Israel-Gaza Live Updates: Hezbollah fires 200 rockets at Israel – WEIS

Tents providing shelter to displaced Palestinians in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip are pictured on June 4, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas. (Photo by EYAD BABA/AFP via Getty Images)

(NEW YORK) — As the war between Israel and Hamas continues, negotiations over the release of hostages kidnapped by the terrorist organization have stalled and Israeli forces continue to advance on the southern Gaza city of Rafah ahead of a possible full-scale invasion.

Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern Time:

10:00 a.m. EDT
Biden will speak with Netanyahu: Source

President Joe Biden is expected to speak with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, according to a source familiar with the plans.

As Biden tries to fend off criticism of his performance during the US debate, he is also trying to contain the escalating conflict between Israel and Hezbollah on the border with Lebanon. Hundreds of rockets were fired at northern Israel on Thursday, but no one was injured.

6:01 a.m. EDT
Hezbollah fires 200 rockets and drones at Israel

Hezbollah militants said they fired more than 200 rockets and drones at Israel on Thursday.

Sirens and alarms began sounding across northern Israel early Thursday, officials said.

As the sirens went off, “numerous missiles and suspicious aerial targets crossed Lebanon into Israeli territory,” the Israel Defense Forces said.

July 3, 1:44 p.m.
Israel assassinates highest-ranking Hezbollah commander since October 8

Israel claimed that the commander of Hezbollah's Aziz unit based in southern Lebanon had carried out an attack, which Hezbollah admitted.

Muhammad Ni'Mah Nasser is one of the highest-ranking commanders killed since Hezbollah opened fire on Israel in solidarity with Gaza on October 8.

According to the Israeli military, Hezbollah responded with around 100 rockets in the last three hours. No major damage was reported.

Both sides have said they are ready for war and willing to sign a peace deal brokered by U.S. envoy Amos Hochstein. A senior Hezbollah official said this week that Hezbollah could not sign the deal until Israel reached a ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza.

-Matt Gutman of ABC News

July 2, 16:34
WHO: European Gaza hospital now empty after evacuation orders

All patients and medical staff have left the European Gaza Hospital in the south of the Gaza Strip after the Israeli Defense Forces issued an evacuation order in Khan Younis, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

The hospital, which housed 320 patients, is “now completely empty,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“It is devastating to see the 650-bed hospital out of service at a time when access to health care is urgently needed,” he said in a statement, calling for the hospital to be reopened “immediately.”

Most patients are being referred to the Nasser Medical Complex, which is currently at full capacity and experiencing a shortage of medical supplies, the WHO said.

02 July, 16:16
UN: The evacuation order is the largest in the Gaza Strip since October

The Israel Defense Forces' evacuation order for a region in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday was the largest such order since October 2023, according to the United Nations.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East estimates that 250,000 people are affected by the evacuation order in Khan Younis. According to UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, the evacuation zone covers 117 square kilometers.

July 1, 1:12 p.m.
IDF orders evacuation of area in Khan Younis in response to rocket attack

The Israel Defense Forces have ordered the evacuation of hundreds of people in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip in response to a rocket attack, the military said.

The evacuation area is near the European Hospital, according to a leaflet distributed in the region on Monday.

“For your safety, you must be immediately evacuated to the humanitarian zone,” the leaflet said.

The Israeli military said the evacuation was in response to an earlier rocket attack in the area in which about 20 projectiles were fired.

“Some of the shells were intercepted and some fell in southern Israel. No injuries were reported,” the IDF said in a statement. “IDF artillery is currently battling the fires.”

-Sami Zyara and Matt Gutman of ABC News

June 29, 3:44 p.m.
Hostage speaks for the first time since her release

Noa Argamani, one of the four hostages rescued during a deadly IDF raid on June 8, in her first public comments since her release, released a video thanking Israeli forces for rescuing her and calling for the release of the remaining hostages, including her boyfriend.

According to Argamani, they were separated during the kidnapping.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that there are still 120 hostages in Hamas captivity. Among them is Avinatan Or, my partner, from whom I was separated at the time of the kidnapping. Although I am now home, we must not forget the hostages who are still in Hamas captivity and must do everything to bring them home,” Argamani said.

-Victoria Beaule of ABC News

June 28, 2:31 p.m.
US official: Military pier in Gaza to be taken offline again

According to a US official, the US military pier in Gaza will be taken offline on Friday due to high seas and relocated to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

This is a precautionary measure to prevent the pier from collapsing in heavy waves, the official said.

This is the third time the pier has had to be relocated to Ashdod due to weather conditions. Since its opening in mid-May, the pier has only been in operation for about half of the time.

“I don't have a date when the pier will be reinstalled,” Defense Department deputy spokeswoman Sabrina Singh told reporters Friday, noting that Centcom would assess conditions at sea over the weekend.

As the pier was being removed on Friday, two U.S. officials told ABC News that authorities were considering not rebuilding the pier until the humanitarian aid it brought to Gaza is distributed. More than 19 million pounds of aid was delivered to Gaza via the pier, but that is now piling up at the collection point at the edge of the pier, Singh said.

The Pentagon and U.S. Agency for International Development inspectors general said Thursday they were beginning a review of the mission to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza through the military's makeshift pier system.

-Anne Flaherty and Luis Martinez of ABC News

June 28, 11:31 am
Israel and USA discuss transfer of Patriot air defense batteries to Ukraine

Israel and the United States are discussing supplying Patriot air defense batteries to Ukraine, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News.

This agreement – ​​which, according to the source, is not yet finalized – would mark a change in Israel's public policy following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

A key factor in Israel's willingness to discuss the handover of the Patriot air defense batteries is the growing military alliance between Russia and Iran.

In April, Israel announced the decommissioning of the US-donated Patriot systems from its air defense system. Security sources had previously stated that Patriot had been successfully replaced by the Israeli David's Sling air and missile defense system.

-Dana Savir of ABC News

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