February 23, 2024

Israel-Hamas war live updates: Blinken tours Middle East; Hezbollah fires rocket barrage into Israel

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Israel-Hamas war, death toll continues to rise

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By NBC NEWS

Some facts about the war:

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today in his first stop of a week-long trip that will include Israel, the occupied West Bank, and four Arab nations. He aims to de-escalate rising regional tensions and grapple with growing pressure for Israel to ease the assault in Gaza.
  • Lebanese militant group Hezbollah sent a barrage of rockets into northern Israel today in what it called a “preliminary response” to the assassination of Hamas senior leader Saleh Al-Arouri in Beirut on Tuesday.
  • IDF spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari told journalists that its new war plan will focus on southern Gaza, where it believes Hamas leaders to be. The vast majority of Gaza’s 2.2 million people have been displaced, most of them into southern Gaza.
  • More than 22,700 people have been killed in Gaza since the war began, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. More than 57,000 have been injured, and thousands more are missing and presumed dead.
  • Israeli military officials say at least 170 soldiers have been killed during the country’s ground invasion of Gaza, which came after 1,200 people were killed and about 240 hostages were seized after Hamas launched multipronged attacks on Israel on Oct. 7.
  • NBC News’ Keir Simmons, Matt Bradley, Raf Sanchez, Ali Arouzi and Josh Lederman are reporting from the region.
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