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Israel-Hamas war: young are bearing the brunt

Posted by: The Conversation

Date: Monday, 06 November 2023

My week has mainly been taken up with coverage of the tragedy unfolding in Gaza. The death toll in the Strip – overwhelmingly made up of innocent civilians with young people being disproportionately affected, just as in Hamas’s attack on Israel – is rising with unbearable rapidity. And any hope of a peaceful resolution to the Israel-Palestine question has in all probability disappeared for another generation as what looks like a devastating land war gets started in the face of dwindling international support.

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