Netanyahu vs. Hamas: A Collision Reshaping the Middle East

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Israelis inspect a damaged residential building after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in Ashkelon, Israel, Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. The militant Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip carried out an unprecedented, multi-front attack on Israel at daybreak Saturday, firing thousands of rockets as dozens of Hamas fighters infiltrated the heavily fortified border in several locations by air, land, and sea, killing hundreds and taking captives. Palestinian health officials reported scores of deaths from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. (AP Photo/Erik Marmor)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the nation’s response to the recent Hamas attacks will be a game changer. As the conflict intensifies, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has enforced a stringent siege on the Gaza Strip, cutting off all essentials from electricity and water to food and fuel.

The death toll has surged past 1,400, with over 900 fatalities in Israel and more than 500 in Gaza since the weekend attack. Amidst the chaos, heartbreaking stories emerge.

Among the victims are 260 youths, mercilessly gunned down during a music festival near the Gaza border. As the dust settles, fear grows for the nearly 170 Israelis, including the young and elderly, now held captive in Gaza.

Hamas recently issued a chilling warning: halt the airstrikes or face executions. With the Middle East on the brink of transformation, one pressing question remains: how will global powers react to this historic confrontation?


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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