As the conflict between Israel and Gaza enters its 29th day, these are the main developments.
- The Israeli army said on Saturday that its ground military operations in northern Gaza continued overnight and soldiers thwarted “many attempts” by Hamas fighters to attack Israeli troops from tunnel shafts and military compounds. The army said it killed “a number” of Palestinian fighters.
- A United States official briefing to reporters has said a “significant pause” in the fighting is needed to release captives in Gaza. Washington expects Israeli air strikes will slow down soon, with more emphasis expected to be put on the ground assault.
- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he was left “horrified” when seeing the aftermath of a deadly Israeli strike on an ambulance convoy on Friday that killed at least 15 Palestinians.
Human impact and fighting
- At least 9,227 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza since the October 7 Hamas attack, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.
- Israel continued to bomb sites across the besieged Gaza Strip. Air raids have been registered in western Gaza’s al-Nasser, Jabalia, Beit Hanoon, Atatra, al-Sudaniya, and Beit Lahiya in the north, in addition to Gaza City’s al-Tuffah neighbourhood.
- An air strike hit a school on Friday evening, killing at least 20, according to local reports. The Osama bin Zaid school, located in the Saftawi neighbourhood in northern Gaza, had been hosting internally displaced Palestinians.
- The vicinity of the Indonesian Hospital was also hit again, coming after a major deadly bombing of the entrance of the Al-Shifa Hospital, which killed 15 people and injured 16 others. The Israeli army said the ambulance convoy attacked was being used by Hamas fighters, a claim rejected by Palestinian authorities.
- The UN top aid official for Palestinian refugees in Gaza, Thomas White, said the average resident in Gaza is living on two pieces of Arabic bread a day and is increasingly desperate for water. Israel has only allowed limited aid into Gaza, which started trickling in on October 21.