Israeli military recovers bodies of three hostages in Gaza

The Israeli military on Friday said its troops in Gaza found the bodies of three Israeli hostages killed during the October 7 attack, including German-Israeli national Shani Louk. All three were killed by Hamas while fleeing the Nova music festival, said the military. The announcement came as the first aid trucks began moving through a temporary US military-built pier anchored to a Gaza beach. Read our liveblog to see how all the day's events unfolded.

The Israeli army will send more troops to Rafah with the military operation in the southern Gaza city set to intensify, said Defence Minister Yoav Gallant on Thursday.

South Africa on Thursday accused Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of stepping up what it called a "genocide" in Gaza, urging the top UN court to order a halt to the Rafah offensive.

The US military on Thursday said it had finished installing a floating pier for the Gaza Strip, with officials poised to begin ferrying humanitarian aid into the besieged enclave.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, Reuters, AP)

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