Israel-Hamas war live updates: Gaza death toll rises past 8,000 amid expanded ground assault

The Israel Defense Forces has “expanded” its operations in the Gaza Strip in recent days, pouring in troops and armored tanks to conduct “coordinated attacks from the ground and the air,” spokesman Daniel Hagari said Monday. Israeli tanks pushed toward the edge of Gaza City and fired on two civilian cars on coastal Salah al-Din road on Monday morning, according to eyewitnesses in Gaza, in the deepest incursion to date since Israel expanded its ground operations late Friday. Behind the scenes, the United States pressured Israel to restore the communications it had shut down in the enclave this weekend, according to a senior U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive negotiations. Israel also agreed to speed up inspections to allow 100 aid trucks into Gaza per day, a senior U.S. official told The Washington Post.

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