Jun 4, 2024 - World

Domino effect: Violence ripples beyond Gaza

Illustration of a red bullet falling into a series of white bullets like dominos

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Israel-Hamas war has triggered new cycles of violence beyond the borders of Gaza, drawing global attention to the network of Iranian-backed militias that wield influence — and arms — across the Middle East.

Why it matters: More than 35,000 Palestinians and about 1,200 Israelis have been killed since Oct. 7. Escalation into a full-scale regional war would bring immense human suffering and be catastrophic to the Biden administration's diplomatic and national security goals.

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