Israel-Hamas war: Hamas spokesman says the group has no plans to release hostages

Conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, with a Hamas spokesman saying they have no plans to release nearly 200 hostages taken in an October 7 attack.

Conflict overview: The deadly attack targeted a music festival and started this latest conflict.
* Since the attack, Israel has killed more than 2,800 people in Gaza, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, which also reports that another 9,700 in Gaza have been injured.
* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated: “Every Hamas member is a dead man.”
* Gaza’s Ministry of Health reported more deaths and injuries from Israeli strikes, including dozens of people trapped under the rubble of homes and buildings hit by airstrikes.

The hostages: The hostages taken by Hamas in the attack include military personnel, children, and one Holocaust survivor.
* Hamas stated they are providing the hostages with shelter and protection.
* U.S. officials believe that at least a few Americans are being held hostage by Hamas.

War impact: Amidst the conflict, the Gaza Strip faces an “imminent” public health crisis according to the World Health Organization.
* Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced plans to channel aid from “donor nations and multilateral organizations” to provide relief.
* Internally displaced people in Gaza reached 1 million on Monday according to the United Nations, while around 500,000 Israelis have been displaced due to the hostilities.

Upcoming international interventions: President Biden will visit Tel Aviv and Amman, Jordan, on Wednesday.
* In Israel, he will show U.S. support for the country, while in Amman, he will meet with Jordanian King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
* Biden also seeks an update on the hostage situation during his regional visit.

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