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Middle East on Edge


The fallout from the ongoing Israel-Hamas war continued to roil the Middle East over the weekend. Israeli airstrikes near a Lebanese army checkpoint in south Lebanon killed a Hezbollah member Sunday, while five senior members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps were killed Saturday in Syria. Iran vowed to retaliate against Israel, which it claims was behind the attack in Syria; Israel hasn't confirmed or denied involvement. In western Iraq, US and Iraqi troops were wounded after Iranian-backed militants known as the Islamic Resistance fired at an air base.


In Gaza, fighting continued in the southern city of Khan Younis, with the total death toll surpassing 25,000 people, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry. Israel has reportedly killed 20% to 30% of Hamas' militants, US intelligence officials said. Hamas was estimated to have about 25,000 to 30,000 total fighters before the war.


Separately, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he rejected a hostage-release plan from Hamas that included Israel fully withdrawing from Gaza and leaving Hamas in power. At least 136 hostages remain in Hamas captivity. Hostage talks with the US, Qatar, and Egypt are expected to continue this week


See updates on the war here.

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