Israeli hunt for Hamas besieges al-Shifa hospital in Gaza
Israeli tanks, amid explosions and falling shells, surrounded Gaza City’s overcrowded hospitals on Friday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was “not seeking to occupy Gaza,” marking a change in tone after his previous comments that sparked concern within the Biden administration. Understand what is behind the Israel-Gaza war.
Hostages: Officials say Hamas militants kidnapped around 239 hostages in a highly organized attack. Four hostages have been freed – two Americans and two Israelis – as families remain hopeful. A freed Israeli hostage has told of the “spider’s web” of the Gaza tunnels in which she was held.
Humanitarian aid: The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said it had received more than 370 trucks carrying food, medicine and water into the Gaza Strip via Egypt’s Rafah crossing. However, PRCS said, there is no authorization yet to import fuel to power the enclave’s hospitals, water pumps, taxis and more.
Israelo-Palestinian conflict : The Gaza Strip, controlled by Hamas, has a complicated history and its leaders have long been at odds with the Palestinian Authority, the U.S.-backed government. Western Bank. Here is a timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.