• But Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says dozens of Hamas militants have surrendered.
• He described the situation as “the beginning of the end” for the group.
Hamas has threatened that not a single hostage will be allowed to leave Gaza alive unless its demands for a prisoner exchange are met.
But Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says dozens of Hamas militants have surrendered and he described the situation as “the beginning of the end” for the group.
Israel has ordered civilians to flee the centre of Khan Younis - with an official saying he doesn't want civilians caught up in the "difficult fighting" there.
Key mediator Qatar says the chances of a new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas are "narrowing", but has vowed to keep up the pressure on both sides.
Hamas attacked Israel nine weeks ago - killing 1,200 people and taking 240 hostages, some of whom were released during a short-lived truce.
The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza has said Israel has killed about 18,000 people in its retaliatory campaign.