October 11, 2023 - Israel-Hamas war news

By Kathleen Magramo, Adam Renton, Christian Edwards, Peter Wilkinson, Aditi Sangal, Dakin Andone, Leinz Vales, Steve Almasy, Elise Hammond, Tori B. Powell, Kaanita Iyer and Maureen Chowdhury, CNN

Updated 2:51 p.m. ET, October 12, 2023
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1:04 p.m. ET, October 11, 2023

EU warns Zuckerberg of a disinformation surge on Meta platforms following Hamas attack 

From CNN’s Eve Brennan in London 

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the tech giant's Connect developer conference on September 27,  in Menlo Park, California.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the tech giant's Connect developer conference on September 27, in Menlo Park, California. Godofredo A. Vásquez/AP

The European Union's Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, wrote a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday, saying that there has been a "surge of illegal content and disinformation" on Meta platforms.

He asked Zuckerberg to be “very vigilant” to ensure compliance with the rules, act against illegal content and deploy proportionate and effective mitigation measures. 

“I urgently invite you to ensure that your systems are effective. Needless to say, I also expect you to be in contact with the relevant law enforcement authorities and Europol, and ensure that you respond promptly to any requests,” he added.

Breton urged Zuckerberg to respond to his requests within 24 hours, reminding him that penalties may be imposed if he did not comply. 

1:31 p.m. ET, October 11, 2023

Israeli airstrikes are impacting a densely packed Gaza

As Israeli airstrikes in Gaza have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes and overwhelm areas, including hospitals, there is little room to go.

Across the Middle East, Gaza is among the smallest and most densely packed cities.

Take a look:

12:57 p.m. ET, October 11, 2023

IDF says it received a report regarding a "suspected infiltration from Lebanon into Israeli air space"

From CNN's Hadas Gold in Jerusalem and Paul P. Murphy in New York

A report was received regarding a suspected “infiltration from Lebanon into Israeli air space,” Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Wednesday.

It did not provide further details and it was not clear whether the infiltration involved aircraft, drones, gliders, balloons or people.

It comes as sirens warning of incoming rocket fire have been activated in most of northern Israel. 

People in Upper Galilee, in northern Israel near the border with Lebanon, have been ordered by the IDF to take cover in bomb shelters “against the backdrop of the concern of an aerial infiltration to the area,” the regional council said on its Facebook account on Wednesday.

The residents in the northern Israeli city of Haifa have been told to "immediately" enter a building, close and lock the doors and windows, and turn off the lights, Haifa municipality announced on Wednesday.

“Do not leave the building until you are notified the incident is over,” the municipality said on its Facebook page. “Traffic in the area is prohibited and there is no access until further notice.”

No crashes have been detected or casualties reported so far in Israel's territory following these reports, Israeli Air Force said on X, formerly known as Twitter. 

“IDF forces are scanning the area from the ground and from the air," it said, urging people to "continue to obey the instructions of the Home Front Command and act accordingly." 

1:45 p.m. ET, October 11, 2023

Israeli official says Iran effectively "gave green light" to Hamas attacks despite initial US intel

From CNN's Matthew Chance in Tel Aviv

A senior Israeli official says Iran was aware of the operation and effectively “gave the green light” to Hamas attacks that killed more than 1,200 Israelis at the weekend, despite US intelligence suggesting senior Iranian government officials were caught by surprise by Saturday’s bloody attack on Israel by Hamas.

The official, who has been briefed on Israeli intelligence, told CNN Wednesday that Iran, which has provided longstanding funding and training to Hamas militants, may not have known about the exact timing of the raids from Gaza, but was certainly “aware of the Hamas operation before it happened.”

On the threat from the Hezbollah militia, the Israeli official told CNN that the Iranian-backed group was currently “allowing” Palestinian factions to attack Israel from Hezbollah-controlled territory.

Amid concerns of the US being drawn into a Mideast conflict, the official told CNN that “Israel does not expect the United States to fight for us,” saying that a US aircraft carrier group newly positioned off the Israeli coast would help provide “long-range coverage” in the event of a broader regional conflict.

12:59 p.m. ET, October 11, 2023

The top US official on hostages is accompanying Secretary of State Blinken on Israel trip

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler

Deputy Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs Steve Gillen
Deputy Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs Steve Gillen US State Department

Deputy Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs Steve Gillen is traveling with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Israel, the US State Department told the traveling press.

Gillen's presence on the trip comes as the US is working to secure the release of an unknown number of Americans from Hamas.

Blinken has urged partner countries who have the ability to get messages to Hamas to urge the terrorist group to release all of the hostages immediately. 

Some context: There are around 20 Americans currently unaccounted for, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Tuesday. But he said the US government does not know how many of them have been taken hostage by Hamas.

12:43 p.m. ET, October 11, 2023

At least 22 Americans have died in Israel, State Department says

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler

 

At least 22 US citizens have died in Israel, a State Department spokesperson said Wednesday.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and to the families of all those affected," the spokesperson said.

This is an update from Tuesday when President Joe Biden had said at least 14 American citizens had died.

12:52 p.m. ET, October 11, 2023

President Biden reiterates "unshakeable" US support for Israel

From CNN's Betsy Klein

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks from the White House on Wednesday, October 11.
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks from the White House on Wednesday, October 11. Evan Vucci/AP

United States President Joe Biden is monitoring the situation in Israel "very closely," he said Wednesday.

Speaking at a Rose Garden event on junk fees, Biden sought to balance his efforts to appeal to voters with kitchen table issues and his role as commander-in-chief during a crisis.  

Biden said he spoke Wednesday morning with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, adding that he would have more to say this afternoon as he attends an event with Jewish leaders. US Vice President Kamala Harris and Biden's national security team were also involved in the call, he said.

"This attack has brought to the surface the painful memories and scars built by a millennium of antisemitism and genocide against the Jewish people. And in this moment, we have to be crystal clear: there is no justification for terrorism," he said. 

Biden reiterated the "unshakeable" US commitment to the security and safety of Jewish people. 

"The United States has your back and we're going to be working on this all day and beyond," he said.

12:46 p.m. ET, October 11, 2023

Biden administration is still unclear on the condition of Americans taken by Hamas

From CNN's MJ Lee

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan briefs members of the press at the White House on Tuesday, October 10.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan briefs members of the press at the White House on Tuesday, October 10. Susan Walsh/AP

The Biden administration still does not know anything about the condition of Americans taken hostage by Hamas, a US official told CNN Wednesday.

There are around 20 Americans currently unaccounted for, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Tuesday. But he said the government does not know how many of them have been taken hostage by Hamas.

That number would be revised down if the person is confirmed dead, the US official said, and many of those 20 are expected to be dual Israeli-American citizens.

The US special operations forces that have been deployed to offer their expertise on hostage situations are not engaged in a mission to physically extract American hostages, the official added.

The Biden administration is engaged in a cross-government effort to try to account for missing Americans in Israel and those who may have been taken hostage into Gaza.

A US official familiar with the efforts says the administration is working through phone calls coming into the US embassy in Israel, the FBI and the White House from family and friends of Americans believed to be missing. Those individuals are being directed to fill out an intake form, which launches a formal verification process by the State Department and FBI.

Some of these phone calls have been based on eyewitness accounts of people being taken by Hamas. But one challenge has been trying to verify second-hand accounts, the US official said.

The government has been in touch with the next-of-kin of any American they are aware of as being missing.

Nearly two dozen Americans dead: The death toll of Americans killed in Israel rose dramatically Wednesday, climbing to 22, according to a State Department spokesperson. President Biden had said Tuesday that 14 Americans had died.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and to the families of all those affected," the State Department spokesperson said Wednesday.

12:13 p.m. ET, October 11, 2023

Colombia confirms the death of a Colombian citizen after Hamas attack on Israel 

From Stefano Pozzebon in Bogotá and Abel Alvarado in Atlanta 

Colombia's Foreign Ministry has confirmed the death of a Colombian-Israeli woman who had been reported missing since Saturday after Hamas attacked Israel.

The woman, identified as Ivonne Rubio, had been missing along with her boyfriend, Antonio Macías, after the "severe events that occurred in the desert in southern Israel," according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry posted on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Rubio's identity was confirmed through a DNA test, the statement adds, saying that local authorities have informed the victim's father.

Macías, who's also Colombian, remains missing.