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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

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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Columbia University protesters resume demonstrations after mass arrests

At least 113 people were taken into custody, an NYPD spokesperson said Friday, on the third day of the pro-Palestinian protests.
Pro-Palestinian student protesters resumed a third day of demonstrations on April 19, 2024 at New York’s Columbia University.
Pro-Palestinian student protesters resumed a third day of demonstrations on April 19, 2024 at New York’s Columbia University.

USC cancels guest speakers, honorees at main commencement after valedictorian decision

The University of Southern California said this week it would no longer allow a Muslim valedictorian to give the commencement speech over security concerns.
A student walks on campus
A student walks on campus

Israel assessing damage from limited strike in Iran

Iranian state media appeared to downplay the impact of the strike, which followed Iran’s weekend attack on Israeli targets.
A man walks past a banner depicting missiles along a street in Tehran
A man walks past a banner depicting missiles along a street in Tehran

Israel carries out limited strikes on Iran, with the extent of damage unclear

Whether this turns into a dangerous escalatory spiral “will depend on how much damage was done inside of Iran,” former CIA Director John Brennan said.
Israeli Iron Dome air defense system launches to intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel on Sunday, April 14, 2024.
Israeli Iron Dome air defense system launches to intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel on Sunday, April 14, 2024.

House advances Ukraine and Israel aid with rare support from more Democrats than Republicans

The foreign aid package moved forward with the support of an extremely rare bipartisan coalition, with Democrats helping to carry the "rule" in committee and on the floor.
Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

New exhibit in New York re-creates Israeli music festival attacked on Oct. 7 

The exhibit’s organizers say they want to offer visitors a “sacred space” for remembrance, as well as a way to “responsibly explore” the atrocities Hamas committed in Israel.
Nova Exhibition Installation
Nova Exhibition Installation

Over 100 arrested at pro-Palestinian protest at Columbia University

Rep. Ilhan Omar's daughter, Isra Hirsi, was among those arrested, New York police said. She said on X that said she was notified that she was suspended from Barnard College.
A Pro-Israel protest and a Pro-Palestinian counter protest took place at Columbia University on April 18, 2024.
A Pro-Israel protest and a Pro-Palestinian counter protest took place at Columbia University on April 18, 2024.

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Hezbollah's second-in-command insists it is not seeking war, but would respond to Israeli escalation

In an exclusive interview, Naim Qassem considers the looming risk of a region-wide war.
Hezbollah deputy leader Naim Qassem
Hezbollah deputy leader Naim Qassem

Biden imposes new sanctions on Iran after drone and missile attack on Israel

The move was a response to Iran's attack on Israel last weekend, which Tehran said was in retaliation for the Israeli bombing of the Iranian Consulate in Syria this month.
President Joe Biden steps off Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware
President Joe Biden steps off Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware

Suspected Iran spy ship sails home as the world awaits a new Israeli attack

The return of the MV Behshad, a cargo ship that U.S. analysts and officials suspect may have been helping Houthi rebels, would remove one possible high-profile target for any Israeli strikes.
Quds Day Rally In Tehran, Iran
Quds Day Rally In Tehran, Iran

Google fires 28 workers for protesting $1.2 billion Israel contract

Workers staged sit-in protests at the company’s offices in Seattle, New York and Sunnyvale, California, over Project Nimbus, a joint contract to provide the Israeli government and military with cloud and artificial intelligence services.
Google employees protests at the company offices in Sunnyvale, Calif., in an image posted to social media on Wednesday.
Google employees protests at the company offices in Sunnyvale, Calif., in an image posted to social media on Wednesday.