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The War Between Israel and Hamas Update

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Jason Troya
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If you are unaware of the events occurring in Palestine and Israel leading up to those in this story, I highly recommend reading our first story on this war here.

The war between Israel and Hamas has developed in the last couple of months, most notably the freeing of hostages by Hamas as well as a temporary ceasefire. What many people don’t realize is that not only did Hamas release Israeli people but Palestinians were also returned to their homes from Israel.

One of the events that kicked this war off in the beginning was the taking of Israeli hostages by Hamas on October 7th. Around 1,200 Israeli citizens were killed by Hamas and 240 were taken as hostages. This led to a pledge by the Israeli government to destroy the people in Gaza who run Hamas. 

After weeks of fighting between the two powers and constant bombardment of missiles that Israel launched on Gaza, a time of peace was established between the two in order for Israeli citizens to be returned. 

Photo of protest regarding the war between Israel and Hamas (photo courtesy of

Israel released 39 Palestinians, all of whom are minors, from its prisons in return, according to a Qatari spokesman,” said an article by Doha Madani and Rebecca Cohen on NBC News

58 hostages were released from Hamas during the first three days of the peace period starting November 24th with even more released during the rest of the six-day ceasefire. 

Palestinians everywhere were hoping for further extensions to the ceasefire so they could remain in a somewhat safe environment. 

Al-Maliki warned that any resumption of the war by Israel would quickly lead to more deaths in a conflict that has killed more than 14,000 people, the vast majority of them Palestinians. He is the foreign minister for the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, whose forces were driven out of Gaza by Hamas when it seized power in 2007,” said an article by Joseph Wilson on

After negotiations for extending the ceasefire failed on December 1st, fighting quickly resumed as bombings resumed along the Gaza Strip. This quick resume in fighting from Israel shows that they intend on expanding its ground offensive. 

Despite the two sides claiming they were willing to restore a cease-fire, fighting resumed as the two powers continued to place blame on one another. Fighting will likely resume until another cease-fire is reached between the two.

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Liam Hollon, Assistant Athletics Editor
Hi, my name is Liam Hollon(He/Him). I am a Junior  in the COMPASS pathway. I am the Athletics Editor for the Millikan Corydon. I would like to get my masters in sports journalism/broadcasting when I go to college. I enjoy playing music and spending time with friends.

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    David DiazJan 25, 2024 at 11:59 am

    I find this article very informative and eye opening, to think all these things happened to Israel is just depressing. No place deserves that kind of treatment.

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    CarlosJan 24, 2024 at 9:14 pm

    This article really informed me of a war I did not even know was going on and I am thankful for the writer that shared this information.

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    Ayleen ValdovinosJan 23, 2024 at 11:01 am

    This is a very devastating topic to talk about, and you did it so good, and informative. This has been going on for a while and you’re able to talk about it to where the reader can understand what’s going on in your head. This is something I always want updates on, to know what going on, and for whats up to date.

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    samaraJan 10, 2024 at 10:34 am

    In this article, Hollon takes the time to inform us about the war that is happening between Israel and Hamas. Hollon provides a lot of information regarding the cause for the war and any changes that have occurred during the last couple months. Hollon states that the war began due to Israeli hostages being taken by Hamas on October 7th. Around 1,200 Israeli citizens were killed by Hamas and 240 citizens were taken as hostages. Due to the killing and taking of Israeli citizens, the Israeli government has decided to make a pledge to destroy the people in Gaza who run Hamas. Hollon does a good job explaining The cause of the war by listing casualties and the number of hostages taken. Hollon then goes on to explain how after constant fighting, a time of peace was established between the two powers in order for Israeli citizens to be returned. Hollon informs us of improvements within the war. After this time of peace, negotiations for extending the ceasefire failed and fighting quickly began again on December 1st. The two powers continue to place blame on one another which is causing the war to last longer. Fighting will continue unless a cease-fire agreement is reached between the two powers, Israel and Hamas. Overall, Hollon does a good job explaining the conflict between Israel and Hamas. He provides good information regarding the war, casualties, hostages, and agreements made between the two powers.

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    Samuel FigueroaJan 10, 2024 at 10:33 am

    As someone who closely follows the developments in this war I found this article to be very informative. I appreciate your willingness to talk about such a devastating but important issue. I am glad that you acknowledge the hardships that the palestinian civilians are facing since it is much more common to find articles written from the Israeli perspective.
    While I believe that Hamases actions on October 7th are not justifiable, it appears to me that Israel has overreacted to the situation. The terrorist group Hamas should definitely be destroyed, but the actions of the Israeli army within the Gaza strip are extremely harmful to civilians and it is turning global support away from Israel. Israel’s mismanagement of the situation threatens to bring other middle eastern countries into the conflict. Therefore I support calls for a ceasefire. This article does a great job of describing the events during the ceasefire and provides a good summary of the situation right now.