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Israel-Hamas war live updates: Gaza hammered with airstrikes; Blinken arrives in Israel

Number of displaced people in Gaza rises to 263,000; all 13 hospitals only partially operational, U.N. says

The mass displacement of civilians in Gaza has now topped 263,000 people, the United Nations said Wednesday, with more than 175,000 sheltering in U.N. schools in the enclave that’s home to more than 2 million people.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its daily update that more than 1,000 housing units in Gaza have been destroyed since Israel launched its air strike mission on the region.

All 13 hospitals and other health facilities in the enclave are only partially operational due to supply shortages and fuel rationing, the U.N. said.

Ceasefire is imperative, China’s Mideast envoy tells Palestinian official


China is “deeply saddened” by the war between Israel and Hamas and the civilian deaths and injuries that have resulted, and calls for an immediate ceasefire, Beijing’s Middle East envoy told a Palestinian official.

The international community should work together to de-escalate the situation and provide Palestinians with humanitarian assistance, the envoy, Zhai Jun, said in a phone call on Wednesday with Amal Jadou, first deputy minister of Palestinian foreign affairs.

Zhai also reiterated China’s support for a two-state solution.

“China will continue to promote a ceasefire to stop the violence, help alleviate the humanitarian crisis, and actively promote peace and negotiations, so as to play a constructive role in promoting a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the question of Palestine,” Zhai told Jadou, according to a readout published by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken lands in Tel Aviv

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has landed in Tel Aviv, five days after a surprise Hamas attack on Israel.

President Joe Biden is dispatching his top diplomat to Israel on an urgent mission to show U.S. support after the unprecedented attack by Hamas militants.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on Thursday. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

The State Department said Tuesday Blinken’s message was one of solidarity and support. Spokesperson Matthew Miller said Blinken will be meeting with senior leaders in the Israeli government about the situation on the ground and how the U.S. can continue to best support Israel.

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