October 10, 2023 - Israel-Hamas war news

By Kathleen Magramo, Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Ed Upright, Joshua Berlinger, Aditi Sangal, Dakin Andone, Steve Almasy, Tori B. Powell and Elise Hammond, CNN

Updated 12:03 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023
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7:17 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Israeli parents told to remove social media from kids' phones ahead of possible hostage videos

From CNN's Elliott Gotkine 

Some Israeli parents are being told to remove social media from their children's phones before Hamas militants start the expected broadcasting of video of hostages taken over the weekend.

A Tel Aviv school's parent's association has said that it has been told to expect the video of hostages "begging for their lives."

In a message to parents, it asked them to remove the TikTok app in particular from their children's phones. 

"We cannot allow our kids to watch this stuff. It is also difficult, furthermore -- impossible -- to contain all this content on social media. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation."

Hamas has claimed it is holding more than 100 captives, including Israeli army officers.

7:15 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Around 1,500 bodies of Hamas militants have been found inside Israel

From CNN's Ana Bickford 

The bodies of approximately 1,500 Hamas attackers have been recovered inside Israel since the Islamist group's surprise attack early Sunday, Israel Defense Forces spokesman Jonathan Conricus said Tuesday. 

6:29 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

4 French citizens have been reported dead

From CNN’s Joshua Berlinger and Joseph Ataman in Paris

Four French citizens were among those killed in the Hamas attacks in Israel, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Tuesday.

Thirteen more are also missing, and the ministry has no information on their whereabouts. The statement said the situation is "very worrying" as some of those unaccounted for have “very probably been kidnapped.”

6:23 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Evidence suggests gunmen at music festival threw grenade into bomb shelter

From CNN's Nic Robertson in Ashdod, Israel

An aerial picture shows the abandoned site of the music festival in the Negev desert, southern Israel, on October 10.
An aerial picture shows the abandoned site of the music festival in the Negev desert, southern Israel, on October 10. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

The bullet holes and empty shell casings littered inside a bomb shelter near the music festival attacked on Saturday indicate that Hamas militants threw a grenade and opened fire at civilians sheltering inside, according to a weapons expert.

CNN visited the bomb shelter on Monday and saw a number of empty shell casings on the floor, in addition to bullet holes high up on the walls. The military expert who accompanied CNN in the shelter concluded that the location of the holes, in addition to their height, pattern and size, were caused by gunfire.

CNN is not naming the weapons expert because the individual is in a conflict zone in Israel.

 

9:15 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Iran's Supreme Leader says Tehran was not involved in the Hamas attack on Israel

From CNN’s Mostafa Salem in Abu Dhabi

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that Tehran was not involved in the Hamas attack on Israel, but he praised the assault that left more than 900 people dead.  

“Supporters of the Zionist regime and some from that usurping regime have said some nonsense these past days that the Islamic Republic of Iran was behind this act. They are mistaken,” he said. 
“Those who say the acts of the Palestinians come from non-Palestinians don't have a true understanding of the Palestinian people and make wrong calculations,” he added.

Some context: The scale and sophistication of the Hamas incursion into Israel Saturday prompted questions about whether the militant group could have done it alone.

United States deputy national security adviser Jon Finer said there is no “direct information” linking these attacks to Iran at this time, but that the US believes Iran is “broadly complicit” in Hamas attacks in Israel.

Read more about Hamas and Iran's relationship here:

5:50 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Rockets fired on two kibbutzim, Hamas says

From CNN's Mostafa Salem in Abu Dhabi

Hamas has fired rockets targeting two kibbutzim in southern Israel, Zikim and Ra’im, the group said on social media.

What's a kibbutz?: A kibbutz is a type of self-sustaining community in Israel. Traditionally agrarian, the kibbutzim (plural for kibbutz) were popular in the country's early years, but today about 125,000 people live on them, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel. There are approximately 250 kibbutzim across the country.

 

5:44 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

More than 120 Israeli soldiers died in the Hamas attacks

From journalist Lauren Izso in Ashdod, Israel

At least 123 Israeli soldiers were killed in the attacks by Hamas that began early Saturday, Israel Defense Forces spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said.

Those 123 dead are included in the death toll of more than 900 people previously reported by the Israeli army.

Hagari added that the families of 50 Israeli hostages have been contacted by security forces. Hamas has claimed it is holding more than 100 captives, including Israeli army officers.

5:43 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

The Israeli military is responding to report of suspected aerial infiltration in the country's north

From journalist Lauren Izso in Ashdod, Israel

Israeli soldiers kneel in position on patrol in northern Israel on October 10.
Israeli soldiers kneel in position on patrol in northern Israel on October 10. Lisi Niesner/Reuters

The Israel Defense Forces are conducting searches following a report of a suspected aerial infiltration in the northern areas of the Golan Heights and Upper Galilee, near Syria and Lebanon, it said in a statement.

Israel has warned hostile neighbors against trying to take advantage of Saturday's attack with the military squarely focused on Gaza in the south.

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah appeared to try to do just that over the weekend, targeting an area known as Shebaa Farms using missiles and artillery.

Some context: Lebanon and Israel are considered enemy states, but a truce between the two has largely held since a conflict between them in 2006. There have been several small-scale rocket attacks from Lebanon in recent years that have prompted retaliatory strikes from Israel.

5:11 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

France is "not in favor" of suspending EU aid to the Palestinian people

From CNN’s Martin Goillandeau in London

France is “not in favor of suspending aid that directly benefits the Palestinian people,” the French foreign ministry said Tuesday.

France provided 95 million euros ($100m) worth of support to Palestinians in 2022, focusing on "water, health, food security and education."

The statement said the ministry made its position clear to the European Commission following comments from a commission official that the European Union aid payments to Palestinians would be suspended following Hamas' attack.

The EU later backtracked and said payments would not be halted, but was launching an "urgent review of the EU’s assistance for Palestine." The review will not affect assistance provided by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

CNN's James Frater and Radina Gigova contributed to this post