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Daily Briefing Nov. 13: Day 38 – Why Israel reduced the official October 7 death toll

Military reporter Emanuel Fabian on how the IDF is helping evacuate civilians from Shifa Hospital and northern Gaza; health reporter Renee Ghert-Zand on new life born under rockets

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Today is day 38 of the war. Military correspondent Emanuel Fabian and health reporter Renee Ghert-Zand join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

As of this morning, 44 IDF soldiers have fallen during the ground operation in Gaza, which is now centered around the controversial Shifa Hospital compound. Fabian updates us on what is happening in the Shifa Hospital compound, even as the world is scrutinizing the IDF even more than usual.

Yesterday, at least 14 civilians in Israel were wounded, including one seriously, in an anti-tank guided missile attack by the Hezbollah terror group from Lebanon. In another attack, seven soldiers were wounded by a mortar near the northern community of Menara. Both attacks represent a sharp uptick in hostility, explains Fabian.

Official Israel has revised the estimated number of murdered in the October 7 attack from 1,400 to 1,200. Fabian goes over the numbers and adds them up.

Among all the deaths during this war, new life continues to be born. Ghert-Zand brings us how midwives and doctors are handling challenging circumstances.

No Mental Health Without Democracy, a large group of mental health professionals in Israel, has issued an urgent call to the government to prevent the planned showing of a film of the murderous atrocities committed by Hamas against Israelis on October 7 to the general public. Ghert-Zand explains why.

Hundreds of foreign medical professionals have signed up to volunteer in Israel. We hear who is already here and what they are doing.

For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

Live blog November 13, 2023

IDF says Hamas blocked fuel delivery to Shifa Hospital as troops advance in Gaza

21 wounded, 1 seriously, in Hezbollah missile, mortar attacks from Lebanon

Israel revises death toll from Oct. 7 Hamas assault, dropping it from 1,400 to 1,200

Shepherding life into the world following catastrophe brings hope to Israeli midwives

Mental health professionals implore Netanyahu not to show atrocities film to public

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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