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Humanitarian Crisis Deepens as Fighting Intensifies in Southern Gaza

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The top of a box lablled explosives is seen on the ground near the Gaza border on December 06, 2023 in Southern Israel. Israel and Hamas have resumed fighting after the end of a week-long ceasefire last week, with Israel launching an expanded ground operation and aerial campaign in southern Gaza. Meanwhile, Hamas has remained able to fire rockets into Israel, although many are intercepted by the country's Iron Dome missile defense system. (Alexi J. Rosenfeld_Getty Images)

Humanitarian conditions in Gaza have become increasingly desperate as Israeli forces intensified bombardments in the southern part of the region this week, now leaving most of Gaza’s 2.2 million residents displaced, thousands dead and electricity, food and water in short supply. Two months after Hamas’s deadly attack on Israel, we take stock of the war that’s ensued, its devastating impact on civilians and what a path toward a peaceful settlement could look like.


Steve Coll, staff writer, The New Yorker; former dean, Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. His books include "Ghost Wars," which won a Pulitzer Prize.

Adam Goldman, reporter covering national security, New York Times


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