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Karen Read's jurors must now decide: Was it deadly romance or police corruption?
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Karen Read's jurors must now decide: Was it deadly romance or police corruption?

2024-06-26 06:00 Last Updated At:06:11

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — The fate of Karen Read was handed Tuesday to jurors who must decide whether she ended a rocky romance by angrily striking her boyfriend with her SUV and leaving him mortally injured in the snow, or is a victim of police corruption, framed to cover up a fight at the home of his fellow Boston officer.

Jurors got to work after a two-month murder trial in the death of Boston officer John O’Keefe in January 2022. The case has drawn outsized attention, fanned by true crime bloggers and Read’s pink-shirted supporters.

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Karen Read listens during closing arguments during her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — The fate of Karen Read was handed Tuesday to jurors who must decide whether she ended a rocky romance by angrily striking her boyfriend with her SUV and leaving him mortally injured in the snow, or is a victim of police corruption, framed to cover up a fight at the home of his fellow Boston officer.

Karen Read listens during closing arguments during her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during closing arguments during her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Prosecutor Adam Lally gives his closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Prosecutor Adam Lally gives his closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson gives his closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson gives his closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during closing arguments in her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during closing arguments in her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens to her attorney, Alan Jackson, during closing arguments in her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens to her attorney, Alan Jackson, during closing arguments in her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Judge Beverly Cannone instructs the jury after closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Judge Beverly Cannone instructs the jury after closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Dedham, MA - Prosecutor Adam Lally gives his closing arguments during the Karen Read murder trial at Norfolk Superior Court. Read is accused of backing her SUV into her Boston Police officer boyfriend, John O'Keefe, and leaving him to die in a blizzard in Canton, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)/Boston Herald) /// [EXTERNAL] -- Nancy Lane Staff Photographer Boston Herald/MediaNews Group (617)212-5900 nancy.lane@bostonherald.com

Dedham, MA - Prosecutor Adam Lally gives his closing arguments during the Karen Read murder trial at Norfolk Superior Court. Read is accused of backing her SUV into her Boston Police officer boyfriend, John O'Keefe, and leaving him to die in a blizzard in Canton, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)/Boston Herald) /// [EXTERNAL] -- Nancy Lane Staff Photographer Boston Herald/MediaNews Group (617)212-5900 nancy.lane@bostonherald.com

Defense attorney Alan Jackson gives his closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson gives his closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read departs Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read is on trial accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. Jury deliberations began in the trial Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read departs Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read is on trial accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. Jury deliberations began in the trial Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read listens during closing arguments in her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during closing arguments in her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read, center, departs Norfolk Superior, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. Jury deliberations began in the trial Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read, center, departs Norfolk Superior, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. Jury deliberations began in the trial Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Carol Kelly, of Canton, Mass., below right, waves a pink and white American flag in support of Karen Read while Gail White, of Canton, left, holds a sign, a block from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Carol Kelly, of Canton, Mass., below right, waves a pink and white American flag in support of Karen Read while Gail White, of Canton, left, holds a sign, a block from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Lisa Hoffman, of Mansfield, Mass., right, displays a sign in support of Karen Read that features a likeness of a Massachusetts license plate, while seated a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Lisa Hoffman, of Mansfield, Mass., right, displays a sign in support of Karen Read that features a likeness of a Massachusetts license plate, while seated a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, center left, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, center left, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Supporters of Karen Read display signs and a banner a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Supporters of Karen Read display signs and a banner a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Supporters of Karen Read listen to proceedings from Read's trial from a laptop computer while gathered a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Supporters of Karen Read listen to proceedings from Read's trial from a laptop computer while gathered a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read, center, arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, left, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read, center, arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, left, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Daniel Michael Wolfe, director of accident reconstruction with ARCCA, Inc, is questioned by defense attorney Alan Jackson during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. Read is accused of backing her SUV into her Boston Police officer boyfriend, John O'Keefe, and leaving him to die in a blizzard in Canton, in 2022. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Daniel Michael Wolfe, director of accident reconstruction with ARCCA, Inc, is questioned by defense attorney Alan Jackson during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. Read is accused of backing her SUV into her Boston Police officer boyfriend, John O'Keefe, and leaving him to die in a blizzard in Canton, in 2022. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

After the defense's last witness, Judge Beverly J. Cannone speaks to the jury during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. Read is accused of backing her SUV into her Boston Police officer boyfriend, John O'Keefe, and leaving him to die in a blizzard in Canton, in 2022. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

After the defense's last witness, Judge Beverly J. Cannone speaks to the jury during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. Read is accused of backing her SUV into her Boston Police officer boyfriend, John O'Keefe, and leaving him to die in a blizzard in Canton, in 2022. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

The victim's family members react during the direct-examination of retired forensic pathologist Dr. Frank Sheridan during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

The victim's family members react during the direct-examination of retired forensic pathologist Dr. Frank Sheridan during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Retired forensic pathologist Dr. Frank Sheridan (not shown) is questioned by defense attorney Elizabeth Little during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Retired forensic pathologist Dr. Frank Sheridan (not shown) is questioned by defense attorney Elizabeth Little during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Karen Read, center, arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read, center, arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Laura McGillis, of Attleboro, Mass., a supporter of Karen Read, waves to passing cars a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Laura McGillis, of Attleboro, Mass., a supporter of Karen Read, waves to passing cars a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Eva Jenkins, of Bourne, Mass., left, a supporter of Karen Read, waves to passing cars as other supporters place a banner, right, a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Eva Jenkins, of Bourne, Mass., left, a supporter of Karen Read, waves to passing cars as other supporters place a banner, right, a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read, center right, arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, center left, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read, center right, arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, center left, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Defense lawyer Alan Jackson described a cancer of lies that turned into a cover-up, and told jurors they’re the “only thing standing between Karen Read and the tyranny of injustice.”

“You have been lied to in this courtroom. Your job is to make sure you don’t ever ever look the other way,” he said Tuesday.

But Assistant District Attorney Adam Lally told jurors “there is no conspiracy.” He began his closing argument with the words four witnesses reported hearing Read say after O’Keefe was discovered on the snowy lawn: “The defendant repeatedly said ‘I hit him. I hit him. Oh my God. I hit him.’”

“Those were the words that came from the defendant’s mouth,” Lally said.

Read, a former adjunct professor at Bentley College, is charged with second-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, along with manslaughter while operating under the influence of alcohol, and leaving a scene of personal injury and death. The manslaughter charge carries a penalty of five to 20 years in prison, and the other charge has a maximum penalty of 10 years.

Her lawyers contend O’Keefe was dragged outside after he was beaten up in the basement and bitten by a dog at Boston officer Brian Albert’s home in Canton.

“Ladies and gentlemen, there was a cover-up in this case, plain and simple,” Jackson said.

Lally, however, showed the jurors what Read herself said that night, in a voice message she left for O’Keefe moments after her car recorded her driving in reverse at approximately 24 mph (39 kph) and then leaving the scene: He said she was “seething in rage as she’s screaming, ‘John, I (expletive) hate you!’”

The defense said witnesses who claimed to have heard her say she hit O’Keefe had changed their story or couldn’t have heard her comments in the chaos of that moment. Jackson said investigators focused on Read because she was a “convenient outsider” who saved them from having to consider other suspects, including Albert and other law enforcement officers at the house party. He also pointed to connections between Albert and the state trooper who led the investigation.

“Michael Proctor didn’t draw a thin blue line, he erected a tall blue wall,” Jackson said. “A wall that you can’t scale, a wall that Karen Read certainly couldn’t get over. A wall between us and them. A place you folk are not invited. ‘We protect our own.’”

Jackson suggested that Brian Higgins, a federal agent who had exchanged flirty texts with Read, lured O’Keefe to the house party, where the two got into a fight, leading to punches and a fall.

“The panic sets in,” he said. “It wasn’t intended to go that far but what is done is done.”

Prosecutors spent most of the trial methodically presenting evidence from the scene. The defense called only a handful of witnesses but used its time in cross-examining prosecution witnesses to raise questions about the investigation, echoed by a chorus of supporters outside.

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This story has been corrected to show defense attorney Alan Jackson used the word ‘coverup’ and not ‘conspiracy' in addressing jurors.

Karen Read listens during closing arguments during her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during closing arguments during her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during closing arguments during her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during closing arguments during her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Prosecutor Adam Lally gives his closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Prosecutor Adam Lally gives his closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson gives his closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson gives his closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during closing arguments in her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during closing arguments in her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens to her attorney, Alan Jackson, during closing arguments in her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens to her attorney, Alan Jackson, during closing arguments in her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Judge Beverly Cannone instructs the jury after closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Judge Beverly Cannone instructs the jury after closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Dedham, MA - Prosecutor Adam Lally gives his closing arguments during the Karen Read murder trial at Norfolk Superior Court. Read is accused of backing her SUV into her Boston Police officer boyfriend, John O'Keefe, and leaving him to die in a blizzard in Canton, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)/Boston Herald) /// [EXTERNAL] -- Nancy Lane Staff Photographer Boston Herald/MediaNews Group (617)212-5900 nancy.lane@bostonherald.com

Dedham, MA - Prosecutor Adam Lally gives his closing arguments during the Karen Read murder trial at Norfolk Superior Court. Read is accused of backing her SUV into her Boston Police officer boyfriend, John O'Keefe, and leaving him to die in a blizzard in Canton, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)/Boston Herald) /// [EXTERNAL] -- Nancy Lane Staff Photographer Boston Herald/MediaNews Group (617)212-5900 nancy.lane@bostonherald.com

Defense attorney Alan Jackson gives his closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson gives his closing arguments in the Karen Read trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read departs Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read is on trial accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. Jury deliberations began in the trial Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read departs Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read is on trial accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. Jury deliberations began in the trial Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read listens during closing arguments in her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during closing arguments in her trial at Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Dedham, Mass. Read is accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Karen Read, center, departs Norfolk Superior, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. Jury deliberations began in the trial Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read, center, departs Norfolk Superior, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. Jury deliberations began in the trial Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Carol Kelly, of Canton, Mass., below right, waves a pink and white American flag in support of Karen Read while Gail White, of Canton, left, holds a sign, a block from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Carol Kelly, of Canton, Mass., below right, waves a pink and white American flag in support of Karen Read while Gail White, of Canton, left, holds a sign, a block from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Lisa Hoffman, of Mansfield, Mass., right, displays a sign in support of Karen Read that features a likeness of a Massachusetts license plate, while seated a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Lisa Hoffman, of Mansfield, Mass., right, displays a sign in support of Karen Read that features a likeness of a Massachusetts license plate, while seated a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, center left, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, center left, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Supporters of Karen Read display signs and a banner a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Supporters of Karen Read display signs and a banner a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Supporters of Karen Read listen to proceedings from Read's trial from a laptop computer while gathered a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Supporters of Karen Read listen to proceedings from Read's trial from a laptop computer while gathered a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read, center, arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, left, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read, center, arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, left, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Daniel Michael Wolfe, director of accident reconstruction with ARCCA, Inc, is questioned by defense attorney Alan Jackson during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. Read is accused of backing her SUV into her Boston Police officer boyfriend, John O'Keefe, and leaving him to die in a blizzard in Canton, in 2022. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Daniel Michael Wolfe, director of accident reconstruction with ARCCA, Inc, is questioned by defense attorney Alan Jackson during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. Read is accused of backing her SUV into her Boston Police officer boyfriend, John O'Keefe, and leaving him to die in a blizzard in Canton, in 2022. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

After the defense's last witness, Judge Beverly J. Cannone speaks to the jury during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. Read is accused of backing her SUV into her Boston Police officer boyfriend, John O'Keefe, and leaving him to die in a blizzard in Canton, in 2022. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

After the defense's last witness, Judge Beverly J. Cannone speaks to the jury during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. Read is accused of backing her SUV into her Boston Police officer boyfriend, John O'Keefe, and leaving him to die in a blizzard in Canton, in 2022. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

The victim's family members react during the direct-examination of retired forensic pathologist Dr. Frank Sheridan during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

The victim's family members react during the direct-examination of retired forensic pathologist Dr. Frank Sheridan during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Retired forensic pathologist Dr. Frank Sheridan (not shown) is questioned by defense attorney Elizabeth Little during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Retired forensic pathologist Dr. Frank Sheridan (not shown) is questioned by defense attorney Elizabeth Little during the murder trial for Karen Read at Norfolk Superior Court, in Dedham, Mass., Monday, June 24, 2024. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Karen Read, center, arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read, center, arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Laura McGillis, of Attleboro, Mass., a supporter of Karen Read, waves to passing cars a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Laura McGillis, of Attleboro, Mass., a supporter of Karen Read, waves to passing cars a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Eva Jenkins, of Bourne, Mass., left, a supporter of Karen Read, waves to passing cars as other supporters place a banner, right, a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Eva Jenkins, of Bourne, Mass., left, a supporter of Karen Read, waves to passing cars as other supporters place a banner, right, a block away from Norfolk Superior Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read, center right, arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, center left, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Karen Read, center right, arrives at Norfolk Superior Court with her father William Read, center left, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Karen Read is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend Boston police Officer John O'Keefe, in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A United Kingdom-based aid group said one of its senior employees in Gaza was killed Friday in an Israeli strike that hit its warehouse located in an Israeli-declared humanitarian safe zone. The strike also killed three staffers from other aid groups using the warehouse, the Al-Khair Foundation said in a statement.

The Israeli military said Husam Mansour, the Al-Khair Foundation member who was killed, was in fact a senior Hamas militant. Israel said he used his position with the humanitarian group to raise money for Hamas.

After a two-week Israeli offensive in northern Gaza, dozens of bodies were collected throughout Gaza City’s Tel al-Hawa neighborhood and brought to Al-Ahli Hospital on Friday morning. Civil defense workers said they were still recovering dead and wounded from destroyed streets and buildings.

Israel launched the war in Gaza after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack in which militants stormed into southern Israel, killed some 1,200 people — mostly civilians — and abducted about 250. Since then, Israeli ground offensives and bombardments have killed more than 38,300 people in Gaza, according to the territory’s Health Ministry. It does not distinguish between combatants and civilians in its count.

Most of Gaza’s 2.3 million people are crammed into squalid tent camps in central and southern Gaza. Israeli restrictions, fighting and the breakdown of law and order have limited humanitarian aid efforts, causing widespread hunger and sparking fears of famine. The top United Nations court has ordered Israel to take steps to protect Palestinians as it examines genocide allegations against Israeli leaders. Israel denies the charge.

Currently:

— Israeli army acknowledges Oct. 7 failures, including slow response times and disorganization.

— Emergency workers uncover dozens of bodies in a Gaza City district after Israeli assault.

— Argentina designates Hamas a terrorist group in a show of support for Israel.

— Head of U.S. aid agency says Israel has pledged to improve safety for humanitarian workers in Gaza.

— Yemen’s Houthi rebels fired an Iranian missile at ship, debris analyzed by U.S. shows.

— Follow AP’s coverage of the war in Gaza at https://apnews.com/hub/israel-hamas-war.

Here’s the latest:

UNITED NATIONS — The head of the United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees says a donors conference raised enough money to keep its operations in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon running until the end of September.

Philippe Lazzarini told the pledging conference at its opening Friday morning that the agency known as UNRWA only had funds until the end of August.

At the end of the conference, he told reporters the total amount in pledges wouldn't be known until the following week. But he said he is confident there will be enough new money in its $850 million annual budget to keep the agency running for another month and pay its 30,000 staff who provide education, primary health care and other development activities to about 6 million Palestinian refugees.

In the coming months, Lazzarini said UNRWA will be seeking funds to keep its operations going through December – and for emergency appeals for $1.2 billion for the Gaza war and $460 million for the Syria crisis, both of which are less than 20% funded.

UNRWA has been underfunded for years, but 2024 has been dire since Israel alleged that 12 of the agency’s 13,000 workers in Gaza participated in Hamas’ Oct. 7 surprise attack in southern Israel that sparked the ongoing war in Gaza. The agency terminated the contracts of all those employees. Still, 16 countries suspended funding UNRWA, amounting to about $450 million.

Lazzarini told reporters that 14 donors have officially resumed funding and he believes “very soon” a 15th country — the United Kingdom — will come back.

The United States, which was the biggest donor to UNRWA, providing the agency with $340 million in 2022 and several hundred million in 2023, was among the countries halting funding. The U.S. Congress has prohibited any payments to UNRWA until March 25, 2025.

UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations chief launched an appeal for the beleaguered U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees in Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East, accusing Israel of issuing evacuation orders in the war-torn territory forcing Palestinians “to move like human pinballs across a landscape of destruction and death.”

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the donor’s conference at U.N. headquarters Friday that the agency, known as UNRWA, faces “a profound funding gap” — and Palestinians are also seeing widening gaps in respect for international humanitarian law, and recognition of their human rights and dignity.

The U.N. is appealing for $1.2 billion to cover critical humanitarian needs in Gaza and the West Bank through the end of the year, UNRWA’s Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini said.

“This appeal and the emergency appeal for Syria, Lebanon and Jordan are less than 20% funded,” he said. “The agency’s ability to operate beyond August depends on member states disbursing planned funding and making new contributions to the core budget.”

The U.N. is appealing for funds for its $850 million annual budget as well as $1.2 billion in emergency funds to cover critical humanitarian needs in Gaza and $460 million for the Syria crisis, he said, adding that the Gaza and Syria appeals are less than 20% funded.

Guterres said nothing justifies Hamas’ Oct. 7 attacks in southern Israel, and “nothing justifies the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.”

The Hamas attack killed some 1,200 people — mostly civilians — and led to the abduction of about 250 people. Since then, Israeli ground offensives and bombardments have killed more than 38,300 people in Gaza, according to the territory’s Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and civilians in its count.

Guterres said Israel’s latest evacuation orders in Gaza City have seen more civilian suffering and bloodshed, and UNRWA hasn’t been spared: “195 UNRWA staff members have been killed, the highest staff death toll in U.N. history.”

“They are the backbone of humanitarian operations in Gaza," the secretary-general said.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian Health ministry said a 26-year-old Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Friday near the West Bank city of Ramallah, as ongoing violence roils the Israeli-occupied territory.

Commenting on the shooting, the Israeli army said its forces opened fire at a group of Palestinians who were hurling bricks and “explosive devices” at troops during a military raid into the village of Abwein, 37 kilometers (22 miles) north of Ramallah.

No further information about the shooting was made public. The military later released a photo of what appeared to be a homemade pipe bomb allegedly found at the scene.

Violence has spiked in the West Bank since the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza erupted last October. Over 570 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank since then, according to data from the Palestinian Health Ministry.

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip — A U.K.-based aid group said one of its employees in Gaza was killed Friday in an Israeli strike that hit its warehouse located inside an Israeli-declared humanitarian safe zone.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of a senior aid worker, Engineer Husam Mansour who was killed in an air strike on a warehouse where essential food items were being prepared for aid distribution,” Al-Khair Foundation said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.

Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad, the group’s director in London, said the strike also killed three staffers from other aid groups using the warehouse.

The Israeli military said that Mansour was in fact a senior Hamas militant. It said he used his position with the humanitarian group to raise money for Hamas.

The warehouse was located in Muwasi, a largely rural area on Gaza’s Mediterranean coast that is part of a “humanitarian safe zone” where Israeli has told Palestinians fleeing its offensives to take refuge. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in makeshift tents are crowded in the approximately 60-square-kilometer zone (23 square miles).

Still, Israel has carried out airstrikes inside the zone. The Israeli army did not immediately respond to AP’s request for comment on Friday’s strike.

Al-Khair Foundation is an Islamic non-governmental organization based in London and Turkey.

BEIRUT — A Hamas political official said Friday that the Palestinian militant group is still insisting on written guarantees from mediators in the ongoing cease-fire negotiations that Israel will not resume the war after the first group of Israeli hostages held in Gaza are released.

While the two sides have agreed on a general framework for a deal, the main sticking point remains that Hamas wants it to result in a permanent cease-fire, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that any agreement “must allow Israel to return to fighting until all the objectives of the war are achieved.”

Ahmed Abdul-Hadi, the head of Hamas’ political office in Lebanon, said Hamas has been “flexible” on some points but continues to insist that “negotiations should continue for a permanent cease-fire until a permanent cease-fire is reached,” as opposed to the wording in the current proposal, under which the cease-fire should continue as long as negotiations continue.

“Netanyahu can stop the negotiations and thus resume the aggression” at any time, he said. “We want something in writing to ensure that negotiations continue … in order to reach a permanent cease-fire.”

He denied reports that the group’s leadership inside Gaza had pressured political leaders outside to accept the deal on the table due to the military pressure it is facing, saying that the “military situation is very solid for the resistance (Hamas) and is better than the early days of the war.”

Abdul-Hadi said that Hamas does not expect to resume its role as the ruling party in Gaza after the war but wants to see a Palestinian government of technocrats. However, he said the form that future governance in the enclave should take is “a Palestinian matter that is agreed upon by the Palestinian people” and is not on the table in the current negotiations.

“We do not want to rule Gaza alone again in the next phase,” he said. “We want to have a partnership and national consensus.”

Abdul-Hadi said a meeting between Hamas and its main rival, Fatah, is expected to take place in China later this month and that “We hope that this meeting will result in a national consensus.” The meeting was previously scheduled to take place last month but was postponed, with the two sides trading blame for the delay.

Dozens of bodies collected throughout a western neighborhood of Gaza City arrived at Al-Ahli Hospital on Friday morning as Palestinian emergency workers said they continued to unearth the dead throughout the neighborhood’s destroyed streets and buildings.

The hospital’s director, Fadel Naem, told The Associated Press that people both dead and wounded had been brought to the hospital from the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood, transported in groups of up to 10, amid sniper fire and the buzz of helicopters.

Meanwhile, emergency crews from the civil defense were continuing to recover bodies scattered in destroyed streets and buildings, where entire families appear to have been killed by artillery fire and aerial bombardment, Mahmoud Basal, the group’s spokesperson said.

The Israeli army said it could not comment on its activities in the area.

“There are homes that we cannot reach, and there are those who were burned inside their homes,” Basal said, noting many of those who were killed had left nearby shelters after being ordered to evacuate.

In recent months, Israel has intensified operations in various neighborhoods of Gaza City, including the Shati refugee camp and the Shijaiyah district, and has issued multiple evacuation orders in the north of the territory.

The scenes in Tel al-Hawa mirror those in other Gaza City neighborhoods from which Israel’s military has withdrawn in recent days. On Thursday, civil defense workers found 60 bodies in Shijaiyah under similar circumstances, with more believed to be buried under rubble.

JERUSALEM — Israel’s military said Friday that one of its soldiers was killed in combat in northern Israel as the country’s army and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah continue to trade cross-border fire.

The military did not specify how the 33-year-old sergeant was killed.

The Iranian-backed group and Israel have been trading near daily exchanges of fire since the Israel-Hamas war broke out last year.

Hezbollah says it is striking Israel in solidarity with Hamas, another Iran-allied group that ignited the war in Gaza with its Oct. 7 attack into southern Israel. The group’s leadership says it will stop its attacks once there is a cease-fire in Gaza, and that while it does not want war, it is ready for one.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden acknowledged disappointments, missteps and frustrations with Israel’s hard-right government Thursday, but pointed to increased hopes now of a cease-fire to end the Israel-Hamas war devastating the lives of Gaza’s people.

Biden looked back over the course of his efforts in Israel’s war against Hamas during a much-watched press conference at the site of the just ended NATO summit.

He called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government the most conservative Israeli administration he had experienced, and said he had urged Israeli leaders not to follow the example that the U.S. set against al-Qaida and other extremist militant groups. “’Don’t think that’s what you should be doing, doubling-down,”’ he recounted telling them.

He said he had been “disappointed” his order for the U.S. military to build a pier to bring aid by sea to Gaza, along with some other efforts, “have not succeeded as well.”

But Biden said Israel and Hamas had now both agreed to the broad terms of a deal to pause fighting and free hostages, and said that made prospects brighter now. Mediators were helping work on gaps in agreement, he said.

Israeli soldiers sit on their vehicle near the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel, Friday, July 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israeli soldiers sit on their vehicle near the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel, Friday, July 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

An Israeli tank maneuvers near the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel, Friday, July 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

An Israeli tank maneuvers near the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel, Friday, July 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

An Israeli tank maneuvers near the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel, Friday, July 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

An Israeli tank maneuvers near the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel, Friday, July 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

An Israeli tank maneuvers near the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel, Friday, July 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

An Israeli tank maneuvers near the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel, Friday, July 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

In this image taken from video, Palestinians returned to scenes of destruction in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood on Thursday, July 11, 2024, after Israeli troops withdrew following a two-week offensive. (AP Photo)

In this image taken from video, Palestinians returned to scenes of destruction in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood on Thursday, July 11, 2024, after Israeli troops withdrew following a two-week offensive. (AP Photo)

Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in the central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in the central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

In this image taken from video, Palestinians returned to scenes of destruction in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood on Thursday, July 11, 2024, after Israeli troops withdrew following a two-week offensive. (AP Photo)

In this image taken from video, Palestinians returned to scenes of destruction in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood on Thursday, July 11, 2024, after Israeli troops withdrew following a two-week offensive. (AP Photo)

A Palestinian man holds the body of his child killed in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, at a hospital morgue in Deir al-Balah, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

A Palestinian man holds the body of his child killed in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, at a hospital morgue in Deir al-Balah, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

An Israeli soldier dismounts from his tank near the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel, Friday, July 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

An Israeli soldier dismounts from his tank near the Israel-Gaza border in southern Israel, Friday, July 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

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