Israel’s ambassador to the UK has defended the military’s bombardment of Palestinians in Gaza, stating that they gave warning before the attacks. Tzipi Hotovely argued that Hamas launched their attacks without warning and killed innocent Israeli citizens. She emphasized that Hamas is responsible for any harm to their own people and that Israel has no obligation to provide water to Gaza. Hotovely also mentioned the RAF’s bombing of German cities during WWII as an example of collective punishment. The death toll in Gaza has risen to around 2,750 people, with nearly 10,000 Palestinians wounded. The conflict has also claimed the lives of over 1,400 Israelis, with many civilians killed in a recent Hamas assault. The situation in Gaza is dire, with food and water supplies running low and hospitals on the verge of collapse. Both Israel and the UK are being called upon to balance military and humanitarian efforts. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to return to Israel to prevent the fighting from escalating further.
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