Israel-Hamas war live news: Biden to address nation about war aid; Gaza hospital strike fuels escalation fears

President Biden will discuss the U.S. response to developments in Israel and Gaza during an Oval Office address Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern, the White House said. Biden, who visited Israel on Wednesday, said a recent strike on Gaza City’s al-Ahli Hospital appeared to come from an “errant rocket fired by a terrorist group in Gaza,” echoing the Israel Defense Forces’ stance. Palestinian authorities blamed the strike on Israel and said it killed 471 people — a death toll the IDF has disputed. The Washington Post could not immediately verify either side’s claim. Shortly after his trip, Biden said Egypt would allow up to 20 trucks with aid through the Rafah border crossing into Gaza, as the enclave faces an increasingly dire humanitarian crisis.

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