Israel bombs Gaza for 4th night as evidence of “a massacre” emerges
King Charles appalled by ‘barbaric acts’ in Israel, spokesperson says
Britain’s King Charles is appalled by the “barbaric acts of terrorism” in Israel, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said on Wednesday, following attacks by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
“This is a situation His Majesty is extremely concerned about, and he has asked to be kept actively updated,” the spokesperson said. “His thoughts and prayers are with all of those suffering, particularly those who have lost loved ones, but also those actively involved as we speak.”
“His majesty is appalled by and condemns the barbaric acts of terrorism in Israel,” the palace spokesperson said.
Reuters contributed reporting.
Holocaust survivor says Israel-Hamas war reopens old wounds
David Schaecter, a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor living in Florida, survived four Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz. He told CBS Miami that the war between Israel and Hamas has reopened old wounds and shown that people have forgotten the lessons of the Holocaust.
Read more of Schaecter’s interview with CBS Miami here.
What is a kibbutz?
A kibbutz is a type of communal settlement, traditionally rural, in Israel. The first kibbutz was created more than 90 years ago, the name coming from the word kvutza, which means “group” in Hebrew.
In most early kibbutzim, people worked in agriculture and pooled their money. Everyone’s income helped run the settlement.
Now, many kibbutzim are private and many engage in manufacturing rather than, or in addition to, agriculture. Kibbutz Degania, for example, runs a diamond-cutting factory, which grosses several million dollars a year, according to Israel’s tourism site.
Some attract tourists and have hotels, and many contribute to the wider economy.
There are about 125,000 people living across an estimated 250 kibbutzim, which are unique to Israel, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel, an organization that connects Jewish communities.
As part of its attack, Hamas targeted Kibbutz Kfar Aza, a farming community. Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Maj. Libby Weiss called it a “massacre,” saying Hamas beheaded babies, children and adults.
At the start of Saturday’s attack, Hamas targeted a music festival in the desert near Kibbutz Re’im, a settlement in the southern part of the country. There, at least 260 people were killed.
Israeli official calls Gaza blockade fair response to Hamas terror
Israel Katz, the minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water for Israel, issued a statement on X calling the blockade of Gaza a fair response to Saturday’s attack by Hamas.
“For years we supplied Gaza with electricity, water and fuel. Instead of saying thank you, they sent thousands of human animals to slaughter, murder, rape and kidnap babies, women and the elderly – that’s why we decided to stop the flow of water, electricity and fuel and now their local power station has collapsed and there is no electricity in Gaza,” Katz wrote in Hebrew. Other officials have referred to the situation as a “complete siege.”
Even prior to the blockade, the Israeli organization Gisha said that many people in Gaza do not have sufficient access to clean water. Officials said electricity in the Gaza Strip was only available for about half the day. No food or medical supplies are currently being allowed in or out. Palestinian civilians are already suffering amid the tight restrictions and ongoing aerial bombardments.
Katz said the siege will continue “until the Hamas threat to Israel and the world is removed.”
Shipment of advanced weaponry from U.S. arrives in Israel, officials say
An initial shipment of advanced weaponry from the United States has been delivered to Israel, the country’s Ministry of Defense said Wednesday.
The ministry released videos and photos of materials being unloaded from a cargo plane. The materials being unloaded were blurred. The Israel Defense Forces said on social media that the plane landed at Nevatim Airbase, in the southern part of the country.
The equipment was procured and brought to Israel through a joint operation by the Ministry of Defense, its International Transportation Unit, and the United States.
“The cooperation between our militaries is a key part of ensuring regional security and stability in times of war,” the IDF said on social media.
Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group on Wednesday blasted the United States for its support of Israel, saying that sending an aircraft carrier to the region “will not scare our people or the resistance movements that are ready for the confrontation” and criticizing President Joe Biden’s “flagrant” support of Israel.
The Associated Press contributed reporting.
Israel to form emergency unity government
A top opposition Israeli politician says he has reached an agreement to enter a wartime unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Benny Gantz, a former defense minister and military chief of staff, released what he said was a joint statement with Netanyahu.
The statement said they would form a five-member “war-management” Cabinet. It will consist of Netanyahu, Gantz, current Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and two other top officials serving as “observer” members.
It said the government would not pass any legislation or decisions that are not connected to the war as long as the fighting continues. It was not immediately clear what would happen to Netanyahu’s existing government partners, a collection of far-right and ultra-Orthodox parties.
10 French citizens killed in Israel and 18 missing, prime minister says
CBS News’ Elaine Cobbe in Paris reports that French prime minister Élisabeth Borne announced Wednesday that 10 French citizens have died in the violence in Israel. Eighteen French citizens are still missing, Borne said.
French president Emannuel Macron has previously condemned the attacks against Israel.
“France stands in solidarity with Israel and the Israelis, committed to their security and their right to defend themselves,” he said on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, on Saturday.
Israel’s defense ministry lays out huge supply boost for military ahead of expected Gaza invasion
Israel’s Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that since the country’s military forces started responding to the unprecedented Hamas terror attack on Saturday, it had contracted more than 60 construction companies and supplied some 24,000 tons of infrastructure material to support the troops’ ground operations.
Five factories had been set up exclusively “for the production of protective equipment” as Israel’s war machine ramps up operations against Hamas, with a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip widely expected in the coming days.
In a possible hint of the scale of the Israeli Defense Forces’ next steps, the Defense Ministry said it had “prepared approximately 1,500 buses for transporting IDF soldiers, focused mainly on reserve forces,” roughly 400,000 of whom have been called up to active duty over the last five days.
Norway urges global community to keep up “financial assistance to the Palestinian people”
Norway, which chairs an international donors group for people in the Palestinian territories, urged the international community on Wednesday to maintain its aid the to Palestinians following the Hamas terror attack on Israel.
“The situation will only deteriorate further if the international community suspends or reduces its assistance at this critical juncture,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt told AFP in an email.
After Saturday’s bloody attack on Israel, several countries, including Austria, Denmark, Germany and Sweden, announced they were suspending their development aid — but not humanitarian aid — to the Palestinians.
“As chair of the international donor group AHLC, Norway encourages the international community to continue its financial assistance to the Palestinian people,” Huitfeldt said. “This includes support to the Palestinian Authority channelled through the World Bank, assistance via international organisations such as the UN system, and support to humanitarian organisations and to the Palestinian civil society.”
By CBS News and the AFP
Gaza health officials say blockade forcing health care rationing in hospitals
The Gaza Ministry of Health said Wednesday that it had been forced to start rationing the health care services provided in hospitals as it tries to manage with limited electricity supplied by emergency generators, as Israel’s retaliatory airstrikes and complete blockade of the Palestinian territory, cuts power supplies.
More rockets from Gaza fired at Israeli cities
Air raid sirens blared again Wednesday as a fresh salvo of rockets was reportedly unleashed by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, targeting southern Israeli cities including Ashkelon and Ashdod.
At least one of the rockets was said to have landed in Ashkelon, but there was no immediate word on casualties from the most recent barrage. Unverified images posted on social media showed the purported impact site of at least one rocket in Ashkelon.
Hamas and other Palestinian factions have continued firing rockets at Israel since Hamas launched it’s unprecedented terror attack on Saturday, despite a fierce Israeli bombing campaign targeting the militants’ fighters, command centers and weaponry in Gaza.
That bombing campaign has killed at least 950 people as of Wednesday, according to the Health Ministry in Hamas-run Gaza.
Gaza officials warn of looming humanitarian crisis as Israeli blockade cuts power and water
The roughly 2.3 million residents of the Gaza Strip were facing the prospect of a dire humanitarian and environmental situation Wednesday due to an Israeli blockade that has cut power and water supplies, the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU), which is responsible for water and waste management in the Palestinian territory, told CBS News.
Since Israel declared a “complete siege” on Gaza Monday, in response to the Hamas group’s bloody terror rampage in Israel, power lines providing 80% of the densely packed strip of land’s electricity, and the company providing 30% of its water supplies, have been cut off.
Insufficient fuel supplies for backup generators has already led to prolonged power outages, forcing essential facilities including wastewater treatment plants to shut down.
The Mayor of Gaza City, Dr. Yehya Al Saraj, told CBS News Tuesday that “raw sewage has been thrown to the sea, polluting the sea,” adding: “This affects everybody in the region.”
“We can barely provide people with a little water,” Saraj said, noting the destruction of several water pumping stations was exacerbating the crisis.
The CMWU called on national and international institutions to urgently intervene and provide fuel and spare parts for backup generators, so that power and water supplies in Gaza could be restored and waste management facilities brought back online.
By CBS News’ Marwan al-Ghoul in Gaza and Maddie Richards in London
Updated 6:35 AM
U.N. aid agency in Gaza says 9 workers killed by Israeli strikes, no aid getting in
The United Nations humanitarian relief agency that operates in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip said Wednesday that nine of its workers, six staff and three contractors, had been killed by Israeli airstrikes on the densely packed Palestinian territory since the Jewish state started retaliating for Hamas’ brutal terror attack on Saturday.
The U.N.’s Palestine Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said in a statement posted online Wednesday that at least 20 of its facilities in Gaza had been damaged by the strikes, including two schools.
A spokesperson for the group said earlier that UNRWA had not been able to bring any additional aid into Gaza since Saturday, when Hamas militants unleashed an unprecedented ground, air and sea assault on Israel. Israeli forces have tightened their longstanding blockade of Gaza since the attack, sealing off the coastal strip of land and vowing that nothing would go in or out, including water, food, medicine, gas or electricity.
The UN agency said staff were continuing their humanitarian work despite the risks presented by Israel’s bombardment and the challenges increased by the blockade.
Israel has long accused Hamas of positioning its fighters and weapons in or near Gaza homes, mosques and schools, including those run by the U.N. agency.
Israeli air force says it attacked university in Gaza used as Hamas “training center”
Israel’s Air Force said Wednesday that it had “recently attacked the Islamic University in Gaza City,” accusing Hamas of using the college as a “major training center” for the Palestinian faction’s engineers.
The air force said in a social media post that the university “serves as an important center of political and military power for the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip and a training institution for the development and production of weapons.”
U.S. warns Hezbollah as Iran-backed group exchanges deadly fire with Israeli forces
The U.S. has warned the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement — the most powerful military force in crisis-racked Lebanon — not to get involved in Israel’s war with Hamas. For four days now, Hezbollah, along with other Palestinian factions that operate inside Lebanon, has been trading cross-border fire with Israeli forces.
That exchange continued Wednesday, when Israeli military positions in the north of the country, near the Lebanese border, were targeted with anti-tank fire. So far, at least three suspected Hezbollah militants have been killed, in addition to three Israeli soldiers.
CBS News’ Imtiaz Tyab contributed reporting.
Gaza officials say death toll from Israeli airstrikes at least 950
The Health Ministry in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip said Wednesday that the death toll from Israel’s relentless airstrikes had risen to at least 950 people. The ministry said more than 5,000 people had been injured, 60% of whom were women and children.
Israel early Wednesday morning that it had carried out at least 450 strikes on the tiny, blockaded Palestinian territory in the preceding 24 hours, as it targets Hamas militants and command centers in retaliation for the terror attack launched by the group on Saturday.
Israelis find “a massacre,” with children and adults beheaded, in Hamas-raided kibbutz
Major Libby Weiss, a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces, told CBS News on Wednesday that soldiers who entered a kibbutz near the Gaza border on Tuesday, several days after Hamas militants stormed across the region in a terror rampage, found “a massacre.”
“Without being explicit, wanting to respect families suffering; we see blood spread out in homes. We’ve found bodies of people who have been butchered,” she told CBS News. “The depravity of it is haunting. I can’t say that enough. The degree of destruction — no regard for human life. We saw a massacre, found what was left of a massacre.”
Among those massacred in the Kafr Aza kibbutz were civilians who were beheaded, according to both Weiss, citing the soldiers who arrived first, and a civilian emergency responder who was among those to arrive on the scene to collect the victims’ remains.
Yossi Landau, the head of operations for the southern region of Zaka, Israel’s volunteer civilian emergency response organization, told CBS News on Wednesday that he personally saw adults and children, including babies, who had been beheaded.
Israel says 60 families notified of loved ones held hostage by Hamas
The Israeli military said Wednesday that it had identified at least 60 Israeli hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.
Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Brig. Gen. Daniel Hagari said notices had been given to the families of 60 abductees captured by Hamas.
“We are torn between our desire to bring credibility in reporting and the desire to be quick and give answers, and we will manage it responsibly,” he told reporters. “We see this as a primary mission, and are working to bring the information as quickly and accurately as possible.”
Pope calls on Hamas to release all hostages
Pope Francis appealed Wednesday to the Palestinian militant group Hamas to release all hostages held in the wake of the group’s unprecedented terror attack on Israel, according to the Reuters news agency.
More than 100 people, including an unknown number of Israeli forces and U.S. nationals, are believed to be held by Hamas, which slaughtered civilians across southern Israel during its Saturday morning attack.
According to Reuters, the pope condemned all acts of terrorism and said they would serve only to fuel hatred, violence and revenge.
Francis said he was “very worried,” meanwhile, about the implications for Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip of Israel’s “total siege” blockade of the territory.
Gaza hospitals full of patients, running low on supplies
Humanitarian groups have warned that Gaza City’s main hospital is running at full capacity and supplies are running out as Israel enforces a strict blockade of the Palestinian territory.
Israel has warned residents in multiple Gaza neighborhoods to evacuate, signalling coming airstrikes.
“There is no safe place in Gaza right now,” a journalist based in Gaza told The Associated Press. “I am genuinely afraid for my life.”
At least three journalists have been killed in Gaza amid the Israeli bombardment, along with some 750 others.
“I sell toys, not missiles, ” Abdullah Musleh, 46, told the AP as he was pulled from his basement after his apartment building was flattened by a strike. “I want to leave Gaza.”
The only route out of the tiny Palestinian enclave is now the Rafah crossing, on the Gaza Strip’s southern border with Egypt.
Palestinians say 30 more killed in overnight airstrikes
A Hamas government official told the French news agency AFP on Wednesday that at least 30 more people were killed and hundreds wounded as Israel hit the Gaza Strip with hundreds of new airstrikes overnight.
The head of the Palestinian territory’s Hamas-run government media office, Salama Marouf, told AFP dozens of homes, factories, mosques and stores were hit in the strikes.
The Israeli military said it targeted more Hamas militants and infrastructure during the night, having carried out some 450 airstrikes on the Palestinian territory over the last 24 hours.
Israeli death toll from Hamas attacks reaches 1,200, with at least 2,700 wounded
An Israeli military spokesperson said Wednesday that the death toll from the surprise attack by Hamas militants on Israel has now reached 1,200 people, with at least 2,700 more wounded.
Lt. Col. (Res.) Jonathan Conricus, international spokesperson for Israel Defense Forces, said the stark rise in the death toll is from the discovery of new bodies, not from the ongoing fighting.
“That is not because there’s ongoing fighting an Israelis continue to be butchered by Hamas terrorists,” Conricus said. “It is because now, as the time has gone by, we are discovering bodies of dead Israelis in the various communities that Hamas infiltrated, and where they conducted their massacres.”
The IDF said early Wednesday that dozens of Israeli Air Force fighter jets have conducted airstrikes on about 450 targets in the Gaza Strip over the past 24 hours.
According to numbers Tuesday from the Gaza Health Ministry, at least 900 people in the Gaza Strip have been killed in Israel’s counterattacks, including 260 children, and about 4,500 more people wounded.
Key developments in Israel-Hamas conflict. Here’s what we know.
The death toll continued to climb as Israel bombarded Gaza on Tuesday, marking the fourth day of hostilities between Israel and Hamas. More than 1,200 people have been killed in Israel, authorities for the country said, while the Gaza health ministry said Tuesday that 900 had been killed in the strip.
Israel has declared war on Hamas following the group’s surprise assault that began Saturday.
Here are some key developments:
Relentless airstrikes: Israel conducted airstrikes on Gaza throughout the day Tuesday and into early Wednesday, attacking hundreds of targets in the Palestinian territory, the IDF said. While Israel says it is targeting weapons storage centers and infrastructure used by Hamas militants, the United Nations says more than a dozen health facilities have also been struck.
Hamas takes hostages: Hamas has taken more than 100 people hostage, some of whom are Americans, according to Israeli officials. The group has said it will not negotiate for the hostages’ release while Gaza is still under fire.
Hamas rocket attacks: Hamas also continued launching rockets into Israel on Tuesday. Some struck the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. Israel’s air defense system, called the Iron Dome, has been intercepting rockets launched from Gaza since Saturday.
Biden pledges support for Israel: President Biden on Tuesday condemned Hamas’ attack on Israel and said, “In this moment, we must be crystal clear: We stand with Israel. We stand with Israel.” Biden said 14 Americans have been killed in the conflict and more than 20 remain unaccounted for. The first weapons shipment the U.S. sent to Israel following the Hamas assault arrived in southern Israel late Tuesday, the IDF said.
Troop buildup: Israel has positioned 35 battalions in the areas surrounding Gaza, military officials said, in preparation for a possible ground assault.
Gaza residents trapped: Many who live in Gaza are unable to escape Israel’s bombardments, Palestinian journalist Hassan Jaber told CBS News. “There is no safe place in Gaza,” he said, noting many do not have access to bomb shelters. Gaza resident Omar Ghraieb told CBS News, “”There are no shelters or bunkers or safe routes or safe zones in Gaza.”
Travel to and near Israel disrupted: Many airlines have halted flights to and out of Israel, with American Airlines announcing Tuesday it was suspending all flights to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv through Dec. 4. Royal Caribbean canceled several sailings and diverted cruise ships that had been scheduled to dock in Israel and Egypt. Celestyal Cruises announced Monday it has canceled all stops in Israel through the end of November.
Family mourns son killed fighting Hamas
Aryeh Ziering, a 27-year-old Israeli-American, was killed in action fighting Hamas militants over the weekend. His parents, Debbie and Mark Ziering, spoke to CBS News about the devastating loss of their son.
“You never want to get the knock on the door,” Debbie Ziering said. “With the two army officers outside. This woman came in and she said to us, ‘Your son was killed today.'”
She said her son was “just a regular guy.”
“He loved sports. He loved the Boston Red Sox,” she told CBS News.
Despite the heartbreaking loss, the Zierings, who moved to Israel from New York almost 30 years ago, are still hopeful for a better future.
“We believe in peace. We believe in coexistence,” Mark Ziering said. “We don’t want to eliminate anyone from this world or this planet. Everybody should have a place to live.”
American who was on vacation volunteers at Israeli hospital
Michele Freund, an American physician assistant, was on vacation in Israel when Hamas first attacked. She knew she had to help, so she volunteered at a local hospital.
“I feel like it’s also my country,” she told CBS News. “I’m Jewish and I feel like everybody that’s been affected by this is my family.”
Her grandmother worked in the same hospital when she moved to Israel from Hungary after surviving the Holocaust.
“She would just be so proud of having me here, especially in light of atrocities that are happening that are so holocaust-like,” Freund said.
7:30 PM / October 10, 2023
“This is Holocaust,” says Massachusetts woman whose ex-husband and his brother were killed by Hamas
A Massachusetts woman whose ex-husband and his brother were killed by Hamas during the attacks on Israel, said of what happened, “This is Holocaust.”
Dual Israeli-American citizens, brothers Igal and Amit Wachs were in the village of Netiv HaAsara near the Gaza Strip on Saturday, “when terrorists came in,” Liat Wachs told CBS Boston. Wachs said Igal, her ex-husband, and Amit, were part of a security patrol team in the village. She believes that they likely received an alert about the invasion of Hamas militants and “went out to fight them.”
Her brother called on her Saturday with the news of their deaths, Wachs said, and she collapsed onto the ground knowing her 11-year-old son Jonathan lost his father. She said her son didn’t see her because he was outside playing but “knew something was very wrong,” because she was crying so loud.
“My husband was murdered,” she said. “My son will never see his father again.”
President Biden said on Tuesday that at least 14 Americans are among the hundreds killed in Israel, and American citizens are also among those being held captive by Hamas in Gaza.
6:56 PM / October 10, 2023
Boston college helps students evacuate from Israel
Students at a Boston college were safely evacuated from Israel with the help of Northeastern University’s global security team, the school said Monday.
Three Northeastern students — Jesse Ruigomez, Keren Doherty and Joshua Einhorn — were in Israel on Saturday during Hamas’ deadly incursion, according to the university. Ruigomez and Doherty were completing cooperative education programs in Tel Aviv, while Einhorn, who is currently studying abroad in Greece, was visiting Jerusalem for the Jewish holiday Simchat Torah.
Doherty is set to land in Boston on Tuesday night, CBS Boston reported. She spoke to the station from a Portugese airport.
“I’m very grateful that I was able to get out, but I know a lot of people still struggling there,” Doherty told CBS Boston.
Doherty, a fourth-year nursing student, was doing a co-op internship as a first-aid responder at a Tel Aviv hospital for Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency medical response service. She woke up Saturday to the sound of sirens and spent much of the morning hiding in a bomb shelter with her parents, who had come to visit her.
Ruigomez was in Israel completing a a financial planning and analysis co-op at Nayax, a global financial technology company. He was in central Israel on Saturday.
“I was safe, but it’s a horrible situation all around,” he said, according to Northeastern.
The school provided Ruigomez and Doherty transportation and a security detail from Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion Airport. Ruigomez took a flight to Madrid, Spain, where he has family, while Doherty took a flight to Lisbon, Portugal.
Einhorn, who had already booked a return flight to Greece before the attack, arrived safely back in Athens on Sunday, the school said.
Northeastern students and faculty traveling abroad are required to register with the college’s Global Safety and Support Network, according to the school. It allows the university to help them in the event of an emergency.
6:48 PM / October 10, 2023
Cruise ships detour away from Israel
Major cruise lines said on Tuesday that since the recent Hamas attacks on Israel, they have adjusted their itineraries to detour away from Israeli ports.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line said in a statement that it canceled stops at Israel on the cruise ship, called Rhapsody of the Seas, and on other ships, and are replacing ports in Israel and Egypt with various stops in Greece, including Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and Bodrum.
MSC said in a statement cruise ships will detour from Israel, and instead stop in Turkey and Cyprus.
Norwegian Cruise Line canceled planned stops in Ashdod and Haifa, Israel, and will reroute their itinerary to Turkey, the company said in a statement.
Holland America said in a statement their cruise ship Nieuw Statendam arrived in Haifa on Saturday, Oct. 7, the same day the Israeli government “declared a state of emergency in response to terrorist attacks in the southern part of the state.”
After consulting with security, Holland America called all their guests and staff back to the cruise ship, which departed Israel at 8:20 p.m. local time that same evening.
Carnival and Princess Lines told CBS News their cruise ships are not making stops in Israel, but did not provide updated information on revised or future itineraries.
— Reporting contributed by Katie Krupnik.
4:42 PM / October 10, 2023
U.S. special operations forces working with Israelis, Defense Secretary says
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday that the U.S. has a “small liaison cell” on the ground working with Israeli intelligence for assistance with in planning and developing intelligence to help with the ongoing hostage crisis.
At least 20 Americans are missing, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Tuesday, but could not confirm the precise number of those who may be hostages.
Austin told reporters traveling with him to a Ukraine contact group meeting in Brussels that he spoke to his counterpart, Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant, on Sunday and again on Tuesday about “help from our special operators,” and that the U.S. liaison intelligence cell has been in contact with “special operators” within Israel.
The U.S. will continue to help Israel “with intelligence and planning,” adding that the U.S. “will remain focused on supporting our Israeli partners.”
Reporting contributed by Eleanor Watson
4:44 PM / October 10, 2023
American Airlines suspends flights to Tel Aviv until December
American Airlines announced Tuesday afternoon it would be suspending flights into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport through Dec. 4 because of the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.
The company had been among a handful of U.S. and international carriers that had already suspended flights this week into Tel Aviv.
Delta has suspended flights through the end of the month, and United Airlines has suspended flights into and out of Tel Aviv as well.
4:09 PM / October 10, 2023
Blinken headed to Israel
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Thursday for direct talks with Israeli partners, a State Department statement said Tuesday.
Blinken’s trip, which will also include a stop in Jordan, comes as the U.S. confirmed that American citizens are among those being held captive by Hamas, which launched a surprise attack against Israel Saturday from the Gaza Strip.
“The secretary will reiterate his condolences for the victims of the terrorist attacks against Israel and condemn those attacks in the strongest terms,” the State Department statement said. “The secretary will also reaffirm the United States’ solidarity with the government and people of Israel. He will also discuss measures to bolster Israel’s security and underscore the United States’ unwavering support for Israel’s right to defend itself.”
In remarks delivered from the White House alongside Blinken and Vice President Kamala Harris, President Biden said Tuesday that at least 14 Americans are among the more than 900 people killed in Israel, and American citizens were among the hostages captured.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said after Mr. Biden’s remarks that while he could not confirm the precise number of U.S. citizens who are hostages, there are 20 or more Americans missing.
“We will work hour-by-hour both to determine whether we can account for any of those Americans or to confirm exactly the number of Americans held hostage,” Sullivan said. “We do not know the number of hostages we have at this time.”
State Department spokesman Matt Miller said partners in the region were playing a “productive role and want to help secure the release of hostages,” but declined to provide details.
2:52 PM / October 10, 2023
Biden: 14 Americans killed by Hamas, Americans among hostages
President Biden condemned the Hamas militant group’s bloody attacks on Israel as an “act of sheer evil” and forcefully declared that “we stand with Israel,” in remarks from the White House Tuesday.
The president, standing alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, revealed that at least 14 Americans are among the more than 1,000 people killed in Israel, and American citizens are also among those being held captive by Hamas.
The people of Israel, he said, experienced “pure, unadulterated evil.”
“In this moment, we must be crystal clear: We stand with Israel. We stand with Israel,” he said. “And we will make sure Israel has what is needed to take care of its citizens, take care of itself and respond to this attack. There’s no justification for terrorism. There’s no excuse.”
1:44 PM / October 10, 2023
U.N. humanitarian chief: “Hostages must be released without delay”
Martin Griffiths, the United Nations humanitarian chief, called for hostages in the Israel-Hamas war to be released immediately and said those who are being held must be treated humanely.
“My message to all sides is unequivocal: The laws of war must be upheld,” Griffiths said in a statement Tuesday.
Israel’s Government Press Office said on Sunday that Hamas took more than 100 people hostage after its militants launched a large-scale attack on Israel, which has responded with airstrikes and a “total siege” on Gaza.
Griffiths called the “scale and speed of what’s unfolding” in Gaza and Israel “bone-chilling” and said the entire region is at a tipping point.
“Throughout hostilities, civilians and civilian infrastructure must be protected,” he said. “Civilians must be allowed to leave for safer areas.”
“And humanitarian relief and vital services and supplies to Gaza must not be blocked,” Griffiths added.
10:02 AM / October 10, 2023
Biden delivering remarks
President Biden is delivering remarks Tuesday afternoon on Hamas’ attack on Israel. The president has continued to offer unwavering support for the Jewish state. The White House was lit in blue and white on Monday night, the colors of the Israeli flag, as a symbol of “the ironclad support and solidarity of the American people with the people of Israel in the wake of the barbaric terrorist attacks committed by Hamas,” according to the White House.
Mr. Biden, and the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and the U.K, also issued a joint statement Monday. They condemned Hamas and “its appalling acts of terrorism” and said they will support Israel “in its efforts to defend itself and its people against such atrocities.”
“We further emphasize that this is not a moment for any party hostile to Israel to exploit these attacks to seek advantage,” they said.
“All of us recognize the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people, and support equal measures of justice and freedom for Israelis and Palestinians alike. But make no mistake: Hamas does not represent those aspirations, and it offers nothing for the Palestinian people other than more terror and bloodshed,” they added.
1:00 PM / October 10, 2023
Palestinian journalist: “There is no safe place in Gaza”
Palestinians across the heavily bombarded Gaza Strip have described their horror as the Israeli military continued to hammer the area in the aftermath of Hamas’ incursion into the Jewish state over the weekend. Gaza City was pummeled by aerial bombardments on Tuesday as Israel Defense Forces continued to carry out the first phase of their retaliation for Saturday’s unprecedented attacks.
Gaza residents described increasingly desperate conditions that ordinary people were facing on the ground as Israel tightened its long-standing blockade of the Palestinian territory. Hamas would hold sole responsibility for the impact of the blockade on civilians, Israeli authorities have said.
“There are no shelters or bunkers or safe routes or safe zones in Gaza. So it’s not like you can sit down and plan with your family on how to leave or a safe place to go to,” local resident Omar Ghraieb told CBS News over the phone.
“We are a family of five people and these unfortunate events unfolded so very fast… We didn’t really have enough time to actually stock up enough on food, medicine and water,” Ghraeib said. “We are having three to four hours of electricity every 24 hours.”
Palestinian journalist Hassan Jaber told CBS News that there is a scarcity in access to bomb shelters or safe terrain to protect civilians from the aerial strikes. “There is no safe place in Gaza,” he said.
Jaber also said that some residents of the city could face starvation within “days.”
“There is no electricity, there is no water,” he said. “This is inhuman to let people die from the lack of food and water.”
By Marwan Al-Ghoul, Emmet Lyons
12:29 PM / October 10, 2023
Israeli military says it struck Hezbollah posts after rocket fire
The Israel Defense Forces says its tanks struck two Hezbollah observation posts in response to rockets fired from Lebanon Tuesday.
“The IDF is prepared for all scenarios in all arenas, and will continue to operate in order to protect Israeli civilians,” the IDF said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
The Israeli Air Force said earlier Tuesday that 15 rockets were fired from Lebanon, which shares a border with Israel. It said four rockets were intercepted and 10 fell in open areas.
Hezbollah, like Hamas, is backed by Iran. It is based in Lebanon. There have already been deadly exchanges of fire between Israel and the Hezbollah militant group along the Israel-Lebanon border, and a senior U.S. defense official told CBS News that Washington is deeply concerned about the possibility of that becoming a second front in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
12:08 PM / October 10, 2023
Rockets fired from Lebanon, Israeli Air Force says
The Israeli Air Force said Tuesday that rockets were fired from Lebanon, which shares a border with northern Israel.
“Following the initial report regarding launches in northern Israel, approximately 15 rockets were launched from Lebanese territory,” the air force said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “The IAF Aerial Defense Array successfully intercepted four rocket launches. 10 launches fell in open areas.”
No group immediately climate responsibility.
On Monday, Israeli strikes on Lebanon killed three Hezbollah members, according to the Iran-backed group. Hezbollah said it retaliated by striking two Israeli barracks.
Israel’s army said its soldiers had “killed a number of armed suspects” who had crossed the frontier from Lebanon.
On Sunday, Hezbollah said it had fired artillery shells and guided missiles at Israel, “in solidarity” with attacks launched from Gaza by its ally Hamas. Israel’s army said it hit back with artillery into southern Lebanon.
In 2006 Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war that left more than 1,200 dead in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 160 in Israel, mostly soldiers. The two countries remain technically at war.
11:37 AM / October 10, 2023
Oil prices are rising
Both U.S. and global oil futures traded roughly 4% higher on Monday, at around $86 a barrel. While crude traded slightly lower early Tuesday, the fighting has raised concerns that oil could cross the $100 per barrel threshold, compared with its current level of about $86, according to S&P Global.
While Israel is a small player in oil production, the fear for investors is that the conflict could “become a wider conflagration,” drawing in the proxy agents of “Middle East regional players that are major oil exporters,” which could have an effect on oil prices, according to Alan Gelder, vice president of refining, chemicals and oil markets at energy research firm Wood Mackenzie.
“The most immediate market impact could be more stringent enforcement of [restrictions on] Iranian exports… by the U.S., if the conflict widens,” Gelder said.
U.S. and Israeli officials say Iran is a primary backer of Hamas. The Biden administration has said that while Tehran is “broadly complicit” in supporting Hamas terrorism, it has seen no evidence of a direct Iranian role in planning or carrying out the recent attack on Israel.
11:18 AM / October 10, 2023
At least 200,000 displaced in Gaza, U.N. says
The United Nations’ humanitarian office says at least 200,000 people have been displaced in Gaza since the start of the conflict with Israel. Some have fled out of fear while others’ homes were destroyed by Israeli airstrikes, humanitarian coordinator Lynn Hastings said in a statement Tuesday.
“Most of them are taking shelter in UNRWA’s schools, at least two of which have already been damaged by airstrikes in the area,” Hastings said.
Israel has cut water to Gaza, she said, and access to electricity, food, and fuel have been severed. Palestinians in Gaza have electricity for up to four hours a day, which “hinders the ability of health facilities to function and treat those injured,” she said.
10:54 AM / October 10, 2023
Israel prepares for Gaza ground invasion
Israel is expected to launch a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip in the coming days, CBS News’ Holly Williams reports. Israel’s military says it has massed 35 battalions around the border with Gaza.
“Hamas will understand that by attacking us, they’ve made a mistake of historic proportions,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday. “We will exact a price that will be remembered by them and Israel’s other enemies for decades to come.”
Israel has been hammering the Gaza Strip with airstrikes, with the Israel Defense Forces saying airstrikes targeted some 200 targets in the Hamas-controlled Palestinian territory overnight. Israel has also declared that its long-standing blockade of the Palestinian territory will be tightened so that no food, water, medicine, electricity or water will be allowed into the enclave.
10:27 AM / October 10, 2023
Biden remains committed to two-state solution, Kirby says
The Biden administration remains committed to a two-state solution, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, John Kirby, said.
“Obviously, in these early hours after this dreadful, reprehensible set of terrorist attacks by Hamas, we want to make sure that the Israeli people know that we are supporting them, that they have this right to defend themselves, that they will get the security they need to do so,” Kirby said on “CBS Mornings” Tuesday. “So in these early hours, that’s really where our focus is, but that doesn’t mean that we’re abandoning the idea of a two-state solution.”
President Biden believes an independent state for Palestine and an independent state for the Israelis “remains the best path forward for peace and security” in the Middle East, Kirby said.
“It’s something that we’ve been working on since day one of this administration, and we’ll keep doing that,” he added.
2:27 AM / October 10, 2023
Israeli army says “approximately 1,500” dead Hamas fighters found in Israel
Around 1,500 bodies of Hamas militants have been found in Israel and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said Tuesday, as it pummelled the Palestinian enclave with airstrikes.
“Approximately 1,500 bodies of Hamas militants were found in Israel and around the Gaza Strip,” military spokesman Richard Hecht told reporters, adding that security forces had “more or less restored control over the border” with Gaza.
1:49 AM / October 10, 2023
Israel says 200 more targets hit by overnight airstrikes on Gaza
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said early Tuesday that it carried out dozens more airstrikes on overnight, with fighter jets hitting “200 targets” in the Gaza neighborhoods of Rimal and Khan Yunis, which the military said were being “used as terror hubs for the Hamas terrorist organization, and a large number of terror attacks against Israel are directed there.”
The strikes also targeted the “Islamic Jihad terror infrastructure in Khan Yunis, a Hamas weapons storage site located inside a mosque, and operational terror infrastructure used by Hamas terror operatives.”
Israel said its forces had also re-established control over the border fence separating Gaza from Israel, and the IDF’s Army Radio quoted a chief spokesperson as saying the gaps in the border created during Hamas’ initial assault on Saturday were being mined to prevent any further incursions.
12:53 AM / October 10, 2023
Airstrike kills 2 Palestinian journalists in Gaza, local news reports
An Israeli airstrike in Gaza City killed two Palestinian journalists early Tuesday, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.
Wafa identified the journalists as editor Saeed Al-Taweel and photographer Mohammed Sobih. The airstrike occurred close to an area housing several media offices.
Three Palestinian journalists reportedly were shot and killed while reporting in Gaza on Saturday. The Committee to Protect Journalists, citing Palestinian press freedom groups, identified two of them as photographer Ibrahim Mohammad Lafi and reporter Mohammad Jarghoun. CPJ said it confirmed that freelance reporter Mohammad El-Salhi also was killed.
Lafi worked for Ain Media, and Jarghoun reported for Smart Media, CPJ said.
12:40 AM / October 10, 2023
Blinken speaks with Israeli foreign minister
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, the State Department said late Monday.
“The Secretary reiterated U.S. condolences to the people of Israel and all those impacted by Hamas’ violence and reaffirmed our efforts to secure the immediate release of all hostages,” State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a statement.
12:27 AM / October 10, 2023
Israel continues strikes on Gaza
Israel’s military continued attacking Gaza on Tuesday, the IDF said. The IDF launched strikes against two separate mosques, which Israel claimed were being used by Hamas as an operational command center and for “operational infrastructure.”
The IDF also struck what it claimed was a weapons compound and “an Islamic Jihad operational meeting point inside a house.”
12:11 AM / October 10, 2023
Israeli deputy commander killed near Lebanon border, IDF says
Israel’s military said early Tuesday that a deputy Israeli commander was killed in clashes on the northern border with Lebanon.
The military identified the deputy commander as Alim Abdallah, but did not specify the exact circumstances of his death.
Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad group slipped from Lebanon into Israel, sparking Israeli shelling into southern Lebanon. Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group said five of its members were killed, and it retaliated with a volley of rockets and mortars at two Israeli army bases across the border.
10:27 PM / October 9, 2023
U.S., France, Germany, Italy and U.K. vow to support Israel
The leaders of the U.S., France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. vowed Monday to support Israel and condemned the attack by Hamas militants.
“We make clear that the terrorist actions of Hamas have no justification, no legitimacy, and must be universally condemned,” President Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in a joint statement. “There is never any justification for terrorism. In recent days, the world has watched in horror as Hamas terrorists massacred families in their homes, slaughtered over 200 young people enjoying a music festival, and kidnapped elderly women, children, and entire families, who are now being held as hostages.”
The leaders said they recognize the “legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people, and support equal measures of justice and freedom for Israelis and Palestinians alike.”
“But make no mistake: Hamas does not represent those aspirations, and it offers nothing for the Palestinian people other than more terror and bloodshed,” they added.
9:58 PM / October 9, 2023
“Dozens” of Israelis being held captive, IDF says
Israeli officials have not given an official accounting of how many of the country’s citizens have been taken captive by Hamas militants, but an IDF spokesperson told CBS News on Monday that it was in the “dozens.”
“The list is comprised of Israeli nationals, women, children, men, elderly, disabled, toddlers and infants, as young as baby age and as old as 80, including Holocaust survivors,” IDF international spokesperson Lt. Col. (Res.) Jonathan Conricus said on “Prime Time.” “I don’t have a final number that is cleared for publication yet, but we are talking about dozens of Israelis that are held captive in Gaza at the hands of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.”
Conricus said Hamas would “bear the consequences” of taking Israeli citizens into Gaza.
Earlier Monday, the IDF said it had “details of most of the kidnapped Israelis.” As of around 1:30 pm ET the IDF said it had notified 30 families and would continue notifying more.
9:02 PM / October 9, 2023
Major U.S. airlines halt service to Tel Aviv amid attacks
Three major U.S. airlines have suspended service to Tel Aviv as the war continues this week.
United, American and Delta have canceled multiple flights into Tel Aviv. At the same time, some international carriers continue to operate in some form flying into and out of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, while others have canceled flights.
“We operated two scheduled flights out of Tel Aviv late Saturday and early Sunday and accommodated our customers, crews and employee travelers who were at the airport,” United Airlines said in a statement. “Our Tel Aviv flights will remain suspended until conditions allow them to resume.”
International carriers such as Virgin Atlantic, Air France and carriers in the Lufthansa group have either canceled or limited their flights to Tel Aviv. El Al, the Israeli national carrier, continues to fly into and out of Ben Gurion Airport, the carrier said on its website.
8:26 PM / October 9, 2023
“We couldn’t breathe”: Israeli mom describes surviving attack
Miri Messika says she and her family barely survived when Hamas fighters infiltrated and attacked their home in Be’eri, a kibbutz just three miles from the border with Gaza. She, her husband and three children jumped from a second floor window after militants set their apartment on fire.
“It was very frightening,” she told CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell. “We couldn’t breathe because of the smoke and because of the gas.”
They made it to a neighbor’s bomb shelter, where they hid for seven hours listening to the gunfire outside.
Rescue workers now say they have recovered the bodies of about 100 people killed by the attackers in Be’eri, a community of just 1,000 residents. Watch the interview with Messika in the video below.
8:01 PM / October 9, 2023
Israel strikes 2 tunnels used by Hamas, military says
The Israeli military said early Tuesday local time that it struck two tunnels used by Hamas militants to enter Israeli territory.
Authorities did not immediately provide more information on the location of the tunnels.
The militant group has used tunnels in the past. It has an established a network running from Gaza to Egypt to smuggle in weapons, as well as attack tunnels burrowing into Israel.
7:47 PM / October 9, 2023
Brandeis University professor says daughter, son-in-law were killed in attacks
Ilan Troen, a professor at Brandeis University, was in Israel when his his daughter, son-in-law and grandson became victims in the Saturday attacks. “My grandson has witnessed the murder of his mother by people who rehearsed what they were doing,” Troen told CBS Boston.
Deborah Matias, 50, and her husband Shlomi were killed by militants. “The terrorists came into their place, broke through the doors, shot them,” said Troen.
He said his daughter’s last act of motherhood was protecting her son, Roten.
“They made sure to fall on him and thereby saved his life. Although a bullet actually entered his abdomen, but he was saved,” said Troen, who rushed to a hospital in southern Israel to be with his 16-year-old grandson, who is recovering from his injuries.
Updated 7:31 PM / October 9, 2023
Pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian protesters face off in NYC
Protesters took to the streets in New York City for dueling rallies over the war between Israel and Hamas. Pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian supporters gathered outside the Israel consulate Monday afternoon.
There were passionate pleas from both sides, with many in the crowd having relatives in either Israel or the Palestinian territories.
“I’m just afraid for my family. Whatever happened is just inhumane, and I’m here to support,” said Yael Udi. “My friend’s niece, she has been kidnapped. They do not know her whereabouts. She was in that party and they’re still looking for her.”
Nas Shuaib was standing with the Palestinians.
“In the West Bank, I have relatives, and our village is on lockdown, and the settlers are going house to house attacking our people,” Shuaib said. “The United States has to stay out of the conflict, unless they’re going to do a peaceful negotiation.”
Brooklyn resident Ava Marron said, “What brought me to this rally is wanting a two-state solution where Palestinians and Israelis can have humanity and live peacefully.”
The NYPD stepped up security to make sure things didn’t get out of hand, and there were no arrests reported.
6:52 PM / October 9, 2023
Chicago area mother and daughter missing in Israel after Hamas attack
A Chicago area mother and daughter are among those missing in Israel following this weekend’s attacks.
Judith and Natalie Raanan were in Nahal Oz, a kibbutz in southern Israel near Gaza that was attacked by militants over the weekend, and they haven’t been heard from since. Judith Raanan is a congregant of Chabad of Evanston, where Rabbi Meir Hecht said the family fears the worst.
“Apparently from the information that we have at this time, it seems like they’ve been abducted, the two of them, mom and daughter to Gaza,” Hecht said. “And we are praying for their well-being and for their safety of all of our brothers and sisters in the land of Israel.”
Updated 6:15 PM / October 9, 2023
FBI says no credible threats to U.S. after attacks on Israel
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday that it was “closely monitoring” events in Israel after the Hamas attacks, but that it had no “specific and and credible intelligence indicating a threat to the United States.”
“We will not hesitate to adjust our security posture, as appropriate, to protect the American people,” the FBI said in a statement “We are closely coordinating with our counterparts in the region as well as other international partners.”
The agency said reports of deceased, injured or missing Americans were being investigated. On Monday, President Biden confirmed that at least 11 Americans had been killed during the attacks and that others remained unaccounted for.
Updated 5:20 PM / October 9, 2023
Biden confirms at least 11 Americans killed in Israel
President Biden confirmed in a statement Monday afternoon that at least 11 American citizens were killed during the attacks in Israel.
“Sadly, we now know that at least 11 American citizens were among those killed — many of whom made a second home in Israel,” Mr. Biden said in a statement released by the White House. “It’s heart wrenching. These families have been torn apart by inexcusable hatred and violence.”
Mr. Biden also said other Americans remained unaccounted for. “We are working with Israeli officials to obtain more information as to their whereabouts,” the president said. “My heart goes out to every family impacted by the horrible events of the past few days.”
The president said the State Department was providing services for Americans still in Israel, adding that “commercial flights and ground options are still available” for those wanting to leave the country.
“Please also take sensible precautions in the days ahead and follow the guidance of local authorities,” Mr. Biden added.
5:05 PM / October 9, 2023
More than 100 killed in small Israeli community, rescue service says
Israeli rescue service Zaka says more than 100 bodies have been recovered from a small farming community that was the scene of a hostage standoff during Hamas’ attack against Israel. That toll is part of the total of at least 900 dead reported by Israeli officials so far.
Be’eri, a kibbutz not far from the border with Gaza, had a population of about 1,000 people before the attack.
Updated 4:52 PM / October 9, 2023
Israeli reserve troops called up for duty
Israel is calling up 300,000 reserve troops as it responds to the deadly surprise attack by Hamas militants. Cars were lined up for as far as the eye could see outside a military base where some of those personnel came to report for duty.
“I never thought something like this could happen,” a military reservist named Hila told CBS News as she prepared to join the fight. “… We feel like it’s the Holocaust all over again.”
Another reservist, a 24-year-old law student, said, “Israel want[s] peace, but they, Gaza Strip, don’t want peace,”
Hamas claimed its assault was aimed at ending Israel’s 16-year blockade of Gaza and brutal treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his nation’s retaliation against the militant group has only just begun.
4:13 PM / October 9, 2023
Hamas made a “mistake of historic proportions,” Netanyahu says
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a strong message on Monday, promising retaliation against Hamas after its brazen attacks against Israel.
“We didn’t want this war. It was forced upon us in the most brutal and savage way,” Netanyahu said. “But though Israel didn’t start this war, Israel will finish it.”
The statement comes as Israel intensifies its campaign of airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza and deploys combat divisions and activates reservists to fight.
“Hamas will understand that by attacking us, they have made a mistake of historic proportions,” Netanyahu said. “We will exact a price that will be remembered by them and Israel’s other enemies for decades to come.”
In his statement, Netanyahu also thanked President Biden “for his unequivocal support,” as well as the people and Congress of the United States of America.
“In fighting Hamas, Israel is not only fighting for its own people,” Netanyahu said. “It is fighting for every country that stands against barbarism.”
The surprise attack by Hamas was the deadliest day in decades of conflict in the region. During an earlier call with Netanyahu, President Biden “emphasized that the U.S. stands alongside Israel,” Israeli officials said.
Updated 3:57 PM / October 9, 2023
NYPD officers in Israel during attacks
A group of NYPD officers was in Israel when Hamas attacks began Saturday morning. Richard Priem, the COO of Community Security Service, told CBS News how they sheltered during the strikes and what his group did to keep Americans safe. Watch his interview in the video below:
Updated 3:35 PM / October 9, 2023
Airstrikes in Gaza
Israel said it struck hundreds of Hamas targets in Gaza overnight between Sunday and Monday. Four Israeli combat divisions were deployed to the south and another 100,000 reservists were activated to fight.
CBS News’ Marwan al-Ghoul reported from Gaza City that the Israeli airstrikes had been relentless since Saturday, with houses, apartment buildings and mosques among the structures hit, mostly without warning, overnight. Images of the area showed buildings in Gaza completely reduced to rubble in the aftermath. Israel has long accused Hamas and other militant factions of keeping fighters and weapons in or near civilian infrastructure.
Samar Alyan, who lives in the sprawling al-Shati refugee camp just outside of Gaza City, described the overnight bombings to CBS News on Monday. The camp is home to about 150,000 refugees.
“I could not sleep last night as the planes bombed the mosque nearby, causing casualties and breaking the windows of my house,” Alyan said, adding, “We do not know what fate has in store for us … Israel retaliates on civilians.”
Inside Gaza City itself, displaced people sought shelter inside schools operated by UNRWA, the United Nations’ humanitarian agency in Palestinian territories.
—Haley Ott, Holly Williams and Tucker Reals contributed reporting.
Updated 3:10 PM / October 9, 2023
Hamas threatens to kill hostages
Hamas threatened on Monday to kill hostages it is holding if Israeli airstrikes continue “targeting” Gaza residents without warning.
“We declare that any targeting of our people in their homes without prior warning will be regrettably faced with the execution of one the hostages of civilians we are holding,” a spokesman for Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said in an audio statement, news agencies reported.
Hamas also said they are not open to negotiating a prisoner exchange with Israel as long as fighting continues, a member of the group’s political office in Doha told AFP.
Israel’s Government Press Office said Sunday that Hamas took more than 100 hostages. Those kidnapped included women, children and the elderly, and they are believed to have been moved into Gaza.
Sisters Inbal Albini, 55, and Noam Peri, 40, told CBS News that their father, Chaim Peri, 79, and Albini’s half brother, Daniel Darlington, 35, were kidnapped.
“Terrorists broke into the house and looked for people and then they took him,” Peri said Sunday, at a makeshift center in Tel Aviv for loved ones of people either taken hostage or missing. She told CBS News that her mother also witnessed her father being taken.
Qatari mediators told Reuters Monday that they wanted to negotiate with Hamas to win freedom for the Israeli women and children who had been taken prisoner, in exchange for the release of 36 Palestinian women and children from Israel’s prisons.
2:59 PM / October 9, 2023
Harrowing accounts of music festival attack
Horrific details and harrowing stories of survival began to emerge in the hours and days after the attack, including accounts of the massacre that unfolded Saturday at the Supernova music festival in the southern Israeli desert, near the border with Gaza. Hundreds of attendees were killed as gunmen from the Palestinian militant group Hamas stormed the festival, shooting into the crowd and taking people hostage. One aid group reported that 260 bodies were recovered from the site.
One video widely shared on social media shows a young woman calling for help with her arm outstretched as she is taken away on a motorcycle. After she was identified as Noa Argamani, a university student, people began to repost the video alongside the caption, “Her name is Noa.”
Argamani’s father, Yaakov, called her “an amazing person” and “a sweet child” in comments to CBS News. Speaking in Hebrew, Yaakov said he only wants the Israeli government to use “peaceful measures” to get his daughter back.
“We need to act with sensitivity,” he said. “They also have mothers who are crying. The same as it is for us.”
Another attendee, Gal Levy, 22, managed to survive the attack after being shot in both legs. He told CBS News’ Imtiaz Tyab he waited six hours for help. “I feel let down by the government. I feel let down by the army,” he said. “I lost like two liters of blood, and I was really sure after the guy that came — the terrorist, to take us — that that’s it. I’m gonna die.”
Updated 2:37 PM / October 9, 2023
“Complete siege” of Gaza Strip
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said he had ordered a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip in the wake of the Hamas attack, with officials cutting electricity to the densely-populated region and blockading food and fuel.
The Israeli military launched a series of deadly airstrikes on Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said “fighter jets and helicopters, aircraft and artillery struck over 500 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip” on Sunday and into Monday morning. The Israeli military said it destroyed tunnels and at least seven “Hamas command centers” in Gaza, as well as a command center used by Islamic Jihad, which is another militant group that operates in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas continued lobbing rocket fire into Israel, with warning sirens sounding in Tel Aviv on Monday.
Israel’s military said Monday that, after two days of fighting, it had retaken control of all communities that came under attack in southern Israel, and that there were no more active militants in the area.
CBS News senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from southern Israel that Israel is expected to launch a full ground incursion into Gaza in the coming days.
Updated 1:15 PM / October 9, 2023
Americans among the dead and missing, officials say
In addition to the hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians confirmed dead, at least nine Americans were killed in the attacks, the U.S. National Security Council said Monday. There are also concerns that a number of Americans were among those taken hostage.
“I expect the situation of the hostages to take on increasing focus over the course of the coming days,” Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Finer said on “CBS Mornings,” adding that the U.S. will be “laser focused” on it.
“Just given the sheer numbers involved, we do expect that there may well be Americans who have been caught up in the hostage taking,” Finer said.
In an interview on “Face the Nation” Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said U.S. officials were working to verify reports that multiple Americans were dead or taken hostage as Hamas carried out its attack on Israel.
12:41 PM / October 9, 2023
U.S. pledges support to Israel
The surprise attack by Hamas was the deadliest day in decades of conflict in the region. U.S. political leaders immediately condemned the Hamas assault.
“The United States stands with the people of Israel in the face of these terrorist assaults. Israel has the right to defend itself and its people, full stop,” President Biden said in remarks Saturday.
“There’s never a justification for terrorist attacks. And my administration’s support for Israel’s security is rock solid and unwavering,” Mr. Biden said.
The White House said additional U.S. assistance for the Israeli military was on its way, with more to follow over the coming days.
During a call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Mr. Biden “emphasized that the U.S. stands alongside Israel,” the Israeli president’s office said, with the prime minister describing the support as “unreserved.”
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also confirmed Sunday that the U.S. will be “rapidly providing the Israel Defense Forces with additional equipment and resources, including munitions.” And he said he had ordered American military ships, including an aircraft carrier and additional aircraft, to move closer to the eastern Mediterranean in response to the attack on Israel.
12:40 PM / October 9, 2023
Israel is “at war”
In a televised address Saturday after Hamas launched its attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the country was “at war” and said Palestinian militants would “pay an unprecedented price.” He vowed the Israeli military would use all of its resources to destroy Hamas.
Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that governs the Gaza Strip — a 230-square-mile area that is home to some 2.3 million people and has been under Israeli blockade since 2007 — is designated a terror organization by Israel and the United States.
Hamas is backed by Iran and gets most of its funding and support from the Iranian regime.
“What I can say, without a doubt, is that Iran is broadly complicit in these attacks,” U.S. deputy national security adviser Jon Finer said on “CBS Mornings” Monday. “Iran has been Hamas’ primary backer for decades. They have provided them weapons. They have provided them training. They have provided them financial support. And so, in terms of broad complicity, we are very clear about a role for Iran.”
I have been writing professionally for over 20 years and have a deep understanding of the psychological and emotional elements that affect people. I’m an experienced ghostwriter and editor, as well as an award-winning author of five novels.