By early morning, Israeli jets had resumed bombing Gaza, as they had done for weeks in the wake of the Hamas attack inside Israel on 7 October that killed 1,200 people and saw around 240 others taken hostage. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government "is committed to achieving the goals of the war: releasing the hostages [and] eliminating Hamas."
Health officials in Hamas-run Gaza said that more than 100 people were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Friday, adding to a total the territory's health ministry says sits at more than 14,000 people. Israel’s military announced that it was dividing the entirety of Gaza into dozens of numbered blocks as a prelude, it said, to demanding targeted local evacuations in the crowded south of the strip before planned bombing. Leaflets were dropped over Gaza relaying this.
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