Gaza violence continues to haunt Middle East

Fighting between Israeli and Hamas troops in Gaza is continuing, despite a worldwide call for restraint in the conflict. 

The violence, sparked by the rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel, led to a strong Israeli response. 

Civilians have borne the brunt of the casualties, with more than 130 Palestinians and five Israelis dead in the process. 

Even as diplomats try to negotiate a truce, hopes of peace could be long in coming, says Dr Damien D. Cheong, Research Fellow at the Centre for National Security in NTU's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. 

He starts by explaining why there's an escalation in tension now.

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