Israel has broken through Hamas front line defence: Military

On the ground, Israel’s military spokesman says that with back up from the air and sea, troops have now broken through Hamas’s front lines of defence in northern Gaza.

An Israeli commander said Israeli forces were at “the gates of Gaza City”.

Overnight, loud explosions and shelling could be heard in the city, including close to al-Quds Hospital, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Israeli authorities had previously warned the hospital to evacuate immediately. However, UN officials said that was impossible without endangering the lives of patients.