Israel deploys forces to West Bank as Gaza conflict continues into Ramadan

As Ramadan commences amidst the ongoing Gaza conflict, Israel's significant military buildup in the West Bank raises concerns of heightened tensions.

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As tensions mount with the ongoing conflict in Gaza now entering its 156th day, Israel has escalated its military presence in the West Bank just as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins. This strategic move comes amid growing concerns of unrest in the region, particularly around the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem, a significant site for Ramadan prayers.

“In response to the escalating conflict, Israel is deploying 24 battalions, 20 border police companies, and two special units to the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem,” Al Jazeera reported, highlighting the significant increase in military presence.

The humanitarian situation in Gaza worsens, with the Israeli offensive displacing millions and causing severe shortages. “The Gaza health ministry said at least 23 children have died from malnutrition and dehydration,” underscoring the dire conditions faced by the enclave’s residents.

Global reactions to the conflict and Israel’s recent military actions have been varied. King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia called for an end to the “brutal crimes” against Palestinians, urging the international community to act.

Efforts to mediate peace and secure a ceasefire during Ramadan have seen little progress. Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh stated, “I say clearly that the one who bears responsibility for not reaching an agreement is the occupation (Israel)… However, I say that we are open to continuing negotiations.” This openness to dialogue contrasts with the stalled negotiations, further complicating the path to peace.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to criticism from U.S. President Joe Biden reflects the deepening complexities of the situation. “If he meant by that that I’m pursuing private policies against the majority, the wish of the majority of Israelis, and that this is hurting the interests of Israel, then he’s wrong on both counts,” Netanyahu said, defending his administration’s approach to the conflict.

As Ramadan progresses, the international community watches closely, hoping for a de-escalation of violence and a move towards lasting peace in the region.

As of MAs Ramadan commences amidst the ongoing Gaza conflict, Israel’s significant military buildup in the West Bank raises concerns of heightened tensions.arch 6, casualties include:

  • 31,045+ killed and at least 72,645 wounded in the Gaza Strip.
  • According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, 25 children in Gaza have died of malnutrition and dehydration since the beginning of March.
  • 423+ Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
  • Israel revises its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,147.
  • 588 Israeli soldiers killed since October 7, and at least 3,221 injured.

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