White House wants 'answers' from Israel on 'disturbing' Gaza mass graves

The White House said Wednesday that it wanted "answers" from Israeli authorities about "deeply disturbing" reports of mass graves at the Gaza Strip's two main hospitals. The statement came as Israeli forces were carrying out "offensive action" across southern Lebanon, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said, without specifying whether ground troops had crossed the border. Read our blog to see how the day's events in the Middle East unfolded.

Tensions appeared to ease at Columbia University on Wednesday after it extended a deadline for students to remove an encampment set up to protest Israel's Gaza incursion, while violence broke out at other college campuses as police dispersed similar protests.

At the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, police scuffled with protesters and took at least one person into custody. Fellow protesters then surrounded a vehicle where the man was being held, chanting "Let him go" and "Shame on you".

In Austin, troopers in riot gear entered on the campus of the University of Texas and forced pro-Palestine protesters and counter-protesters to disperse, according to media reports. At least 10 people were detained, the Texas Tribune reported.

On Wednesday, tent protests were underway on other campuses from coast to coast, including Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and California State Polytechnic in Humboldt.

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