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IDF says hostage’s body found near Gaza’s main hospital

Israeli officials say they are opening an investigation into crimes committed during Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, including a look at sexual violence allegations.

What we know

  • Israeli forces remained inside Al-Shifa, the Gaza Strip’s main hospital, after they stormed it for a second time in 24 hours, Israeli officials say. According to Palestinian reports, the Israel Defense Forces conducted a second raid on the hospital.
  • The IDF says it discovered AK-47s, hand grenades, military uniforms and a laptop that included a photo of a kidnapped Israeli soldier in the hospital.
  • Yehudit Weiss, a hostage abducted by Hamas during the Oct. 7 attack, was found dead in a structure "adjacent" to Al-Shifa hospital, the IDF said in a statement.
  • Video shared after the IDF's initial raid doesn’t appear to show definitive evidence that a Hamas command center exists beneath the hospital, a claim that Israeli officials have repeatedly made and Hamas and doctors at the hospital have forcefully denied.
  • President Joe Biden has said that he doesn’t believe the Israel-Hamas war will end “until there’s a two-state solution.”
  • Three gunmen opened fire at a crossing in Jerusalem, injuring seven people, before they were shot dead by officers, police said. Israeli officials also said they were opening an investigation into crimes committed during Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, including allegations of sexual violence.
  • More than 1.6 million people have been displaced in Gaza, and health officials there say more than 11,200 have been killed. Israel estimates 1,200 people were killed in the Hamas terrorist attack Oct. 7, with 239 people still held hostage in Gaza.
  • NBC News’ Keir Simmons, Raf Sanchez, Erin McLaughlin, Matt Bradley, Jay Gray and Chantal Da Silva are reporting from the region.

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