Israel-Hamas war live updates: Biden says Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital ‘must be protected’

U.N. says trucks have run out of fuel in Gaza, warns humanitarian work ‘will grind to a halt’

The U.N. trucks in Gaza have run out of fuel, its Palestinian refugee agency said late Monday.

“We will not be able to receive aid coming through the Rafah crossing tomorrow,” the UNRWA said in a post on on X, referring to the crossing between Egypt and Gaza through which aid has been trickling in. “The humanitarian operation in #GazaStrip will grind to a halt within 48 hours as no fuel is allowed to enter.”

Fuel has not been allowed into Gaza since Israel started its blockade of the enclave last month, out of fear that Hamas will use the fuel to launch rockets and power its operations against Israeli forces.

But health authorities and humanitarian organizations, including the U.N., have sounded the alarm about the shortage of fuel inside Gaza, since it imperils Gaza’s hospitals, sanitation systems, water infrastructure and aid delivery.

IDF says it will transfer incubators from to Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces said last night they will coordinate the transfer of incubators from a hospital in Israel to the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, where doctors have said they had to remove premature babies from incubators that could not be kept running without power.

“The IDF remains committed to upholding its moral and professional responsibilities to distinguish between civilians and Hamas terrorists,” the IDF said in a statement.

NBC News was not able to verify when the incubators might be delivered or how the Israeli army would deliver them amid intensifying fighting, which hospital staff said left tthem too afraid of leaving the premises of the hospital to evacuate.

It’s also not clear how the delivery of additional incubators to Al-Shifa will help save the lives of the premature babies when the hospital still lacks power that forced their removal from the incubators in the first place.

An Israeli flag flies over ruins in northern Gaza

Buildings are reduced to relics in northern Gaza on Monday, viewed from Sderot, Israel.

More than month after Hamas's Oct. 7 attacks, the country's military has continued its sustained bombardment of the Gaza Strip and launched a ground invasion to vanquish the militant group that governs the Palestinian territory. Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

Vivian Silver, peace activist thought to have been taken hostage, was killed on Oct. 7

Vivian Silver, a renowned Canadian Israeli peace activist who was believed to have been taken hostage by Hamas, was actually killed at her kibbutz on the day of the attack, officials said last night.

Silver, 74, was last heard from around 11 a.m. Oct. 7 when she texted friends and family members that she was hiding in her house at the Be’eri kibbutz and could hear gunfire and people screaming. As the days passed with no word from the authorities that her body had been found, Silver’s family suspected that she had been abducted by Hamas fighters.

But Israel’s consul general in Toronto, Idit Shamir, announced today that she has been confirmed dead, killed by Hamas at her kibbutz.

Vivian Silver Vivian Silver via Facebook

“Tragic news: Vivian Silver, the Canadian-Israeli peace activist previously thought to be taken hostage, has been confirmed dead, murdered by Hamas in Kibbutz Beeri,” Shamir posted on X. “Our hearts go out to her family and friends. May her memory be a blessing.” It was not immediately clear how her remains were identified or why it took nearly five weeks.

Her son, Yonatan Zeigen, told CBC News that his mother’s remains had been found earlier at the kibbutz but had only just been identified. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News. 

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