With updates from Adnan El-Bursh in Gaza; Yolande Knell, Hugo Bachega, Alice Cuddy, Paul Adams and Jeremy Bowen in Jerusalem; Lina Sinjab in Lebanon; and Rushdi Abu Alouf in Istanbul.


  1. The UN warns that half the population of Gaza is starving and nine out of ten people there can’t eat every day – as Israeli bombardment of the territory continues
  2. A hospital boss in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, says his team has “lost control” over the numbers of dead and wounded arriving at the facility
  3. The city is surrounded by Israeli tanks on two sides; the Israeli military says it’s fighting from house to house
  4. The death of an Israeli hostage – Sahar Baruch, 25 – has been confirmed by his kibbutz and a hostages’ group, following reports of a failed Israeli rescue operation
  5. On Friday, the US blocked a resolution at the UN Security Council calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, arguing this would be dangerous and unrealistic
  6. Hamas attacked Israel nine weeks ago to the day – killing 1,200 people and taking 240 hostages, some of whom were released during a short-lived truce
  7. Hamas officials in Gaza say Israel has killed more than 17,700 people in its retaliatory campaign, including more than 7,000 children

We’re pausing our live coverage of developments in the Middle East now. But before we do, here are some of the main updates from today:

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