Fighting erupts around northern Gaza’s Indonesian Hospital
Heavy fighting and strikes erupted this morning around another medical facility in northern Gaza, Palestinian authorities and eyewitnesses have reported.
At least 12 people were killed at the Indonesian Hospital, the Gaza health ministry said on Telegram, saying Israeli forces have put thousands of patients and medical staff “in the circle of death.”
Bombings and gunfire were heard overnight and this morning in the vicinity of the hospital, videos geolocated by NBC News showed, with one building appearing to be on fire.
NBC News has not verified the claimed death toll and has reached out to the Israel Defense Forces for comment.
An inside look at U.S. drone operations amid search for hostages
Since Oct. 7, unarmed U.S. drones have been flying above Gaza. They are using cameras to search for more than 200 hostages who were taken into the enclave by Hamas over a month ago.
Col. Nicholas Pederson told NBC News he thinks the Air Force’s work “could play a critical role if we get to that area.”
“Hunters,” as the pilots and their crews are called, operate the drones and cameras from mobile containers in the Nevada desert. The remote pilots get an exact view of what the drone camera sees, tracing targets for days to years.
The cameras “can collect data from a forest fire or pinpoint a high-value target,” streaming back to the U.S. base by satellite. The drones can also be lethal.
“We’re watching a lot of these targets. We watch them do horrendous acts against people. We focus more on the mission aspect of it and our ‘why’ and really just look at the big picture of the impact we are having,” one pilot said.
Despair in southern Gaza
A Palestinian woman reacts as people inspect the damage following strikes on Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, this morning.