Hundreds were killed and many more displaced after airstrikes on a Gaza hospital reportedly killed nearly 500 people on Tuesday, as the conflict between Israel and Palestine continues to escalate and both sides step up their offensives. The horrific attacks drew worldwide condemnation, with Palestinian authorities blaming Israel’s brutal retaliation for the attacks and Israel blaming Hamas for the barrage. The brutal attack took place as US President Joseph Biden was on his way to Israel. The US president said he was “outraged and deeply saddened by the explosion” at the hospital and the loss of life.
Here are the LIVE updates on the Israel-Palestine conflict:
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The US State Department has increased its travel warning to Lebanon to “do not travel,” citing the security situation related to missile, rocket and artillery exchanges between Israel and Hezbollah. The State Department authorized the voluntary, temporary departure of family members of U.S. government personnel and some non-aid workers from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut due to the unpredictable security situation in Lebanon.
Israeli-Palestinian conflict live: More than 500 killed in Gaza hospital attack: report
Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra told Reuters on Wednesday that hundreds were killed and rescuers were still pulling bodies from the rubble. In the first hours after the blast, a Gaza civil defense chief said 300 people were killed, while Health Ministry sources put the number at 500.