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Al-Monitor/Premise poll: 82% of Americans wary of US intervention in Israel-Hamas war

As the Israel-Hamas war rages on and threatens to spill into a wider regional conflict, Americans are either unsure of or reject a US military intervention in the region, according to a new Al-Monitor/Premise poll.
US President Joe Biden holds a press conference following a solidarity visit to Israel, on October 18, 2023, in Tel Aviv, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Thousands of people, both Israeli and Palestinians have died since October 7, 2023, after Palestinian Hamas militants based in the Gaza Strip, entered southern Israel in a surprise attack leading Israel to declare war on Hamas in Gaza on October 8. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by BREN

The Hamas-Israel war is now in its third week with no signs of a cease-fire. Israel is intensifying its airstrikes against the Gaza Strip ahead of its planned ground invasion, while the humanitarian situation in the besieged enclave reaches catastrophic levels.

Tension is growing elsewhere in the region, raising concerns of a wider regional conflict with Iranian-backed forces targeting US assets in the region and ongoing cross-border fire between Hezbollah and Israel in the south of Lebanon.

The United States deployed warships and aircraft carriers to the eastern Mediterranean within hours of the attack carried out by Hamas against Israel Oct. 7, the deadliest in the country's recent history, killing 1,400 people. Hamas also captured over 200 hostages, a number of whom hold US citizenship.

Since then, Israel's relentless airstrikes into the enclave have killed over 6,500 people. At least 6,546 Palestinians, including 2,704 children, are dead so far in the indiscriminate strikes, while 17,439 others have been injured, according to the Hamas-run Ministry of Health in Gaza. 

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