US grants permission for diplomats’ families to depart Israel amid ongoing Palestinian conflict
According to reports from Israel media, the US State Department has given permission for non-essential personnel and the families of diplomats stationed at the US Embassy in Israel to depart amidst the ongoing conflict with Palestinian groups. However, it should be clarified that the embassy itself will remain operational and will continue to engage in diplomatic activities.
The Israeli military launched a strong and sustained military campaign against the Gaza Strip in response to a military offensive initiated by the Palestinian group Hamas in Israeli territories. This conflict began when Hamas executed Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, a surprise attack involving rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel through various means. Hamas claimed that this operation was a retaliation against the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and the escalating violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians.
In response, the Israeli military launched Operation Swords of Iron, targeting Hamas locations within the Gaza Strip. Unfortunately, this has led to further deterioration in living conditions in Gaza, as water and electricity supplies have been cut off. The Gaza Strip has been struggling under a crippling siege since 2007.
Since the conflict began on October 7th, more than 3,500 individuals have lost their lives, including 2,215 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis.
*Written by Alperen Aktas*