A senior Israeli official told CNN there will be "no ceasefire" in Gaza as the United States and Qatar work to free more than 200 hostages held by Hamas in the besieged enclave.
The official told CNN they were "not aware" of US calls for a delay to Israel's expected Gaza ground operation, and said both Israel and the US want all the hostages released "as quickly as possible."
"Humanitarian efforts cannot be allowed to impact the mission to dismantle Hamas," the official said.
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- Deadly clash: An Israel Defense Forces soldier was killed and three others were wounded during a raid as part of preparations for a Gaza ground operation, an IDF spokesperson said Sunday. Earlier, Hamas said its fighters had destroyed two Israeli military bulldozers and a tank in an ambush inside Gaza, in what appears to be one of the war's first skirmishes between the two sides on the ground inside the strip. Meanwhile, the IDF says it is stepping up its airstrikes on the enclave, and once again called for civilians to leave northern parts of the strip.
- "Bloody day" for hospitals: The death toll in Gaza since October 7 has risen to 4,651 with more than 14,245 wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza. Doctors at the Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in central Gaza said they endured a "bloody day," overwhelmed by the number of casualties from a flurry of Israeli airstrikes. Some parents in Gaza have resorted to writing their children's names on their legs to help identify them, should either they or the children be killed, according to videos filmed by a journalist working for CNN. And at the strip's main medical facility, the Al-Shifa Hospital, doctors have been forced to reduce the duration of dialysis sessions for hundreds of kidney patients as electricity and fuel supplies dwindle, the health ministry said.
- Aid trickles in: A CNN journalist observed at least 14 humanitarian relief trucks, sponsored by the Egyptian Red Crescent and the United Nations, entering Gaza from Egypt through the Rafah crossing on Sunday evening. The food and medicine was then transferred to a second set of vehicles on the Palestinian side of the crossing to complete the journey to a UN agency's site. Aid workers in Gaza — which is under a "complete siege" by Israel and running critically low on basic resources — said the two convoys that arrived this weekend will help, but only barely start to address needs across the densely populated strip.
- West Bank airstrike: The Israeli military said it launched an airstrike early Sunday against a mosque in the West Bank city of Jenin to thwart what it called "an imminent terror attack." Three people died in the strike, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The target was located within a refugee camp, and the Palestinian foreign ministry said it views the rare strike as a “dangerous escalation” of recent violence in the occupied territory.