Israel-Hamas war latest updates

The war between Israel and Hamas, which started on October 7, 2023, after Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, has been raging for almost three months, with no sign of a lasting cease-fire.

Here are some of the latest updates on the situation:

  • On Wednesday, January 3, 2024, Israel announced that it will withdraw five military brigades, including many reservists, from the Gaza Strip this week to pace itself for an expected long-term conflict and to mitigate damage to its economy1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the war is expected to go on for “many more months” and rejected international pressure for a cease-fire1.
  • On Tuesday, January 2, 2024, Israel shelled residential areas in the southern city of Khan Younis, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens more2. The Israeli military said it was targeting Hamas tunnels and rocket launchers, but witnesses said many of the victims were civilians2.
  • On Monday, January 1, 2024, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said it was ready for “any scenario” after confirming the death of a senior Hamas leader, Mahmoud al-Zahar, in an airstrike on his home in Gaza City3. Al-Zahar was one of the founders of Hamas and a prominent figure in its political wing3.
  • On Sunday, December 31, 2023, a resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council last week that called for increased aid to Gaza had “yet to have an impact,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus4. He said the humanitarian situation in Gaza was worsening, with peril, ill-health, hunger, thirst, and lack of shelter affecting millions of people4.
  • On Saturday, December 30, 2023, Hamas denied a claim by an elite wing of Iran’s military that its October 7 attack on Israel was carried out in revenge for the assassination of a top Iranian commander, Qassem Soleimani, nearly four years ago5. Hamas said the attack was motivated by its own “strategic and national interests” and not by any external influence5.

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