November 8, 2023 Israel-Hamas war

By Tara Subramaniam, Sophie Tanno, Adrienne Vogt, Dakin Andone, Mike Hayes and Elise Hammond, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, November 9, 2023
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10:17 a.m. ET, November 8, 2023

Italy is sending a hospital ship to the Gaza coast, defense minister says

From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite in London

Italy's Defense Minister Guido Crosetto arrives for a meeting of EU defense ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels, Belgium, on November 15, 2022.
Italy's Defense Minister Guido Crosetto arrives for a meeting of EU defense ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels, Belgium, on November 15, 2022. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Italy is sending a navy ship equipped with a hospital to Gaza, to help treat victims of the conflict, Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto said on Wednesday.

The ship — called Vulcano — is leaving from an unnamed Italian port on Wednesday with 170 staff, including 30 people trained for medical emergencies, Crosetto said during a press briefing.

The minister also announced that a field hospital will brought "directly to Gaza in agreement with the Palestinians."

“We are the first to carry out a humanitarian operation in that area, and we hope that other countries will follow us,” he added.

 

9:39 a.m. ET, November 8, 2023

Doctors in Gaza are running out of medical supplies, Red Cross surgeon says

From CNN’s Sharon Braithwaite in London 

Doctors in Gaza are running out of medical supplies, the International Committee of the Red Cross's (ICRC) chief surgeon Tom Potokar warned Wednesday as the health care system is "under severe strain," according to the ICRC.  

“In the last week, I’ve had to tell a father that his child has non-survivable burn injuries. We’ve had to treat young patients pulled out of the rubble after 48 hours," Potokar, who is now working in the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Younis, said in an ICRC press release published Wednesday. 

“We are really running out of things now, dressings, particularly for the burns. We are running out of anesthetic and analgesic drugs. The staff, both ourselves and the local staff here are getting very worn out. The living conditions are very basic. There’s not much food. … But of course, it’s nothing compared to what the people here in Gaza are suffering at this moment," Potokar said. 

A convoy of seven vehicles from the ICRC delivering medical supplies to health facilities came under fire on Tuesday, according to the ICRC. Two trucks were damaged, and a driver was lightly wounded, the ICRC said. 

“The ICRC due to serious security challenges on the road, which included one of our trucks being impacted, and one of our drivers being injured, was not able to go ahead with the plan as intended," the head of the ICRC delegation in Gaza, William Schomburg, said. 

"We were however still able to deliver the majority of assistance we had with us to one of the major hospitals, Al Shifa. However, these are not conditions under which humanitarians can work and meet the urgently required needs of the civilian population," Schomburg added. 

 

9:01 a.m. ET, November 8, 2023

Blinken: Israel cannot occupy Gaza, but "there may be a need for some transition period" at end of war

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler in Tokyo

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference at the Okura Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, on November 8.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference at the Okura Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, on November 8. Richard A. Brooks/AFP/Getty Images

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that it’s "clear that Israel cannot occupy Gaza," but "there may be a need for some transition period at the end of the conflict" between Israel and Hamas.

The top US diplomat’s mention of a "transition period" came in response to comments from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who earlier this week said Israel will have the "overall security responsibility" in Gaza for an "indefinite period" after the war with Hamas ends.

Blinken said he heard from Israeli officials that "they have no intent to reoccupy Gaza and retain control of Gaza."

In an implicit rebuttal to Netanyahu’s comments, Blinken explicitly laid out the United States' terms for “durable peace and security” in Gaza after the war, stressing that its territory must not be reduced or occupied.

"It is imperative that Palestinian people be central to the governance in Gaza, and in the West Bank as well, and that again, we don't see a reoccupation," Blinken said at a news conference following the G7 foreign ministers' meeting in Tokyo.

“The only question is, is there some transition period that might be necessary? And what might be the mechanisms that you could put in place for that to make sure that there is security. But we're very clear on no reoccupation, just as we're very clear on no displacement of the Palestinian population,” he said.

“As we’ve said before, we need to see and get to, in effect, unity of governance when it comes to Gaza and the West Bank, and ultimately to a Palestinian state,” Blinken said.

8:45 a.m. ET, November 8, 2023

Gaza’s Al-Quds Hospital scaling back operations due to fuel shortage, Palestine Red Crescent Society says

From CNN’s Kareem El Damanhoury

Palestinian people take shelter at the al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza, on October 31.
Palestinian people take shelter at the al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza, on October 31. Ali Jadallah/Anadolu/Getty Images

The Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City is scaling back most of its operations amid a fuel shortage to ensure minimal services over the next few days, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said in a statement Wednesday.

“The hospital is facing an acute shortage of fuel and was expected to run out of fuel today,” the PRCS statement said.

The hospital's main generator has been turned off, PRCS added, and the hospital is operating on a small generator instead. 

The hospital has shut down its surgical ward, MRI and medical imaging ward, and oxygen generation plant, the statement said. Each hospital building is now receiving two hours of electricity per day after 5 p.m. local time to ensure that the 14,000 displaced people sheltering there have enough power to meet their basic needs. 

“(I)t has now become impossible for PRCS to obtain fuel from within the Gaza Strip,” it said. “PRCS hopes that it will not be forced to completely shut down Al Quds hospital in the coming few days as fuel and basic supplies run out.” 

PRCS is urgently appealing to health and relief organizations to allow humanitarian aid, medical supplies, and fuel to reach the Al-Quds Hospital.

Some context: Hundreds of trucks carrying humanitarian aid have entered Gaza since they were first allowed on October 21, including 81 trucks from the Egyptian Red Crescent that were received at the Rafah border crossing on Tuesday, according to the PRCS.

Those trucks have contained food and water, medical supplies and medicine, but fuel has not been allowed to enter Gaza.

11:15 a.m. ET, November 8, 2023

G7 stops short of calling for ceasefire as support for Israel's offensive erodes. Here's what you need to know

From CNN staff

The Group of Seven (G7) foreign ministers on Wednesday voiced support for humanitarian pauses in Gaza to support aid deliveries, civilian movement and the release of hostages — but stopped short of calling for a ceasefire.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has escalated his opposition to a ceasefire in Gaza, saying “those calling for an immediate ceasefire have an obligation to explain how to address the unacceptable result that would likely bring.”

The US and G7's rejection of a ceasefire puts them at odds with their Arab counterparts and a growing number of international voices, as support for Israel’s military campaign shows deepening erosion.

Israel says the goal of the air and ground offensive in Gaza is the complete elimination of Hamas.

Here's what else to know:

  • Israeli offensive intensifies: Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops are at the "heart of Gaza City" and targeting Hamas infrastructure and commanders there. It comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said "Gaza City is encircled" and the IDF is "operating in it" and "advancing the pressure applied on Hamas every hour and every day." It's unclear based on comments from Netanyahu and Gallant exactly where the IDF is operating inside Gaza. Meanwhile, dozens of civilians evacuated to the southern part of the enclave during a four-hour window allotted by the IDF on Tuesday. Some people carried white flags, signaling their hope for a safe passage, video shows.
  • 39 journalists killed: At least 39 journalists have now been killed in the Israel-Hamas war, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday. In a press release, the CPJ noted that the war has brought about the “deadliest month for journalists” since the organization began gathering data in 1992. Among those killed, CPJ said that 34 were Palestinian, four Israeli, and one Lebanese. A further eight journalists have been injured and three are missing, according to CPJ.
  • Aid convoy targeted: The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has accused Israel of firing on an aid convoy operated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday. The ICRC on Tuesday said that its convoy had come under fire, but did not apportion blame. Two trucks were damaged in the attack and a driver sustained minor injuries, the ICRC said. CNN has reached out to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), but they have not commented on the incident.
  • North Gaza's dwindling supplies: All bakeries in northern Gaza have been forced to close due to shortages of vital supplies, a United Nations agency said Wednesday. Desperate civilians have been struggling to access the daily staple of bread under Israel's ongoing military offensive. In a daily update, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said "no bakeries were active in the north, due to the lack of fuel, water and wheat flour, as well as the damage sustained by many."
  • Gaza death toll: About 74% of the 10,515 people killed in Gaza since October 7 are children, women, and the elderly, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah said in a report Wednesday, drawing from sources in the Hamas-controlled enclave. It's unclear how many combatants are included in the total. UNICEF spokesperson James Elder has defended the accuracy of the death toll numbers being reported out of Gaza, saying the organization's numbers closely align with that of the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health in the enclave.

7:45 a.m. ET, November 8, 2023

IDF extends window for evacuation corridor by an hour

From CNN's Stephanie Halasz

Palestinians fleeing Gaza City head toward the south on November 8.
Palestinians fleeing Gaza City head toward the south on November 8. Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

The Israel Defense Forces said it extended the window for an evacuation corridor from northern Gaza to the south by one hour.

IDF spokesperson Avichay Adraee said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the corridor would now close at 3 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET) instead of 2 p.m. local time.

Some context: The IDF announced earlier Wednesday that a four-hour window was in place for Gazans to evacuate down Salah Eddin Street, which serves as one of the two primary highways in Gaza, linking the north to the south. The IDF has repeatedly called on civilians to move south of Wadi Gaza as it intensifies its assault on Hamas in Gaza City and northern Gaza.

7:07 a.m. ET, November 8, 2023

43 Ukrainian citizens evacuated from Gaza, Zelensky says  

From Daria Markina Tarasova and Maria Kostenko in Kyiv and Caitlin Danaher in London  

Forty-three Ukrainian citizens have been evacuated from Gaza, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday.  

The citizens are “now safe in Egypt, where Ukrainian diplomats are providing them with the necessary assistance,” he added.  

Zelensky also described Ukraine’s involvement in the evacuation of 36 citizens of Moldova. “We are glad to help our friendly neighbor,” he said.  

The President said further evacuation operations are ongoing. “Our embassies in Israel and Egypt, as well as other relevant agencies, are working hard to get more of our citizens out of Gaza,” he said.  

On Tuesday, Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel, Yevgen Korniychuk, said in a statement shared with Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform, that 367 people have been approved for evacuation by Israel.  

"I hope that we will be able to finish withdrawing everyone on Thursday,"  Korniychuk said.  

Some context: Last month, Oleg Nikolenko, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry, said that there were around 200 Ukrainians wanting to be evacuated from Gaza.

6:19 a.m. ET, November 8, 2023

Palestine Red Crescent receives 81 humanitarian aid trucks from Egyptian Red Crescent at Rafah crossing  

From CNN’s Abeer Salman and Zeena Saifi in Jerusalem 

Aid convoy trucks cross the Rafah border from the Egyptian side on November 6, in Rafah, Egypt.
Aid convoy trucks cross the Rafah border from the Egyptian side on November 6, in Rafah, Egypt. Mahmoud Khaled/Getty Images

Teams from the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) received 81 trucks of humanitarian aid from the Egyptian Red Crescent at the Rafah crossing on Tuesday, according to the PRCS.

The trucks contain food, water, medicines and medical supplies, the PRCS said.

The number of received trucks so far has reached 650, but fuel has not been allowed to enter yet, it said.

The Rafah crossing connecting Gaza to Egypt is currently the only way in and out of the besieged enclave.

7:28 a.m. ET, November 8, 2023

At least 39 journalists killed in Israel-Hamas war in "deadliest month," Committee to Protect Journalists says

From CNN's Mick Krever

Palestinian journalists attend a funeral of Palestine TV correspondent Muhammad Abu Hatab in Khan Younis, Gaza, on November 3.
Palestinian journalists attend a funeral of Palestine TV correspondent Muhammad Abu Hatab in Khan Younis, Gaza, on November 3. Rizek Abdeljawad/Xinhua/Getty Images

At least 39 journalists have now been killed in the Israel-Hamas war, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday.

The war has brought about the “deadliest month for journalists” since CPJ says it began gathering data in 1992.

Among those, CPJ said that 34 were Palestinian, four Israeli, and one Lebanese. A further eight journalists have been injured and three are missing, according to CPJ.

The most recent to die, on Tuesday, were Yahya Abu Manih, “a journalist with Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa radio channel,” who was reportedly killed in an airstrike in Gaza, and Mohamed Abu Hassira, a journalist for WAFA, the Palestinian news agency, who was also reportedly killed in an airstrike.