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Israel-Hamas war

Understanding the War

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See how the conflict has spread beyond the Mideast.

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Hamas' vast network of tunnels

Israeli soldiers stand at the entrance of what the military says is the largest tunnel yet discovered in Gaza near the Erez crossing in the north of the enclave.

Inside the largest Hamas tunnel discovered by IDF.

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Gaza's future

Gaza Rafah Rubble

Here's what might lie ahead for the besieged enclave.

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Israel's humanitarian corridor in Gaza

An Israeli soldier watches as Palestinian families flee south on the edge of Gaza City on Nov. 15, 2023.

Many Palestinians see it as forced displacement.

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Where Hamas gets its money

Members of the Hamas led-government executive security forces take part in an armed exercise

Its annual military budget is in the millions.

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Who is Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar?

Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar

Israel considers Sinwar one of its most ruthless enemies.

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Qatar's diplomacy efforts

Judith Raanan and Natalie Shoshana Raanan with Israel Defense Forces on Oct. 20, 2023.

Can Qatar help free more hostages and avert an all-out war?

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Gaza’s population density, visualized

Illustration showing the relative size and populations of Philadelphia and the Gaza Strip. They are roughly the same size, but Gaza's population is higher.

Gaza is one of the most densely packed places in the world.

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'Gaza’s Metro'

Image: A fireball erupts above Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike on Oct. 9.

Can Israel take out the tunnels used by Hamas fighters?

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The Gaza Strip

A man takes an early morning walk with a cup of coffee along a street in Gaza City on Oct. 3, 2023.

What is the Gaza Strip, who lives there, and who controls it?

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What to know about Hamas

Hamas Fighters Gaza Strip

Who are the Islamists behind the terror attack in Israel?

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What is Hezbollah?

Hezbollah soldiers in Beirut, Lebanon

The Lebanese militant group is backed by Iran.

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Israel's 'Iron Dome'

An Israeli missile launched from an Iron Dome system attempts to intercept a rocket

The system was designed to intercept short-range rockets

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Editors' picks

They evacuated Al Shifa

Baby Anas Stateh is carried by his mother in Rafah, southern Gaza.

Now Gaza's premature babies face fresh peril

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'Dead or alive'

Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar

A glimpse of Hamas' leader spurs on Israel's military

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Frustrations grow

TOPSHOT-ISRAEL-US-PALESTINIAN-CONFLICT

Biden disparages Netanyahu in private but hasn't significantly changed U.S. policy

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Running out of options

Palestinians migrate to the middle parts of Gaza

Desperation grows in Rafah as Israeli ground assault looms

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A story of survival

13-year-old is left to care for his seven siblings in Gaza.

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Israel's record of assassinating enemies

Civil defence workers search for survivors inside an apartment following a massive explosion in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 2, 2024.

Will it work against Hamas?

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Netanyahu's leadership

President Joe Biden with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he joins a meeting of the Israeli war cabinet in Tel Aviv

Opponents say the prime minister should step down.

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A journalist's perspective

NBC News correspondents on reporting on the war.

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View from Lebanon

The ongoing war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip has sparked fears of a wider regional conflict, with near-daily exchanges of fire with Iran-backed Hezbollah across Israel's border with Lebanon and a surge of deadly violence in the occupied West Bank.

Some fear Netanyahu will turn his troubles into a regional war.

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Hospital raids

A photo released Wednesday by the Israeli army shows soldiers carrying out operations inside Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.

Israeli hospital raids raise international law questions.

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Israel's information missteps

Israeli soldiers during a ground operation

Disputed information had led to weakened credibility.

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NBC Digital Docs

Palestinian women share their stories of survival in Gaza.

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NBC Digital Docs

A detailed video analysis of the music festival attack.

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American Jews' safety fears

David Kowalsky, 48, owner of Florida Gun Store, stands for a portrait in his shop in Hollywood, Fla.

American Jews reconsider their stance against guns.

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Misinformation

Photo illustration of an airstrike in Gaza and repeated warning symbols.

Misleading content about the conflict is rampant online.

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Israel's Arab Bedouins

Children play next to a woman in the village of Khan al-Ahmar

A minority group is essentially trapped between two worlds.

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Massacre in the desert

Photo illustration of woman running with overlaid map of Gaza Strip and Israel.

How Hamas turned a music festival into a scene of terror.

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Global outrage grows after deaths of Gazans waiting for food aid

The U.S. is scrambling to salvage cease-fire negotiations following the incident, and there was a growing sense of pessimism in the White House that a deal could be finalized by next week.
The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said Israeli forces shot dead dozens of people when a crowd rushed towards aid trucks on February 29.
The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said Israeli forces shot dead dozens of people when a crowd rushed towards aid trucks on February 29.

Biden scrambles to salvage cease-fire talks after IDF reportedly kills scores of Palestinians

The president remains unwilling to make major shifts in his policy toward Israel, including placing conditions on military aid as some Democrats suggest, officials say.
israeli hamas conflict gaza
israeli hamas conflict gaza

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New Black Muslim group wants to put pressure on Biden — but not abandon him

A new national organization called the Black Muslim Leadership Council is hoping to pressure elected officials to call for a permanent cease-fire in the Middle East.
President Joe Biden speaks
President Joe Biden speaks

Dozens reported killed in attack on Gaza crowd waiting for aid; U.S. considers airdropping supplies

More than 30,000 people have been killed in Gaza since the war began, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
Image: Gaza Death Toll Nears 30,000 Amid Talk Of Potential New Ceasefire Deal
Image: Gaza Death Toll Nears 30,000 Amid Talk Of Potential New Ceasefire Deal

More than 100 killed as Israeli troops accused of opening fire on Gazans crowded around aid convoy

The incident came as the death toll Gaza surpassed 30,000 and amid surging fears of starvation in the north of the territory.
Image: The body of a Palestinian killed in an early morning incident
Image: The body of a Palestinian killed in an early morning incident

Biden still 'hopeful' but walks back prediction of Monday cease-fire deal in Gaza

A National Security Council spokesperson said a deadly incident Thursday in Gaza, in which at least 100 Palestinians were reportedly killed while waiting for aid, underscores the need for a cease-fire.
Joe Biden at the White House
Joe Biden at the White House

As Gaza death toll tops 30,000, is Israel on the path to victory or quagmire?

Israel says Hamas is under mounting pressure, but some analysts say the situation in Gaza could end up resembling Israel’s troubled experience in Lebanon in the 1980s and ’90s.
An Israeli soldier at the border with the Gaza Strip
An Israeli soldier at the border with the Gaza Strip

Israel-Hamas war has now killed at least 30,000 Palestinians, most of them civilians

Some 60% of the residential buildings in Gaza have been damaged and 45% have been destroyed altogether, according to a World Bank report.
The Israeli military said early Monday that it had rescued the two hostages from captivity in the Gaza Strip. The operation, which was accompanied by airstrikes, killed dozens of Palestinians, according to local health officials
The Israeli military said early Monday that it had rescued the two hostages from captivity in the Gaza Strip. The operation, which was accompanied by airstrikes, killed dozens of Palestinians, according to local health officials

Famine 'almost inevitable' in Gaza; U.S. says Israel must do more to help

The World Food Program said that famine was imminent in northern Gaza, where violence forced the organization to halt aid deliveries.
Children struggle to support their families in Gaza under Israeli attacks
Children struggle to support their families in Gaza under Israeli attacks

'Euphoria' star Hunter Schafer arrested in NYC at a protest in support of Palestinians in Gaza

The actor and model was among 30 protesters arrested outside NBC headquarters Monday ahead of President Joe Biden’s appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”
New York police officers detain Hunter Schafer, center, at Rockefeller Center in New York City
New York police officers detain Hunter Schafer, center, at Rockefeller Center in New York City

Israel-Hamas war: Biden hopeful for cease-fire ahead of Ramadan

Israeli officials told NBC News that civilians sheltering in Rafah would be allowed to flee to other areas of southern Gaza ahead of an IDF offensive.
Israeli Strikes in Beit Lahia Gaza
Israeli Strikes in Beit Lahia Gaza