Israeli officials said documents recovered from the bodies of dead militants at the sites of attacks that killed more than 1,300 Israelis indicate a deliberate strategy to kill as many people as possible. The similarity of the orders issued to the attack teams indicates that the massacre was not a by-product of the attack, but rather was a central goal.
Evacuation requestNearly one million people in Gaza have fled their homes over the past week, the United Nations said. This comes at a time when Israel called for the mass transfer of civilians before the expected ground invasion. President Biden said civilians in Gaza are being used as human shields.
Going out is frustratingAbout 500 or more Americans continued to want to leave Gaza across the Strip’s southern border with Egypt there after American diplomatic efforts with Egypt stopped.
Hostages: Hamas said that Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed 22 people captured by the movement in recent days. President Biden said he intends to meet with the families of American hostages online.
American intervention: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the United States would send a second aircraft carrier group to the eastern Mediterranean “to deter hostile actions against Israel or any efforts aimed at expanding this war.” Iran warned of a response to the expected Israeli ground invasion of Gaza to expel Hamas, but it was not specific.
Injuries: More than 1,300 Israelis have been killed since the Hamas attack began. Gaza officials said more than 2,200 Palestinians were killed there. The death toll of American citizens rose to 29 people, while 15 are still missing.
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