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Israel-Hamas war: Dozens killed in airstrikes on Rafah as 2 hostages are rescued

Israeli forces rescued Fernando Marman and Luis Har early this morning. Officials say the two men were taken to a hospital and are in good condition.

What we know

  • Israeli forces say they rescued two hostages, Fernando Marman and Luis Har, who were being held in the city of Rafah early today. Officials say the men were taken to a hospital and are in good condition. Airstrikes the Israel Defense Forces said were used in the operation to disengage troops and hit Hamas targets killed dozens of people in Gaza, including women and children, Palestinian health officials said.
  • President Joe Biden has been venting his frustration with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his inability to persuade Israel to change its military tactics in Gaza, people directly familiar with his comments have said.
  • Biden is sending CIA Director William Burns to Egypt tomorrow to continue talks on a hostage release deal, which would include a humanitarian pause and a better plan for humanitarian assistance to get into Gaza.
  • More than 28,000 people have been killed in Gaza since the war began, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. More than 67,700 have been injured, and thousands more are missing and presumed dead.
  • Israeli military officials said at least 224 soldiers have been killed during the ground invasion of Gaza.
  • NBC News’ Raf Sanchez, Matt Bradley, Molly Hunter and Chantal Da Silva are reporting from the region.
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