Palestinians continue to flee Rafah as Israeli tanks advance

Civilians fled the southern Gaza city of Rafah ahead of a threatened Israeli ground offensive as Palestinians on Wednesday marked the anniversary of the Nakba ("catastrophe"), when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven from their homes during the creation of Israel in 1948. Read our liveblog to see how all the day's events unfolded.

Lebanese state media said an Israeli strike on a car in the country's south killed two people Tuesday, with a source close to Iran-backed Hezbollah saying a field commander was among the dead.

The Biden administration has told key lawmakers it would send more than $1 billion in additional arms and ammunition to Israel, three congressional aides said Tuesday. But it was not immediately known how soon the weapons would be delivered.

Israeli tanks pushed deeper into eastern Rafah on Tuesday morning, entering the neighbourhoods of Al-Jneina, Al-Salam and Al-Brazil, residents said. Around 450,000 Palestinians have been driven out of Rafah over the past week, UNRWA said.

The United Nations said Tuesday that women and children are believed to make up at least 56 percent of those killed in Gaza since the start of the war.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, Reuters, AP)

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