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Israel-Gaza live updates: Deadliest day for IDF since war began as 24 soldiers killed

More than 100 days since Hamas terrorists invaded Israel on Oct. 7, the Israeli military continues its bombardment of the neighboring Gaza Strip.

The conflict, now the deadliest between the warring sides since Israel's founding in 1948, shows no signs of letting up soon and the brief cease-fire that allowed for over 100 hostages to be freed from Gaza remains a distant memory.

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Latest Developments


Jan 23, 2:34 PM

White House says there are 'serious discussions about trying to get another pause in place'

National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said the U.S. is "in serious discussions about trying to get another pause" in fighting between Israel and Hamas to secure the release of remaining hostages, but Kirby said he could not confirm specific reports of a possible framework.

PHOTO: Protestors hold up portraits during a rally organized by family and supporters of Israeli hostages held in Gaza to demand their release, Jan. 22, 2024, near the residence of the Israeli prime minister in Jerusalem. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Protestors hold up portraits during a rally organized by family and supporters of Israeli hostages held in Gaza to demand their release, Jan. 22, 2024, near the residence of the Israeli prime minister in Jerusalem. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images)

Asked about reports that Israel has proposed a two-month cease-fire to release all hostages, civilians and soldiers, and asked if the U.S. was actively working to drum up support for it, Kirby said he was "not able to confirm those specific reports."

Kirby did note that President Joe Biden’s Middle East coordinator, Brett McGurk, is currently in the region, in part to discuss a hostage deal.

PHOTO: Women react as friends and family mourn Israeli military reservist Sergeant Major Matan Lazar, 32, who was killed in the southern Gaza Strip, at his funeral, in Haifa, Israel, Jan. 23, 2024.  (Shir Torem/Reuters)
PHOTO: Women react as friends and family mourn Israeli military reservist Sergeant Major Matan Lazar, 32, who was killed in the southern Gaza Strip, at his funeral, in Haifa, Israel, Jan. 23, 2024. (Shir Torem/Reuters)

"Certainly, one of the things he's in the region talking about is the potential for another hostage deal, which would require a humanitarian pause of some length,” Kirby said. “He’ll also be talking about a range of other issues, including humanitarian assistance."

PHOTO: An injured Palestinian man receives medical assistance at Al-Amal Hospital, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Jan. 23, 2024.  (Palestine Red Crescent Society via Reuters)
PHOTO: An injured Palestinian man receives medical assistance at Al-Amal Hospital, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Jan. 23, 2024. (Palestine Red Crescent Society via Reuters)

Kirby also said it was "possible" that an extended pause could be a path to changing the nature of the war, but he stressed that the focus remains getting the hostages released.

-ABC News’ Molly Nagle


Jan 23, 1:59 PM

White House denounces 'buffer zones,' comments on potential negotiations of Hamas leaving Gaza

The White House does not support Israel’s plan to build "buffer zones" inside Gaza and along the border with Israel, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said.

"We do not want to see the territory of Gaza reduced in any way. We won't support that," Kirby said.

PHOTO: Israeli soldiers move on the top of a tank near the Israeli-Gaza border, as seen from southern Israel, Jan. 23, 2024.  (Leo Correa/AP)
PHOTO: Israeli soldiers move on the top of a tank near the Israeli-Gaza border, as seen from southern Israel, Jan. 23, 2024. (Leo Correa/AP)

Asked if U.S. officials have told Israel that they don’t support creating these buffer zones, Kirby said they’ve consistently shared their beliefs.

"I won’t talk about our diplomatic conversations. We have been very clear and consistent, both in private and publicly, that we do not want to see the territory of Gaza reduced in any way," Kirby said.

PHOTO: A Palestinian holds a child wounded in an Israeli strike at Nasser Hospital, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip Jan. 22, 2024.  (Ahmed Zakot/Reuters)
PHOTO: A Palestinian holds a child wounded in an Israeli strike at Nasser Hospital, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip Jan. 22, 2024. (Ahmed Zakot/Reuters)

Kirby was also asked if the U.S. supports negotiations that CNN has reported, describing a deal where Hamas leaders can leave Gaza in exchange for a cease-fire.

"We don't want to see Hamas in charge of Gaza anymore. They chose to violate the cease-fire that was in place, and we certainly agree with our Israeli counterparts that whatever the future of post-conflict Gaza looks like, it can’t include Hamas leaders. Now, how that's actualized, I think I'd refer to the Israeli Defense Forces to speak to," he said, declining to get ahead of discussions underway.

PHOTO: Families of hostages and supporters hold signs during a protest to call for the immediate release of hostages outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence, in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2024.  (Ammar Awad/Reuters)
PHOTO: Families of hostages and supporters hold signs during a protest to call for the immediate release of hostages outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence, in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2024. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

"The last thing I'll say on this is we have been very consistent, that whatever governance looks like in Gaza, after this is over, it's got to be representative of the aspirations of the Palestinian people who are not represented by Hamas, and who do not, [in] majority, don't support what Hamas has put them through in visiting this kind of violence inside the strip," Kirby said.

-ABC News’ Cheyenne Haslett


Jan 23, 1:48 PM

Deadliest day for IDF since war began as 24 soldiers killed

The Israel Defense Forces said Tuesday that 21 of its reservists were killed "during operational activity" in the central Gaza Strip a day earlier.

An "RPG missile was apparently fired by terrorists" at an Israeli tank that was securing an area near the Gaza-Israel border where Israeli troops were rigging buildings with explosives for demolition, according to IDF spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari.

"At the same time, an explosion occurred in two two-storey buildings, which collapsed as a result, while most of the force was inside and near them," Hagari said in a statement Tuesday. "The buildings apparently exploded as a result of mines that our forces planted in them and were about to explode the buildings, the terrorist infrastructure in the area."

The IDF is "investigating the details of the incident and the cause of the explosion," according to Hagari.

"War has a very painful and heavy price," he added. "The dedicated reservists, who stood up for the flag, sacrificed the most precious of all, for the security of the State of Israel and so that we can all live here safely."

Three more Israeli soldiers were killed in a separate incident in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis on Monday, bringing the toll to 24, according to the IDF. It was the deadliest day for the Israeli military since the war with Hamas began on Oct. 7.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it "one of the hardest days since the war broke out."

"We must learn the necessary lessons and do everything to safeguard the lives of our fighters." Netanyahu said in a statement Tuesday. "On behalf of our heroes, for our very lives, we will not stop fighting until total victory."

"Our hearts are with the dear families in their most difficult time," Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said.

He added, "This is a war that will determine the future of Israel for decades to come -- the fall of the fighters is a requirement to achieve the goals of the war."

A total of 221 Israeli troops have been killed in Gaza since the ground operation began late last year, according to the IDF.

-ABC News’ Yael Benaya, Jordana Miller, Dana Savir, Joe Simonetti and Morgan Winsor


Jan 23, 7:50 AM

MSF staff 'can feel the ground shaking' inside major hospital in southern Gaza

The international medical charity Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French acronym MSF, warned Tuesday that its staff at Nasser Hospital, the largest still functioning in the war-torn Gaza Strip, "report they can feel the ground shaking."

"There is a sense of panic among staff, patients and displaced people sheltering inside the building," MSF wrote in a series of posts on X, the social media platform formerly known as X.

Nasser Hospital is the only major hospital still accessible in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, which has been under siege by Israeli forces amid the ongoing war with Hamas, Gaza's militant rulers.

"All the hospital wards at Nasser are full and there is no way to evacuate medical staff and patients safely due to exit routes from the facility being blocked," MSF wrote.

The organization said its "staff fear the fighting, shelling and bombing will get worse and closer to Nasser hospital."

"There has been heavy ongoing bombing mainly in the southern and northern parts of Khan Younis since yesterday evening," MSF added.

-ABC News' Morgan Winsor



Jan 22, 2:51 PM

Biden 'under no illusions' how difficult 2-state solution would be: White House

President Joe Biden is "under no illusions" about "how difficult" a two-state solution would be after the war in Gaza ends, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said Monday.

PHOTO: A picture taken from Rafah shows smoke billowing over Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip during Israeli bombardment, Jan. 22, 2024, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.  (AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: A picture taken from Rafah shows smoke billowing over Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip during Israeli bombardment, Jan. 22, 2024, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AFP via Getty Images)

Kirby’s comments came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he "firmly" stands by his belief to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state as long as he’s in power. Biden said Friday, "We’ll be able to work something out."

"When we say two-state solution, what does it actually mean? And there's many different interpretations. There's lots of different ways you can get at that ultimate solution," Kirby said. "And the president, as he has always done, kept an open mind about trying to pursue that."

PHOTO: A Palestinian woman cries as she sits next to her girl wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip while receiving treatment at the Nasser hospital in Khan Younis, Southern Gaza Strip, Jan. 22, 2024.  (Mohammed Dahman/AP)
PHOTO: A Palestinian woman cries as she sits next to her girl wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip while receiving treatment at the Nasser hospital in Khan Younis, Southern Gaza Strip, Jan. 22, 2024. (Mohammed Dahman/AP)

"If this was easy, I mean, my goodness, we've had a two-state solution for years now," Kirby continued. "It's going to require negotiation, it's going to require sacrifices, again, on both sides. The president understands that."

Kirby kept characterizing Biden’s phone calls with Netanyahu as "good conversations" and said the president is "not going to let go of this."

PHOTO: Palestinians walk through destruction from the Israeli bombardment in the Nusseirat refugee camp in Gaza Strip, Jan. 19, 2024.  (Adel Hana/AP)
PHOTO: Palestinians walk through destruction from the Israeli bombardment in the Nusseirat refugee camp in Gaza Strip, Jan. 19, 2024. (Adel Hana/AP)

-ABC News’ Justin Ryan Gomez


Jan 22, 11:26 AM

Hostage families storm Israel's parliament in protest

Relatives of Israeli hostages being held by militants in the Gaza Strip stormed Israel's parliament, the Knesset, in Jerusalem on Monday in protest of the government's failure to bring their loved ones home.

"You will not sit here while our children die," some of the family members yelled while disrupting a finance committee hearing. "What about ransoming captives?"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the families of hostages at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, telling them there’s no "real proposal from Hamas" on the table right now.

"Contrary to what they say, there is no real proposal from Hamas,” he said. “I say this as clearly as I can because there are so many false things that must be tormenting you. In contrast, there is an initiative of ours, and I will not elaborate."

-ABC News' Jordana Miller, Dana Savir and Morgan Winsor


Jan 22, 10:05 AM

Israeli bombardment intensifies near southern Gaza hospital, rescue agency's headquarters

The Palestine Red Crescent Society said Monday that it had "completely lost contact with" its teams in the besieged city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip as Israeli tanks surrounded Al-Amal Hospital, headquarters of the humanitarian organization.

The PRCS added that its ambulances were "unable to reach the wounded" in Khan Younis due to the ground invasion.

"Israeli occupation forces are besieging the PRCS ambulance center, and targeting anyone attempting to move in the area," the organization wrote in a post on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

The PRCS said it was "deeply concerned" about the safety of its teams as well as people taking shelter at its facilities in the besieged city.

-ABC News' Morgan Winsor


Jan 21, 1:27 PM

IDF confirms death of kidnapped soldier

The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday announced that Sgt. Shay Levinson, who until now had been identified as a hostage, was killed in battle on Oct. 7 and his body is being held in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli officials say 532 IDF soldiers have been killed, including 195 since the ground operations in Gaza began.

-ABC News' Anna Burd


Jan 21, 2:35 PM

Inside Hamas tunnel where IDF says hostages were kept

ABC News' Matt Gutman got a close-up look at a vast Hamas tunnel complex where hostages were reportedly held captive.

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