Israel claims it has discovered a tunnel wide enough for a Hamas leader to drive their car down.

A senior Israeli defence official estimated there are between 350 and 450 miles of tunnels used by Hamas as part of their network of tunnels running underneath Gaza – far more than previously estimated.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has previously said that it has yet to destroy half of the tunnels in Gaza.

One tunnel “stretched nearly three football fields long and was hidden beneath a hospital,” the New York Times reported.

An official told the outlet that it could take years to destroy the network.

However, another senior officer told the Economist that the Israeli military would not be able to destroy the entirety of the network.

Destroying the underground network has been one of Israel’s key aims of the war.


04:07 PM GMT

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04:06 PM GMT

Cameron calls for ‘immediate pause’ in Gaza


03:28 PM GMT

Aid for Israeli hostages and Palestinian civilians arrives at Gaza border

Aid destined for Israeli hostages and Palestinian residents in the Gaza Strip was delivered to Egypt on Wednesday for transfer across the border, following a deal brokered by Qatar and France.

Two Qatari planes arrived in El Arish in the north of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, where supplies were unloaded and transferred to the Rafah border crossing with Gaza about 17 miles away to the east, Egyptian security and Red Crescent officials said.

One of the planes was carrying medical packages for 45 of the 253 hostages Israel says were captured by Hamas during its deadly incursion into Israel on Oct. 7.


02:57 PM GMT

Cameron: Making progress towards long-term stability in the Middle East ‘top of agenda’


02:29 PM GMT

More people in Gaza are likely to die of hunger and famine than war, says Palestine investment fund chairman

Mohammad Mustafa, the Palestine investment fund chairman, said more people in Gaza are likely to die of hunger and famine than war.

The first steps should be to bring food, medicine, water and electricity back to the besieged enclave, he said.

He estimated that rebuilding housing units in Gaza would need at least $15 billion.

Mr Mustafa said, while speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, that reconstruction efforts will be huge and the financial needs significant.


02:12 PM GMT

Iranian missiles kill two children in Pakistan

Pakistan has condemned Iran for violating its airspace after a missile attack on Tuesday killed at least two children and wounded three others.

The missiles targeted two bases belonging to Jaish al-Adl, a militant group that has before claimed responsibility for attacks on Iranian security forces along the border with Pakistan, Iranian state media said.

It comes a day after Iran struck northern Iraq in what it claimed was an attack on an Israel spy base. The Islamic republic is already facing pressure for escalating conflict in the Middle East through proxies like the Houthis.

Read more from The Telegraph’s Sophia Yan here


02:02 PM GMT

US set to reassign Houthis as terror group

The United States plans to designate the Houthis as a terrorist organisation almost three years after Joe Biden took the Iran-backed militia off the list of proscribed groups.

Mr Biden called the Houthis a “terrorist” group after US and British warplanes, ships and submarines launched dozens of strikes across Yemen on Friday in response to Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping.

From the middle of February, the US will consider the Houthis a “specially designated global terrorist” force, US officials said.

Read more here


01:47 PM GMT

Pictured: Security personnel guard the trucks carrying aid as they arrive in Rafah

Security personnel guard the trucks carrying aid as they arrive in Rafah

Security personnel guard the trucks carrying aid as they arrive in Rafah – MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS


01:37 PM GMT

Israel ‘kills Hamas counter-espionage official’ in strike

Israel claims it has killed a Hamas counter-espionage officer in overnight strikes that also claimed the lives of six fighters in the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) say it killed Bilal Nofal, a Hamas officer in charge of interrogating suspected spies, in strikes in the southern district of the Strip.

His assassination “significantly impacts the terrorist organisation’s capacity to develop and enhance its capabilities,” it said.

Israel said at the start of the year that it had largely dismantled Hamas in northern Gaza and would scale back operations there, focusing on dense urban areas in the centre and south of the territory.


01:34 PM GMT

UN agency chief warns of bleak post-war future for Gazans

The head of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, Philippe Lazzarini, warned Wednesday of the bleak future facing Gazans after the war between Hamas and Israel ends.

Following his fourth visit to the Palestinian territory since the war erupted on October 7, the UNRWA chief said many residents are no longer able to see “the future in the Gaza Strip”.

“You have hundreds of thousands of people living now in the street, living in these plastic makeshift (tents), sleeping on the concrete,” Mr Lazzarini told journalists in Jerusalem.


01:20 PM GMT

Iran says it shared intelligence on Mossad with Iraq

Hossein Amirabdollahian, the Iranian foreign minister, said on Wednesday that Tehran shared intelligence with Iraq about what it said were activities of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad in the Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

Iran has said its Revolutionary Guards attacked Israel’s “spy HQ” in Iraq in the city of Erbil on Monday.

Iraq later denied that there was any such spy centre in the country.


01:15 PM GMT

Israeli missile ‘kills top militant in West Bank’


12:19 PM GMT

Honour guards and military cadets carry coffins of Houthi fighters killed in recent strikes in Sana’a, Yemen

Honour guards and military cadets march as they carry coffins of Houthi fighters killed in recent U.S.-led strikes on Houthi targets, during their military funeral procession in Sana'a, YemenHonour guards and military cadets march as they carry coffins of Houthi fighters killed in recent U.S.-led strikes on Houthi targets, during their military funeral procession in Sana'a, Yemen

Honour guards and military cadets march as they carry coffins of Houthi fighters killed in recent US-led strikes on Houthi targets, during their military funeral procession in Sana’a, Yemen – KHALED ABDULLAH/REUTERS


11:41 AM GMT

We cannot have in Lebanon another Gaza, says UN Secretary General

Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, has said he is “extremely worried about Lebanon”.

He told CNN: “We cannot have in Lebanon another Gaza.”

He added that it is “absolutely crucial to avoid a messy confrontation in Lebanon that will be the devastation of the country”.

Mr Guterres, who made the comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said resolving the situation in Gaza would “allow for…de-escalation in other parts of the Middle East”.


11:13 AM GMT

Jordan says its Gaza hospital ‘badly damaged’ by Israeli shelling

The Jordanian army said its military field hospital in the city of Khan Younis in Gaza was badly damaged as a result of Israeli shelling in the vicinity.

In a statement, the army said it held Israel responsible for a “flagrant breach of international law”.

The Israeli military says it is looking into the allegations.


10:43 AM GMT

Israel ‘steps up strikes in south’

Israel stepped up strikes in the southern Gaza Strip, with air strikes and artillery fire targeting Khan Younis throughout the night, said an AFP correspondent.

“It was the most difficult and intense night in Khan Younis since the start of the war,” said Gaza’s Hamas-run government, whose health ministry reported 81 deaths across the Palestinian territory.

At least 24,448 Palestinians, about 70 per cent of them women, young children and adolescents, have been killed in Israeli bombardments and ground assaults, according to the Gaza health ministry’s latest figures.


10:24 AM GMT

UN: ‘The world is standing by as civilians are killed’

Parties to the conflict in Gaza are “trampling” on international law, Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, said as he urged them to implement an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr Guterres said the warring parties were “ignoring international law, trampling on the Geneva Conventions, and even violating the United Nations Charter”.

“The world is standing by as civilians, mostly women and children, are killed, maimed, bombarded, forced from their homes and denied access to humanitarian aid,” he said.

“I repeat my call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, and a process that leads to sustained peace for Israelis and Palestinians, based on a two-state solution.”


10:15 AM GMT

Pictured: Israeli battle tanks roll at a position along the border with the Gaza Strip

Israeli battle tanks roll at a position along the border with the Gaza StripIsraeli battle tanks roll at a position along the border with the Gaza Strip

Israeli battle tanks roll at a position along the border with the Gaza Strip – JACK GUEZ/AFP


10:04 AM GMT

Iraqi Kurdish PM cancels meeting with Iran minister in protest over attack

Masrour Barzani, the Iraqi Kurdish prime minister, cancelled a meeting with Iran’s foreign minister at the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland in protest over Iranian missile strikes on the Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil, a source told Reuters.

Iran late on Monday struck Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, with ballistic missiles in what it said was an attack on an Israeli spy headquarters, claims vehemently denied by Iraqi and Iraqi Kurdish officials.

The attack killed at least four people, including a prominent Kurdish businessman and his infant child.

The Iranian strikes have led to a rare diplomatic row with Iraq’s government, with Baghdad filing a complaint against Iranian “aggression” at the United Nations Security Council and recalling its ambassador to Tehran.


09:47 AM GMT

Blinken: Israel ‘must help a reformed Palestinian government instead of opposing it’


09:45 AM GMT

Blinken: Gaza suffering ‘breaks my heart’

Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, is speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

When asked if Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian and Christian lives, he said: “No. Period.”

Mr Blinken said that what is happening in Gaza is “gutwrenching” and breaks his heart.

“The question is what is to be done”.


09:36 AM GMT

Palestine Red Crescent Society in Khan Younis


09:20 AM GMT

Pictured: The Israeli army claims they discovered these rocket launchers in the Gaza Strip

The Israeli army claims they discovered these rocket launchers in the Gaza StripThe Israeli army claims they discovered these rocket launchers in the Gaza Strip

The Israeli army claims they discovered these rocket launchers in the Gaza Strip – ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES/via REUTERS


09:06 AM GMT

‘There is panic’ – Israeli troops advance on Al Nasser hospital

Israeli troops are advancing on Khan Younis’ largest hospital, doctors have said.

Patients and Gazans who were taking shelter at Al Nasser hospital have been forced to flee.

“The hospital is shaking and there is panic,” an American doctor told CNN in a voice note.

Gunfire could reportedly be heard in the background of the message.

The Telegraph was not able to independently verify the report.

Israel has previously claimed that Hamas uses hospitals as military bases.


08:48 AM GMT

Qatari planes with aid for hostages arrive in Egypt

Two Qatari planes carrying medicine for hostages have arrived in Egypt, according to Arabic media.

The military aircrafts will now be taken across the Rafah border crossing.

On Tuesday, Qatar and France helped broker a deal to deliver urgent medication to some 45 Israeli hostages held by the group in Gaza in return for humanitarian and medical aid for the most vulnerable civilians. [see post at 08:31].


08:33 AM GMT

Pictured: A Palestinian man and children inspect the site of an Israeli strike on a car in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

A Palestinian man and children inspect the site of an Israeli strike on a car in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West BankA Palestinian man and children inspect the site of an Israeli strike on a car in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

A Palestinian man and children inspect the site of an Israeli strike on a car in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank – RANEEN SAWAFTA/REUTERS


08:31 AM GMT

Qatar and France help broker aid deal for hostages

Qatar and France have brokered a deal with Israel and Hamas to deliver urgent medication to some 45 Israeli hostages held by the group in Gaza in return for humanitarian and medical aid for the most vulnerable civilians.

The two countries said the aid would leave Qatar for Egypt on Wednesday before being taken across the Rafah border crossing.

Majed al-Ansari, a Qatari foreign ministry spokesman, said the deal would mean “medicine along with other humanitarian aid is to be delivered to civilians in the Gaza Strip, in the most affected and vulnerable areas, in exchange for delivering medication needed for Israeli captives in Gaza”.

The Biden administration welcomed the announcement.


08:28 AM GMT

Israeli military says it killed top militant in West Bank strike

The Israeli army said it killed a top Palestinian militant in an air strike in the occupied West Bank early Wednesday, averting a “terrorist attack” he was planning.

Ahmed Abdullah Abu Shalal had been responsible for a “number of terrorist attacks” over the past year, including one in annexed east Jerusalem, the army said.

He was “eliminated in a precision air strike,” it said in a statement that had a video link showing the strike on a vehicle.

The Palestinian health ministry in Ramallah said the body of an “unidentified martyr killed by the occupation (Israel) in a bombing of a vehicle” had been received by a hospital in Nablus.

The army said Abu Shalal was killed following intelligence “of his cell’s intentions of carrying out an imminent terrorist attack”.

The army did not offer details, but said he was responsible for carrying out a shooting in the Shimon HaTzadik neighbourhood of east Jerusalem in April last year in which two residents were wounded.

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