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Israel’s military released security camera footage Sunday it said showed hostages being brought into Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on October 7 after being kidnapped during Hamas’s attacks on southern Israel. Al-Shifa hospital has become a focal point for Israel’s subsequent military operations in the Gaza Strip, with the army saying Hamas uses it as a base. The militants and medical staff have denied these claims.Follow our live blog. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

A screen grab of a video released by the Israeli army on November 19, 2023 shows security camera footage of what they say were the Islamic militants of Hamas bringing in a hostage from Israel into the Shifa hospital on the day of the October 7 attack. © Israeli Defence Forces via Reuters

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Key Developments from Saturday, November 18:

  • The Israeli military on Sunday said it had uncovered a tunnel under Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital that stretched 55-metres beneath the war-torn complex where troops have been conducting a major operation
  • deal to free hostages seized by Hamas in its October 7 attack on Israel now hinges on “minor” practical issues, Qatar’s prime minister said Sunday. 
  • Thirty-one premature babies were evacuated from Gaza’s biggest hospital Sunday, the World Health Organization said, seeking to get the last patients and staff out of what it has dubbed a “death zone“.
  • At least 13,000 Palestinians, including at least 5,500 children, have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza since October 7, the government media office in the Hamas-controlled enclave said on Saturday.
  • Some 1,200 people have been killed in Israel, mostly during the initial attack by Hamas, and around 240 were taken captive by militants. 

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(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)

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