8w ago / 6:11 AM EDT

Videos on social media show extensive damage to Al-Shifa Hospital

The Al-Shifa medical complex almost looks unrecognizable from the site that was the Gaza Strip's main hospital, in videos shared by Palestinians on social media this morning.

A large crowd gathered at the site once news spread that Israeli forces had withdrawn from the area.

Videos posted on Instagram and geolocated by NBC News show large-scale destruction — the hospital’s special surgery building has been totally destroyed; walls have been bombed out and blackened, windows have been shattered.

The hospital’s courtyard, which was once paved and lined with trees, is now a field of dirt and scattered rubble. Another video shows people carrying what appears to be a body covered with blankets from inside the hospital building.

8w ago / 5:03 AM EDT

Damage revealed in the vicinity of Al-Shifa as IDF withdraws

Max Butterworth

Destruction in the area surrounding Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital this morning, after the Israeli military withdrew from the complex.

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8w ago / 4:46 AM EDT

Tens of thousands of Israeli protesters take to the streets of Jerusalem to call for early elections

Associated Press
Henry Austin and Associated Press

Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in central Jerusalem last night in the largest anti-government protest since the country went to war.

Demonstrators demanded a cease-fire deal to free dozens of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, but also called for early elections to be held in Israel where the leadership of Netanyahu is coming under increasing pressure almost six months after the Oct. 7 attacks.

Israeli society was broadly united immediately after Oct. 7, but Netanyahu's promises to destroy Hamas and bring all the hostages home have, for the most part, remained unfulfilled.

Roughly half the hostages in Gaza were released during a week-long cease-fire in November but attempts by international mediators to bring home the remaining hostages have failed. Hamas, while weakened, remains intact.

8w ago / 3:42 AM EDT

U.S. sends more weapons to Israel

Allie Raffa
Abigail Williams
Allie Raffa, Abigail Williams, Yuliya Talmazan and Courtney Kube

The U.S. is sending a fresh round of bombs to Israel, two senior administration officials told NBC News, undermining the Biden administration’s public expressions of frustration at Israel’s conduct in the war and its own efforts at brokering a cease-fire.

The bombs are part of a weapons package that was approved for Israel years ago, but is only being fulfilled now — and includes more than 1,800 Mark 84 (MK84) 2,000-pound bombs and approximately 500 Mark 82 (MK82) 500-pound bombs, the officials said. The delivery of the weapons package was first reported by The Washington Post.

The Mark 84 and 82 are dumb bombs that can be converted into precision-guided ones with the help of a guidance kit, which the U.S. has provided in the past. Even with precision guidance, these bombs likely lead to civilian deaths, and it’s believed that Israel has used them in its campaign in Gaza.

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8w ago / 3:42 AM EDT

Scenes from Al-Shifa as Israeli forces withdraw

Max Butterworth

Palestinians outside Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City this morning, after the Israeli military withdrew from the complex.

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8w ago / 3:42 AM EDT

Israeli forces withdraw from Gaza's Al-Shifa hospital after two-week raid

Max Burman

The Israeli military has this morning withdrawn its troops and tanks from Gaza's main hospital after a raid that lasted two weeks.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that its forces had killed Palestinian militants in close-quarters clashes and seized weaponry, as well as intelligence documents.

Palestinian officials confirmed the withdrawal, which saw people rush to the heavily damaged site this morning.

The World Health Organization said that 21 patients had died during the Israeli siege of the medical complex, saying that patients and displaced civilians sheltering there were left in unsanitary conditions with a lack of medical care and food.