Israel-Hamas war live updates: U.S. raises pressure to protect civilians; IDF bombards southern Gaza

Possible explosion in the Red Sea, warns U.K. Maritime Trade Operations

The U.K. Maritime Trade Operations, part of the country’s Royal Navy, has received a report of a potential explosion in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, the area that separates the Arabian Peninsula from the Horn of Africa.

Uncrewed Aerial Systems (drone) activity was detected in the area originating from the direction of Yemen, the alert said.

No group or state has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion. NBC News could not independently verify the report.

Palestinian student shot in Burlington is paralyzed

Hisham Awartani, a junior at Brown University who was shot in a gun attack in Burlington alongside friends Tahseen Ali Ahmad and Kinnan Abdalhamid, has been paralyzed from the chest down, according to his cousin.

Writing on X, Basil Awartani said: “Hisham’s injury turned out to be life-altering. The bullet lodged in his spine has caused paralysis from the chest down. Hisham has a long journey ahead.”

Awartani said he had started a GoFundMe page to “help Hisham prepare for this next phase of his life.”

The shooting, which targeted the three Palestinian students as they were walking together in Burlington speaking Arabic and wearing keffiyehs — embroidered scarves symbolizing Palestinian resistance — is not currently being investigated as a hate crime.

From left, Tahseen Ali Ahmad, Kinnan Abdalhamid and Hisham Awartani.Rich Price / AP

Aid trucks carrying 30,000 gallons of fuel enter Gaza

Humanitarian aid trucks carrying food, medicines and water, and others containing fuel, passed from Egypt to Gaza yesterday following a halt of movement of goods and people across the border on Friday.

Trucks carried 138,000 liters (30,355 gallons) of fuel as well as tents, hygiene products and blankets, according to an update from the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Israel banned the entry of fuel into Gaza for a several-week period in October and November, leading hospitals to go out of service, and impeding travel and the provision of humanitarian services. Just two trucks of fuel were allowed in per day from Nov. 18, one week before Israel’s temporary truce with Hamas,

Humanitarian operations have been limited since the resumption of war in Gaza, primarily consisting of the provision of services in shelters and the distribution of flour in southern areas, the OCHA update said.

Khan Younis residents warned to leave neighborhoods

Residents of a number of Khan Younis neighborhoods were instructed to evacuate to IDF-designated safe areas today, as the Israeli military continued its “robust action” in the southern Gaza Strip.

Using a map which divides Gaza into hundreds of tiny zones, IDF Arabic spokesperson Avichay Adraee told civilians living in “Al-Mahatta, Al-Katiba, Hamad, Al-Satar, Bani Suhaila and Ma’an in Blocks 36, 54-38, 221-219” to evacuate to “well-known IDP [Internally Displaced Persons] shelters in the neighborhoods of Al-Fukhari, Al-Shaboura, Al-Zuhur, and Tal Al-Sultan.”

It was not clear how much time civilians would be allowed for evacuation prior to bombardment, or which routes would be safe for travel. Civilians in Gaza have consistently said that there is nowhere safe in the strip, where over 1.7 million people are believed to have been internally displaced. The IDF is also attempting to deliver evacuation messages to a population that does not have reliable electricity or internet connectivity.

Israel says it hit Hamas infrastructure overnight

The Israeli army said its overnight strikes targeted infrastructure belonging to Hamas in Gaza, including munitions warehouses and tunnel shafts.

Using Israeli Air Force fighter jets and helicopters, they struck “tunnel shafts, command centers and weapons storage facilities” while ground troops and drones “eliminated Hamas terrorists,” the army said in a statement. Israel’s naval troops also struck against “vessels belonging to Hamas’ naval forces” and weapons, it said.

NBC News was not able to independently verify these claims. More than 180 people have been killed in Gaza since the end of the truce between Israel and Hamas on Friday, according to Palestinian health officials.

Group of swing state Muslims vows to ditch Biden in 2024 over his war stance

CHICAGO — Muslim community leaders from several swing states pledged to withdraw support for President Joe Biden on Saturday at a conference in suburban Detroit, citing his refusal to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Democrats in Michigan have warned the White House that Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war could cost him enough support within the Arab American community to sway the outcome of the 2024 presidential election.

Leaders from Michigan, Minnesota, Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania gathered behind a lectern that read “Abandon Biden, ceasefire now” in Dearborn, Michigan, the city with the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the United States.

Biden’s unwillingness to call for a ceasefire has damaged his relationship with the American Muslim community beyond repair, according to Minneapolis-based Jaylani Hussein, who helped organize the conference.

“Families and children are being wiped out with our tax dollars,” Hussein said. “What we are witnessing today is the tragedy upon tragedy.”

Israel resumes bombardment of Gaza after collapse of fragile truce

TEL AVIV — Israel’s Gaza offensive is back in full force, with Palestinians under renewed bombardment after a fragile truce with Hamas collapsed. Israel’s strikes are focusing on the south of Gaza, the same area it had told civilians to evacuate to.

After a strike in southern Gaza

Women and children react after a house was hit by bombing in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip this morning.

MAHMUD HAMS / AFP – Getty Images

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