US President Joe Biden will visit Israel on Wednesday to be briefed on its plans for war against Hamas militants. Biden will hear from Israel how it will conduct its operations in a way that “minimises civilian casualties”, the US says. Hamas says it fired a “barrage of rockets” at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv – with sirens sending lawmakers to bomb shelters. UN aid chief Martin Griffiths says the health system and hospitals in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip are “collapsing”.
The Rafah crossing from Egypt into Gaza has been hit by an air strike – the extent of the damage is unclear. Israel’s military has updated the number of people it believes are being held hostage in Gaza – up from 155 to 199. Rishi Sunak says at least six British people were among those killed by the initial Hamas attack, and 10 remain missing.
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