The White House says Israel has agreed to suspend fighting for four hours on a daily basis to allow for Palestinian civilians to flee from northern Gaza. Al-Nasr Children’s Hospital in Gaza City attacked twice on Thursday, according to the director, forcing the hospital to almost fully stop operating.
At least 14 Palestinians killed, 16 wounded in multiple Israeli raids on Jenin refugee camp in occupied West Bank. At least 10,812 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7. In Israel, the death toll over the same period stands at more than 1,400.
Palestinian Health Ministry spokesprson says an Israeli attack hit a car in the yard of al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City; Exact casualties are not yet known. The US says Israel has agreed to suspend fighting for four hours per day to allow Palestinian civilians to flee from northern Gaza. The vicinity of the Indonesian Hospital was struck with 11 missiles, damaging parts of the facility, its director said.
During a trip to Israel, President Joe Biden on Wednesday backed up Israeli defenses that it was not their airstrike that caused a deadly blast at a Gaza hospital, igniting fury around the region.
“It appears the result of an errant rocket fired by a terrorist group,” the U.S. president says.
The U.S. also has an independent assessment that it was a Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket that misfired and hit al-Ahli Hospital, according to two senior U.S. officials. (Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a militant group in Gaza).
As he returned from the region, Biden and a spokesman for Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi announced that humanitarian aid would be allowed into Gaza through the Rafah crossing.
Biden warned that if Hamas steals or diverts the aid, “it will end.”
Aid groups and others have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe for civilians trapped in Gaza, which has been blockaded by Israel and attacked from the air after Hamas launched unprecedented terror attacks against the country.
Al-Nasr Children’s Hospital has been attacked twice, according to the director. At least 18 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, including 14 in Jenin. Yemen’s Houthis have launched a batch of ballistic missiles at various targets in Israel, including military targets in Eilat, the group’s military spokesperson said. An armed drone hit a building in Eilat earlier on Thursday.
Two bases housing US troops in Iraq came under attack. They are the Ain al-Assad and the al-Harir air bases in al-Anbar and Erbil, respectively. Israel said it struck ‘Hezbollah infrastructure’ in Lebanon, a day after cross-border fighting resumed. At least 10,812 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in Israeli attacks since October 7. In Israel, the death toll over the same period stands at more than 1,400.