As has been the case for several weeks, events have been unfolding quickly today in Gaza and Israel.
IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari said the military reached a “significant stage” in its war against Hamas, while the heads of several major UN bodies called for a humanitarian ceasefire.
If you’re just joining us or need a recap, let’s get you up to speed on today’s other key developments:
- The number of people killed in Gaza surpassed 10,000, according to its Hamas-led health ministry;
- A Hamas official claimed Israel was carrying out a “Gaza holocaust” and invited the UN to witness Israeli “war crimes” in hospitals in a news briefing;
- The Israeli military claimed to have divided Gaza into two, declaring the territory as a whole was split between “north Gaza and south Gaza”;
- It said it opened a four-hour humanitarian corridor to allow civilians in northern Gaza to travel south;
- The Rafah crossing from Gaza to Egypt reopened once again to allow foreign nationals on a pre-approved list to leave the territory, according to border officials;
- Hamas’s armed wing in Lebanon fired multiple rockets into Israel in a more significant attack than what has taken place at the border so far;
- Internet connection was restored in Gaza after a blackout yesterday – for the third time since the beginning of the conflict;
- And Iran’s president will travel to Saudi Arabia next Sunday to take part in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit, according to reports.