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Hello Washington: Crisis in the Middle East 


Israel's military has resumed attacks on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after a three-hour halt to allow humanitarian aid into the Palestinian territory.

The Israelis temporarily stopped their attacks today, Wednesday to allow a "humanitarian corridor" for Gaza residents to stock up on vital goods. Hamas also stopped firing rockets at Israel during the three hour halt. Israeli officials said they would consider further such temporary cease-fires in the coming days.

Concerns have mounted over shortages of food, water and medicine in Gaza. Israel has also faced strong international criticism over Palestinian civilian casualties that have resulted from its 12-day old offensive against Hamas militants.

The topic of toaday's Hello Washington was Crisis in the Middle East. Our panelists were Dr. Anindya Jyoti Majumdar, Muhammad Shahiduzzaman and Gowher Rizvi.

Dr. Anindya Jyoti Majumdar is a Reader at Jadavpur University. His areas of specialization include Security and Disarmament Studies, Conflict and Peace Studies, Forced migration and Foreign Policy.

Muhammad Shahiduzzaman is Associate Professor of International Relations at University of Dhaka.

Gowher Rizvi, an internationally renowned political scientist is the vice provost for international programs at the University of Virginia.

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