Photos: Intensified Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza amid growing signs of peace | Israel-Palestine conflict news
Israel has kept up its relentless bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip amid growing signs that a truce between Israel and Hamas is making progress.
In Khan Younis, a city in southern Gaza where hundreds of thousands of northern residents have fled to escape Israeli bombardment, neighbors said on Tuesday that a night strike had apartment has killed seven people, mostly children.
In Jabalia in the northern part of the Gaza Strip and in Rafah in the south, Tuesday morning brought tragic scenes of adults and children wounded in bombs being brought into overcrowded hospitals.
The Hamas government press office said there was a communications blackout in Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip after an Israeli strike hit telecommunications towers.
Israel has been under siege from Gaza since October 7 after Hamas fighters carried out attacks that day in southern Israel, killing 1,200 people and taking around 240 hostages, according to Israeli officials. .
More than 14,000 people have been killed in the Israeli air and ground attack on Gaza, including 5,600 children, according to Palestinian officials.
The head of Hamas said that a peace truce with Israel was close to being completed, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped for good news soon about the prisoners in Gaza. The statements were the most hopeful signs so far of a deal to end the war in Gaza and free prisoners.
US President Joe Biden told reporters that an agreement to release some of the people held by Hamas was close. “My team in the area moves between capitals. We are very close now, very close to bringing some of these guards home very soon,” he said.