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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1:34 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023

Israel seemingly stops "knock on the roof" military tactic. Here's what it means and why it matters

From CNN’s Abeer Salman in Jerusalem

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have seemingly stopped the “knock on the roof.”

The euphemism describes a military tactic first developed in 2009 and used in several conflicts since then.

How it works: IDF forces will alert a building’s occupants that they are targeting the structure for an airstrike by dropping a small, non-explosive munition on the roof before a larger strike is executed. Its objective is to minimize civilian casualties by allowing for evacuation in buildings where militant groups keep rockets or ammunition stashed.

Despite the ultimate goal of saving lives, the technique is controversial and has been criticized by human rights groups, who argue dropping a munition on a building should not be considered a warning.

Others say even with the heads-up, there are few safe places for civilians to go in a blockaded strip of land. Gaza is small, just 140 square miles, and one of the most densely populated places on the planet. Civilians, including children, are often killed in the bombardments.

IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Richard Hecht explained the distinction between military and civilian targets was not so simple.

“In buildings where people are living there could be a weapons store... there could be a Hamas kingpin living there,” he said.

What’s happening now: Following Hamas’ attack on Saturday, Israel seems to have abandoned the “knock on the roof.” CNN has spoken to multiple people in Gaza who said they were given no notice when their homes were bombed.

When asked whether the IDF has stopped the tactic, Hecht said on Monday that Hamas did not “knock on the roof.”

“When they came in and threw grenades at our ambulances they did not knock on the roof. This is war. The scale is different,” Hecht added.

This absence of such warnings may be contributing to the significant number of civilian casualties reported so far in Gaza. At least 900 people have been killed in Gaza since Saturday.

1:20 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023

Electricity will stop "within hours," Gaza government warns

From CNN's Abeer Salman

The electricity supply to Gaza "will completely stop within hours," limiting the ability to provide basic services, the enclave's Hamas-controlled government said on Wednesday.

Israeli forces have been hammering Gaza with airstrikes since Saturday, hitting hundreds of targets and reducing neighborhoods to rubble, following unprecedented Hamas terror attacks on Israel.

"All basic services in Gaza depend on electricity, and it will not be possible to partially operate them with generators due to the prevention of fuel supplies through the Rafah gate," the Gaza government media office said in a statement.

Remember: On Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant ordered a "complete siege" of Gaza, saying he would halt the supply of electricity, food, water and fuel to the Palestinian enclave following Hamas' attack.

Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on Earth, where some 2 million people live in an area of 140 square miles.

It has been almost completely cut off from the rest of the world for nearly 17 years, when Hamas seized control, prompting Israel and Egypt to impose a strict siege on the territory, which is ongoing. Israel also maintains an air and naval blockade on Gaza.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said late Monday it has been forced to close all 14 of its food distribution centers in Gaza and “as a result half a million people have stopped receiving vital food aid.”

More than half of its population lives in poverty and is food insecure, with nearly 80% of its population relying on humanitarian assistance.

1:01 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023

Number of Latin American victims rises in Israel

From CNN's Heather Law and Stefano Pozzebon 

The number of confirmed Latin American victims of Saturday's terror attacks in Israel has risen to 11 after Peru and Chile on Tuesday each said one of their citizens had died.

These Latin American countries have reported their citizens killed or missing:

  • Argentina: 7 killed, 15 missing
  • Chile: 2 killed
  • Peru: 2 killed
  • Brazil: 1 killed, 3 missing
  • Mexico: 3 missing
  • Colombia: 2 missing
  • Paraguay: 2 missing

Colombia is sending two planes to evacuate more than 300 citizens from Israel, Brig. Gen. Juan Francisco Mosquera, commander of Colombia's Military Transport Command, said in a video on Tuesday. 

Mexico is sending two planes to Israel after some 300 Mexicans requested evacuation, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday. 

12:47 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023

Israel death toll rises to 1,200, IDF says

From CNN’s Eyad Kourdi and Alex Stambaugh 

IDF soldiers move the bodies of Israelis killed in the Kfar Aza kibbutz, near the border with Gaza, on Tuesday.
IDF soldiers move the bodies of Israelis killed in the Kfar Aza kibbutz, near the border with Gaza, on Tuesday. Atef Safadi/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

At least 1,200 people have died as a result of the Hamas attacks on Israel, IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said in an update on Wednesday. 

It comes as new horrifying details emerge of Hamas attacks on border communities.

More than 900 people have died in Gaza since Israeli airstrikes began Saturday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

12:30 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023

Israeli forces strike Gaza naval targets, IDF says

From CNN's Elliott Gotkine

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Wednesday said it struck naval targets in Gaza, which it claimed were used by Hamas militants to carry out attacks on the Israeli coastline. 

The operation was carried out by IDF naval soldiers, the Israeli Air Force and the Israeli Artillery Corps, the IDF said in a statement.

The targets included docks, which were hit using artillery fire from missile boats, IDF helicopters and ground artillery batteries, it added.

In addition, Israeli naval forces killed a Hamas diver who attempted to infiltrate into Israel from the Gaza shores earlier Wednesday, the IDF said.

Gaza strikes: Israeli airstrikes have pummeled Gaza, the densely-populated coastal enclave controlled by Hamas, since the Islamist militant group carried out an unprecedented surprise attack on Israel on Saturday. More than 900 people have died in Gaza and thousands more have been injured since the airstrikes began, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

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

Here's how to help humanitarian efforts in Israel and Gaza

From CNN Impact Your World

As deadly fighting between Israel and Hamas intensifies, so too does a dire humanitarian crisis in the area.

Hundreds have been killed and thousands injured on both sides after Hamas launched unprecedented attacks on Israel on Saturday. Subsequent airstrikes have overwhelmed local hospitals and displaced more than 100,000 people in Gaza, one of the most densely populated areas on Earth.

The intense fighting has also hampered humanitarian relief. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which suffered damage to one of its buildings in Gaza, is calling for the protection of humanitarian workers, civilians, and critical infrastructure. Calling the situation “horrific,” Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is urging restraint after medical facilities have been destroyed in the fighting.

Impact Your World has gathered a list of vetted organizations that are on the ground responding.

You can support their work by clicking HERE.

12:00 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023

Israeli troops are on the move as humanitarian crisis unfolds in Gaza. Here's where things stand

From CNN staff

More than 1,000 people have been killed in Israel and more than 900 people are dead in Gaza, according to Israel's Army Radio and the Palestinian Health Ministry. Thousands more are injured, according to officials.

The fighting comes as a humanitarian crisis is swiftly unfolding in Gaza where trapped residents, many cut off from food and electricity, face a fifth day of Israeli airstrikes in response to Hamas’ deadly attacks in Israel.

On Tuesday, Hamas said it fired "hundreds" of rockets toward the Israeli city of Ashkelon. 

Here's where things stand:

  • Hamas attacks Israel: huge barrage of rockets were fired from Gaza by Hamas on Ashkelon in “response to the displacement of civilians in Gaza,” a statement on Telegram said. It followed a warning issued to the residents of the southern Israeli city to leave before 5 p.m. local time Tuesday. 
  • Israeli troops massing: Israel is pounding the densely-packed Gaza Strip with airstrikes, especially on the Gaza port, the Israel Defense Forces said. IDF troops were engaged in a firefight with Hamas militants near the town of Mefalsim, which borders the enclave, Tuesday evening local time, multiple IDF troops on the ground told CNN. Tens of thousands of Israeli troops are on the move as the country prepares for a possible ground operation.
  • Defense minister's warning: Yoav Gallant said he has "released all restraints" on the IDF troops in their fight against Hamas. “Whoever comes to decapitate, murder women, Holocaust survivors — we will eliminate him at the height of our power and without compromise,” the defense minister told soldiers during an inspection of the front line along Israel’s border with Gaza on Tuesday.

  • One way out: The only border crossing between Gaza and Egypt was struck by Israeli warplanes Tuesday, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Interior Ministry Eyad al-Bozom said. The tightly controlled Rafah crossing is the only one available to Gazans looking to flee. All other crossings out of the territory are shut. 
  • Biden offers support to Israel: US President Joe Biden condemned Saturday's rampage by Hamas, calling it "an act of sheer evil" and said Israel has the right to respond. He pledged that the US would make sure Israel has the tools it needs to defend itself. The US has "enhanced our military force posture" in the region and is surging military assistance to Israel, the president said. Biden also spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday for the third time since the conflict erupted “to discuss our support for Israel,” the White House said.
  • Foreign nationals killed: At last 14 Americans are among those killed in Israel, Biden said, adding that US citizens are also among those taken hostage by Hamas. Eight French citizens have been confirmed dead and 20 others are missing, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said. The Canadian government says it is aware of reports that one Canadian was killed and three others are missing.
  • More on victims: Israeli-American Roey Weiser was killed during Saturday’s attack, his mother, Naomi Feifer-Weiser told CNN. Weiser was a sergeant who served in the 13th Battalion of the Golani Brigade and was stationed at the Kerem Shalom border crossing, his mother said. Read more about the victims.
  • Flights out of Israel: The US State Department said it has "been in conversation" with various airlines to "encourage them to consider resuming travel in and out of Israel" so that people can leave. German airline Lufthansa will operate several special flights on Thursday and Friday to evacuate German citizens, the country's foreign office said. The French government is also in contact with Air France to organize a special flight Thursday to evacuate French citizens, according to the foreign minister.
11:47 p.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Airstrikes hit residential areas of Gaza, Palestinian officials say

From CNN's Eyad Kourdi

Flames and smoke rise after an Israeli airstrike in Khan Yunis, Gaza, on Wednesday.
Flames and smoke rise after an Israeli airstrike in Khan Yunis, Gaza, on Wednesday. Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Intense airstrikes hit residential areas in the eastern part of Jabalia and the Qizan al-Najjar region in Khan Yunis, Gaza, the Palestinian Ministry of Interior Affairs said.

The attacks targeted civilians' homes and roads and resulted in “direct injuries among citizens,” the ministry said in a statement. 

More than 900 people have died in Gaza and thousands more have been injured since Israeli airstrikes began on Saturday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The Israel Defense Forces have not yet commented on the latest strikes.

11:16 p.m. ET, October 10, 2023

At least 4 UN relief workers killed in Gaza airstrikes

From CNN's Eyad Kourdi and Alex Stambaugh 

Officials with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said Tuesday four of its employees have died as a result of airstrikes on Gaza. 

At least 14 of their facilities in Gaza have been damaged directly or indirectly, UNRWA Director of Communications Juliette Touma told UN News. 

The agency has been unable to bring any aid into the Gaza Strip since Saturday, Touma said.

UNRWA hosts 170,000 people in more than 80 schools and other facilities throughout Gaza. As schools reach their capacity, people have been forced to seek shelter in health care facilities, Touma said. 

UNRWA headquarters were subjected to collateral damage on Tuesday morning due to airstrikes in the surrounding neighborhoods, she said. Some of UNRWA’s employees were taking shelter in the same compound in a nearby building during the strikes, she said.