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Latest Israel-Hamas war: Shining back in the Middle East today – with two clear objectives | World news

Welcome back to our live coverage of the war in Gaza.

Before we start, let’s take a look at the most important changes that have taken place over the past week.

Four hostages rescued, but 274 Palestinians were killed during the operation

On Saturday, four hostages were rescued from Gaza’s Nuseirat area during an Israeli army operation.

A soldier named Arnon Zmora was killed during the recovery mission, Israeli police said.

The Hamas-run Health Ministry said at least 274 Palestinians were killed and another 400 injured as a result of the operation.

Israel acknowledged fewer than 100 victims.

In the hours after Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov and Shlomi Ziv returned home, several Israeli officials, including Benjamin Netanyahu, praised the soldiers’ work, calling them “heroic.”

Hamas threatens to take more hostages

In the aftermath of the hostage rescue, Hamas released a statement warning that it could take more Israeli prisoners.

In a post on Telegram, the militant group described the Israeli operation as a “horrific massacre against innocent civilians.”

It said that while Israel has announced “the release of a number of its prisoners in Gaza”, its fighters still control the “largest number” and could take more.

“It will not change its strategic failure in the Gaza Strip, as our brave resistance still holds the largest number of prisoners, and is able to increase the yield of prisoners, as it did during the recent heroic capture operation it carried out in Gaza performed. the Jabalia camp late last month,” the report said.

It also said Israel had killed a number of hostages during the operation.

Israel Admits He Went to School While Targeting ‘Hamas Complex’

Earlier this week, the area around Nuseirat came under renewed attack when Israeli forces attacked a school.

Hamas officials in Gaza said at least 39 people were killed, including children.

Israel said it targeted a “Hamas compound” when it struck the school that had been converted into a shelter.

The Israeli military said its fighter jets hit the school run by the United Nations aid agency known by its acronym UNRWA.

It said, without immediately providing evidence, that Hamas and Islamic Jihad used the school as a cover for their operations.

An Israeli military spokesman later said there were 20 to 30 fighters in the school.

Ismail al Thawabta, director of the Hamas-run government media office in Gaza, rejected Israel’s claims – which he said would “justify the brutal crime the country has committed against dozens of displaced people”.

Israel is accused of using white phosphorus in Lebanon

In a sign of rising tensions between Lebanon and Israel, cross-border attacks by Israeli forces and Hezbollah fighters escalated.

After the attacks, Benjamin Netanyahu said: “We are prepared for a very strong action in the north. One way or another we will restore security in the north.”

Claims emerged that Israel would use white phosphorus in Lebanese cities.

White phosphorus is a chemical that can burn human skin and disintegrate tissue deep in the body.

Human Rights Watch has verified the use of white phosphorus munitions by Israeli forces in at least 17 municipalities in southern Lebanon, after focusing on the weeks and months immediately following the October 7 attacks.

When Sky News contacted the IDF about our findings and those of Human Rights Watch, a spokesperson vehemently denied the illegal use of white phosphorus.

You can read our special correspondent Alex Crawfordthe full report below…

Two Israeli ministers resign

Last night, an Israeli war cabinet minister resigned, putting Netanyahu’s government in an even more precarious position.

Benny Gantz, the centrist war cabinet minister, said the decision was “complex and painful.”

“Netanyahu leaves with a heavy heart and prevents us from moving forward to a real victory,” he added.

His departure was quickly followed by the resignation of Gadi Eisenkot.

The cabinet observer and a minister from the National Unity Party said decisions were made by the government that were “not necessarily motivated by national considerations and the well-being of the country.”

“It is time for us to end our duties and leave the government, believing that in this way we will faithfully serve the citizens of Israel,” he said.