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The UN Warns of “A Full Scale War” As Tensions in Israel Escalate

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  • Following violence between the local military and Palestinain militants in Israel, the United Nations (UN) warns of a “full scale war” if tensions continue to escalate. 
  • Fighting began Monday over already high tensions from disputes over towns where Palestinian families face illegal force by Jewish settlers, most recently in Sheikh Jarrah, which has led to over 1,000 airstrikes between and from both Israel forces and the Hamas militant group in Gaza. 
  • Over the past three days, it was reported that there have been 65 Palestinianes deaths, 16 of which were children, and 6 Israeli deaths, along with countless injuries. Protests adding to the unrest and arrests made in the past week resulted in states of emergency being declared in Lod, a city close to Tel Aviv. 
  • Just recently, Israel claimed to have killed senior officials apart of the Palestinian militant Hamas group and would “continue to inflict blows on them that they have never dreamed of,” as stated by the Prime Minister Benajamin Netanyahu, if the retaliation continues. 
  • “Leaders on all sides have to take the responsibility of de-escalation,” as stated by UN Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland. “The cost of war in Gaza is devastating [and] is being paid by ordinary people. UN is working [with] all sides to restore calm. Stop the violence now.” 
  • The United States, who is a major supplier of missiles to Israel, was hopeful that Netanyahu would end trades altogether. President Joe Biden stated after a reported phone call with the Prime Minister that the escalation, “will be closing down sooner or later, but Israel has a right to defend itself.” 
  • However, neither Israel or the Hamas group has shown any signs of stopping the violence just days before Eid-Ul-Fitr, celebrated after the conclusion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 
  • Eid preparations have halted for families over Israel, as a Hamas spokesman has already stated resistances will continue through the holiday and not hold a temporary ceasefire similar to the WWII Christmas truce. Many world leaders, including Europe and Turkey, urge for a calm amidst the profound concern over the safety of unarmed citizens and children. 

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-57083595

https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/05/1091782

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-gaza-conflict-children-dead-b1846243.html

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