Humanitarian crisis worsens in Gaza as Israel-Hamas fighting intensifies: Live updates

2:54 p.m. ET, December 6, 2023

Israeli forces have breached Hamas “defense lines” in Khan Younis in southern Gaza, IDF spokesperson says

Israeli forces have breached Hamas “defense lines” in Khan Younis in southern Gaza, where the military has been involved in a fierce battle with Hamas militants since Tuesday, an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said on Wednesday.  

“Over the last 48 hours, these three divisions (98, 36, 162) along with another division in the east, are fighting with high intensity against terrorists. We have breached the defense lines of Jabalya, Shuja’iyya and the Khan Younis area,” Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said during his daily press conference.  

It comes after the IDF said the Israeli military has begun carrying out raids against “Hamas strongholds” in the center of Khan Younis, the territory’s second-largest city.  

Within a few hours after the IDF forces surrounded the city, “the soldiers pierced through the defensive lines of the Khan Younis Brigade, encircling it and for the first time began to operate in the heart of the area,” the military said.  

The Khan Younis Brigade is one of the two most significant brigades of Hamas, according to the Israeli military.  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier on Wednesday said that the IDF forces have encircled the house of Hamas’ leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar. The IDF would not say where it believes Sinwar is, but that he was “underground.” Sinwar is originally from Khan Younis but it is unclear if he is currently there.

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