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Day 19 of Hamas-Israel war blog: Wednesday, Oct. 25

Jordan's Queen Rania and Spain's Queen Letizia (R) arrive for an official luncheon at the Royal Palace in Madrid, on June 19, 2023. (Photo by Paul White / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAUL WHITE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Day 19 of the Israel-Hamas war saw Queen Rania of Jordan speak against the “glaring double standard” by Western leaders for not condemning Israel’s killing of Palestinian civilians in Israel's bombardment of Gaza. The Israeli premier announced that his war cabinet has decided on its timing, and an already volatile region will now brace for Israel’s long-expected ground operation into the Gaza Strip.

Rina Bassist, Ezgi Akin, Beatrice Farhat, Elizabeth Hagedorn, Adam Lucente, Jack Dutton, Jared Szuba and Al-Monitor’s contributors on the ground in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel contributed to this blog.

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