It has been 100 days since the outbreak of the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a strong statement, declaring "nobody will stop us" from destroying Hamas amid accusations of genocide at The Hague.
This period has seen key moments that have shaped the course of the conflict, marking a significant chapter in the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian crisis.
The Outbreak and Escalation
The conflict was triggered on October 7 when Hamas militants launched what is described as the biggest terrorist attack in Israel's history, resulting in around 1,200 deaths and more than 200 hostages, as reported by Israeli authorities.
In response, the Israeli military initiated an offensive on the Palestinian enclave. The Hamas-run health ministry reports over 23,843 fatalities in Gaza since the attack. Prime Minister Netanyahu's response was immediate and firm, signaling a full-scale war.
On October 9, Israel imposed a "complete siege" on Gaza, with Netanyahu promising an unprecedented military response aimed at annihilating Hamas.
Key Moments and International Repercussions
The conflict saw several significant incidents, each escalating the situation further.
On October 13, Israel advised 1.1 million people in northern Gaza to evacuate, hinting at an intensified military response. This action led to massive displacement, with the UN estimating up to 1.9 million people affected. A notable incident occurred on October 17 at Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, which was hit by a blast.
Contrary to initial beliefs, CNN reported the blast was likely caused by a malfunctioning rocket from Palestinian militants, not an Israeli strike. On November 15, Israel conducted a raid on Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, a location believed to shelter thousands of Palestinians.
This action drew widespread international criticism. After a series of negotiations, a truce was announced on November 24, offering a brief pause in hostilities. However, the truce was short-lived, collapsing within a week as Israel accused Hamas of violating its terms.
January 1 marked a new phase with Israel announcing a partial withdrawal of troops from Gaza. However, this did not signify an end to the conflict, as hostilities were expected to continue. Simultaneously, on January 11, as Israel faced genocide allegations at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), South Africa accused Israel of genocide, calling for a halt to its military campaign in Gaza.
Israel denied these allegations, terming South Africa's case as distorted.
The conflict's ramifications extend beyond the Israeli and Palestinian regions. The US and UK militaries launched strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen in response to the Iran-backed group's attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea, demonstrating the conflict's broader geopolitical implications.