As the death toll in Gaza surpasses 8,000, Israel persists with retaliatory strikes in Syria and Lebanon.

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Busy Bee October 30, 2023
Updated 2023/10/30 at 10:44 PM

Amid concerns of a potential wider conflict in the Middle East, Israel conducted airstrikes on military infrastructure in Syria and Lebanon as part of its ongoing offensive against Hamas.

The Israeli military announced on Monday that its fighter jets targeted rocket launchers in Syria and Hezbollah sites in Lebanon in response to previous rocket attacks on Israeli territory.

According to Al Jazeera, Israeli military officials did not disclose additional information about the attacks, such as potential casualties. Israel’s military has been involved in clashes with Hezbollah, a Lebanese armed group, and has conducted numerous air strikes on Syria during its conflict with Hamas.

AP News reported that the Gaza Health Ministry stated that over 8,000 Palestinians, primarily women and children, have been killed as Israeli tanks and infantry pursued what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to as a “second stage” in the Hamas’ brutal October 7 incursion.

The toll is unprecedented in the history of Israeli-Palestinian violence, with over 1,400 people dead on the Israeli side. Most of the casualties were civilians who were killed during the initial attack, a figure that has never been seen before.

As a response to a significant increase in rocket and drone attacks on its forces in Syria and Iraq, which have been attributed to Iran-backed proxy groups, the United States has conducted attacks on Syria.

On Thursday, the Pentagon announced that it had carried out strikes on two facilities in Syria that were being used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iran-backed groups.

This action followed President Joe Biden’s earlier promise to retaliate against attacks on US personnel.Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a warning of potential escalation in the region if Israel persists with its war against Hamas.

He stated earlier this month that “Muslims and resistance forces will become involved” in the situation, They are impatient and nobody can prevent them.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warning that if Israel continues its bombardment of Gaza, the conflict could escalate and extend beyond the Middle East borders.

In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan acknowledged the genuine risk of the war expanding into a broader regional conflict.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, speaking to CNN on Saturday, expressed Iran’s desire to prevent the war from spreading and criticized Washington for attributing attacks on its forces to Tehran without presenting evidence. Iran, as a supporter of both Hamas and Hezbollah, has denied any involvement in the October 7 attacks on Israel, a claim that US and Israeli officials have also been unable to substantiate.

Despite this lack of evidence, Iranian government officials congratulated the Palestinian armed group for their surprise attack, viewing it as a victory for the “anti-Zionist resistance.”

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