- Gaza health ministry says 40 people have died at al-Shifa Hospital, adding that a large number of bodies need to be buried but Israeli forces are preventing movement within the compound.
- Besieged facility is not being used as a “command” post for fighters as alleged by Israel, a senior Hamas figure says, noting no evidence has been presented to prove it.
- Dozens killed and wounded as Israel targets Khan Younis with a flurry of strikes – despite ordering civilians in northern Gaza to flee to the southern “safe zone”.
- Israel’s attacks on Gaza hospitals “should be investigated as war crimes”, Human Rights Watch says.
- More than 11,200 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza since October 7. In Israel, the official death toll from Hamas’s attacks stands at more than 1,200.
Israel says military has taken control of al-Shati camp
Al-Shati is the third largest of the refugee camps in Gaza, and has been repeatedly bombarded, with one strike in October killing 25 civilians, according to local health authorities.
More recently, the camp has been the scene of heavy ground fighting.
In a statement, Israel’s military said the camp housed a Hamas stronghold. The camp had housed more than 90,000 people in an area of less than half a square kilometre prior to the war.
Israel said the 162nd division had taken control of the camp, saying they would seek to link up with the 36th division, which has been fighting across northern Gaza after entering from the east of the enclave.
Rocket sirens sounded in Tel Aviv and the city just south of there, Bat Yam. We’re looking at around three rockets, all three of them intercepted, but there was shrapnel that fell from those interceptions, which did result in at least two injuries.
Medical authorities are saying that a 20-year-old man is in serious condition and a 43-year-old woman is in a mild condition, both of them now being treated in the Wolfson Hospital in Tel Aviv. The shrapnel ended up hitting their car, and then medical authorities arrived at the scene.
We have been seeing near-daily rocket barrages going to places like Tel Aviv and its surrounding cities. We’re not just seeing them in the south. And now on day 39 of this war, rockets are still coming from the Gaza Strip travelling to cities far farther north than that southern [Gaza] envelope – the communities that surround the Gaza Strip.
Authorities tell people that when they hear those rocket sirens, they need to go into protected areas because while the Iron Dome missile defence system does have a high accuracy rate, it can’t guarantee where the shrapnel will fall.
Hamas did come out and claim responsibility for the rocket barrage that was fired towards Tel Aviv, saying that it was “a response to the ongoing Israeli massacres in the Gaza Strip”.
‘Can’t have your peace’: Young girl explains life in Gaza
A young Palestinian girl who was bombed out of her home says she wants to explain to the world what’s happening in Gaza.
“I lived in Malaysia and Indonesia – I did go to entertainment places, to restaurants, we had everything. But here you can’t have your peace because you are always under Israeli aggression,” Raghad Mahmoud, 11, told Al Jazeera.
“There, the land is for the people. As for us, we have only one city or two.”
Among the thousands of people trapped in northern Gaza, many have contacted the Palestinian Red Crescent to say that there are corpses strewn across roads, under the rubble, and even inside houses.
“Families cannot bury them, they cannot venture out,” said PRCS’s director general Marwan Jilani.
“There are also so many injured people we cannot reach too. Those injured are left there in agony to suffer and die, with no response to their calls of help,” Jilani said.
Biden says he ‘believes’ captive exchange will happen
The US president was responding to a shouted question at the end of a White House climate event.
When asked if he can give a message of hope for those held captive in Hamas, he said: “Yes I can, I’ve been talking with the people involved every single day”.
“I believe it’s going to happen, but I don’t want to get into details,” he said, apparently referring to the release of captives.
“Hang in there, we’re coming,” he added.
Two wounded as Gaza rockets hit Tel Aviv
A barrage of rockets fired from Gaza hit Tel Aviv injuring two people, one of whom is in critical condition.
This comes after Al Jazeera’s Tareq Abu Azzoum reported that rockets were fired from southern Gaza. It is unclear if these two incidents are connected.
We’ll bring you more on this as the story develops.