IDF ‘close to dismantling the military system’ in northern Gaza

IDF ‘close to dismantling the military system’ in northern Gaza

Civilians in Gaza are at risk of starvation with supplies of food and water “practically non-existent,” said the United Nations World Food Programme head Cindy McCain.

Updated Nov. 18, 2023, 6:22 AM UTC

By NBC News

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What we know Israel is “close to dismantling the military system in the northern Gaza Strip,” the IDF’s chief of staff said. Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi added that more of the enclave’s regions will be targeted after the IDF urged residents of several neighborhoods in Khan Younis in southern Gaza to evacuate. Israeli forces searched several hospitals in northern Gaza, saying they had found tunnels, weapons and at least one vehicle. The IDF has so far not provided definitive evidence that Hamas command centers exist beneath Al-Shifa and other hospitals, a claim that Israeli and American officials have repeatedly made and Hamas and doctors have forcefully denied.The IDF said it had found the body of Yehudit Weiss, a hostage abducted by Hamas during the Oct. 7 attack, and that of Noa Marciano, a 19-year-old soldier taken hostage by Hamas. The military describe both as being found “adjacent” to Al-Shifa Hospital. Civilians in Gaza are at immediate risk of starvation given that “food and water are practically non-existent there,” according to the United Nations World Food Programme.More than 1.6 million people have been displaced in Gaza, and health officials there say 12,000 have been killed. Israel estimates 1,200 people were killed in the Hamas terrorist attack Oct. 7, with 239 people still held hostage in Gaza. NBC News’ Keir Simmons, Raf Sanchez, Erin McLaughlin, Matt Bradley, Jay Gray and Chantal Da Silva are reporting from the region.  » …
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