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Israel Defense Forces shift focus to tunnels beneath Gaza Strip

Israeli military has increasingly been focusing on the extensive labyrinth of underground tunnels that spans swathes of territory beneath northern Gaza. Used for both travel and shelter, the tunnels offer Hamas a strategic advantage to shield and ambush Israeli ground infantry, as well as move and store weapons and explosives.

Israel claims it has previously uncovered tunnels under civilian sites including the al-Shifa hospital — which CNBC has not been able to independently confirm.

On Tuesday, Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Daniel Hagari released further images and video footage, allegedly depicting the location of tunnel shafts near a Ferris wheel and university, according to a Google translation. CNBC could not verify the pictures.

Ruxandra Iordache

Israeli military says it is carrying out ‘significant military activity’ in Gaza City

The Israel Defense Forces are undertaking “significant military activity” in and around the embattled Gaza City, which it calls a “center of gravity” of Palestinian militant group Hamas, according to a spokesperson.

“Tonight there’s significant military activity in the northern part of Gaza City, we’re striking a few strongholds in Shati, which is a known stronghold, and we continue to fight in Jabalia, and we’re targeting Hamas wherever they are deployed,” IDF spokesperson Jonathan Conricus said in a TV conversation with the StandWithUS pro-Israel nonprofit organization.

“Our troops are in various locations engaging with the enemy, and I’m talking about infantry, armor, combat engineers, artillery, logistics, intelligence, that are all working together on the ground and below ground and going to the places where Hamas has been preparing itself.”

The IDF has been building positions around Gaza City and offering limited evacuation windows out of it since the weekend — stoking fears that the military is preparing to storm the site.

Ruxandra Iordache

Israeli military likely to allow another limited-time evacuation window out of Gaza City

An Israeli military spokesperson signaled it is likely that the limited windows during which Israel stops shelling Gaza City to allow humanitarian evacuations will continue.

“Without committing to it, I can anticipate that tomorrow again we will open this humanitarian corridor,” Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Jonathan Conricus said in a TV interview with CNN, which was published overnight. The IDF say they have been interrupting fire to allow evacuations for limited stretches of time on multiple occasions since the weekend.

“It definitely serves the strategic aim of what we want to achieve: we want to fight Hamas and Hamas only. The civilians are not our enemy,” Conricus said.

Expectations have been mounting that the next phase of Israel’s campaign will be a ground offensive focused on taking Gaza City and the underground spiderweb of Hamas tunnels woven beneath.

International pressure has ramped up on Israel to avoid harming civilians throughout its retaliatory strikes. Israel says it is only outright targeting Hamas operatives and positions.

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Doctors Without Borders team member killed in strike on refugee camp

Doctors Without Borders reported the death of Mohammed Al Ahel, a laboratory technician for the organization in Gaza, on Nov. 6, during a bombing in the Shati refugee camp. Several members of his family also died in the bombing.

The international charity said Al Ahel had worked with them for more than two years and was at his home when the area was bombed and his building collapsed.

“Our repeated calls for an immediate ceasefire have gone unanswered,” the charity said in a statement Tuesday. “But we insist that a ceasefire is the only way to prevent more senseless deaths across Gaza and allow adequate humanitarian aid into the Strip.”

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White House says it does not support Israel re-occupying Gaza after war

National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 31, 2023.

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The White House on Tuesday reiterated that President Joe Biden does not support an Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip once the war ends.

Asked about Netanyahu’s comments, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said he would leave it to Netanyahu to clarify what he means by having “indefinite” control of Gaza’s security.

“There needs to be a healthy set of conversations about what post conflict Gaza looks like and what governance looks like,” Kirby told reporters.

“What we absolutely agree with our Israeli counterparts on is what it can’t look like, and it can’t look like it looked on October 6.”

Biden previously said it would be a “mistake” for Israel to occupy Gaza.

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Israeli army arrested prominent 22-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi during a raid in the occupied West Bank.

Nariman Tamimi, mother of detained Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, holds a painting of her daughter as she sits in their family home in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli army said on Nov. 6 it had arrested the prominent 22-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi during a raid in the occupied West Bank.

Nariman Tamimi, mother of detained Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, holds a framed painting depicting her daughter as she sits in their family home in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank on November 6, 2023. 

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Nariman Tamimi, mother of detained Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, holds a framed painting depicting her daughter as she sits in their family home in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank on November 6, 2023. 

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TOPSHOT – Nariman Tamimi, mother of detained Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, holds a framed painting depicting her daughter as she sits in their family home in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank on November 6, 2023. The Israeli army said on November 6 it had arrested the prominent 22-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi during a raid in the occupied West Bank. (Photo by Jaafar ASHTIYEH / AFP) (Photo by JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images)

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Biden discusses temporary pauses in fighting with Netanyahu

U.S. President Joe Biden attends a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as he visits Israel amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel, October 18, 2023. 

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The White House said President Joe Biden discussed implementing temporary pauses in fighting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in order to create an opportunity for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza.

The pause in the conflict would also give people who want to leave Gaza through the Rafah border crossing an opportunity to do so.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters at the White House that the Biden administration plans to “keep the dialogue going.”

— Amanda Macias

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