January 30, 2024 Israel-Hamas war

By Amir Vera, Sana Noor Haq, Antoinette Radford, Aditi Sangal, Elise Hammond and Tori B. Powell, CNN

Updated 1:10 p.m. ET, January 31, 2024
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9:27 a.m. ET, January 30, 2024

Israeli protesters again block Gaza-bound aid trucks

From CNN's Lauren Izso and Tim Lister

Demonstrators gather by the border fence with Egypt at the Nitzana border crossing in southern Israel as they attempt to block humanitarian aid trucks from entering into Israel on their way to Gaza, on January 30.
Demonstrators gather by the border fence with Egypt at the Nitzana border crossing in southern Israel as they attempt to block humanitarian aid trucks from entering into Israel on their way to Gaza, on January 30. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli protesters have again blocked trucks carrying aid for Gaza, demanding that humanitarian aid only be delivered in exchange for the release of the hostages. 

Activists with the "Tsav 9’" movement evaded police roadblocks to reach the Nitzana crossing, where aid trucks are inspected before being sent to Rafah to cross into Gaza.

Here's a look at where the crossings are located:

Tsav 9 comprises of families of hostages, fallen soldiers, demobilized reservists, and displaced Israeli civilians.

On Tuesday morning, Tsav 9 said the crossing was closed to traffic and “not a single supply truck to Hamas passes through here.”

One woman, whose brother was killed in the Gaza Strip, said, "No truck will enter until the last of the abductees returns." 

There has been no comment so far from Israeli police or the agency that administers the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza. 

Last week, protestors disrupted aid traffic passing through the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza, before the Israeli military declared it a closed military zone.

2:02 p.m. ET, January 30, 2024

Palestinian aid group loses contact with team attempting to rescue 6-year-old girl trapped in car after attack

From CNN’s Celine Alkhaldi

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said it lost contact with a team in central Gaza that was dispatched to rescue a 6-year-old girl, for more than 18 hours. 

The girl, Hind, was trapped in a car after it was fired on Monday. She was in the car with six of her family members, all of whom were killed in the attack, PRCS said. 

“We are deeply concerned about the safety of the ambulance team that has set out yesterday evening on a mission to rescue the 6-year-old girl Hind Rajab from Gaza City,” PRCS said. “We still remain unaware of their fate, uncertain whether they succeeded in evacuating her or not."

PRCS released an audio clip purporting to be the moment gunfire was directed at the car. In the clip, 15-year-old Layan Hamadeh, who is related to Hind, is heard speaking to a PRCS paramedic, crying for help. 

“They are shooting at us. The tank is right next to me. We’re in the car, the tank is right next to us,” Layan screams, amid intense gunfire in the background. Layan then goes quiet, after the rounds of fire stop. The paramedic on the phone tries to speak to her, repeatedly saying, “Hello? Hello?” but he hears no response, before hanging up.  

CNN has reached out to the IDF for comment on the audio clip released by PRCS, and allegations made that six people were killed after a car was shot at in Gaza City. 

9:53 a.m. ET, January 30, 2024

Hamas considers truce proposal as IDF warns fighting is ramping up again in northern Gaza. Here's the latest

From CNN staff

Hamas said it is studying a new truce proposal received by the head of its political bureau at a meeting in Paris that involved officials from Israel, Egypt, Qatar and the United States. 

CNN has previously reported that a broad framework for a hostage release and potential ceasefire in the war between Hamas and Israel would call for the release of civilian hostages over a six-week pause, and that three Palestinian prisoners would be released for each civilian hostage returned from Gaza.

However, whether the deal goes through depends on if the two sides can reach an agreement on Israeli troops in Gaza. Hamas said its priority was a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, but Israel has said repeatedly that it will not accept an indefinite cessation of hostilities. 

Hamas' assessment of the truce comes at a critical time, as Israeli forces acknowledge that pockets of resistance by the militant group continue in the north of the territory. The IDF has instructed civilians to evacuate from northern Gaza for the south as fighting intensifies around the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis.

Catch up with the latest here:

  • Gaza deaths: As fighting continues across the Gaza Strip, the Hamas-controlled Health Ministry said Tuesday there have been 114 deaths due to Israeli military operations in the past 24-hours. The Health Ministry said that since October 7, a total of 26,751 people had been killed and 65,636 injured by Israeli military action. CNN is unable to confirm those figures.

  • Hospital raid: Dressed as civilians and medical staff, Israeli soldiers entered the Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin, where they killed three Palestinian men, both Israeli and Palestinian officials have confirmed. Hamas said the men were Jenin Brigades fighters, an umbrella group of armed Palestinian factions in the West Bank city. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they were terrorists linked to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
  • Famine looms: As Gaza spirals toward full-scale famine, displaced civilians and health workers told CNN they go hungry so their children can eat what little is available. If Palestinians find water, it is likely undrinkable. Even before the war, two out of three people in Gaza relied on food support, Arif Husain, the chief economist at the World Food Programme (WFP), told CNN.
  • Evacuation orders: Since December 1,158 square kilometers (447 square miles) 41% of the Gaza Strip, which 1.38 million people called home before October 7, was put under evacuation orders, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Tuesday. That area contained 161 shelters hosting an estimated 700,750 internally displaced persons (IDPs), it added.
  • School strike: The IDF told CNN Tuesday it had no record of a strike taking place near a school in Gaza City run by the UN's main relief agency in the territory on Monday, as reported by the Palestinian state news agency WAFA. The news agency reported at least 10 civilian deaths as a result of the Israeli artillery fire.
  • Jordan strikes: The US response to the drone attack in Jordan that killed three and wounded more than 40 of its service members on Sunday is likely to be more powerful than previous American retaliatory strikes in Iraq and Syria, officials told CNN — though the Pentagon and White House are being careful not to reveal details of its plans. The names of the three soldiers killed in the attack have been released by the Defense Department.
7:51 a.m. ET, January 30, 2024

41% of the Gaza Strip has been put under evacuation orders since December, UN office says

From CNN’s Celine Alkhaldi

People leave Khan Younis in Gaza after receiving evacuation orders on January 26.
People leave Khan Younis in Gaza after receiving evacuation orders on January 26. Xinhua/Shutterstock

The Israeli military has ordered 41% of Gaza to evacuate since it started dividing the strip into numbered blocks in December, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Tuesday.

Since December 1,158 square kilometers (447 square miles) of the Gaza Strip, which 1.38 million people called home before October 7, was put under the orders, OHCA said. That area contained 161 shelters hosting an estimated 700,750 internally displaced persons (IDPs), it added.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) says it has been instructing people to leave particular areas of Gaza to avoid fighting in its war against Hamas.

On Monday, the Israeli military ”urged” residents of Al-Nassar, Al-Sheikh Radwan, Al-Shati Refugee Camp, northern and southern Rimal, Sabra, Al-Sheikh Ajlin, and Tel Al-Hawa in western Gaza City to evacuate “for your safety” towards “designated shelters” to the south. 

The new order covered an area of 12.43 square kilometers, which amounts to 3.4% of the Gaza Strip. This area was home to almost 300,000 Palestinians before October 7, containing 59 shelters with about 88,000 IDPs sheltered there, OCHA said. 

Some background: As of January 26, there were an estimated 1.7 million internally displaced people in Gaza, OCHA said, citing UNRWA, adding that the ongoing fighting and subsequent evacuation orders have forced some households to move away from the shelters where they were initially registered. 

6:56 a.m. ET, January 30, 2024

Palestinians are eating grass and drinking polluted water as famine looms across Gaza

From CNN's Sana Noor Haq and Rosa Rahimi

Palestinians wait to receive food at a donation center in a refugee camp in Rafah, Gaza, on January 27.
Palestinians wait to receive food at a donation center in a refugee camp in Rafah, Gaza, on January 27. Saher Alghorra/Middle East Images/AFP/Getty Images

“They are weak now, they always have diarrhea, their faces are yellow,” Hanadi Gamal Saed El Jamara, 38, whose family was displaced from northern Gaza, told CNN on January 9. “My 17-year-old daughter tells me she feels dizziness, my husband is not eating.”

She tries to feed her kids at least once a day, she says, while tending to her husband, a cancer and diabetes patient.

As Gaza spirals toward full-scale famine, displaced civilians and health workers told CNN they go hungry so their children can eat what little is available. If Palestinians find water, it is likely undrinkable.

When relief trucks trickle into the strip, people clamber over each other to grab aid. Children living on the streets, after being forced from their homes by Israel’s bombardment, cry and fight over stale bread. Others reportedly walk for hours in the cold searching for food, risking exposure to Israeli strikes.

Even before the war, two out of three people in Gaza relied on food support, Arif Husain, the chief economist at the World Food Programme (WFP), told CNN. Palestinians have lived through 17 years of partial blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt.

Learn more about the looming famine in Gaza.

8:05 a.m. ET, January 30, 2024

Hamas says it is studying new truce proposal but wants complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza

From CNN’s Ibrahim Dahman in Cairo and Tim Lister

People walk by a wall with photos of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, during a rally calling for release of all hostages, on January 27, in Tel Aviv, Israel.
People walk by a wall with photos of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, during a rally calling for release of all hostages, on January 27, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Amir Levy/Getty Images

Hamas is “studying” a new proposal for a renewed truce in Gaza and the return of hostages, its political leader said Tuesday, but underlined that its priority is a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. 

In a statement Tuesday, Hamas said that Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas political bureau, received the proposal at a meeting in Paris this weekend that involved officials from Israel, Egypt, Qatar and the United States. 

Hamas “is in the process of studying it and submitting its response to it on the basis that the priority is to stop the aggression, the brutal attack on Gaza and the complete withdrawal of the occupation forces from the Strip,” the statement said. 

Israel has said repeatedly that it will not accept an indefinite cessation of hostilities. 

Read more: CNN has previously reported that a broad framework for a hostage release and potential ceasefire in the war between Hamas and Israel was agreed to among negotiators in Paris this weekend, according to an official familiar with the talks.

6:54 a.m. ET, January 30, 2024

IDF tells civilians to evacuate northern Gaza for the south as fighting rages around southern cities

CNN's Tim Lister, Lauren Izso and Richard Allen Greene

While much of the fighting in Gaza is focused on the southern city of Khan Younis, Israeli officials acknowledge that pockets of resistance by Hamas fighters endure in the north of the territory.

Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Lt Col Richard Hecht Monday told CNN: “We’re acting now in the north of Gaza again. We always said there would be more pockets. There will always be insurgents.”

On Monday the IDF said that “a number of armed terrorists were killed by IDF troops in various encounters” on the outskirts of Al Shati refugee camp, and on Tuesday, the IDF said there had been further combat in Al Shati, a sprawling refugee camp, saying units were “continuing to operate against terrorists and to seize weapons in the central and northern Gaza Strip. In the Shati area, IDF troops eliminated numerous terrorists and located weapons in the area.”

There have been several airstrikes in the area over the last week.

Israel Army Radio reported Monday that the IDF was expected to ramp up its military presence in northern Gaza to counter attempts by Hamas to re-establish itself in the area.

As combat ramps up in parts of northern and central Gaza, the IDF has issued fresh instructions for civilians in a large number of areas to move further south. CNN has previously reported on Palestinian civilians who followed evacuation orders being killed by Israeli strikes, underscoring the reality that evacuation zones and warning alerts from the Israeli military haven’t guaranteed safety for civilians in the densely populated Gaza Strip.

5:24 a.m. ET, January 30, 2024

West Bank hospital raid draws praise from Israeli cabinet minister and condemnation from Palestinian officials

From CNN's Abeer Salman in Jerusalem

A screengrab from video appears to show undercover Israeli Special Forces operating in Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin, West Bank, on January 30.
A screengrab from video appears to show undercover Israeli Special Forces operating in Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin, West Bank, on January 30. Obtained by CNN

An attack on a hospital in the occupied West Bank by Israeli special forces on Tuesday has sparked a split reaction among Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Disguised special forces killed three militant Palestinian men in a targeted infiltration on Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin, according to Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

No other casualties were reported in the raid.

What Israeli officials say: Israel's far-right National Security Minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, posted on social media surveillance video from inside the hospital appearing to show Israeli forces carrying assault rifles and dressed as medical staff, nurses, women in hijabs, and with one carrying a wheelchair and another carrying a baby car seat.

"I congratulate and strengthen the naval commando forces of the Israeli police on their impressive operation last night, " Ben Gvir said alongside the video on X. 

What Palestinian officials say: The Palestinian Ministry of Health condemned the attack and the targeting of a health center. They called on the UN General Assembly and NGOs to provide the necessary protection for medical treatment centers and emergency crews. 

"This crime comes after dozens of crimes committed by the occupation forces against treatment centers and crews. International law provides general and special protection for civilian sites, including hospitals," the ministry said on Tuesday.

Hamas’s military wing, the Al Qassam Brigades, claimed one of the casualties, Mohammed Jalamneh, as a member. The Ibn Sina hospital said another casualty, Basil Al-Ghazawi, was receiving treatment when he was killed. The hospital said the three men were sleeping at the time of the attack. 

4:41 a.m. ET, January 30, 2024

Israeli undercover forces disguised as civilians kill 3 militants in West Bank hospital, officials say

From CNN's Abeer Salman in Jerusalem

Journalists gather outside of Ibn Sina hospital in the West Bank town of Jenin, following an Israeli military raid on Tuesday, January 30.
Journalists gather outside of Ibn Sina hospital in the West Bank town of Jenin, following an Israeli military raid on Tuesday, January 30. Majdi Mohammed/AP

Israeli special forces, dressed as civilians and medical staff, infiltrated the Ibn Sina hospital in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on Tuesday and killed three Palestinian men, according to Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Hamas said the men were Jenin Brigades fighters, an umbrella group of armed Palestinian factions in the West Bank city. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they were terrorists linked to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The disguised forces "infiltrated the hospital individually, headed to the third floor, and assassinated the young men," the Palestinian state news agency WAFA reported, citing sources from inside the hospital. 

A bullet hole is pictured on a blood-spattered pillow at the Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin, West Bank, on January 30.
A bullet hole is pictured on a blood-spattered pillow at the Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin, West Bank, on January 30. Zain Jaafar /AFP/Getty Images

The IDF targeted Hamas fighter Mohammed Jalamneh who "had recently been involved in promoting significant terrorist activity and was hiding in the Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin," it said in a statement on Tuesday.

Two brothers, Mohammed Al-Ghawazi and Basel Al-Ghawazi, were also killed in the raid, the IDF said, describing them as "terrorist" operatives.

There were no reports of other casualties in the raid.