Thousands of people have died and thousands more have been injured since the militant group Hamas launched an unprecedented surprise attack on Israel on Oct. 7 and Israel retaliated with a bombing campaign and total siege of the neighboring Gaza Strip, leaving the region on the verge of all-out war.
Oct 25, 5:46 PM
House passes resolution defending Israel
The House of Representatives passed a resolution defending Israel and condemning Hamas after the group's attack earlier this month and the escalating war in the Gaza Strip.
The resolution passed in a 412-10 vote. Six members voted present. Nine of the 10 "no" votes came from progressive Democrats, while Rep. Thomas Massie, Ky., was the only Republican to vote against the resolution.
-ABC News' Lauren Peller and Tal Axelrod
Oct 25, 5:31 PM
Dueling Russia, US resolutions on conflict fail to advance at UN Security Council
The dueling resolutions on the Israel-Hamas war put forth to the United Nations Security Council by Russia and the U.S. have both failed.
Russia's version called for a humanitarian ceasefire and avoided condemning Hamas. Russia, China, the UAE and Gabon voted in favor of the draft, while nine members abstained, and both the U.S. and the U.K. voted against it.
While the U.S. emphasized in its resolution Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas, officials worked to find a middle ground that would placate a majority of members, urging a pause to military action in Gaza. The U.S. measure secured the votes it needed to advance out of the council but was ultimately vetoed by Russia and China.
"The United States is deeply disappointed that Russia and China vetoed this resolution. A resolution that, as I've said, was strong and it was balanced. That was the product of consultations with members of this Council. We did listen to all of you. We incorporated feedback. And we worked to forge consensus around a resolution that would send a clear message to the world – and most importantly, to Israelis and Palestinians – that this Council is determined to meet this moment," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.
-ABC News' Shannon Crawford
Oct 25, 4:40 PM
WHO calls for release of hostages, proof of life, proof of medical care
The World Health Organization said there's "an urgent need" for Hamas to "provide signs of life, proof of provision of health care and the immediate release" of the hostages.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he met with families of some hostages on Wednesday.
"Many of the hostages, including children, women and the elderly, have pre-existing health conditions requiring urgent and sustained care and treatment," he said in a statement. "The mental health trauma that the abducted, and the families, are facing is acute and psychosocial support is of great importance."
Oct 25, 4:36 PM
Israeli official: 'Definitions of defeating Hamas' must be more 'realistic'
Maj. Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, the former head of the Israel National Security Council, told ABC News the "definitions of defeating Hamas … have to be a little more measurable and realistic."
Eiland, who has been working inside Israel’s military headquarters, said there’s no way to completely destroy Hamas, but he said what Israel can do "is destroy the military capabilities and other governmental functions of Hamas."
"But even to achieve this limited goal we will have to maintain the military effort," he said.
Eiland said Israel cannot allow Hamas "the ability now or in the future to rebuild their rocket arsenal."
-ABC News' Matt Gutman
Oct 25, 3:44 PM
House to vote on resolution defending Israel
The House on Wednesday is debating a resolution to show support for Israel and condemn Hamas.
The resolution introduced by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Mike McCaul is entitled "Standing with Israel as it defends itself against the barbaric war launched by Hamas and other terrorists."
It's expected to pass with large bipartisan support.
-ABC News' Lauren Peller
Oct 25, 3:39 PM
Israeli forces said they've hit underground tunnels
Missiles fired by Israeli forces have struck underground tunnels in Gaza, targeting Hamas terrorists, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said. It's unclear what the result of the hit was.
Hamas has previously claimed to have built 500 kilometers -- more than 300 miles -- of tunnels under Gaza. The tunnel system is designed to conceal and cover Hamas militants and allow them to execute surprise attacks, according to experts.
The IDF spokesman said Israel's current attacks in Gaza are improving their situation for the next stage of the long war ahead.
Oct 25, 2:35 PM
Biden says Israel has right to defend itself while urging country to follow 'laws of war'
President Joe Biden on Wednesday emphasized U.S. support for Israel's right to defend itself, while also urging the country to do "everything in its power" to protect innocent people in Gaza.
"We will ensure Israel has what it needs to defend itself," Biden said during a press conference at the White House with Australia's prime minister.
Biden said Hamas is using Palestinian civilians as human shields, putting an "added burden on Israel while they go after Hamas," but Israel should still do everything it can to follow the "laws of war."
"Israel has to do everything in its power, as difficult as it is, to protect innocent civilians," he said.
Biden also said the flow of aid to Gaza needs to increase and that he was working “around the clock” to secure the release of hostages.
He reiterated his support for a two-state solution, saying that the status quo will never return after Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on Israel.
"I'm convinced one of the reasons Hamas attacked when they did -- I have no proof of this, my instinct tells me -- is because of the progress we were making toward regional integration for Israel and regional integration overall. And we can't leave that work behind,” Biden said, repeating a claim he’s made before about his efforts to broker a broader deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia that would lead to Saudi Arabia recognizing Israel.
-ABC News' Cheyenne Haslett
Oct 25, 2:23 PM
Israel readying for ground operation, won't reveal date: Netanyahu
Israeli forces are getting ready for the ground operation into Gaza, but will not tell anyone when it will be, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.
When soldiers enter Gaza, they'll "exact the full price from these murderers," Netanyahu said in Hebrew.
"I once again call on the uninvolved population in Gaza to evacuate to the southern strip," he said.
Netanyahu also said Israel will "do everything possible to bring hostages home."
"We are gathering the support of world leaders," he added. "Our fight against Hamas is also their fight."
Oct 25, 12:52 PM
Gaza shelters 4 times over their capacities: UNRWA
Shelters in Gaza are four times over their capacities, forcing many people to sleep in the streets, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
Nearly 600,000 displaced Gaza residents are sheltering at 150 UNRWA facilities, the agency said.
Oct 25, 12:41 PM
Tuesday marks deadliest day in Gaza since conflict began
Tuesday marked the deadliest day in Gaza since the Hamas-Israel conflict began on Oct. 7, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
At least 700 people died on Tuesday, OCHA said.
Over 6,500 people have died in Gaza since Oct. 7, according to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry.