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Israel-Hamas War

What is currently referred to as the Israel-Hamas war began on Oct. 7, 2023, when Hamas militants invaded Israel’s southern border with Gaza. In response, Israel declared war on Hamas. The Hamas incursion into Israel was unprecedented in the long-simmering Israeli-Palestinian conflict over control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These two areas have large Palestinian populations, and both Arab Muslims and Jews trace their ties to the same land back thousands of years. The conflict stems from control of these lands and sites considered holy to both populations. The West Bank is effectively under Israeli occupation while the Gaza Strip has been controlled by Hamas, an Islamist fundamentalist party.

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