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Gaza cut in two, IDF says as pressure grows for pause

IDF says it captured Hamas compound, hit 450 targets in Gaza

The Israeli military said it took control of a Hamas military compound in the Gaza Strip that had observation posts, training areas and tunnels.

In a post on social media this morning, the Israel Defense Forces said its jets also struck 450 targets inside Gaza in the past day and killed Hamas militants including Jamal Mussa, who it said was responsible for Hamas’ “special security operations.”

It said Mussa had carried out a shooting on IDF soldiers patrolling the Gaza strip in 1993.

NBC News has not independently verified the claims.

CIA director to meet Middle East leaders about Israel-Hamas war

CIA Director William Burns arrived in Israel today on a trip that focuses on talks with political leaders and intelligence counterparts across the Middle East, a U.S. official said.

“They will discuss issues of mutual concern, including the situation in Gaza, support for hostage negotiations and the U.S. commitment to continuing to deter state and nonstate actors from widening the conflict between Israel and Hamas,” the official said.

He “will reinforce our commitment to intelligence cooperation, especially in areas such as counterterrorism and security,” the official said. 

The CIA declined to comment.

The trip comes as Blinken made a surprise visit to the occupied West Bank, Iraq and Turkey.

Search for survivors in Khan Younis

A man searches through the rubble of a destroyed building in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip this morning.

Death Toll In Gaza Surpasses 9,000, Gazan Officials Say, As Israel Expands Ground Offensive
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