According to Israeli police, since the terrorist organisation Hamas launched an unprecedented onslaught on October 7, at least 1,400 people have killed and 3,400 more have been injured in Israel.
Israeli military responded to Hamas by attacking Gaza with airstrikes. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 12,500 people have been injured and 3,000 people have died in Gaza.
The possibility of Israel attacking Gaza on the ground has raised tensions. Residents of Gaza are stranded without access to food, water, medicine, or electricity, and the situation there is getting worse by the hour.
As part of a crucial diplomatic mission, President Joe Biden visited the war-torn region on Wednesday and entered Israel under tight security.
His visit comes a day after a horrific blast that, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, left at least 500 people dead at a Gaza hospital.
The number of Americans murdered as a result of Hamas’ original strike in Israel has increased to 31, according to the White House, with 13 still missing.
The report was delivered during an audio-only briefing on board Air Force One as the aircraft was travelling to Israel by press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and spokesperson John Kirby.
According to a U.S. official, the U.S. plans to apply fresh sanctions this week against a number of Hamas officials.
This week, the Treasury Department intends to announce the sanctions, the official added.
Top Treasury officials promised earlier on Tuesday that their department will “bring our tools to bear against Hamas’ financing and the overall funding of terrorism.”
We are not new to disrupting Hamas’ financial operations; Treasury has prioritised this for decades. Brian Nelson, the under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, stated during a conference. Whether they are members of the political establishment, operatives, facilitators, funders, investors, or entire global procurement networks, we are prepared to attack this infrastructure and those who support it.