Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated U.S. opposition to Israel reoccupying the Gaza Strip at the end of its war with Hamas.

What we know

  • Israel says its troops are “in the heart of Gaza City” as its military steps up its ground offensive on the north of the Palestinian enclave.
  • A growing number of civilians are fleeing the fighting, abandoning their homes to head south where Israeli airstrikes continue and food, water and medical aid are in short supply with hospitals in crisis.
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reiterated U.S. opposition to Israel reoccupying the Gaza Strip at the end of its war with Hamas, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country will have “overall security responsibility” for Gaza for “an indefinite period” after the war ends.
  • As the U.S. sought to prevent the conflict expanding in the Middle East, it was also grappling with the fallout at home, from Congress to college campuses.
  • More than 1.5 million people have been displaced in Gaza, and health officials there say more than 10,000 have been killed. Israel says 1,400 people were killed in the Hamas terror attack on Oct. 7, with some 239 people still held hostage in Gaza.
  • NBC News’ Keir Simmons, Raf Sanchez, Erin McLaughlin, Josh Lederman, Matt Bradley, Hala Gorani, Jay Gray and Chantal Da Silva are reporting from the region.

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