Israel Defense Forces confirmed Thursday that its military operations at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza are ongoing, after the Palestinian National Authority's official press agency said forces had raided the medical facility for the second time in 24 hours.
The IDF said it found Hamas grenades and assault rifles inside the hospital, although CNBC has not been able to verify the claims. The military also said on Thursday night that "IDF troops had found an operational tunnel shaft and a vehicle containing a large number of weapons" inside the Al-Shifa Hospital.
Hamas rejected accusations that it has been using the hospital for military purposes, describing the claims as nothing but "lies and cheap propaganda."
The director of the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza said that the hospital had effectively shut down and about 45 patients who need surgery had been left in the reception area.
All telecom services in the Gaza Strip went down Thursday as the remaining energy sources sustaining the network ran out, Gaza's main telecommunications companies Paltel and Jawwal said
Meanwhile, Israel's President Isaac Herzog warned that a "very strong force" will be needed in Gaza in the near future, as the country seeks to avoid a return to power of the militant group Hamas.
Herzog, who has no executive powers, told the FT: "If we pull back, then who will take over? We can't leave a vacuum ... No one will want to turn this place, Gaza, into a terror base again."
Syria shoots down Israeli missiles over Damascus surroundings, Syrian army says
Syria shot down Israeli missiles fired from the Golan Heights towards the surroundings of the capital Damascus in the early hours of Friday, the Syrian army said.
Most of the Israeli missiles were intercepted but some caused material damage, the army said in a statement.
The Israeli military declined comment.
Last week, Israel's military said an organization in Syria launched a drone that hit a school in the southern Israeli city of Eilat and that it struck the group in response.
There have been a spate of attacks in the region since Oct. 7, when Palestinian Hamas militants attacked Israel and Israel retaliated.
On Nov. 8, Syria also said Israel had carried out an aerial attack targeting military sites in southern Syria as the Hamas-Israel conflict led to an increase in tit-for-tat attacks.
IBM halts advertising on X following report on ads running alongside antisemitic content
IBM has paused advertising on X after a report found that the tech company's ads were placed next to antisemitic content on the platform formerly known as Twitter.