19 Jan 2024

Worries grow Israel-Gaza conflict could spread to Lebanon

From Morning Report, 7:25 am on 19 January 2024

Heavy fighting is continuing in the southern city of Khan Yunis.

Israeli military officials believe that's where the head of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar, is hiding and that he has most likely surrounded himself with some of the remaining Israeli hostages. The Israeli Defence Force says it's killed more than 40 terrorists in the city in the past 24 hours.

There are concerns about Gaza's main hospital, where more than 7000 residents are sheltering, which has been surrounded by Israeli forces.

The death toll from Israel's bombardment of Gaza is nearing 25,000, as concerns grow about the conflict spreading further in Lebanon and the Red Sea.

Earlier this week, Qatar brokered a deal to send aid into the Gaza Strip in exchange for medical supplies being given to the remaining Israeli hostages.

RNZ's correspondent in Tel Aviv, Sarah Coates, spoke to Ben Strang.