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According to a top UN official, the growing violence between Israel and Hamas may change the entire Middle East conflict trajectory.
Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, expressed concern at the UN Security Council meeting, stating, “I fear that we are at the brink of a deep and dangerous abyss that could change the trajectory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if not of the Middle East as a whole.” Wennesland emphasized the urgency of a political resolution, underscoring that over a century of conflict and decades of occupation have left the international community without a lasting solution.
He also called for Hamas to release hostages taken 11 days prior and urged for “unrestricted access” for humanitarian aid in Gaza, emphasizing the necessity for a long-term solution “in line with UN resolutions, international law and previous agreements.”
On Oct. 7, Hamas initiated an attack on Israel, resulting in the deaths of over 1,400 Israelis. This attack also led to Hamas abducting at least 200 individuals. In response, Israel declared war, focusing on Hamas strongholds in Gaza and restricting essential resources such as water, fuel, and electricity. The Gaza Health Ministry reported a death toll of approximately 3,478 Palestinians and injuries to another 12,000 over the subsequent 11 days.