Street battles are taking place in Gaza City, with Hamas fighters using tunnels to ambush Israeli forces. The United States has stated that Palestinians must govern Gaza after the war, countering Israeli claims that they would control security indefinitely.
The Israeli military has advanced into the heart of Gaza City, while Hamas claims to have inflicted heavy losses on Israeli forces.
Hamas has released a video showing intense street battles in Gaza City.
Hamas fighters are using underground tunnels to stage ambushes against Israeli tanks, according to sources.
Israel launched strikes on Gaza in response to a cross-border raid by Hamas, resulting in numerous casualties.
Palestinian officials report a high number of casualties, including many children. Israel has also suffered losses.
The United States is discussing the future of the Gaza Strip without Hamas rule. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has outlined expectations for the territory, including Palestinian-led governance and unity with the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially stated that Israel would have security responsibility for Gaza after the war, but Israeli officials have since clarified that they do not intend to occupy Gaza.
The Palestinian Authority sees Gaza as an integral part of a future Palestinian state.
Hamas leaders have stated that their assault on Israel aims to shatter the status quo and bring attention to the Palestinian issue.
Hamas fighters are determined to inflict losses on Israeli forces in ground battles in Gaza.
Israel is targeting and destroying Hamas’ extensive tunnel network beneath Gaza.
Israel has accused Hamas of using civilians as human shields and hiding weapons in residential areas.
Foreign reporters have witnessed the devastation in Gaza City, with buildings scarred by battle.
Israeli soldiers claim that all families have left the buildings they have entered, indicating that only Hamas fighters remain.
Soldiers have discovered workshops used to make weapons beneath civilian apartments.
Thousands of Palestinian civilians have left the north of Gaza, following warnings from the Israeli military.
Calls for a humanitarian pause in the war have increased, as necessities in Gaza are running out.
Negotiations mediated by Qatar are attempting to secure the release of hostages in exchange for a humanitarian pause.
The article was reported by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza, Maytaal Angel, Emily Rose, and Maayan Lubell in Jerusalem, Rami Amichay in Tel Aviv, Matt Spetalnick and Humeyra Pamuk in Washington, and other RushHourDaily bureaus. It was written by Cynthia Osterman and edited by Michael Perry.
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