Israel-Hamas war live updates: IDF battles to drive out militants, masses forces near Gaza

Israel-Hamas war live updates: IDF battles to drive out militants, masses forces near Gaza

More than 123,000 people in Gaza internally displaced, United Nations says

More than 123,000 people have been internally displaced in Gaza since Israeli forces retaliated for an unprecedented incursion by Hamas over the weekend, the United Nations humanitarian agency said.

That includes more than 17,500 families, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which has been displaced “mostly due to fear, protection concerns and the destruction of their homes.”

The U.N. estimates more than 73,000 people are sheltering in 64 schools, some of which are designated emergency shelters.

Schumer ‘disappointed’ by China’s lack of sympathy for Israel

HONG KONG — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.-N.Y., criticized the Chinese government’s response to the Hamas attack on Monday during a visit to Beijing by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators.

On Sunday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged “relevant parties” to immediately cease hostilities to protect civilians.

“The fundamental way out of the conflict lies in implementing the two-state solution and establishing an independent State of Palestine,” the ministry said in a statement that did not mention Hamas.

In remarks Monday before a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Schumer described the events in Israel as “horrific.”

“I urge you and the Chinese people to stand with the Israeli people and condemn these cowardly and vicious attacks,” he told Wang.

“I was very disappointed, to be honest, by the foreign ministry’s statement that showed no sympathy or support for Israel during these troubled times,” Schumer added.

Israel pounds more than 500 targets in Gaza overnight


Israeli Defense Forces said more than 500 enemy targets were struck overnight following Hamas’ surprise attack.

These included seven command centers used by Hamas and one used by Islamic Jihad, a paramilitary group in Gaza, the IDF said in a statement in Hebrew translated by NBC News.

One of the command centers was a multistory building that also included the residence of Ruhi Mashtaa, secretary of the Hamas, the IDF said. In one case, an “asset” inside a mosque was targeted, it added.

Fighting ongoing inside Israel as Hamas incursions continue

Battles were ongoing between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters inside Israel this morning, more than 48 hours after the militants launched a huge surprise attack.

Richard Hecht, a spokesman for the Israeli military, told reporters there were still multiple breaches in the country’s border, meaning it was taking longer than expected to stop the attacks. The IDF said there was fighting ongoing at seven or eight locations.

“We thought this morning we’d be in a better place,” Hecht said, according to the Associated Press.

Israeli soldiers run for cover during a rocket attack this morning near the southern city of Sderot, a site of fierce fighting.JACK GUEZ / AFP – Getty Images

Gaza death toll jumps to 493

The number of people killed in Gaza since the surprise Hamas attack and retaliatory Israeli air strikes on the enclave has risen to 493, the Palestinian health ministry said Monday morning.

Another 2,751 people have been injured, it said.

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