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"Neither side is willing to back down": Death tolls rise in conflict between Israel and Hamas

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Publish Date
Wed, 11 Oct 2023, 7:48AM
. Photo / AP
. Photo / AP

"Neither side is willing to back down": Death tolls rise in conflict between Israel and Hamas

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 11 Oct 2023, 7:48AM

Tensions are high in Israel and Gaza as the conflict continues between Israel and Hamas. 

At least a thousand people have now died in Israel since Hamas's surprise attack, while more than 800 have died in retaliatory attacks in Gaza. 

It's believed that up to 150 Israelis are being held hostage, and Hamas says it won't negotiate over them "until the end of the battle". 

Israeli journalist Haggai Matar told Mike Hosking that neither side is willing to back down yet. 

He says neither side is interested in full-scale war, but both sides want to see how much damage they can cause without paying a severe price. 

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