[Live] Gaza Strip: The city of Khan Younes bombed and encircled by Israel

The Israeli army on Wednesday (December 6th) surrounded the large city of Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip, where some of the most intense fighting in the two-month war against Hamas is raging.

A woman mourns her child and husband killed in an Israeli army bombardment of the Gaza Strip, at Khan Younes Hospital, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023. AP - Fatima Shbair

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Key takeaways:

■ The truce in Gaza collapsed on Friday morning, December 1.

■ The Israeli army has shifted its offensive to the southern half of the territory. Dozens of Israeli tanks, personnel carriers and bulldozers entered this part of Gaza, near the major city of Khan Younes, close to the border with Egypt. Nasser Hospital, the largest in Khan Younes, received dozens of wounded people on Tuesday morning.

■ Qatar calls on UN Security Council to force Israel back to the negotiating table on the Gaza war.

■ "An even more hellish scenario is about to unfold that humanitarian operations may not be able to respond to," said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian Territories.

About 16,250 Palestinians, 70 percent of them women and children, have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza since October 7, according to the Hamas government. More than 42,000 Palestinians have been injured. Since 7 October, more than 1,200 Israelis have been killed.

■ During the truce, 110 hostages — 86 Israelis and 24 foreigners — were freed by Hamas, according to Israel's count. For its part, Israel has released 240 Palestinian prisoners;138 hostages remain in Gaza City, according to Israel.

Information given in Universal Time (UTC), click here to update

5:10 a.m.: "We all had hope when we left that it would be for one or two weeks," say refugees in Lebanon

In Lebanon, a soldier was killed on Tuesday (December 5th) in an Israeli bombing raid on a Lebanese military post on the border. The Lebanese army has not taken part in the fighting that has been going on for almost two months between the Israeli military and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. The fighting has emptied the border villages: more than 50,000 inhabitants have fled their homes in the south of the country. A difficult move, due to the severe economic crisis. Some have found refuge thanks to the spirit of solidarity of the villages. Report.

Read hereRefugees in Lebanon: "We all had hope when we left that it would be for one or two weeks"

5:00 a.m.: David Cameron in the US to talk Ukraine and Gaza

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron begins his first trip to the United States since his appointment to the post on Wednesday in Washington, to discuss humanitarian support for Ukraine and Gaza with his US counterpart Antony Blinken. The visit comes at a time when Democratic US President Joe Biden's pledge to continue supporting Kyiv financially is in jeopardy due to the lack of a budget deal with the Republican opposition. The former British prime minister will "reaffirm both the strength of the UK's relationship with its closest strategic ally and our unwavering support for Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression," according to a statement from the British Foreign Office. Before the visit, David Cameron announced £37 million (€43 million) in humanitarian support for Ukraine. He is also expected to discuss the provision of humanitarian aid "to those affected by the conflict in Gaza" and how London and Washington can "work to enable a long-term two-state solution that allows both Israelis and Palestinians to live together in peace."

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