Israel-Hamas war live updates: Israel masses troops near Gaza Strip ahead of offensive


Israel is massing troops and artillery around Gaza, the military said Wednesday, as it summons reservists to launch an offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. A plane carrying U.S. ammunition landed in Israel ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who will arrive there this week in a show of support. The arrival of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean Sea is a “message of deterrence to other states or non-state actors that might seek to widen this war,” U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said, as flare-ups near Israeli borders with Lebanon and Syria fuel fears of a spillover.

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