Israel repels Hamas infiltration from the sea

Israel said it had foiled a Hamas incursion near Gaza a day after the release of two more hostages, one of whom described his ordeal.

Diplomacy: President Biden spoke with the Saudi crown prince about efforts to contain the conflict, while United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the need to protect civilians.

Fighting: Israel said it had repelled a seaborne incursion by Hamas militants into Israeli territory north of Gaza. Israeli jets hit a military base where the militants were.

Hostages: A hostage released by Hamas explained why she went to hell and shook her captor’s hand. According to Israel, more than 200 hostages continue to be held in the enclave.

Casualties: Hamas officials put the Palestinian death toll in Gaza at more than 5,700. This figure could not be independently verified. More than 1,400 dead in Israel in Hamas attack that sparked war; More than 300 members of the Israel Defense Forces were killed in the October 7 attack.

Humanitarian Crisis: A UN aid agency in Gaza said it would be forced to close by Wednesday night if more aid, including fuel, did not arrive.

Pro-Iran Militants: Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned that Washington would act “swiftly and decisively” if Tehran or its proxy forces attacked US personnel.

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