Welcome back to our live coverage of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The IDF says it has launched a series of small but daring raids into the Gaza Strip under the cover of night to kill terrorist cells and try to learn information about the hundreds of hostages who remain in Hamas’s custody.

Meanwhile its bombardment of Gaza continues. Local health authorities claim the Palestinian death toll has risen to 5,087, including 2,055 children, with a further 15,273 people injured. In the last 24 hours, the death toll has been reported at 436, 182 of whom are children.

Those are figures from the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry. They have not been independently verified.

Read on for the latest news.

Israel screens unseen Hamas bodycam footage of attack

The Israeli military (IDF) has screened previously unseen raw footage recovered from Hamas body cameras, CCTV, dashcams and the mobile phones during the terror group’s ruthless attack on civilians in southern Israel.

The horrifying montage shown to about 200 journalists included a photo of a burnt baby, gunmen shooting the dead bodies of civilians in cars, militants in the process of beheading a body and burnt corpses thrown in a dumpster.

Those in attendance were not permitted to film the video and only a snippet was released for the public, out of respect for the dead. One reporter who saw the full clip described the scenes as “pure savagery”.

Some of the footage came from Hamas body cameras and videos posted by Hamas militants to social media and later verified by Israel. Some was taken by civilians as they tried to escape, some by first responders.

According to the Associated Press, it showed bodies of people who had been bound. A room with at least seven bodies reduced to ash. Civilians shot in bedrooms, bathrooms, front yards. Blood so thick it nearly obscured hallway floors.

In another clip, from after the assault, an Israeli woman is seen trying to work out if a partially burned woman’s corpse, with a mutilated head, is that of a family member. The dead woman’s dress is pulled up to her waist and her underpants have been removed. Major Gen. Mickey Edelstein, who briefed reporters after the viewing, said that “we have evidence” of rape but “we cannot share it,” declining to elaborate further.

The IDF also released documents which they said were recovered from dead Hamas members, containing detailed operational planning and instructions for attacking the neighbourhoods and taking hostages.

The 43 minute clip was screened to journalists in Tel Aviv on Monday after being cut together from hundreds of hours of footage collected since the attack, the Israeli military said.

It contained clips of Hamas gunmen cheering with apparent joy as they shot civilians on the road, and later killing parents and children in their homes.

One disturbing sequence, taken from home cameras inside of a kibbutz, showed a father rushing his two young boys into an above ground shelter, seconds before Hamas attackers threw a grenade in, killing the father and wounding the boys.

The boys are covered in blood, and one appears to have lost an eye. They go to their kitchen and cry for their mother.

One of the boys screams, “Why am I alive?” and “Daddy, Daddy.” One says, “I think we are going to die.”

The terrorist who killed their father comes in, and while they weep, calmly raids their fridge, pausing to take a drink of water before walking out again, the BBC reports.

One of the boys cried to his brother: “Daddy is dead, this is not a prank,” and repeated “Why am I alive”? His brother was apparently blinded by the grenade. The military spokesman present was unable to say whether they survived.

In the second segment, captured through a call recording application on a victim’s phone, a different son reaches out to a different father. “Dad, I killed 10 with my bare hands,” the terrorist excitedly tells his father in Gaza. “Their blood is on my hands, let me speak to Mom.”

“Please be proud of me, Dad,” he adds.

Identified by his father as Mahmoud, the terrorist says he is calling his family from the phone of a Jewish woman he’s just murdered, and implores them to check his WhatsApp messages for further documentation.

IDF Major General Mickey Edelstein described the compilation as “a very sad movie”.

The Israeli government said it was revealing horrific footage collected from various sources to the media in order to fight ‘Holocaust-like denials’ of Hamas’s massacres in southern Israel, The Times of Israel reports.

The horrifying footage has left journalists from around the world shocked and “disgusted”.

Images from the screening shared online, shows members of the press watching in horror as they put their hands to their face and cover their mouths.

“Hundreds of journalists and photographers from media companies all over the world attended … what they saw left many of the reporters visibly shocked and disgusted,” media joruanlist Emmanuel Miller wore on X.

Foreign editor of Jewish News and freelance journalist Jotam Confino called the footage “indescribable”.

“If anyone has any doubt about what happened, I truly don’t know what to say anymore,” he wrote on X.

Another journalist, David Patrikarakos, said after the screening: “What I saw today has nothing to do with resistance, it was about wanting to kill Jews.”

Hamas releases two more hostages

Gaza’s Hamas rulers on Monday said they had freed two more women hostages abducted from Israel during the October 7 attacks.

The Palestinian Islamist group’s military wing said the two elderly women, identified as Yocheved Lifshitz and Nurit Cooper, had been freed for “compelling humanitarian” reasons following mediation by Qatar and Egypt.

Their husbands were still in captivity, among more than 200 hostages still held by Hamas, according to Israeli media.

Four women have now been freed in three days.

A source close to the mediators confirmed the release and said the women were Israelis.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it had also helped with the case and the transportation of the women out of Gaza.

The pair were taken to the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, according to Israeli media.

“We hope they will soon be back with their loved ones,” the ICRC said on X, formerly Twitter.

Images on Egyptian television station Alqahera News, which is close to the intelligence services, showed the two women getting into ambulances, one with the help of paramedics.

Each woman was then shown lying on a stretcher in separate ambulances, surrounded by first-aiders and ICRC personnel.

Israeli authorities did not immediately comment on the case. American mother and daughter Judith and Natalie Raanan were freed on Friday, with the militants also citing humanitarian reasons and efforts by Qatar and Egypt.

‘Hard to imagine’: Israel’s frustration at hostage crisis

A minister in the Israeli government has expressed frustration at Hamas over its continuing refusal to release the hostages it took back to Gaza earlier this month.

Yoav Kisch, who is Israel’s minister for education, was appearing on Britain’s GB News.

“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of these hostages,” Mr Kisch said.

“We’re dealing with uninvolved people – babies, kids, elderly women. It’s crazy that we even have to speak about it.

“It’s such a war crime that it’s even hard to imagine. So this thing has to happen immediately. We will continue our efforts to make sure that Hamas will not control Gaza.

“This is for the benefit of both Israel and the Palestinians. Hamas is the main cause for the suffering of both people.”

He went on to say that “killing Jews because they are Jews” was “not going to be an option anymore” for any potential enemies of Israel.

‘They betrayed us’: Civilians’ terror as shelter bombed

Reuters has interviewed an 18-year-old Palestinian woman who says 13 of her family members were killed in an air strike, despite heeding Israeli warnings to move south for their safety.

Dima Al-Lamdani told the news service her immediate family and that of her uncle travelled south from a refugee camp in Gaza City in two cars, ending up at a temporary shelter in Khan Younis, a city in southwestern Gaza, near the border with Egypt.

In the early hours of the morning, the shelter was bombed.

“Suddenly I woke up in the middle of ruins. Everyone around me was screaming, so I screamed,” Ms Al-Lamdani said.

After searching for her family members in the morgue, she found that only her brother and two of her young cousins had survived the blast.

“I went to look for my mother, my father and my siblings at the morgue. At first they said, ‘Come, see your mother.’ They didn’t show me her face, but I recognised her from what she had on her feet,” she said.

“I felt heartbroken. It was like a nightmare.

“I had a 16-year-old sister among the dead. And they had written my name on her sheet, because they thought it was me.

“They also showed me my little sister. She’s in first grade, and they asked, ‘Who is she?’ At first I didn’t recognise her due to the cuts and burns on her face.

“I never would have thought my family would end up like this. It’s a nightmare. I couldn’t believe it until now that they are all dead.”

Ms Al-Lamdani said she felt the Israelis had “betrayed” her family.

“They told us to evacuate your place and go to Khan Younis, because it is safe,” she said.

“They betrayed us and bombed us.”

In a statement to Reuters, the IDF said: “The IDF has been encouraging residents of the northern Gaza Strip to move southward and not to stay in the vicinity of Hamas terror targets within Gaza City.

“But, ultimately, Hamas has entrenched itself among the civilian population throughout the Gaza Strip. So wherever a Hamas target arises, the IDF will strike at it in order to thwart the terrorist capabilities of the group, while taking feasible precautions to mitigate the harm to uninvolved civilians.”

Daring night-time raids into Gaza

While no official ground invasion has been initiated yet, the IDF today confirmed small strike teams had been operating within the Gaza Strip, launching daring but limited night-time raids to take out Hamas terrorists.

Military spokesman Daniel Hagari said small “armoured and infantry forces” had been deployed overnight “to kill terrorist cells that are preparing for next phases of war”.

“During the night there were raids by tank and infantry forces. These raids are raids that kill squads of terrorists who are preparing for our next stage in the war,” he said.

“These are raids that go deep.”

The operation was also focused on gathering more information on the 222 hostages still held by Hamas, most of whom are Israeli citizens.

Hospitals operating without painkillers

Aid agencies across the globe have continued calls to cease violence in Gaza, with hospitals now forced to operate without basic painkillers and morphine as casualties stack up.

Aid trucks from various nations have arrived, but there are still fears over civilians getting adequate supplies as Gaza runs out of basic items.

“What is extremely important are the trauma kits, the surgery kits,” the Head of Mission for Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Leo Cans said.

Doctors working in the war zone are “doing surgical operations without the correct dose of narcotics, without the correct dose of morphine”, according to Cans.

“In terms of pain management, it‘s not happening. We currently have people being operated on without having morphine. It just happened to two kids. We have a lot of kids that are unfortunately among the wounded, and I was discussing with one of our surgeons, who received a 10-year-old yesterday, burnt on 60 per cent of the body surface, and he didn‘t end up having painkillers.

“There is no justification at all to block these essential medicines to reach the population.”

The lack of fuel to power vehicles and generators has also been noted by aid agencies working in the region.

“Fuel is essential for the water plants in order to desalinate to water. If you don’t have fuel, you don‘t have quality water,” Cans said.

“Even war has rules, and you cannot bomb civilians. We have too many children, too many women arriving at the hospital. It is not acceptable.”


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