lebanon.
Israel has been experiencing sporadic clashes with Hezbollah, a pro-Iranian militant group in Lebanon, on its northern border following a surprise attack by Hamas in the south on the 7th. The Israeli military announced on the 14th that it had killed several ‘terrorists’ who were trying to infiltrate across the border from Lebanon.
Hezbollah, which is supported by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, has repeatedly carried out attacks against Israel with support from Iran in the past.
Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian said at a press conference after meeting Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon the day before, “I am aware of the scenario prepared by Hezbollah,” and added, “Any action taken by the resistance will be a major earthquake for Israel.” .
Although battles between Israel and Hezbollah are still sporadic, there is constant analysis that depending on the situation, there is a possibility that a new Middle East war may break out with Hezbollah’s full involvement.
If that happens, Israel will have to wage war simultaneously on two fronts, South and North.
Israel carried out airstrikes on the airports of Damascus, the capital, and the northern city of Aleppo on the 12th, and then carried out airstrikes again on Aleppo Airport two days later.
It was reported that five people were injured in this airstrike.
The Israeli military has often carried out airstrikes on Syria to check the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which supports Syria, but as the airstrikes were carried out in the midst of a war with Hamas, concerns about an escalation of the war are gradually growing.