The Biden administration is advising Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold off on a ground assault to allow more time for hostage talks and humanitarian aid, according to four U.S. officials.

What we know

  • The U.S. is advising Israel to delay a ground invasion of Gaza to allow for more time for hostage negotiations and humanitarian aid, according to four U.S. officials.
  • Though Israel’s military has so far held off launching a ground assault, it has stepped up its aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip and renewed its call for civilians to flee south — though some are reluctant to leave their homes.
  • The U.S. and Israel promised a “continued flow” of aid into Gaza after the first convoys entered the besieged Palestinian enclave through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt over the weekend. Health officials warned that far more aid is needed to address the crisis.
  • The U.S. is boosting its military presence in the Middle East as it seeks to prevent a wider conflict, with clashes at the Lebanon border and what Israel said was a tank mistakenly striking an Egyptian position adding to fears of broader escalation.
  • NBC News’ Richard Engel, Raf Sanchez, Kelly Cobiella, Josh Lederman, Matt Bradley, Ellison Barber, Meagan Fitzgerald, Chantal Da Silva and Alexander Smith are reporting from the region.

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