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How the conflict in the Middle East affects us at home

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(WJBK) - The military offensive against Hamas continues to escalate. One Israeli soldier and dozens of Palestinians are dead after Israel sent ground troops into the Gaza Strip.

Three children are among those killed after Israel ramped up its military operations in Gaza. The siblings reportedly died when an Israeli tank shelled their home. Their deaths are drawing threats from Hamas.  

"We in Hamas guarantee that the occupation army will sink in the mud of Gaza," says Beit Lahiya.

Israeli officials insist the ground mission is necessary to destroy tunnels militants can use to sneak into Israel. They also say troops are not targeting civilians, but blame Hamas for putting Palestinians in harm's way.
        
"What Hamas is doing is they are using their own people as human shields. They are placing missile batteries next to schools, hospitals, mosques," says Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.
       
International peace efforts are ongoing as the fighting escalates.

VIDEO: Dr. Richard Krugel, president of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Terry Ahwal from Project Hope shed some light on what things are really like on the ground in the Middle East and how the conflict impacts the metro Detroit community.

President Obama expressed concern over the growing loss of innocent lives.

"We are hopeful Israel will continue to approach this process in a way that minimizes civilian casualties," President Obama says.

President Obama says Secretary of State John Kerry is also prepared to come to the region to help increase peace talks along with France's foreign minister.



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