Israel-Hamas war updates and latest news on Gaza conflict


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Egyptian media report a second convoy has entered Gaza

A convoy of 17 trucks bringing aid to besieged Palestinians crossed into Gaza on Sunday, Egypt’s state-run media reported.

The delivery would be the second shipment into the territory in the past two days.

Residents of Gaza have been under an Israeli blockade that cut off food, water, medicine and electricity since Hamas militants rampaged through southern Israel on Oct. 7.

The more than 2 million residents of the territory have been struggling under Israeli airstrikes and with dwindling resources since then.

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2 Hours Ago

U.S. beefs up Mideast military assets as Israel pounds Gaza, targets in Syria, Lebanon

This photograph taken on May 24, 2023 shows the US aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford cruising near Jeloya island, in Moss, south of Oslo. The ship is the world’s largest warship and will be in port in Oslo for four days.

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Concerns about the risk of wider Middle East conflict triggered by the Israel-Hamas war rose on Sunday with the U.S. dispatching more military assets to the region as Israel pummelled targets in Gaza and Hamas supporters in Lebanon and Syria.

Medical sources in Gaza said more than 50 Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes overnight on the enclave, to which Israel laid “total siege” after a cross-border Oct. 7 rampage by Hamas militants that has traumatized Israelis.

In neighboring Syria — where Hamas’s main regional backer Iran has a military presence — Israeli missiles hit Damascus and Aleppo international airports early on Sunday, killing at least two workers, according to Syrian state media.

In south Lebanon, where the Iran-backed Hezbollah has been exchanging cross-border fire with Israel in support of Hamas, Israel said its aircraft bombed Hezbollah targets on Saturday. Hezbollah said six of its fighters were killed.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken cautioned Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister that the Lebanese population would be affected if his country were drawn into the Israeli-Hamas war, the State Department said.

Reuters

3 Hours Ago

UN agency says sustainable aid supply needed to avoid Gaza ‘catastrophe’

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said Sunday that the situation in the besieged Gaza Strip is “terrible,” with humanitarian supplies “very limited” and food and drinking water scarce.

The agency called for the continuous supply of vital aid supplies to avoid an even greater humanitarian disaster.

“We need a sustainable supply line of aid to avoid catastrophe in the Strip,” the UNRWA director said in a statement.

— Sam Meredith

4 Hours Ago

Images of daily life in Gaza

Images published Sunday by Getty Images showed black smoke billowing in the southern Gaza Strip after Israeli airstrikes overnight.

Palestinians in Gaza could be seen evacuating destroyed buildings and inspecting the damage at a time when Israel has vowed to step up its bombardment of the beseiged enclave.

Smoke billows after an Israeli strike on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 22, 2023 amid the ongoing battles between Israel and Palestinian groups.

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A Palestinian man helps evacuate a woman from a damaged building after overnight Israeli strikes on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 22, 2023 amid the ongoing battles between Israel and Palestinian groups.

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A man rides his bicycle past a fire truck in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip October 22, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement.

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Palestinians inspect the damage after overnight Israeli strikes on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 22, 2023 amid the ongoing battles between Israel and Palestinian groups.

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Israel’s military says strike on mosque in the occupied West Bank contained a ‘terror cell’

Palestinians inspect the damage inside a mosque following Israeli air strikes at Jenin refugee camp.

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Israel’s military said Sunday it launched an air strike on an underground compound at a mosque in the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank that allegedly contained a “terror cell” of operatives from Palestinian militant group Hamas and a second Palestinian militant group, Islamic Jihad.

The Israel Defense Forces and the Israel Securities Authority said in joint statement that the operatives “were responsible for several terror attacks over the last months, and were organizing an additional imminent terror attack.”

CNBC could not independently verify this claim.

“Intel was recently received which indicated that the terrorists, that were neutralized, were organizing an imminent terror attack. The mosque was used by the terrorists as a command center to plan the attacks and as a base for their execution,” the joint statement said.

— Sam Meredith

5 Hours Ago

Israel tells Gazans to move south or risk being seen as ‘terrorist’ partner

Palestinians said they had received renewed warnings from Israel’s military to move from north Gaza to the south of the strip, with the added warning that they could be identified as sympathisers with a “terrorist organisation” if they stayed put.

The message was delivered in leaflets marked with the Israel Defense Forces name and logo from Saturday and sent to people via mobile phone audio messages across the Gaza Strip, a narrow territory that is just 45 km (28 miles) long.

“Urgent warning, to residents of Gaza. Your presence north of Wadi Gaza puts your life in danger. Whoever chooses not to leave north Gaza to the south of Wadi Gaza might be identified as an accomplice in a terrorist organisation,” the leaflet said.

— Reuters

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Hamas says 1.4 million people internally displaced in Gaza, with 4,385 killed since Oct. 7

A young man transports bags of bread on a bicycle in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip October 22, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement.

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Approximately 1.4 million people have been internally displaced in Gaza since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, according to the latest daily update form the Hamas-run government media office.

Half of those displaced in Gaza have sought refuge in the 217 shelter centers, while Hamas said the others are staying with relatives, friends, and others.

The daily update said 248 people in Gaza had been killed over the past 24 hours, taking the total death toll since Oct. 7 to 4,385, with 13,561 citizens injured.

Hamas said Israeli forces continued to target educational institutions, with 176 schools subjected to various damages and 30 schools out of service.

— Sam Meredith

6 Hours Ago

Syria says Israel hit Damascus and Aleppo airports with missile strikes, putting them out of service

Israel’s military targeted airstrikes against Damascus and Aleppo airports, Syria’s state-run Syrian Arab News Agency said Sunday, killing one civilian worker and injuring another.

The damage from the missiles put both airports out of service, SANA said.

CNBC could not independently verify details on the ground.

— Sam Meredith

6 Hours Ago

Hezbollah is playing a ‘very dangerous game,’ IDF warns

“Hezbollah is playing a very dangerous game,” IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus warned in a social media update.

Residents in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona have already been asked to evacuate for their own safety as violence at the Israel-Lebanon border flares up.

Overnight, Israel said it struck Hezbollah military targets belonging to the Iran-backed group in Lebanon and one of its soldiers was killed by an anti-tank missile. “The IDF will not stand by as its soldiers and civilians are attacked,” the IDF said.

Hezbollah lost six of its fighters in the cross-border fighting, Reuters reported.

— Joanna Tan

7 Hours Ago

Gaza residents who don’t evacuate won’t be considered terrorists, IDF says

A young girl stands amidst the building rubble that was destroyed by Israeli airstrikes.

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The Israel Defense Forces said it has “has no intention of considering those who have yet to evacuate as a member of a terrorist group.”

There were reports Israel will consider residents in Gaza who choose not to evacuate, but to remain in the north, as associates of terrorist organizations.

“The translation from Arabic that has now spread across platforms is imprecise,” the IDF said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

The IDF reiterated that “for the safety of Gazan civilians,” residents should evacuate to the south of Wadi Gaza. “All those who remain are endangering themselves due to the Hamas’ terrorist activities within civilian areas.”

Joanna Tan

7 Hours Ago

Israel did not strike Gaza hospital, Canada says

A view of the surroundings of Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital after it was hit in Gaza City, Gaza on October 18, 2023.

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Canada’s National Department of Defence said on Saturday that Israel was not behind the Al-Ahli hospital strike in Gaza on Oct. 17.

“Analysis conducted independently by the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command indicates with a high degree of confidence that Israel did not strike the Al-Ahli hospital on 17 October 2023,” it said in a statement.

The strike was more likely caused by an errant rocket fired from Gaza, the defense department said based on analysis of open source and classified reporting.

Canada’s findings are similar to conclusions by France and the U.S.

Reuters

7 Hours Ago

Israel will step up attacks on Hamas in north Gaza: IDF spokesman

Israel will increase attacks on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in the next stage of the war, a spokesman for the Israeli military said.

“We will intensify the attacks on Hamas’ strongholds in the north of Gaza Strip,” Daniel Hagari, spokesperson for Israel Defense Forces told reporters, according to an NBC News translation.

“We’ll continue attacking targets that can be a threat to our ground forces in the following stages of the war,” he added.

As of Saturday, more than 700,000 residents from northern Gaza Strip have evacuated and moved to the south side of the Gaza Stream, he added.

Joanna Tan

7 Hours Ago

‘Far from enough’: UN agencies call for more humanitarian supplies into Gaza

Aerial view shows humanitarian aid trucks arriving from Egypt after having crossed through the Rafah border crossing arriving at a storage facility in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Oct. 21, 2023.

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U.N. agencies welcomed the delivery of a 20-truck convoy carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza, but said it is “far from enough.”

The agencies called for a humanitarian cease-fire, “immediate, unrestricted humanitarian access throughout Gaza,” and for humanitarian aid to be at scale and sustained.

“We call for safe and sustained access to water, food, health – including sexual and reproductive health – and fuel, which is necessary to enable essential services,” the statement said.

Health facilities are running on small amounts of fuel secured locally, which is “expected to run out in the next day or so,” they said. “Vulnerable people are at greatest risk and children are dying at an alarming rate.”

“Gaza was a desperate humanitarian situation before the most recent hostilities. It is now catastrophic. The world must do more,” the U.N. agencies said in a joint statement.

Joanna Tan

7 Hours Ago

Netanyahu dismisses Hamas claims of releasing more hostages as ‘propaganda’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed as “propaganda” claims by Hamas that they offered to release two more hostages.

According to media reports, the spokesman for Hamas’ armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Abu Ubaida, claimed to have informed Qatar of the intention to release the two other hostages the same day Americans Judith and Natalie Ranaan were released.

In a later statement, Abu Ubaida claimed the militants were prepared to free two more people on Sunday “using the same procedures” involved in the release of the Ranaans, Reuters reported.

“We will not respond to false propaganda by Hamas,” Netanyahu said. “We will continue to do everything necessary to bring all the captives and missing back home.”

“Hamas has been trying to present itself as a humanitarian organization to the world, after the release of the two hostages,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

“Don’t fall for their trap,” the post said.

Joanna Tan

10 Hours Ago

U.S. to deploy additional military assets, air defense systems to the Middle East

A view of the US Navy’s aircraft carrier the USS Gerald R. Ford, the ‘world’s largest warship.’

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The U.S. will be deploying additional military assets to the Middle East amid escalating tensions by Iran and its proxy forces across the region, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin announced late Saturday.

“Today I directed a series of additional steps to further strengthen the Department of Defense posture in the region,” he said in a statement.

The U.S. will deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery as well as additional Patriot air defense missile system battalions to locations throughout the Middle East. Additional forces are also on standby, ready to be deployed in case there’s a need to respond quickly, Austin said.

“These steps will bolster regional deterrence efforts, increase force protection for U.S. forces in the region, and assist in the defense of Israel.”

— Joanna Tan

18 Hours Ago

Doctors Without Borders warns that the humanitarian aid delivered so far is ‘totally insufficient’

The entry of humanitarian aid arrives through the Rafah land crossing into the Gaza Strip on October 21, 2023 in Rafah, Gaza. 

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The delivery of aid through the Rafah crossing is “totally insufficient” warned the Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders in a statement.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” the group wrote following reports that the first 20 trucks carrying aid arrived in Gaza.

“Food, water, and medicine are still desperately needed. It is critical that fuel be allowed into Gaza, as this is essential for lifesaving hospital operations as well as the availability of clean water,” the group said, calling for sustained humanitarian deliveries to civilians in Gaza.

— Amanda Macias

20 Hours Ago

Hezbollah official says his group already ‘is in the heart’ of Israel-Hamas war

Lebanon’s Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Kassem.

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A top official with Hezbollah vowed that Israel will pay a high price whenever it starts a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip and said Saturday that his militant group based in Lebanon already is “in the heart of the battle.”

The comments by Hezbollah’s deputy leader, Sheikh Naim Kassem, came as Israel shelled and made drone strikes in southern Lebanon and Hezbollah fired rockets and missiles toward Israel.

For Hezbollah, heating up the Lebanon-Israel border has a clear purpose, Kassem said: “We are trying to weaken the Israeli enemy and let them know that we are ready.” Hamas officials have said that if Israel starts a ground offensive in Gaza, Hezbollah will join the fighting.

There are concerns that Iran-backed Hezbollah, which has a weapons arsenal consisting of tens of thousands of rockets and missiles, as well as different types of drones, might try to open a new front in the Israel-Hamas war with a large-scale attack on northern Israel.

Kassem said his group, which is allied with Hamas, already was affecting the course of the conflict by heating up the Lebanon-Israel border and keeping three Israeli army divisions tied up in the north instead of preparing to fight in Gaza.

“Do you believe that if you try to crush the Palestinian resistance, other resistance fighters in the region will not act?” Kassem said in a speech Saturday during the funeral of a Hezbollah fighter. “We are in the heart of the battle today. We are making achievements through this battle.”

Associated Press

7 Hours Ago

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