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Escalating Conflict in Gaza Takes Heavy Toll on Both Sides

As the conflict in Gaza intensifies, reports indicate an increasing Israeli death toll. Hamas insurgents claim to have ambushed and destroyed several Israeli tanks as they advance deeper into Gaza City. This comes alongside intense building-to-building searches for hostages.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced that 15 soldiers have been killed in the Gaza operation, bringing the total number of military casualties since the October 7th event to 320. Additionally, over 1,100 Israeli and foreign civilians have lost their lives.

A highly emotional scene unfolded in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, as members viewed newly compiled footage of the October 7th terror attacks. The 43-minute video, produced by the IDF Spokesperson’s Office, contains raw and uncensored material, including footage from terrorists’ bodycams. Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana arranged the event to provide lawmakers with a firsthand understanding of the challenges they face in the conflict.

The IDF is engaged in close-quarters combat with Hamas as troops push further into Gaza. The death toll among Israeli soldiers rose from eleven to thirteen on Wednesday. Israel’s defense minister has cautioned that the operation to eradicate Hamas will exact a heavy toll on troops.

Meanwhile, the death toll among Gazans is nearing 9,000. The European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has strongly criticized Israel’s airstrikes, particularly in relation to the Jabalia refugee camp. The camp was targeted multiple times, resulting in a significant loss of life.

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