Monday, December 29, 2008

Israel Continues Strikes on Gaza for Third Day

Violence erupted in the Middle East on December 27, when Israel began air strikes against the Gaza Strip. According to the BBC News, Israel's defense chief has stated that his country is fighting a " 'war to the bitter end' against Hamas." Yesterday the United Nations issued a report on the humanitarian situation in Gaza that discusses casualties and describes the conflict's effect on hospitals; schools; and access to food, fuel, and other supplies.

In a statement today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded an end to the violence in and around Gaza, condemning both Israel's "excessive use of force" in Gaza and the Hamas rocket attacks that have provoked it. Yesterday U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a statement critical of Hamas' role in the conflict.

See the website of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its perspective on the situation. For a Palestinian point of view, see the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Palestine Media Center.

For additional resources from both the U.S. government and international organizations, take a look at our guide to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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