Good morning and welcome to The Telegraph’s daily live blog of the war in Gaza. Follow along as we bring you all of the latest updates from overnight and throughout the day. First up this morning:
IDF hints at moving into south Gaza
Israel has warned that it could continue its ground incursion into south Gaza, where hundreds of thousands of people have fled, as the north of the territory is now mostly under its control.
The Israeli military dropped leaflets over areas of Khan Yunis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, asking civilians to evacuate their homes and seek shelter elsewhere.
“We’re asking people to relocate. I know it’s not easy for many of them, but we don’t want to see civilians caught up in the crossfire,” Mark Regev, an aide to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told MSNBC in an interview overnight.
With shelters overflowing with the displaced, it is not clear where civilians in Khan Yunis can flee. “We’re asking them to move to an area where hopefully there will be tents and a field hospital,” suggesting they should move toward the Egyptian border.
The fresh warnings come as the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said that the death toll has risen to above 12,000 since Israel’s war in the enclave began.
The south of Gaza is in the grips of a humanitarian catastrophe, aid agencies and the UN report.
The population has doubled since the Israeli military invasion of the north, leaving food, water, and the basic essentials for survival, hard to find as winter sets in.