In the dust-swept alleyways of the Middle East, where the sun sets heavy, and the shadows stretch long, the old dance of war keeps spinning its grim waltz.

Israel’s latest moves on the chessboard – a strike in the heart of Gaza and a covert dash through a West Bank hospital – have sent ripples far and wide, stirring the pot in a region where the broth’s been boiling for ages.

Gaza’s Al-Qadisiya Compound: A Fierce Backdrop for Conflict

Down in Gaza’s southern reaches, in a place called Khan Yunis, the Israelis hit a spot they’re calling a Hamas training ground.

Picture a miniaturized battlefield, mock-ups of Israeli bases and armored beasts dotting the landscape, a rehearsal hall for a deadly show.