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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

Class destroyed

Images from several universities in Gaza of students and recent destruction

A look at what has become of Gaza's revered universities

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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

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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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Biden at odds with allies as U.S. and Israel attack ICC over arrest warrants

In an interview with MSNBC, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country was getting a “bum rap in the international scene.”
Top Israeli officials are accused of seven war crimes and crimes against humanity by the ICC.
Top Israeli officials are accused of seven war crimes and crimes against humanity by the ICC.

Biden says it's 'outrageous' ICC is seeking arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Israeli leaders

Israel’s leadership had been working through diplomatic channels to prevent International Criminal Court from issuing warrants, an Israeli official said last month.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yahya Sinwar, head of Hamas in Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yahya Sinwar, head of Hamas in Gaza.

Amal Clooney played key role in decision on war crimes charges in Israel-Hamas war

The International Criminal Court announced it is seeking to arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.
Amal Clooney
Amal Clooney

Trump allies meet with Netanyahu and other Israeli officials as pressure builds on prime minister

Former national security adviser Robert O’Brien was accompanied by John Rakolta, who was a U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, and Ed McMullen, a former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland.
Then-National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien
Then-National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien

Israel's Netanyahu faces growing pressure over Gaza plan from his own war Cabinet

Former defense minister and Netanyahu rival Benny Gantz said he would give the Israeli prime minister three weeks to adopt a new plan.
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Image: PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL-CONFLICT

Israel recovers another slain hostage; pushes into new parts of northern Gaza

The military announced the recovery of the body of a man who was among more than 250 hostages seized by Hamas in a cross-border rampage on Oct. 7 that triggered the war.
An Israeli solider drives an armored personnel carrier, as military operations continue in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, at an area outside Kerem Shalom, Israel
An Israeli solider drives an armored personnel carrier, as military operations continue in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, at an area outside Kerem Shalom, Israel

Netanyahu rival Benny Gantz says he'll quit Israel's war Cabinet on June 8 unless new Gaza plan devised

Gantz spelled out a six-point plan that includes the return of scores of hostages, ending Hamas’ rule, demilitarizing the strip and establishing an international administration of civilian affairs.
Benny Gantz
Benny Gantz

17 of 20 U.S. doctors stuck in Gaza depart with the help of American officials, source says

They departed safely amid concerns of a possible Israeli offensive. Dr. Adam Hamawy, credited with saving the life of Sen. Tammy Duckworth years ago, is not among them.
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Image: israeli hamas conflict rubble street

Israel says it's recovered the bodies of 3 festivalgoers killed by Hamas on Oct. 7

Shani Louk, Amit Buskila and Itzik Gelenter ran away from the Nova music festival but were chased and killed, a military spokesman said.
A portrait of Amit Buskila on a person's shirt.
A portrait of Amit Buskila on a person's shirt.

U.S. military says trucks have started bringing aid into Gaza over American-constructed pier

Trucks began moving Friday into the Palestinian enclave, where Israel’s assault has shut off a number of crossings that are crucial for supplies of food, fuel and other aid.
The temporary pier is part of the Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore capability. The U.S. military finished installing the floating pier on Thursday, with officials poised to begin ferrying badly needed humanitarian aid into the enclave besieged over seven months of intense fighting in the Israel-Hamas war.
The temporary pier is part of the Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore capability. The U.S. military finished installing the floating pier on Thursday, with officials poised to begin ferrying badly needed humanitarian aid into the enclave besieged over seven months of intense fighting in the Israel-Hamas war.

House passes Republican-backed bill designed to pressure Biden on delivering weapons to Israel

The vote was largely symbolic, because the Democratic-led Senate doesn't plan to take up the legislation.
Image: House GOP Leadership Urges Senate To Consider Israel Security Assistance Support Act
Image: House GOP Leadership Urges Senate To Consider Israel Security Assistance Support Act