Heavy fighting has erupted around the Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza as Israel’s military expands its ground assault on the Palestinian enclave.

What we know

  • Multiple news reports quoting Hamas and Israeli officials this morning outlined a possible truce deal that would include a cease-fire, and at least 50 Israeli and international hostages freed, along with Palestinian women and children detained in Israel. Hamas’ leader said this morning the group is “close to a truce agreement.”
  • Heavy fighting has erupted around the Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza as Israel’s military expands its ground assault on the Palestinian enclave. Israel has released videos that it said showed Hamas hostages and a tunnel at Al-Shifa hospital as the fate of Gaza’s hospitals continues to be a focus of the war’s dueling narratives.
  • At least 50 journalists, 45 of them Palestinian, have been killed since the war began, the Committee to Protect Journalists says. The first four weeks of the conflict were the deadliest month for journalists since the organization began tracking fatalities in 1992, it says.
  • Almost all of Gaza’s population of more than 2 million is in urgent need of food aid, the United Nations’ World Food Programme said in a post on X.
  • More than 1.6 million people have been displaced in Gaza, and health officials there say the death toll has surpassed 13,000 after weeks of Israeli attacks. The Israel Defense Forces estimate 1,200 people were killed in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, with 236 people still held hostage in Gaza. The number of hostages has been revised downward to reflect those who have been found dead.
  • NBC News’ Keir Simmons, Raf Sanchez, Ali Arouzi, Erin McLaughlin and Chantal Da Silva are reporting from the region.

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