Hamas’ al-Qassam military wing claimed on Thursday that Israeli airstrikes killed nearly 50 hostages.
“Al-Qassam Brigades estimates that the number of Zionist prisoners killed in the Gaza Strip as a result of Zionist bombing and massacres has reached approximately 50 people,” the group said on its Telegram channel.
However, they did not provide further details about the death of the hostages.
The Pentagon said on Thursday that around 900 US troops were or are deployed to the Middle East amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. A Pentagon spokesman did not reveal the specific locations of their deployment, however, he assured that these soldiers are not headed to Israel, but to support regional deterrence efforts and also to further strengthen the protection capabilities of US forces.
“I can confirm that approximately 900 troops have subsequently deployed or are in the process of deploying to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility since our initial status of forces announcement, which includes forces that have been prepared to deploy orders and are being deployed from the continent. United States,” Brigadier General Pat Ryder said at a news conference.
5 people were reportedly injured after a rocket crashed in an Egyptian town near the Israeli border. “As part of the current escalation in Gaza, a rocket crashed in Taba, injuring five people and damaging a residential building,” a local news channel reported.
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