Hamas chief accuses Israel of 'sabotaging' truce talks after Gaza hospital raid

Hamas's Qatar-based chief Ismail Haniyeh accused Israel on Tuesday of sabotaging ceasefire talks after its raid on Gaza's largest hospital, Al-Shifa, which Israel alleges is being used for military purposes. The UN's human rights chief earlier warned that Israel's severe restrictions on aid into the Gaza Strip and its ongoing bombardment of the Palestinian territory could mean it is using starvation as a "method of war". Read our blog to see how the day's events unfolded.

Israel killed Hamas's third-in-command Marwan Issa last week, the White House said Monday, after Israel previously said he had been targeted in a Gaza airstrike but did not confirm his death.

Israeli forces launched another raid early Monday on the Al-Shifa hospital in northern Gaza, where tens of thousands of people have been sheltering. World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus voiced concern over the raid, noting “hospitals should never be battlegrounds”. Israel on Monday blocked UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini from entering Gaza in what Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called “an unprecedented move”. The Integrated Food-Security Phase Classification, whose assessments are relied on by UN agencies, said 70% of people in parts of northern Gaza were suffering the most severe level of food shortage, more than triple the 20% threshold to be considered famine.
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