Today marks the 100th day of the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip, a conflict sparked by an Oct. 7 Hamas raid into southern Israel, during which almost 1,200 civilians were killed.
An estimated 24,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since fighting began—roughly 1% of the pre-conflict population—according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry. The number does not specify how many were Hamas combatants. More than half of the structures in Gaza are believed to have been damaged or destroyed, with 1.8 million people displaced inside the Philadelphia-sized region.
Relatives of hostages taken during the initial attack by Hamas held a 24-hour vigil over the weekend, calling on the Israeli government to do more to secure their return. Close to 140 hostages remain unaccounted for in Gaza; it is unknown how many may have been killed since their abduction.
Various protests—many calling for a cease-fire, others supporting Israel or calling for the return of hostages—were held around the globe.
Germany said Friday it would seek to intervene on Israel's behalf at the International Court of Justice against charges of genocide in Gaza. In principle, any ruling is meant to be legally binding for member nations, though the court has no enforcement mechanism.
On-the-ground fighting has shifted to southern Gaza, with Israeli forces having swept downward after an initial focus on Gaza City in the north. See updates on the war here (w/maps).