Palestinian wounded in Israeli bombardment is brought to a hospital in Deir Al-Balah, south of the Gaza Strip, Oct. 25, 2023.

Israeli Airstrikes Target Hamas Sites in Gaza, Military Sites in Syria

  • Hezbollah leader hosts talks with Hamas, Islamic Jihad senior leaders.
  • U.S. rejects calls for immediate cease-fire, saying that would only benefit Hamas.
  • More than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed, mostly civilians in the initial Hamas attack on October 7.
  • Palestinian death toll in Gaza had reached at least 6,546 people, the majority women and children.

The Israeli military said Wednesday it carried out airstrikes targeting Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip, as well as strikes against military sites in Syria.

The military said the targets of the Gaza strikes included Hamas tunnels, munitions warehouses and missile launching stations.

Syrian state media said Israeli attacks killed eight Syrian soldiers and wounded seven others in Daraa province.

Israel’s military said its jets conducted the strikes in response to rockets being launched from Syria toward Israel.

Palestinians pull a boy from the rubble after an Israeli strike on the Zaroub family house in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Oct. 24, 2023.

Israel has warned Iran-backed Hezbollah militants in Lebanon not to join the war.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah hosted senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders for talks Wednesday. A statement said the leaders discussed what to do to achieve victory “for the resistance in Gaza.”

Meanwhile, the U.N. Palestinian refugee relief agency has warned that if it does not receive urgent shipments of fuel, it could be forced to halt its operations in Gaza as early as Wednesday.

Several rounds of aid deliveries have reached Gaza from Egypt this week, but officials described the quantity as vastly insufficient to meet the needs of the Palestinians living with dire shortages of food, water, medicine. The deliveries have not included any fuel.

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