What We Know
On Oct. 7, Hamas terrorists launched a terrorist attack against Israel, targeting civilians and Israeli Defense Forces, and killing more than 1,400 individuals. In response, Israel undertook an offensive against Hamas, primarily in Gaza, with increased military activity in the West Bank and along the northern border with Lebanon. As of Dec. 3, more than 15,300 people were reportedly killed in Gaza since the conflict began, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Palestinian health officials have also said, however, that they are unable to accurately count the dead because of the collapse of the territory’s health system and difficulty of retrieving bodies.
Latest News and Insight
Articles below are curated from a range of news outlets and perspectives, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Better World Campaign, nor serve as an endorsement of the opinions therein. Our intent is to share a diversity of information to offer context in this evolving situation. News is updated as major developments occur.
Updated 12/3 at 9:00 am
- Fighting in Gaza resumed on Friday when the last extension of the truce expired and hopes in attempts to renew it again faded. Israel withdrew its team of negotiators from Qatar after talks to renew the truce with Hamas collapsed. A senior Hamas official said no more hostages would be freed in a prisoner exchange until there is a ceasefire, while rockets continued to be fired into Israel’s south.
- Two Hamas gunmen killed three people at a Jerusalem bus stop during morning rush hour on Thursday, and Israel reiterated its commitment to wiping out the Palestinian Islamist faction. The attackers, Palestinians from East Jerusalem, were shot dead by off-duty soldiers and an armed civilian, police said. At least eight people were also wounded in the shooting.
- The UN on Wednesday called for the international community to move towards a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, saying Jerusalem should serve as the capital of both states. “It is long past time to move in a determined, irreversible way towards a two-state solution, on the basis of United Nations resolutions and international law,” said Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the UN office in Geneva, delivering a speech authored by UN Secretary General Guterres.
Selected Prior Updates
- The Israeli military has urged civilians who fled to southern Gaza not to return home, and warned that the IDF is preparing for the next phase of the war once the pause ends.
- As of Nov. 22, the Committee to Protect Journalists’ preliminary investigations showed at least 53 journalists and media workers were among the more than 15,000 killed since the war began on Oct. 7. This is the deadliest month for journalists since CPJ began gathering data in 1992.
- 104 UNRWA personnel have been killed in Gaza since fighting began, making it the deadliest conflict for UN staff in the history of the organization.
- The UN launched a $1.2 billion humanitarian appeal to assist 2.7 million people in Gaza and an additional half million in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Funds will be used by OCHA and other UN agencies to immediate humanitarian needs. An original appeal on Oct. 12 sought $294 million to support nearly 1.3 million people.
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, Nov. 19 that the Israeli Army was the only force that could take military responsibility for Gaza after the war and guarantee his country’s security, while stating that he saw no future administrative role there for the Western-backed Palestinian Authority.