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Top Hamas Leader Killed

Israeli officials said a senior Hamas commander, who is believed to have directed part of the militant group's Oct. 7 attack and the kidnapping of more than 220 people in Israel, has been killed after an air raid. The airstrikes were targeting the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, the largest of eight camps in the region (see map), where Israel claimed Hamas militants were hiding. At least 50 people are believed to have been killed from yesterday's airstrikes.

The death toll has risen to at least 8,500 in Gaza and at least 1,400 in Israel. Egypt said its hospitals in northern Sinai and elsewhere would treat injured Palestinians, though the border still appears to be blocked.

Fears over a wider Middle East conflict continue to mount as Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed they were responsible for missile and drone attacks targeting a Red Sea shipping port in southern Israel yesterday. The Israeli military intercepted the attack.

Separately, the US Senate confirmed Jacob Lew as the next ambassador to Israel, while intelligence officials warned a Senate committee the Israel-Hamas war could raise the potential for terrorist attacks against Americans.

See updates on the war here.

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