Edina High School students plan walkout in protest of conditions in Gaza
As Israel launches more air strikes in addition to rejecting calls for a cease-fire and the White House prepares to evacuate Americans from the Middle East in case the war spreads, students at one area school plan to protest the conditions brought on by the war.
Early Wednesday afternoon, organizers of the Edina High School protest say they plan to walk out of class to show their support for Palestine as conditions grow more desperate in Gaza, according to aid workers in that region. That walkout is scheduled for 1:41 p.m. Wednesday.
That walkout comes on the same day as the leaders of three anti-Israel militant groups met – Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, Hamas’ Saleh al-Arouri and Islamic Jihad’s leader Ziad al-Nakhleh. They met to discuss the next steps that the three, along with other Iran-backed militants, should take, according to a statement provided following their meeting.
So far, more than 5,700 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and more than 1,400 people have been killed in Israel since Oct. 7.
The World Health Organization says at least six hospitals have been forced to shut down due to a lack of fuel to power them.
Meanwhile, Israeli leaders say Hamas does have fuel stockpiles but refuses to hand them out. Israel launched 400 airstrikes on Gaza on Tuesday after 320 strikes were done Monday.
As previously reported, more than 750 people were killed in Gaza between Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza, where Hamas controls the government. The figures didn’t give a breakdown of how many of those killed were militants. The Associated Press couldn’t independently verify the death tolls cited by Hamas, which says it tallies figures from hospital directors.
The United States has been pushing Israel to delay a ground invasion of Gaza, hoping that Hamas will release the more than 200 hostages they’re still holding. In addition, U.S. officials are preparing for an increase in violence in the area, saying there have already been at least 13 attacks against troops in Iraq and Syria.
On Tuesday, additional American airpower arrived in the region.
“It is our aim to avoid any region expansion of Israel’s conflict with Hamas. But we stand ready and prepare to protect our partners and our interest and will act to do so,” said Birg. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon’s Press Secretary.
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