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Escalation Day 9: Countries Rush to De-Escalate While Israel Mobilizes Tanks on Gaza Border

October 15, 2023

Amid a growing conflict, both the toll in lives and the tension surge, and a major showdown looms as Israel awaits the green light for a potential invasion of Gaza. As tanks amass near the Gaza border and warnings echo, a massive exodus is underway, leaving hundreds of thousands displaced. The risk of a broader regional conflict still looms large, and international voices call for an end to collective punishment. Meanwhile, Egypt’s geopolitical importance during the escalation continues to increase, with United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken meeting Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. CONFLICT Conflict between the two sides is still on the rise, as the death toll reaches 2,374 Palestinians and at least 1,300 Israelis. An additional 10,242 Palestinians and 3,200 Israelis were injured. The barrage of attacks by Israel on the Gaza Strip is expected to escalate after the Israel Defense Force’s (IDF) spokesperson revealed that the military is awaiting a final political decision to begin its invasion of Gaza. A live correspondence from Al-Jazeera on 15 October indicates that Israeli tanks are being mobilized near the Gaza border, in preparation for the invasion. Prior to the…

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