The surprise attack by Hamas militants on Israel and some of its military installations has resulted in a declaration of war on Palestine, particularly the Gaza strip controlled by Hamas.

More than 1,300 people have been killed as Israel pummels Gaza, and battles continue between Hamas fighters and Israeli soldiers.

The United States and its western allies announced support for Israel and pledged further weapons and military assistance to Israel.

nbc's News Anchor, Elago Shitaatala, spoke to Ambassador Kaire Mbuende to give background on the long-running conflict.



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