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Israel-Hamas war rages as Gaza deaths mount: Live updates

5:17 a.m. ET, October 23, 2023

Dozens killed in Gaza as Israel says it struck 320 targets, including tunnels and command centers

People inspect the site of Israeli strikes on a house in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Monday, October 23.

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it struck 320 “terror targets” in Gaza overnight, including tunnels and “dozens of operational command centers” belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The heavy bombardment of the besieged Palestinian enclave killed dozens of people, Palestinian doctors and Gaza ministry officials told CNN. 

Thermographic videos from Israeli aircraft and shared by the IDF showed strikes on buildings in Gaza, which hit “dozens of operational command centers, some of which concealed Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, military compounds, and observation posts.”

“Furthermore, the IDF struck targets that posed a threat to forces in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip who are preparing for ground operations, including dozens of mortar shell and anti-tank missile launch posts,” the military said.

The intensified airstrikes took place as the IDF said it is preparing for what it called the “next stages” in the fight against Hamas.

In northern Gaza: At least 26 people were killed after Israeli strikes on the Jabalia refugee camp the director of the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza, Atef Al Kahlout told CNN. Jabalia is one of the largest refugee camps in Gaza.

In southern Gaza: 29 people were killed in the city of Rafah after four houses were struck, the Ministry of Health in Gaza spokesperson Ashraf Al Qidra said.

Damage all over: Buildings in Rafah, Khan Younis, Central Gaza and Gaza City were struck overnight, including several residential homes, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said. “Heavy strikes” were reported near the Quds Hospital in the city. 

In Israel’s Sderot, near the Gaza Strip: CNN’s Nic Robertson reported that Sunday’s strikes have been the most sustained bombardment of northern Gaza he has seen since he began to report from southern Israel two weeks ago.

This post has been updated.

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