We have a post here on two more hostages released. also……
US sending more anti-missile units to Israel….
Palestinian’s report several thousand dead from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza …
Under HUGE International pressure….
It appears that Israel may NOT actually move into GAZA on the ground after-all?…..
There is also HUGE pressure to allow more humanitarian aid for those in Gaza….
It’s already been over two weeks and Israeli military causalities would be expected as well as the lives of the 200 hostages still being held?
(How long can the Israeli economy run with 300, 000 people in uniform and a LOT as citizen soliders?)
Will Hezbollah NOT get involved?
The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said more than 5,700 people, nearly half of them children, had been killed since Israel began its response to the Oct. 7 attack, a figure that cannot be independently verified.
Here is what else to know:
One of the two Hamas hostages released on Monday, Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, told reporters in Tel Aviv that she had “gone through hell.” The other released hostage was identified by Israel as Nurit Cooper, 79. Last week, Hamas set free an Israeli-American mother and her daughter, but it and other groups are believed to still be holding about 220 people captured during the Oct. 7 raid.
Six hospitals across the Gaza Strip have had to shut down because they are out of fuel, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. While some aid convoys have made it into Gaza, humanitarian groups have called for fuel to be added to the food, water and medicine being sent in. But Israel has balked at deliveries of fuel because it says Hamas could use it for military purposes.
Israeli military officials say they are well prepared for a ground assault in Gaza, but it remains unclear when and if such an invasion will occur. American officials have said Israel’s military is not yet ready with a plan for a successful invasion, and have also urged Israel to give more time for hostage negotiations and aid deliveries.
The U.S. secretary of state, Antony J. Blinken, told the Security Council that the White House supported humanitarian pauses to allow aid to reach Gaza and civilians to evacuate. He also urged council members to use their influence to prevent Iran from spreading the war to additional fronts in the region, given its support of Hamas, Hezbollah, and other militia groups. At least 33 Americans were among the victims of the Oct. 7 attacks, he said….