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The Israeli army says it's completed the encirclement of Gaza City despite fierce resistance from Hamas fighters.
The IDF said soldiers were engaged in close quarters combat with Hamas fighters staging hit and run attacks from underground tunnels.
John Donathan is in Jerusalem.
Speaking after meeting Israeli soldiers, Benjamin Netanyahu said his country was at the height of the battle.
He said the ground offensive had advanced past the outskirts of Gaza City.
Later, an Israeli military spokesperson Daniel Hogarry said the city had been completely encircled.
And almost 4 weeks after Hamas's uNPRecedented cross border attacks, Israel's bombardment from the air shows no sign of abating.
In the North of Gaza, Jabalia was once again targeted with air strikes close to a UN school, where thousands of people are seeking shelter.
El Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza in the supposed safe zone was also bombed.
President Biden says more than 70 American passport holders were among the dozens of foreign nationals able to leave Gaza through the Rafah Crossing on Thursday.
It's not yet known whether more seriously ill and wounded Palestinians were again evacuated after the border gates were opened on Wednesday.
Medical workers say twenty thousand wounded remain trapped in Gaza.
The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of sending more than $14 billion of security aid to Israel.
But the republican control chambers separated the funding from a wider bill linking it with assistance to Ukraine.
That means the legislation is unlikely to pass in the Senate.
From Washington, here's Gario Donoghue.
House republicans led by their new speaker Mike Johnson are increasingly skeptical about sending money to Ukraine, which is why they are trying to separate it from money for Israel.
The problem is that a number of republicans in the Senate do not agree with them.
So the chances of this plan passing the Senate, which it has to become law are close to nil.
Joe Biden has also said he'd veto such a plan if it reached his desk.
Relatives of the jailed Iranian rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Narges Mohammadi say she is being denied urgently needed medical treatment for refusing to wear a hijab.
Abigail Moosly reports.
Narges Mohammadi is currently serving a sentence of more than 10 years for offenses including spreading propaganda against the state.
Her family say she's suffering from serious heart and lung conditions.
But they say she's been told she won't be transferred to hospital, or even to the prison infirmary unless she puts on the head scarf which is compulsory for women in public spaces in Iran.
The 51-year-old has said she won't wear the garment under any circumstances describing it as a means of repression and control.
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