Israel-Hamas conflict live updates: Israeli ambassador says Gaza humanitarian situation is ‘fair’ as death toll continues to rise
Israel stepped up bombings of south Gaza, killing many Palestinians, officials said on Wednesday, as violence flared elsewhere in the Middle East and a showdown loomed at the United Nations over aid for the besieged enclave.
- by Mike Foley
A leading MP, who spent six years living in Australia, says asking Israel to pause was the equivalent of asking the US to aid al-Qaeda after 9/11.
- by Matthew Knott
Days ago Israel had told civilians in the northern Gaza Strip, including residents of Gaza City, to move to the south of the enclave, saying it will be safer there.
- by Nidal al-Mughrabi and Emily Rose
Israel-Hamas conflict live updates: IDF escalate bombardment of Gaza; Hamas say at least 5700 Palestinians have been killed
The Hamas-run Health Ministry said at least 5791 Palestinians have been killed as Israel escalated its bombardment of targets in the Gaza Strip ahead of an expected ground invasion.
- by David Estcourt, Caitlin Fitzsimmons and Latika Bourke
While the lethal Lebanese force is helping Hamas with rockets from the north, it will be wary about provoking Israel’s unbridled wrath.
- by Rodger Shanahan
A call for a global coalition to fight Hamas terrorists in Gaza has triggered Australian concerns about the risk of a “spillover” into wider conflict in the Middle East.
- by David Crowe and Rob Harris
Several dozen people held a vigil outside the British Houses of Parliament on Tuesday to remember the thousands of Palestinian children killed by Israeli airstrikes.
As Yocheved Lifshitz was released by Hamas on the Egyptian border, the 85-year-old turned to one of her gun-wielding captors and shook his hand.
- by Henry Samuel
Israel-Hamas conflict as it happened: Two Israeli hostages freed as IDF says Gaza ground invasion ‘inevitable’
The Israeli military said it had struck more than 320 targets in Gaza over 24 hours, including a tunnel housing Hamas fighters, dozens of command and lookout posts, and mortar and anti-tank missile launcher positions.
- by Angus Thompson, Ben Cubby and Latika Bourke
Israeli media reports that sources within Gaza say the finalisation of a potential deal is under way for the release of a further 50 abductees.
- by Matthew Knott
Troops have been amassed at the Gaza border since the days following Hamas’ bloody incursion into Israel, but they have yet to push into Hamas-held territory.
- by James Lemon