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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

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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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Israel-Hamas war live updates: Military presents Netanyahu with Gaza civilian evacuation plan

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh submitted the resignation of his entire government because of “aggression against our people in Gaza.”
Al Faruq Mosque Rafah Gaza
Al Faruq Mosque Rafah Gaza

Israel-Hamas war: Cease-fire negotiations inch forward as Israel plans Rafah ground offensive

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will “convene the Cabinet to approve the operational plans for action in Rafah,” including the evacuation of civilians.
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Michigan Democrats are unsure how primary will play out amid anti-Biden push over Israel

Progressives such as Rep. Rashida Tlaib have urged Michigan Democrats to cast their votes for "uncommitted" in the state's primary over Biden's approach to the Israel-Hamas war.
Debbie Dingell and Gretchen Whitmer
Debbie Dingell and Gretchen Whitmer

Fears of famine grow in Gaza as aid agencies suspend deliveries

A UNICEF official warned that Gaza was “poised to witness an explosion in preventable child deaths, which would compound the already unbearable level of child deaths in Gaza.”
Palestinian children wait in line to receive food prepared by volunteers for Palestinian families displaced to Southern Gaza due to Israeli attacks, between rubbles of destroyed buildings in Rafah, Gaza on Feb. 10, 2024.
Palestinian children wait in line to receive food prepared by volunteers for Palestinian families displaced to Southern Gaza due to Israeli attacks, between rubbles of destroyed buildings in Rafah, Gaza on Feb. 10, 2024.

Israel-Hamas war: U.S. and U.K. launch strikes against Houthis; nearly 30,000 killed in Gaza

Experts say Netanyahu's plan is more about domestic political posturing than offering a tangible plan for the months and years ahead.
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Netanyahu’s postwar plan for Gaza reflects difficult balancing act

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed his plan for the enclave once Israel’s war with Hamas comes to an end in a scant document released Thursday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on Dec. 10, 2023.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on Dec. 10, 2023.

Netanyahu has 'forgotten' Hamas' captives, former hostage says

Aviva Siegel said she also fears for the safety of others still being held hostage, including young women who she worries could “come back pregnant.”
Aviva Siegel.
Aviva Siegel.

Netanyahu reveals his plans for post-war Gaza

An Israeli delegation is traveling to Paris to attend negotiations for a hostage release and cease-fire deal, an official has said.
Gaza Bombardment Rafah
Gaza Bombardment Rafah

Israel-Hamas war: Hopes rise for new Gaza deal as Rafah invasion looms

Benny Gantz, a member of Israel’s war Cabinet, said attempts “to promote a new outline” for a deal were being made but repeated the threat to invade Rafah during Ramadan.
Rafah Air Strikes Gaza
Rafah Air Strikes Gaza

A man with his hands bound urged a Gaza hospital to evacuate. Hours later, he was shot dead.

While a full picture of the events leading up to his death remains unclear, NBC News has been able to piece together much of Jamal Aldin Muhammed Jamal Abu Al-Ola's final hours.
Gazan man with hands tied shot by IDF forces
Gazan man with hands tied shot by IDF forces

They survived a life-or-death hospital evacuation as premature babies. Now they face fresh peril.

Five-month-old Anas Stateh was one of 31 babies evacuated from Al-Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza in November as part of a high-stakes mission led by the World Health Organization.
Baby Anas Stateh is carried by his mother in Rafah, southern Gaza.
Baby Anas Stateh is carried by his mother in Rafah, southern Gaza.