Despite ongoing efforts to reach an agreement between Israel, the United States, and Hamas, the White House has denied reports of an impending deal. Meanwhile, Israeli bombings on Gaza continue to result in Palestinian casualties. The IDF is actively expanding its operations in Gaza while the UN reports attacks on schools that are being used as refuges for displaced people. The WHO is preparing to evacuate wounded and staff members from the al-Shifa hospital, which has been the site of violent fighting.
President Joe Biden has ordered sanctions and visa bans against extremist Israeli settlers in the West Bank amidst widespread reports of violence and turmoil in the region. An agreement for the release of hostages from Gaza has been proposed but has not yet materialized. Despite a potential five-day cessation of hostilities, Israel has ruled out a complete ceasefire with Hamas. The situation remains tense and uncertain as efforts continue to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict.