Israel - Hamas Conflict
The densely populated and urbanized nature of the 140 square mile strip—and its population of about 2.3 million people—make high civilian casualty figures almost inevitable. Hamas is enmeshed within Gaza's civilian infrastructure, and the IDF has made clear its priority to destroy targets despite collateral damage. "I think they're going to go full throttle," H.A. Hellyer—a senior associate fellow in international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute think tank in London—told Newsweek. "The damage and the price on the rest of the population is going to be substantial, it's going to be momentous, it's going to be shocking."