Israel offensive presses deeper into Gaza as tank seen on key road

International reported that: Israeli armoured vehicles have been seen on Gaza’s main north-south road, close to Gaza City, as Israel continues expanding its ground offensive.

The Israeli military say they won’t comment on the location of their forces, but earlier said troops had killed “dozens of terrorists” during overnight clashes.

Meanwhile, “hundreds and hundreds” of patients are stuck in hospitals in northern Gaza, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees says.

Doctors say Israel told staff to evacuate Al-Quds hospital in Gaza City on Sunday but that moving patients – many of whom are in intensive care – is impossible.

Elsewhere, Shani Louk, a 22-year-old Israeli-German woman who went missing when Hamas stormed a music festival on 7 October, has been confirmed dead by her family.

UK PM Rishi Sunak chaired an emergency Cobra meeting on the conflict, and expressed concern at a rise in antisemitic and anti-Muslim incidents in the UK.

Israel has been bombing Gaza since the 7 October Hamas attacks that killed 1,400 people and saw at least 239 people kidnapped as hostages.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says more than 8,000 people have been killed since Israel’s retaliatory bombing began.