Hamas unlikely to reject ceasefire but will demand Israeli withdrawal: Report

More than 30,000 people huddled in schools near Khan Younis’s main Nasser hospital lack water, food, baby formula and medicines chronic conditions, said Ashraf Al-Qidra, spokesman for Gaza’s Ministry of Health.

The fate of aid operations has been complicated by Israel’s accusation that some employees of UNRWA, the main UN agency for Palestinian refugees, were involved in the Oct 7 attacks.

Major donor countries suspended funding following the allegations. UNRWA said on Thursday it would be forced to shut down operations, in Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan by the end of February unless the suspension is lifted.

The Israeli military said on Thursday it had killed “dozens of terrorists” in the past day in Khan Younis, where troops fought militants at close quarters and directed airstrikes. It also reported fighting in central and northern Gaza.

Palestinian health officials said medical teams had recovered 14 bodies of Palestinians who were killed near the centre of Khan Younis after some tanks retreated from there. It was unclear when those people were killed.

In Nusseirat in central Gaza, two people were killed and several others wounded in an Israeli air strike on a house, health officials said.

In the north, where some residents had returned after Israeli forces partially withdrew in January, army planes dropped leaflets on Gaza City repeating an order for residents in several large districts to flee south.

Outside of Gaza, the war has been accompanied by escalation in a number of flashpoints across the Middle East involving armed groups allied to Israel’s foe Iran.

The Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls most populated parts of Yemen has attacked shipping in the Red Sea, drawing retaliatory strikes from the United States and Britain. Washington said it launched fresh strikes overnight, taking out 10 drones in Western Yemen before they could take off.

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