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Palestinian health officials in the Gaza Strip said Israeli attacks overnight on Tuesday killed at least 11 people, including a family of three in the built-up Bureij refugee camp and eight police officers in the central city of Deir al-Balah. In the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army said on Tuesday it had killed two Palestinians who it claimed were trying to carry out a shooting attack on Israeli communities.

A proposed ceasefire announced by US President Joe Biden has left Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a crossroads. The proposal offers the potential to end Israel’s war against Hamas, return dozens of hostages held by the militant group, calm its northern border with Lebanon and potentially advance a historic deal to ease ties with Saudi Arabia to normalize.

Israeli bombing and ground operations in Gaza have killed more than 36,000 Palestinians, according to the Health Ministry, which makes no distinction between fighters and civilians. The growing Israeli offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah has largely cut off the flow of food, medicine and other supplies to Palestinians facing widespread hunger.

Israel launched the war in Gaza after Hamas’s attack on October 7, in which militants stormed into southern Israel, killing about 1,200 people – mostly civilians – and kidnapping about 250. The Israeli military confirmed on Monday the deaths of four more hostages held by Hamas. About 80 hostages captured on October 7 are believed to still be alive in Gaza, along with the remains of 43 others.

Currently:

– The US urges the UN Security Council to support the ceasefire plan in Gaza announced by President Biden.

– The proposed Gaza ceasefire puts Netanyahu at a crossroads that could shape his legacy.

– Iran’s acting top diplomat rejects the US’s proposed ceasefire deal in Gaza during a visit to Lebanon.

– Palestinian officials apply to join the highest UN court in the South African case accusing Israel of genocide.

– Israeli airstrikes near Syria’s Aleppo kill several people, including an Iranian adviser, reports say.

– Israel declares four hostages still dead in Gaza.

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Here’s the latest:

ISRAELI STRIKES KILL 11 PALESTINIANS IN GAZA STRIP

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip — Palestinian health officials in the Gaza Strip said Israeli strikes overnight into Tuesday killed at least 11 people, including a family of three and eight police officers.

An attack on a house in the built-up Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza late Monday killed two parents and their young daughter, while a second attack early Tuesday hit a police vehicle in the central city of Deir al-Balah, killing eight officers were killed. the Hamas-led Ministry of the Interior.

An Associated Press journalist counted the bodies when they arrived at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah on Tuesday and confirmed the details with hospital records.

Israel says it is trying to prevent harm to civilians and blames Hamas for their deaths as the militant group places fighters, underground tunnels and rocket launchers in densely populated residential areas. The military rarely comments on individual attacks.

President Joe Biden has detailed an Israeli ceasefire plan that the sides were considering.

The war, sparked by the Hamas attack on October 7, has killed more than 36,000 Palestinians, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and non-combatants in its figures. Many of the dead were women and children, the ministry said.

BRUSH FIRES SIGNED BY FIGHTING WITH HEZBOLLAH INJURED 6 SOLDIERS, ISRAELI ARMY SAYS

TEL AVIV, Israel – The Israeli army said Tuesday that six soldiers were slightly injured in a forest fire in the north of the country, sparked by fighting with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

According to Israeli army radio, the fire, which has been raging since Sunday, was largely under control on Tuesday. The Israeli army said it had sent reserve soldiers and equipment to help Israel’s fire and rescue services extinguish the blaze.

Fighting-related fires have occurred sporadically in recent weeks, but this week’s blaze was more widespread and appeared to cause more damage. Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority said about 10,000 dunams (2,500 acres) in northern Israel were burned this week as a result of the forest fires.

Significant damage has been caused to several nature reserves and parks, which will take years to repair, the Nature and Parks Authority said. In total, nearly 40,000 dunams (9,900 acres) have been burned in multiple forest fires since late May, many of which were started by rocket and other projectile fire launched by Hezbollah, the authority said.

Sharon Levy, director of the Golan region at the Nature and Parks Authority, said the dry summer season worsened the fires.

Hezbollah began launching rockets into Israel a day after the war in Gaza broke out with Hamas’ attack on southern Israel on October 7. Since then, Israel and Hezbollah have exchanged daily fire and violence that has brought the region to the brink of a wider war.

2 PALESTINIANS ARE KILLED IN THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK

TEL AVIV, Israel — The Israeli army said Tuesday it has killed two Palestinians who it said tried to carry out a shooting attack on Israeli communities from the occupied West Bank.

The military said the two approached the West Bank separation wall and were killed by Israeli forces. The military provided a photo of a rifle the men were expected to use to carry out the alleged attack.

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the deaths and said they occurred near the town of Tulkarem.

Residents of Israeli communities just outside the West Bank have reported an increase in shootings from the occupied Palestinian territory in recent days.

A wave of violence has gripped the West Bank since the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza began in October. Israel is cracking down on militancy in the West Bank, which has killed more than 500 people since the war began, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Many of them were killed fighting with the army or throwing stones at troops. Others not involved in the clashes have also been killed.