In a grim escalation of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Israeli fighter jets unleashed a barrage of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, pounding neighborhoods into rubble and sending residents scrambling for safety in the besieged territory.

On Tuesday, the Israeli response followed Hamas’ surprise weekend attack on Israel, which has now claimed over 1,800 lives on both sides and left the region teetering on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Support organizations have urgently called for establishing humanitarian corridors to facilitate the delivery of essential supplies into Gaza, where hospitals are overwhelmed with wounded and running out of critical medical resources.

Reportedly, Israel’s blockade on the entry of food, fuel, and medicines into Gaza, along with the shutdown of the sole remaining access from Egypt due to airstrikes near the border crossing, compounds the dire situation.

Hamas Militants’ Crossing, Israeli Reservists Mobilized

The conflict erupted when Hamas militants crossed into Israel on Saturday, igniting gun battles in Israeli streets for the first time in decades.

Israel claims that Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza are holding more than 150 soldiers and civilians hostage. As the situation intensifies, Israel has expanded the mobilization of reservists to 360,000, signaling the potential for a prolonged and devastating conflict.

The region finds itself in the middle of contention, considering Hamas has governed this territory since 2007—leading to a pressing question: Will Israel launch a ground offensive into Gaza, a densely populated strip of land home to 2.3 million people, wedged between Israel, Egypt, and the Mediterranean Sea?