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As Israel intensifies its attacks on Hamas, conditions continue to worsen for Gaza civilians. Rations were down to one meal a day for many, and the severe lack of water was the more urgent concern. Charlie D'Agata has the latest.
- 02:33Israel targets Khan Younis with airstrikes as Gaza's humanitarian crisis worsensCBS News VideosAs Israel intensifies its attacks on Hamas, conditions continue to worsen for Gaza civilians. Rations were down to one meal a day for many, and the severe lack of water was the more urgent concern. Charlie D'Agata has the latest.4 hours ago
- 01:59Israel is sharply intensifying the war in GazaReuters VideosSTORY: The Israeli military appears to be sharply increasing its strikes in Gaza, marking a possible new expansion of the war. And with hospitals overrun and food running out, the U.N. is warning that Gaza teeters on the edge of a total societal collapse. This footage is said to show Israeli troops in the city of Khan Younis. The Israeli military says it hit 450 targets in Gaza over 24 hours as of Friday. That's double what they've typically reported since the truce reached with Hamas fell apart last week. Elsewhere in the same city, Palestinians who have been forced from their homes into a tent city are telling Reuters journalists their fears. This man's wife is on dialysis, but has had to cut her treatments. "We can be patient with hunger," he says, but how long can his wife wait to be treated? How long can his kids wait to for something to drink? They keeping saying, "Dad I want to eat. Dad I want to eat." He says they're down to just one meal a day. The vast majority of Gazans have been rendered homeless by the war. Meanwhile in Israel the human toll is also continuing to climb. This is the funeral for a 25-year-old Israeli soldier killed in the fighting, who was the son of a minister in Israel's war cabinet. As of Friday, about a hundred Israeli soldiers have been reported killed. Hamas says the minister's son was killed by a bomb rigged to one of their tunnels. The militant group also reported Friday that a hostage was killed in a separate incident during a failed Israeli rescue attempt. The Israeli military declined to comment on what it called "psychological warfare."7 hours ago
- 02:17Israel's military fails to rescue Hamas hostagesABC News VideosThe Israel Defense Forces said two soldiers were severely injured and several Hamas terrorists were killed in the rescue mission.9 hours ago
- 03:00'Nowhere in Gaza is safe' -UN ahead of ceasefire voteReuters VideosSTORY: "The conditions for the effective delivery of humanitarian aid no longer exist," he said, adding "there is no effective protection of civilians" The vote was delayed by several hours on Friday until after a planned meeting between Arab ministers and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The United States - a veto-wielding power on the council - has said it does not currently support further action by the 15-member body on the conflict between its ally Israel and the Islamist militant group Hamas in Gaza, a Palestinian enclave. The council last month called for pauses in fighting to allow aid access. The United States and Israel oppose a ceasefire because they believe it would only benefit Hamas. Washington instead supports pauses in fighting to protect civilians and allow the release of hostages taken by Hamas in a deadly Oct. 7 attack on Israel. Guterres reiterated his condemnation of the Oct. 7 attack on Israel, but also said, "the brutality perpetrated by Hamas can never justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people," before urging the Council to push for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.9 hours ago
- 01:54Fighting in Gaza intensifies in Khan Younis as Palestinians seek safetyCBS News VideosThe Israel-Hamas war is now entering its third month, and the latest fighting has concentrated around the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis. CBS News foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio is following the latest.12 hours ago
- 00:47Mother and daughter reunited after hostage ordealReuters VideosSTORY: Roman-Gat was taken captive by Hamas gunman on October 7 from Kibbutz Be'eri. Her brother told Reuters the mother handed her child to her husband so they could run faster and hide, while she stopped, placing her hands behind her head before disappearing. She was released under a seven-day truce between Hamas and Israel in which the militant group freed hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. Her brother, Gili Roman, speaking to Reuters on Thursday, said he could not yet elaborate on the conditions she was held in but said she had close to no information about the outside world or control over her movement. Roman and Roman-Gat's sister-in-law, Carmel Gat, 39, is still held captive in Gaza.13 hours ago
- 04:54Blinken criticizes Israel's handling of war as video of IDF detaining group at gunpoint emergesCBS News VideosSecretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday issued his strongest criticism yet of Israel's handling of the war against Hamas, saying, "There does remain a gap between… the intent to protect civilians and the actual results that we're seeing on the ground." Blinken's comments come as a video is released of the IDF detaining a group of men at gunpoint and forcing them to strip down to their underwear. BBC News correspondent Paul Adams has more, and reports some of the men detained have since been released.13 hours ago
- 02:09As the Israel-Hamas war rages on, hostage families light candles for HanukkahCBS News VideosHospitals in southern Gaza are overflowing as Israel continues its war with Hamas, wreaking havoc on civilians in the besieged territory. In Israel, relatives of hostages mark the beginning of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. CBS News' Ramy Inocencio reports.14 hours ago
- 01:30Eye Opener: Hunter Biden indicted on federal tax chargesCBS News VideosA new indictment for Hunter Biden alleges he avoided paying taxes while spending millions. Also, alarm grows over conditions in Gaza as Israel and Hamas fight a war with thousands of civilian casualties. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener.15 hours ago
- 02:03US wags finger at Israel over Gaza civilian tollReuters VideosSTORY: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday made his strongest public criticism so far of Israel's conduct of the war in south Gaza. "It remains imperative that Israel put a premium on civilian protection. And there does remain a gap between the intent to protect civilians and the actual results that we're seeing on the ground." Blinken was speaking at a news conference following a meeting with Britain's foreign secretary in Washington. It comes as Israeli forces continue their bombardment of the Palestinian enclave, battling Hamas militants in Gaza's biggest cities. Israel has said it is doing everything possible to get civilians out of harm's way, including warnings about military operations. Blinken is due to meet top diplomats from Arab states, including Egypt, in Washington on Friday. The United Arab Emirates has asked for the U.N. Security Council to vote on Friday morning on a draft resolution for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. But the United States, which has veto power in the council, opposes a ceasefire because it believes that would only benefit Hamas. According to the White House, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke separately by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah, stressing the "critical need" to protect civilians. And in a further development on humanitarian assistance: Israel has agreed to a U.S. request to open the Kerem Shalom border crossing, at the junction of Gaza, Egypt and Israel, to screen aid trucks headed for Gaza. That's according to a senior U.S. official, who said it would help speed up the inspection process for desperately-needed aid to be sent to Gaza through the Rafah crossing with Egypt. On the time frame of the border opening, an Israeli official told reporters on Thursday, quote - "It will happen in the next few days."17 hours ago
- 00:41Blinken criticizes Israel on Gaza civilian tollReuters VideosSTORY: "As we stand here almost a week into this campaign into the south... it remains imperative that Israel put a premium on civilian protection," Blinken told a press conference after meeting British Foreign Secretary David Cameron in Washington on Thursday. "And there does remain a gap between... the intent to protect civilians and the actual results that we're seeing on the ground." Israel says it must wipe out the Hamas militant group after its attack on Israel two months ago and is doing everything possible to get civilians out of harm's way, including warnings about military operations. More than 17,170 Palestinians have been killed and 46,000 wounded, according to the Gaza health ministry, since Oct. 7, when Israel began bombarding Gaza in response to a cross-border rampage by Iran-backed Hamas militants, who control the enclave. The Hamas attack killed 1,200 people, with 240 people taken hostage, according to Israel's tally. The Israeli military on Friday said 92 of its soldiers had been killed in Gaza fighting since its ground incursions began on Oct. 20.21 hours ago
- 03:21Israel targets Hamas as humanitarian conditions deteriorateABC News VideosPhotos and video circulating online Thursday show dozens of Palestinian men being detained by the Israeli military, many stripped down to their underwear, in the streets of a city in northern Gaza.22 hours ago
- 01:40As Hanukkah begins, second gentleman Doug Emhoff condemns antisemitismAssociated Press VideosSpeaking at the lighting ceremony of a massive menorah in front of the White House to mark the first night of Hanukkah, Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, said Thursday that American Jews are “feeling alone” and “in pain” as he denounced rising antisemitism in the U.S. and abroad, particularly amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. (Dec. 7)1 day ago
- 01:54Troops in Israel mark the first night of Hanukkah as Israel-Hamas war rages onAssociated Press VideosSoldiers in southern Israel marked the first night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah by lighting the first Menorah candle at their base. (Dec. 7) (AP Video: Alon Bernstein and Moshe Edri)1 day ago
- 03:03Israel mulling flooding tunnels with seawater: US officialsABC News VideosIsrael is considering flooding Hamas' tunnels under Gaza with seawater as one option to render them inoperable, two U.S. officials confirmed to ABC News.1 day ago
- 04:05As Hanukkah begins, right-wing Israelis plan march through Muslim Quarter in JerusalemCBS News VideosIn the past two days, Israeli forces have pushed farther into southern Gaza as reports emerge that Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar's home has been surrounded. Meanwhile, as Hanukkah begins, a group of right-wing Israelis is marching through the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City to the Western Wall for a candle-lighting ceremony, which Palestinians are calling a provocation. CBS News contributor Robert Berger is following the latest developments in the Israel-Hamas war from Jerusalem.1 day ago
- 01:32U.N. Invokes Rare Power to Call for Gaza Cease-Fire as Fighting RagesWSJU.N. Secretary-General António Guterres invoked a rarely used power to call for the Security Council to appeal for a cease-fire in Gaza, as Israel’s offensive in the Hamas stronghold of Khan Younis intensified. Photo: Bassam Masoud/Reuters1 day ago
- 01:06Red Cross: International community must not turn away from humanitarian crisis in GazaYahoo News VideoWith the conflict between Israel and Hamas entering a new stage, Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, warns the international community against the “moral failure” of turning a blind eye to the humanitarian crisis facing Gazan citizens. “I'm calling on parties and everyone who has an influence to deescalate and to find [non-military] solutions to what is an immense suffering of the people on both sides,” said Spoljaric.2 days ago
- 01:12Two months on, residents dream of return to kibbutzReuters VideosSTORY: In Be'eri as in other communities along the Israel-Gaza border, the gunmen shot at families taking refuge in their safe rooms and set houses alight. Now roofless houses and homes gutted by fire and pierced with bullets are standing still in the farming community, evacuated by all its residents. Be'eri member Neta Barak was not in the kibbutz when Hamas gunmen burst through the Israel-Gaza border on Oct. 7. But since then, she and her family have been evacuated from their home, along with some 120,000 residents of southern Israel. She said returning home was her dream, but "it's going to take a while." Another kibbutz member, Rommy Gold, was one of a few residents who fought Hamas gunmen on the day of the attack. He lost his sister-in-law in the onslaught. He hoped Israel's military campaign against Hamas would restore security for Israeli communities.2 days ago
- 03:48What we know about the Hamas leader Israel says it's closing in onCBS News VideosIsraeli forces say they have surrounded the home of Yahya Sinwar, a senior Hamas leader who they believe is the mastermind of the Oct. 7 attacks. CBS News foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio has more on who he is.2 days ago
- 04:33Israeli forces say they’re closing in on top Hamas leaderABC News VideosABC News’ Ines de la Cuetara is on the ground in Israel as IDF forces say that they are closing in on a top Hamas leader as fighting intensifies.2 days ago
- 01:51Released Thai hostage recalls 50 days in captivityReuters VideosSTORY: When Thai farm laborer Anucha Angkaew scrambled out of the bunker where he had been sheltering from rockets on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip around 7.30 am on Oct. 7, he expected to see Israeli soldiers. Instead, Anucha and his five Thai colleagues were accosted by 10 armed militants, whom he identified as Hamas by the Palestine flags on their sleeves. "We shouted 'Thailand, Thailand'," said Anucha, a soft-spoken 28-year-old with a wispy goatee. "But they didn't care." Two of the six Thais were killed soon after, including a friend who Anucha said was shot dead in front of him in a random act of violence. The rest were forced on to a truck for a roughly 30 minute ride into Gaza. Few of the freed hostages have spoken at length about their ordeal, though others who have since been released also described beatings and death threats. Hamas officials did not immediately respond to a written request for comment on Anucha's account.2 days ago
- 02:16Israeli forces 'encircling' house of Hamas leaderReuters VideosSTORY: Israeli forces said on Wednesday they had surrounded the house of Hamas' leader, as they battled Palestinian militants in the heart of south Gaza's biggest city. In a statement on Wednesday evening, Israel’s military said its troops were carrying out "target raids" in central Khan Younis for the first time. It also released footage said to show its operations there, though Reuters was not able to independently verify the location or when it was filmed. In a video message, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israeli forces had encircled the house of Hamas leader Yahya Al-Sinwar in the city. “His house may not be his fortress and he can escape but it's only a matter of time before we get him.” Meanwhile, the situation is getting increasingly difficult for civilians. Tragic scenes like this one continue to emerge, with these children sobbing after their father was wounded when Israeli forces bombed a school in eastern Khan Younis. Gaza's Health Ministry has said more 16,000 have died in the war, while local medics said hospitals were overflowing with the dead and wounded. About 8 miles south of Khan Younis, tens of thousands have been cramming into the city of Rafah on the border with Egypt, after Israeli forces told them they would be safe there. But a house was struck on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people, according to Rafah officials. Hundreds of thousands of people displaced from north Gaza by the war are desperately seeking shelter, while the number of places in the south marked as safe by Israel shrinks. On Wednesday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a rare move to formally warn the Security Council of a global threat from the Gaza war. He invoked a special UN rule to push for a ceasefire in a letter to the council, saying Gaza faces a “severe risk of collapse of the humanitarian system”. The United Arab Emirates drafted a resolution to the council demanding an "immediate humanitarian ceasefire", with a vote sought on Friday. But the United States, one of five veto-powers on the 15-member council, is opposed to a ceasefire, saying it would only benefit Hamas.2 days ago
- 01:07Israel releases video of troops in Khan YounisAssociated Press VideosThe Israeli military has released footage that it said showed forces from the 98th Division operating in Khan Younis, Gaza’s second-largest city, in its pursuit to wipe out the territory’s Hamas rulers.2 days ago
- 04:01How Hamas leader Sinwar plotted in plain sightReuters VideosSTORY: Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar's speech in Gaza last year was no idle threat. "We will come to you with an endless number of rockets, we will come to you in a flood of soldiers without limit..." It sounded like crowd-pleasing hyperbole. But at this time - a secret plan had already been hatched for an assault on Israel - a country that jailed Sinwar for 23 years before he was freed and rose to the Hamas leadership. October 7 would be the deadliest day in Israel's history, in which the militants killed 1,200 people and took 240 hostages, Israeli tallies say. Israel has retaliated with bombardment and a ground invasion, killing at least 15,000 Palestinians. Sinwar spent half his adult life behind bars in Israel. He was jailed in 1988 for planning the abduction and killing of two Israeli soldiers and the murder of four Palestinian collaborators. This was the moment he was freed in 2011, one of more than a thousand Palestinians released for a single Israeli soldier. "This is one of the big strategic events in the history of our people’s cause in the past years. So we are living a moment of unusual joy." Sinwar has been leading negotiations for prisoner swaps with hostages, sources say. And it's a personal issue. He has vowed to free all Palestinian prisoners Israel holds. 2652 Sinwar is a ruthless man, according to Michael Koubi, a former official for Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency who interrogated him for 180 hours in jail. The now 61-year-old militant leader was then in his late 20s, Koubi says, but dedicated to attacking Israel. "Yahya Sinwar ruled at the prison, he was the chief of all Hamas prisoners. They were sitting together, they make discussions inside the prison of course, and they taught how to give to fight the Israelis you know after they will be released, that was his plan.” Born in the Khan Younis refugee camp, Sinwar rose to prominence as a hardline enforcer. Before jail, he was head of the Al-Majd security apparatus which tracked, killed and punished Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel. Sources who know him - whether Hamas or Israeli - agree his devotion to the militant movement is extraordinary. "He told me the Hamas is my wife, the Hamas is my child, the Hamas for me is everything." Sinwar is one of Israel's most wanted. This was Israeli army chief of staff Herzi Halevi in October. "The one who decided on this despicable attack was Yahya al-Sinwar, the sovereign of the Gaza Strip. Therefore he and the whole system under him, are as good as dead." Regional officials say Israel is unlikely to end the war until Sinwar is dead or captured. Two military experts said that would be an important symbolic victory. But achieving it would be long and costly for Israel, with no guarantee of success. Sinwar, Mohammed Deif - the mastermind of last month's assault - and a third commander direct military operations, possibly from bunkers beneath Gaza, Hamas sources have told Reuters. Some tunnels are believed to be 80 meters underground and Koubi says Sinwar wouldn't give up. "Even he will fight. I'm sure that Yahya Sinwar wouldn’t leave the Gaza Strip. He will stay until the last bullet.”2 days ago
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