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An American citizen is among the hostages freed by Hamas

Israel and Hamas said a pause in the fighting will continue after the initial agreement's time period expired.

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The truce between Israel and Hamas will continue for at least a seventh day Thursday, the IDF and Hamas said. Talks had been ongoing to extend the pause in fighting to allow for the release of more Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners. The IDF said it would continue, and Hamas said it would continue for a seventh day, meaning Thursday.

An American Israeli dual citizen who had been held in Gaza was among the hostages freed today. She is the second U.S. citizen released since the cease-fire began.

Israel’s military said today that it is looking into Hamas’ claim that the youngest hostage held in Gaza, 10-month-old Kfir, has been killed, along with his 4-year-old brother, Ariel, and their mother, Shiri Bibas. Hamas has said the three hostages, some of the most prominent faces of the crisis, were killed in Israeli bombardment.

Israeli forces said they carried out a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank and killed two senior militants. Graphic video shared on social media showed a group of boys being shot at in a side street in Jenin. The Palestinian Health Ministry said two children were killed in the area, including an 8-year-old boy.

The U.S. says it has urged Israel against any military assault on southern Gaza unless it has a clear plan to limit civilian suffering. But President Joe Biden is sticking to his belief that despite intense pressure to change course, a close embrace of Israel gives him greater influence with its leaders and public.

Shooting attack in Jerusalem leaves at least 3 dead and 7 injured, Israeli authorities say

Two attackers fired at civilians at a bus stop in Jerusalem this morning, leaving at least 3 people dead and 7 injured, Israeli authorities said.

The attackers arrived in a vehicle and opened fire at the Givat Shaul intersection on the way out of the city, a police spokesperson said. “As a result of the terrorists’ shooting, there are a number of casualties in the arena being treated by medical personnel, among them seriously and mortally wounded,” the spokesperson added.

The attackers were "neutralized" by security forces and a civilian who was nearby, but police were scanning the area to rule out any other threats, according to the spokesperson.

Israeli police said gunmen opened fire Thursday on people waiting for buses and rides along a main highway at the entrance of Jerusalem.
Ohad Zwigenberg / AP

Israel's emergency services said that a 24-year-old woman had been pronounced dead, and that medics were taking 8 people, including 5 in serious condition, to nearby hospitals. They later said that 2 older people had been pronounced dead, with 3 still in serious condition and 4 others injured.

Families of Americans held hostage by Hamas in Gaza on Wednesday met with members of the U.S. House of Representatives, with one parent of a captured Israeli soldier saying “time is running out.”

Around 240 people were abducted and taken hostage by Hamas fighters when the terror group attacked Israel on Oct. 7. Some have since been released, but approximately 145 hostages are still being held, officials said.

Ronen Neutra, whose 22-year-old Israeli-American son Omer was abducted in the Oct. 7 attacks, thanked President Biden and said “there has been some progress this week.”

“But Omer is still not with us, and the clock continues to tick — and not in our favor,” she said.

Israeli PM's office confirms truce extension, says list of names delivered

The office of Israel’s prime minister said that “Israel was given a list of women and children in accordance with the terms of the agreement” and that the pause in fighting would therefore continue.

“The War Cabinet unanimously decided last night that if a list is not delivered by seven o’clock this morning as agreed upon in the outline — fighting will be resumed immediately,” the prime minister’s office said.

In a statement a short time after 7 a.m., the prime minister’s office said a list had been given.

Hamas and Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the truce would continue for a seventh day, meaning Thursday.

Temporary pause in fighting will continue, Israel and Hamas say

A temporary cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas will be extended, officials from both sides said.

“Due to the efforts of the mediators to continue the process of releasing the abductees and in accordance with the terms of the agreement, the temporary humanitarian truce period will continue,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement Thursday local time.

Hamas' Telegram channel said the pause would be extended for a seventh day, which is Thursday. Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said in a statement that the cease-fire would be extended into Thursday "under the same previous conditions, which are a ceasefire and the entry of humanitarian aid, within the framework of the mediation of the State of Qatar shared with the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United States of America."

Hamas has been releasing hostages and Israel has been releasing Palestinians in Israeli jails during the pause.

U.N. secretary-general: ‘Numerous accounts of sexual violence’ during Oct. 7 Hamas attacks

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said today that there are “numerous accounts of sexual violence” during the Oct. 7 attacks against Israel, which must be investigated.

In a speech to the Security Council, Guterres called the attacks by Hamas “abhorrent acts of terror.”

“Some 250 people were also abducted, including 34 children,” Guterres said. “There are also numerous accounts of sexual violence during the attacks that must be vigorously investigated and prosecuted.”

“Gender-based violence must be condemned. Any time. Anywhere,” he said.

Guterres also praised the pause in the fighting under an agreement in which Hamas has released hostages, but he called for “a true humanitarian cease-fire.”

“The people of Gaza are in the midst of an epic humanitarian catastrophe before the eyes of the world,” he said. “We must not look away.”

China is ‘definitely not impartial’ in war, Israeli ambassador says

BEIJING — China is “definitely not impartial” in the Israel-Hamas war, Israel’s ambassador to China said.

Israel has previously expressed disappointment with the response to the war by China, which says it opposes any acts that harm civilians but has not explicitly condemned Hamas. Beijing has also called for a cease-fire and criticized Israel’s actions as going beyond self-defense, accusing it of inflicting “collective punishment” on the people of Gaza.

“China’s position is definitely not impartial and neutral, as they are saying,” Ambassador Irit Ben-Abba said in an interview yesterday, though she said Israel and China have generally had good relations.

She said she did not expect the Chinese position to change at today’s meeting of the U.N. Security Council, which will be hosted by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, “but at least that they can try to be more balanced.” 

Photos: Supporters welcome Israeli hostages

Image: Newly released Israeli hostages sit among soldiers as they arrive inside a van
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Image: Newly released Israeli hostages sit among soldiers as they arrive inside a van at Ofakim army base
Menahem Kahana / AFP - Getty Images
Image: Newly released Israeli hostages sit among soldiers as they arrive inside a van
Menahem Kahana / AFP - Getty Images

The Israeli hostages arrived at Ofakim army base in southern Israel early Thursday after being freed from the Gaza Strip.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Manhattan as Rockefeller tree lighting set to take place

A large crowd of people waving Palestinian flags gathered in New York City not far from where the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting ceremony was to take place.

Video showed a large police presence on Sixth Avenue at 48th Street, as well as barricades.

The demonstrators were about a block from the tree, where a lighting ceremony is set to start at 7 p.m.

Biden: ‘We remain determined to secure the release of every person’ taken by Hamas

President Biden said the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel to release hostages “has delivered meaningful results,” including humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza.

Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden are “deeply gratified” that an American hostage was among those released from Gaza today and that she will be reunited with her father and three children.

“And we remain determined to secure the release of every person taken hostage by Hamas during its brutal terrorist assault on Israel on October 7, including Liat’s husband Aviv,” Biden said in a statement today.

Fuel has also been allowed into Gaza since the pause in fighting, and yesterday the U.S. airlifted more than 54,000 pounds of medical equipment and food aid to a humanitarian distribution center in Egypt, Biden said.

Biden called that “the first of three deliveries of critical supplies that will go to civilians in Gaza who need our help.”

Who was released by Hamas today?

Hamas released 10 Israeli citizens early Thursday, in addition to two Russian-Israeli citizens that were released Wednesday evening as a part of the extended cease-fire and hostage exchange deal.

The 10 Israelis are:

  • Gal Tarshansky, 13
  • Amit Shani, 15
  • Liam Or, 18
  • Itay Regev Jerbi, 18
  • Ofir Engel, 17
  • Yarden Roman-Gat, 35
  • Moran Stela Yanai, 40
  • Liat Binin Atzili, 49
  • Ra’aya Rotem, 54
  • Raz Ben-Ami, 56

The two Russian-Israelis are: Yelena Trupanov, 50, and Irena Tati, 73.

Netanyahu's office said four Thai nationals were also released early Thursday.

102 hostages have been released from Gaza

The total number of hostages released from Gaza since the Oct. 7 attack on Israel is 102 as of today, with most of those freed since the cease-fire took effect Friday, according to officials from both sides.

Ninety-seven hostages have been freed since, and five were freed before it.

In all, 73 hostages were either Israeli or had Israeli dual citizenship, and 24 were of other nationalities.

Four American citizens or American citizens with dual Israeli citizenship have been freed. Two of them were released after the pause in fighting, and two were released before it.

Around 145 hostages are still being held in Gaza, officials said.

A total of 210 Palestinian prisoners have been released by Israel since Friday, officials said.

Initial truce deal has expired

Israel's initial deal with Hamas to pause hostilities in exchange for the release of hostages has technically expired. (It was set to last until midnight local time, which is 5 p.m. E.T.)  Talks continue for the release of more Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners, and the expectation is for an extension of at least two days, a senior Arab diplomat directly involved in the negotiations told NBC News.

But officials have yet to announce an agreement about a cease-fire extension.

The original framework was for a truce that would last for four days but was extended to six after Hamas agreed to release 20 more Israeli hostages.

Israeli officials have said the military plans to renew its siege on Gaza once the truce ends, with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant saying last week he expects the war to continue for at least two more months.

Father of freed American hostage hails her release, praises Biden

The father of the second American hostage released by Hamas said he is relieved that his daughter, Liat, appears to be in "pretty good shape" after weeks in captivity and expressed his gratitude to President Joe Biden for working to secure her release.

Yehuda Beinin, who lives in Israel with his wife, spoke to NBC News just "20 seconds" after getting off the phone with the president. Beinin said Biden "made it a very personal conversation," spoke about his experience with losing a child and invited Beinin to the White House.

"We might take him up on that," Beinin said. "It was so nice to thank him personally for his efforts in obtaining the release of our daughter."

Beinin spoke on the phone while watching television news coverage of Liat's release. "We are watching her picture on TV — there she is, right now, and she looks like she's in pretty good shape, so that's a relief." However, Beinin said that Liat's husband, Aviv, remains in captivity somewhere in Gaza.

"There's going to be a lot of work to secure his release," Beinin said.

He already knows what he'll say to his daughter when he reunites with her in the hospital: "What's up? What's new?"

American hostage among more than a dozen freed by Hamas

Hamas has released one American hostage, Liat Beinin Atzili, from Gaza, along with at least 13 others.

Beinin Atzili is the second U.S. citizen released since the cease-fire began.

Family of Abigail says little girl happy to reunite with extended family

The family of Abigail Mor Edan, the 4-year-old Israeli American girl who was released after being held in captivity for seven weeks, said she smiled and laughed when reunited with her extended family. 

Abigail “was hungry” upon her release and asked for food, water and juice, her great-aunt Liz Hirsh Naftali told reporters today.

"Abigail is home. Not in her home, but she is home in Israel. Because her home is destroyed," Hirsh Naftali said. "They can’t return to where they lived. She has no parents to go home to."

Abigail's parents were killed in the Oct. 7 attack. Hirsh Naftali said she was grateful that the little girl, who turned four while being held captive, wasn't alone on her birthday.

"We had hoped she would celebrate it with her family, but she didn’t," she said. "But she was blessed to be with this woman and her three children. In this horrific tragedy, the thought that she wasn’t alone, completely, somewhere dark in Gaza was the only saving grace that we had to hope that that was what it was. And she was."

She said the family is focused on getting the little girl and her siblings therapy and the support they need.

Regarding the hostage exchanges and the pause in fighting so far, Hirsch Naftali said: “Abigail coming home is proof that it works, proof that if we hope, we pray, we do all the work, these hostages will come home,” she said. “But we still have a lot of work to do.”

One American to be released today, Qatar official says

An American will be among the hostages released today, Dr. Majed Al-Ansari, the spokesperson for Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

A U.S. official confirmed that the Israeli-American dual citizen, Liat Beinin Atzili, was among those freed and handed over to the Red Cross today.  

Al-Ansari said 30 Palestinians, including 16 minors and 14 women, were set to be released today in exchange for the release of 10 Israeli hostages in Gaza. The latter includes five people with dual citizenship: a Dutch dual citizen, three German dual citizens and an American dual citizen.

Families of American hostages to meet with Jake Sullivan

The families of American hostages in Gaza will meet with national security adviser Jake Sullivan tomorrow at the White House. 

Some of the family members said they planned to ask about any intelligence or other information from negotiations that would indicate if their loved ones are being held from release because they are American.

The families noted repeatedly that hostages of a range of nationalities have been released, but the majority of the American hostages are believed to remain held. 

“Where are the U.S. citizens?” one father exclaimed to reporters in frustration.

Video shows release of two Russian Israeli women in Gaza


Humanitarian aid reaches UNRWA shelters in northern Gaza for first time since war began

Humanitarian aid has reached the shelters operated by the U.N. agency in the north for the first time since the war began, a UNRWA spokesperson told Al Jazeera.

"The situation is much worse than we expected," the spokesperson said, adding more crossings need to be opened with Gaza with 130 trucks piled up on the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian side.

"The fuel is just as important as the medicine and the civil order is on the verge of collapse," the spokesperson said.

A woman and a child cook bread at a UNWRA school where Palestinians are sheltering in Gaza City on Nov. 27, 2023.
A woman and a child cook bread at a UNWRA school Monday where Palestinians are sheltering in Gaza City.Omar El-Qattaa / AFP - Getty Images

IDF says 2 released hostages are in Israel

Two recently released hostages are now with IDF forces inside Israeli territory, according to a joint statement from the military and the Israel Security Agency.

They said that after the two undergo medical assessment, they will be escorted by the IDF to a hospital to be reunited with family members.

Israel identified the released hostages as Yelena Trupanov, 50, and Irena Tati, 73.

Baking bread on the shattered streets of Gaza

Children sit near Palestinian women making bread, surrounded by remnants of a destroyed building in the neighborhood of Khuza’a, Khan Younis, today.

Palestinians make bread on the streets of Gaza
Hatem Ali / AP

A Hamas official said more Russian Israeli citizens would be released today in appreciation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s support for the Palestinian cause.

An Israeli man with Russian citizenship was released Sunday outside the truce deal with Hamas, becoming the first male hostage to return home.

“None of the Israeli men detained in Gaza were released, except for Roni Krivoi, of Russian origin, as a result of the movement’s appreciation for President Putin’s positions,” Musa Abu Marzouk, an official with the political wing of Hamas, said on X.

“Today, others will be released outside the deal in appreciation of President Putin’s commendable positions,” he added.

Putin has been critical of Israel’s operation in the Gaza Strip and its toll on Palestinian civilians. He has urged a political solution to the conflict and has backed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

One American hostage may be among those released today

An American citizen could be among the hostages released from Gaza today, according to a U.S. official and a diplomat with knowledge of the fast-moving events. The official cautioned the situation is still fluid and nothing is final.

There are currently two American women who would meet the criteria to be handed over as part of the truce, but it’s unclear whether that will expand beyond today. As it stands, the agreement is set to expire in a matter of hours.

The Biden administration maintains it is “hopeful” another two-day extension could happen and is actively involved in the talks to secure that, the official stressed, echoing remarks made by Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier in the day.

If an American is released today, the person would be only the second American to be freed as part of the humanitarian pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas. The first American released during the truce was 4-year-old Abigail Mor Edan on Sunday.

Family of hostages asks for privacy after Hamas claims 3 were killed in Israeli strike

Fears were growing for Gaza's youngest hostage after Hamas claimed that he and two other members of his family were killed in an Israeli bombing.

Israel’s military said it was looking into the claim that 10-month-old Kfir, his 4-year-old brother, Ariel, and their mother, Shiri Bibas, were killed. Relatives said they were “waiting for the news to be confirmed or hopefully refuted soon.”

NBC News could not independently verify the claim.

“We thank the people of Israel for the warm embrace but ask to maintain our privacy at this complex time,” the Bibas family said in a statement released by the Hostages and Missing Families Forum.

Read the full story here.

U.S. envoy for hostage affairs travels to Israel

WASHINGTON — The special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, Roger Carstens, will travel to Israel today, according to a senior State Department official, marking his first visit to the region since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack.

He will support Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to the region, meeting with Israeli government officials and visiting the families of Americans held hostage in Gaza, the senior official said.

Carstens is in regular contact with the families and spoke by phone with some of them before leaving for Israel, a State official said.

Israel believes 161 people are still being held hostage

Israel believes 161 people are still being held hostage in Gaza, according to Eylon Levy, a spokesperson for the prime minister's office.

Levy said in a news conference today that the remaining hostages include 146 Israelis and 15 foreign nationals. The estimated number of Israelis was not broken down by people who hold dual citizenship.

Of the remaining hostages, according to Levy, 126 are men, 35 are women and eight are under the age of 20.

"Israel is committed to bringing all of the hostages home, whether through this current hostage release pause or after further pressure," Levy said.

Palestinians in Gaza still suffering despite pause in bombing

Despite the pause in Israeli bombardment, life for most Palestinians in Gaza remains grim, with many displaced from their homes, swaths of infrastructure reduced to rubble and shortages of all basic supplies.

“We are still living in a crisis without electricity, and there is a shortage of everything, including food, water and fuel,” said Yousef Mema, 30, an intensive care nurse who fled his home in Gaza City and now lives in the southern part of the strip.

As part of the agreement between Israel and Hamas, more humanitarian aid has been allowed to enter the enclave. But international aid agencies say this isn’t enough.

“Some humanitarian aid entered Gaza but nothing has really changed,” Mema said. “The only thing that has changed on the ground is that they stopped their massacre against the Palestinians.” He added, “Our living conditions are hard — but we are still alive.”

Image: As Gaza Ceasefire Holds, Residents Seek Food, Fuel And Other Aid
Palestinians light a fire to keep warm outside their destroyed home Monday in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Ahmad Hasaballah / Getty Images

U.N. chief says failure to achieve peace condemns the world to a 'never-ending cycle'

Failure to secure a permanent cease-fire and a long-term solution will condemn the world to "a never-ending cycle of death and destruction," U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said in a speech today.

He made the comments to the Security Council following the implementation of a new U.N. resolution, which included a call for unconditional release of hostages, demands that parties follow international law, and the need for humanitarian pauses. But he went a step further and said that a "true humanitarian cease-fire" is needed.

"And we must ensure the people of the region finally have a horizon of hope — by moving in a determined and irreversible way toward establishing a two-state solution, on the basis of United Nations resolutions and international law, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security," Guterres said.

He added that, "Failure will condemn Palestinians, Israelis, the region and the world to a never-ending cycle of death and destruction."

Mourners in Jenin and Tel Aviv

A relative mourns 15-year-old Basil Suleiman Abu Al-Wafa, who was killed today during an Israeli military raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank.

A relative mourns 15-year-old Basil Abu Al-Wafa, who was killed during an Israeli military raid on Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023.
Majdi Mohammed / AP
Lena Brodski, left, mourns her son, Sergeant Kiril Brodski, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier who was killed on Oct. 7, during his funeral at the Kiryat Shaul Cemetery on Nov. 29, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Yesterday, the Israel Defense Forces announced the death of Sgt. Brodski and two other soldiers who were initially believed to have been kidnapped during Hamas's Oct. 7 attack. However, after examining new evidence, the IDF determined that they were killed during the initial attack and their remains were taken to Gaza.
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Lena Brodski, left, mourns her son, Sgt. Kiril Brodski, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier who was killed Oct. 7, during his funeral today in Tel Aviv. The IDF announced the death yesterday of Brodski and two other soldiers who were initially believed to have been kidnapped during Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack. But after examining new evidence, the IDF determined they were killed during the attack.

Israel looking into Hamas claims that youngest hostage, 10-month-old Kfir Bibas, has been killed with 2 family members

Israel's military said today it is in contact with the family of the youngest hostage held in Gaza and working to assess the accuracy of a Hamas claim that the 10-month-old had been killed along with his brother and mother.

"During the Hamas massacre of October 7, the Bibas family, including 10-month-old Kfir Bibas, his 4-year-old brother Ariel Bibas, and their mother Shiri Bibas — were kidnapped alive into Gaza," the IDF said in a statement.

"The barbarism and cruelty of Hamas is on full display to the world. IDF representatives spoke with the Bibas family following the recent reports and are with them at this difficult time. The IDF is assessing the accuracy of the information," it said.

It came after the armed wing of Hamas said earlier today that the three hostages, who have become some of the most prominent faces of the crisis in the country, had been killed in Israeli bombardment. NBC News has not verified the claims.

The IDF said that “Hamas is wholly responsible for the security of all hostages in the Gaza Strip. Hamas must be held accountable. Hamas’ actions continue to endanger the hostages, which include nine children.”

Yarden, Ariel, Shiri, Kfir Bibas.
Yarden and Shiri Bibas with Ariel and Kfir.Bibas family

Yarden Bibas and his wife, Shiri, were kidnapped by Hamas from the Nir Oz kibbutz Oct. 7 along with their two boys.

The family has sought to raise public awareness of the case and a gathering was held last night in Tel Aviv. The crowd released orange balloons to evoke the boys’ red hair and as a symbol of the liberation the family of four has been denied for the past 53 days.

“These two young little redheads really got in the hearts of everybody in Israel and also in the entire world,” said Bibas’ sister, Ofri Bibas. She called the last seven weeks a “nightmare.”

Netanyahu 'unequivocal' fighting will continue after negotiations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the return of dozens of hostages is “a great achievement” but was “unequivocal” that fighting would resume after negotiations are finished.

In the video speech released by the government, Netanyahu said the return of 85 hostages held in Gaza “would have sounded imaginary” a week ago “but we achieved it.”

However, he repeated a caveat that’s been hammered home by him and his top officials this week.

“In the last few days, I hear a question: After this phase of returning our abductees is exhausted, will Israel return to fighting?” he said. “So my answer is an unequivocal yes.”

“There is no way we are not going back to fighting until the end,” he added. “This is my policy, the entire Cabinet stands behind it, the entire government stands behind it, the soldiers stand behind it, the people stand behind it — this is exactly what we will do.”

Israeli soldiers deployed on the southern border with the Gaza Strip on Nov. 29, 2023, gather for a briefing next to battle tanks.
Israeli soldiers gather today for a briefing on the border with the Gaza Strip.Menahem Kahana / AFP - Getty Images

Graphic video shows boys shot in West Bank amid Israeli raid

Video shared on social media this morning showed a group of boys being shot at in a side street in the occupied West Bank. It comes as Israeli forces conducted an intense raid on the Jenin refugee camp today.

In surveillance video that NBC News geolocated to Al Yasmine in Jenin, four boys are seen running for cover, one falling limp to the ground. Another boy drags him behind a car, leaving a trail of blood. The video is dated Nov. 29 and timestamped 2:19 p.m.

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The Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement today that two children were “killed by occupation bullets in Jenin,” naming them as Adam Samer Al-Ghoul, 8, and Basil Suleiman Abu Al-Wafa, 15. It was unclear whether the video showed this incident.

Israel's military said it had killed a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander in a raid on the camp today. It did not mention the statement of the children being shot.

“In a joint operation by the IDF, the Shin Bet, and the Israel Defense Forces in the Jenin refugee camp, two high-ranking terrorists were eliminated by the IDF fighters, including the commander of the camp, Muhammad Zabeidi, who carried out shooting attacks in the sector and was involved in sending terrorists to the attacks,” a joint statement from the Israeli forces said. It added that “During the activity, exchanges of fire developed and explosives were thrown at the forces who shot at the terrorists and hit them.”

At least 2 communities on Gaza border say they won't send representatives to meeting with Netanyahu

At least two kibbutzim that were violently attacked by Hamas last month said they will not meet with Israel's prime minister during his scheduled visit with the Gaza border communities.

Israeli media reported that Netanyahu said yesterday he would meet with the leaders of southern areas, 4 kilometers from the border with Gaza.

Kibbutz Nir Oz said today it was joining Kibbutz Be’eri in not sending a representative to the meeting with Netanyahu, saying the current meeting format was "not acceptable." Both kibbutzim were devastated by the Hamas attack Oct. 7.

Osnat Peri, head of Nir Oz, said they urge Netanyahu to meet with the kibbutz community as a whole, including those who survived the Hamas attack.

"All of us, not only the representatives of the kibbutzim, need answers. All of us deserve to know why a quarter of our community was abducted or slaughtered," Peri said.

It comes amid growing discontent with what some view as Netanyahu's failure to prevent the attack and his government's treatment of the victims.

Bereaved Israeli families say police broke up protest

Bereaved Israelis demonstrating against the government said their weekly protest outside the Jerusalem parliament was this morning broken up by police.

Around 200 people supporting those who lost loved ones during Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack were outside the Knesset when police used “violence and threats of false arrests” even though they were not blocking the roads, the loosely organized group said in a statement to NBC News.

The group is calling for the Israeli government to resign over the failures leading to and during the attack. It released video appearing to show police officers shoving some of the demonstrators and confiscating a sign belonging to Yael Alon, whose father, an army medic, was killed in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and whose son, a platoon commander, was killed Oct. 7. Her sign reads: “My father was killed in the failure of ‘73, my son was killed in the failure of ‘23.”

One of those apparently being pushed back is Maoz Inon, whose mother and father, ages 75 and 78, were killed by Hamas in their community of Netiv HaAsara. He has been camped out in Jerusalem for the past three weeks, and is joined by a crowd of others for a weekly demonstration.

“It seems like there is someone in the government who is not willing to look the bereaved families in the eye,” Inon said in the statement. “Instead of deterring Hamas, the government is now busy deterring bereaved families. We are not afraid of them, we will continue to demonstrate in front of the Knesset until the government of the country passes into competent hands that care for the citizens.”

NBC News has contacted the Israeli police for comment.

Truce extension for at least 2 days is current expectation, source says

The expectation is that the truce between Israel and Hamas will be extended for at least two additional days, a senior Arab diplomat directly involved in the negotiations told NBC News.

Talks are ongoing in Qatar to secure a new deal beyond tonight's deadline, and allow for the release of more hostages and Palestinian prisoners.

The talks are, of course, fluid and nothing remains finalized.

Israeli soldiers conduct operations within Gaza

IDF soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip during a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, in images released by the Israeli military today.

Israeli soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip
Israel Defense Forces / via Reuters

U.S. military warns Iran over 'unsafe' drone behavior in the Gulf

An Iranian drone "took unsafe and unprofessional actions" yesterday near a U.S. aircraft carrier deployed to the Middle East, the U.S. military has said.

“The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG) was conducting routine flight operations in the international waters of the Central Arabian Gulf when it detected an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The UAV was visually identified as Iranian. Its closest point of approach to IKE was approximately 1,500 yards. Multiple hails and warnings were ignored by Iran," said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

No injuries were reported and no aircraft was damaged, he said in a statement. “This unsafe, unprofessional, and irresponsible behavior by Iran risks U.S. and partner nation lives and needs to cease immediately," he added.

The strike group was the second deployed to the region in a show of support for Israel and deterrence against Iran. This latest incident follows a growing number of attacks by Tehran-backed militant groups against U.S. forces across the region.

Aunt of 12-year-old released hostage says boy was forced to watch Hamas attack videos in captivity

PARIS — The aunt of an Israeli boy who was released as part of the hostage deal on Monday said he was forced to watch videos of the Oct. 7 attack while held captive by Hamas.

Deborah Cohen told French news broadcaster BFM TV that her nephew, Eitan Yahalomi, had experienced “horrors" while in captivity.

She said Yahalomi, 12, was forced to watch "horror films" of the Hamas attack and was beaten when he arrived in Gaza. She also said that each time a child cried, the militants would threaten them with a weapon for them to keep quiet.

NBC News has not independently confirmed Cohen’s claim.

Cohen said after the happiness about her nephew's release, she is now worried about the things he has seen and experienced.

"Lots of psychologists. Lots of love. Lots of hugs," Cohen said, when asked about Eitan's readjustment back into normal life. "Surrounded by family that are there for him. He will feel we are there for him. All the time there for him."


Negotiations underway to keep Israel-Hamas cease-fire in place

TEL AVIV — Time could be running out for more hostage releases, as negotiators — and families of captives — push for an extended deal before tonight's deadline.

In Gaza, people are also hoping the cease-fire will be extended. They're lining up to get what aid is coming in now, before Israeli airstrikes resume. With large parts of the enclave destroyed, many are living in tents as winter sets in.

These talks are being led by Qatar in Doha. The CIA director and the head of Israel's Mossad are involved, with the hope being that these extensions could eventually lead to a longer-term deal.

Presidential envoy for hostage affairs traveling to Israel today

Roger Carstens, special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, is traveling to Israel today to support Secretary of State Antony Blinken's trip to the region and meet with his Israeli counterparts, a senior State Department official said.

He will also visit the families of Americans being held hostage in Gaza.

Newly released images show Gaza hospitals from above

Satellite images captured by Maxar Technologies on Sunday reveal three of the main hospitals in Gaza from above, surrounded by the rubble of destroyed buildings after weeks of intense bombing in the region by Israeli forces.

The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas began Friday, Nov. 24.
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Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City:Indonesian Hospital in Jabaliya, northern Gaza:

The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas began Friday, Nov. 24.
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Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City:

A truce between Israel and Hamas held on November 28, 2023 for a fifth day after the deal was extended to allow further releases of Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners.
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More Gazans could die from disease than bombings, WHO chief says

More people in Gaza could ultimately be killed by disease outbreaks than bombings, the World Health Organization has warned.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on X that more than 1.3 million people are living in overcrowded shelters in Gaza, increasing the risk of disease outbreaks.

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Children sit around a Palestinian woman washing clothes amid the ruins of her family home in Rafah, southern Gaza, on Nov. 7. Said Khatib / AFP - Getty Images

Overcrowding and the lack of basic necessities and access to medication are resulting in a high number of illnesses, he said. More than 110,000 people are suffering from acute respiratory infections, he added, with thousands more suffering from scabies and lice.

“It’s a matter of life or death for civilians," Ghebreyesus said, urging an immediate and sustained cease-fire.

Hamas' biggest fear is 'Israelis and Palestinians living side by side,' Biden says

Biden said Hamas attacked Israel because it fears "nothing more than Israelis and Palestinians living side by side in peace."

"To continue down the path of terror, violence, killing, and war is to give Hamas what they seek," he said in a post on X overnight. "We can’t do that."

The post attracted attention on social media, but appeared to be an extract from an address delivered over the weekend rather than any new statement.

The Biden-Obama divide over how closely to support Israel

WASHINGTON — In the first weeks of the Israel-Hamas war, Biden privately pointed to praise for his unconditional public support of Israel, as well as some initial successes in influencing its government, as vindication of advice he said former President Barack Obama and his closest aides dismissed, according to five people familiar with his comments.

Biden recounted in private that when he was vice president in 2014 and Israel mounted a military assault on Gaza, Obama and his staff rejected his belief, held for decades, that the best way to approach the Israelis is to hug them close but not criticize them, the people familiar with his comments said.

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The president’s private comparisons with his former boss subsided as outrage over rising civilian deaths in Gaza eclipsed the early praise for his approach, according to three of the people familiar with his comments.

But Biden’s confidence in his strategy has not wavered, these people said. If anything, it has hardened, they said, despite his administration’s recalibrated public message urging Israel to minimize civilian casualties and intense pressure for Biden to change course, some of it from members of his own Democratic Party.

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Inside Gaza during the cease-fire

TEL AVIV — The cease-fire in Gaza, which is set to end today, is offering a brief respite from seven weeks of Israeli bombing in response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack. NBC News reports more on the destruction done to the area from the bombardment.

Truce agreement nears its end but both sides discuss a new deal

The truce deal between Israel and Hamas is due to end today, having already been extended for two days after an initial four-day agreement.

But the two sides are in talks for a new extension that could see a broader hostage deal with a larger number of hostages released in exchange for a number of Palestinian prisoners along with a longer humanitarian pause.

CIA Director William Burns is in Qatar for the talks.

Hundreds gather to support family still in captivity, including 2 young boys

TEL AVIV — At what is now known as Hostage Square, just outside the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, a few hundred people gathered tonight to support the Bibas family.

Yarden Bibas and his wife, Shiri, were kidnapped by Hamas from the Nir Oz kibbutz Oct. 7, along with their two boys — 4-year-old Ariel and Kfir, now 10 months old.

“These two young little redheads really got in the hearts of everybody in Israel and also in the entire world,” said Bibas’ sister, Ofri. She called the last seven weeks a “nightmare.”

Yarden, Ariel, Shiri, Kfir Bibas.
Yarden and Shiri Bibas with their children, Ariel and Kfir.Bibas family

The crowd released orange balloons to evoke the boys’ red hair and as a symbol of the liberation the family of four has been denied for the past 53 days.

Some of the attendees, including people from the family's kibbutz, wore T-shirts with a picture of the family. The word “kidnapped” was stamped in bold letters above the photo.

Ofri Bibas hoped the gathering would help push for an extension to the cease-fire, which is due to expire tomorrow, so her family can come home. “It’s like a shot in the chest every time that their names are not in the [hostage release] list,” she said.

Hostages released in southern Gaza overnight

Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters hand over newly released hostages to the Red Cross in Rafah, southern Gaza, overnight.

10 Israeli hostages in Gaza handed over to Red Cross
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