Israel Advances into Gaza
Israel's military advanced deeper into the northern Gaza Strip Monday as part of an expanded ground invasion. Israeli tanks and other armored vehicles appeared to move further into the enclave's largest population center, Gaza City, temporarily blocking a main road connecting the enclave's north and south regions.
Israeli troops also freed an Israeli female soldier held hostage by Hamas, marking the first such rescue since Hamas kidnapped more than 220 people in the Oct. 7 surprise attack that ignited the latest war. A total of five hostages have now been freed, four of whom were released by Hamas.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls for a cease-fire as airstrikes continued to hit Gaza. At least 600 targets were struck by the Israeli military over the past few days, according to officials. Additionally, Israeli forces carried out a raid in the West Bank city of Jenin. See the war in maps here.
Separately, 27 trucks of humanitarian aid have entered Gaza through the Rafah crossing, with 39 more expected to enter today. Meanwhile, US officials said US troops in Iraq and Syria were targeted at least 24 times in the past two weeks by Iran-backed militant groups.
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