Iran’s foreign minister, was adamant about his position on the Israel-Hamas conflict at the U.N. General Assembly emergency session today: Gaza and the West Bank belong only to original Palestinians.

What we know

  • The U.S. launched strikes on Iranian-linked targets in Syria in retaliation for a series of drone attacks on American military bases in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said overnight.
  • Israeli forces conducted another raid in the Gaza Strip in advance of an expected ground invasion into the Hamas-ruled territory. Troops, fighter jets and drones hit anti-tank missile launch sites, command and control centers, according to the IDF.
  • In Gaza, supplies of food, medicine and fuel for powering emergency generators are running low, according to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, which provides basic services to hundreds of thousands of people.
  • More than 7,000 people, including women and children, have been killed in Gaza, according to Palestinian health officials. In Israel, about 1,400 people have died. At least 229 people were taken hostage during the Oct. 7 terrorist attack — some of them infants and small children.
  • International calls for a cease-fire have been rejected by Israel, which also angrily denounced U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres over comments about the conflict.
  • NBC News’ Richard Engel, Raf Sanchez, Kelly Cobiella, Josh Lederman, Matt Bradley, Ellison Barber, Meagan Fitzgerald, Jay Gray, Hala Gorani, Chantal Da Silva and Alexander Smith are reporting from the region.

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