November 10, 2023 Israel-Hamas war

By Tara Subramaniam, Heather Chen, Sophie Tanno, Holly Yan, Adrienne Vogt, Elise Hammond and Tori B. Powell, CNN

Updated 12:11 a.m. ET, November 11, 2023
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7:18 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

Rocket interceptions heard over Tel Aviv

From CNN's Oren Liebermann in Tel Aviv

Families of hostages and people gathered outside the Tel Aviv Museum of Art move to bomb shelters as rockets are fired from Gaza toward the center of Tel Aviv, Israel, on November 10.
Families of hostages and people gathered outside the Tel Aviv Museum of Art move to bomb shelters as rockets are fired from Gaza toward the center of Tel Aviv, Israel, on November 10. Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images

A CNN team in Tel Aviv on Friday witnessed about 10 interceptions by Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system of rockets fired from Gaza.

The Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, claimed on Telegram that it had launched rockets toward the city.

6:45 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

Medical center "completely surrounded" by tanks as fighting intensifies in northern Gaza, Hospital chief says

From CNN’s Kareem Khadder in Jerusalem 

The director of a hospital in northern Gaza has warned that the medical center is completely surrounded by tanks, making it impossible to leave.

Mustafa al-Kahlout, who heads Al Nasr hospital and Al Rantisi pediatric hospital, urged for an evacuation of the doctors and patients inside as fighting intensifies.

“We are completely surrounded, there are tanks outside the hospital, and we cannot leave,” al-Kahlout told CNN. 

The hospital complex is close to the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood and Al Shati refugee camp, where ground fighting was reported by the IDF and Hamas separately.

“We do not have electricity, no oxygen for the patients, we do not have medicine and water,” he said. 
“We do not know our fate, but there has been no contact from the Red Cross or any international organizations,” al-Kahlout added.
6:18 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

UN rights chief raises doubts over Israeli safe zones: "Nowhere in Gaza is safe"

From CNN’s Zeena Saifi in Jerusalem

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk speaks during a press conference in Amman, Jordan, on November 10.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk speaks during a press conference in Amman, Jordan, on November 10. Alaa Al Sukhni/Reuters

The top United Nations human rights official on Friday raised doubts over Israel’s unilateral establishment of “safe zones” in Gaza, saying that nowhere within the territory was safe for civilians. 

“Demands for civilians to relocate to an Israeli Defence Force designated ‘safe zone’ are also very alarming,” Volker Türk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said during a news conference in Amman, Jordan.
“A so-called ‘safe zone,’ when established unilaterally, can heighten risks to civilians, and raises real questions as to whether security can be guaranteed in practice. At the moment, nowhere in Gaza is safe, as bombardments are being reported in all parts of the Strip.”

Israel on Friday announced another six-hour window for civilians to evacuate south from northern Gaza. US National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby on Thursday said that Israel would “begin to implement four-hour pauses in areas of northern Gaza each day,” but it was as yet unclear whether that is just a formalization of what the IDF has already been doing, or something new.

Türk said that he believes that the Israeli occupation is at the root of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

“The solution to this situation is the end of the occupation, and full respect for the right to self-determination for Palestinians. As I have said time and again, for the violence to end, the occupation needs to end. Member States need to invest all the effort that is necessary into finding a sustainable peace for all Palestinians and Israelis.”

His trip to Amman is part of a five-day visit to the Middle East he started on Tuesday to discuss “Israel’s escalation in Gaza,” his office said in a statement. 

Before stopping in Jordan, Türk was in Egypt where he said he visited El-Arish Hospital, one of the hospitals treating seriously wounded Palestinians who were evacuated from Gaza. He talked about seeing many children injured by Israeli bombardment, kids with broken legs and severe burns. 

“These were the “lucky” children who suffered terribly but are still alive and receiving proper medical treatment,” he added. 

Speaking at the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing earlier this week, Türk said that both Israel and Hamas had committed war crimes over the course of the war.

He talked about his UN colleagues in Gaza who have had to flee with their families to find shelter, saying they always “keep their bags close” in case they need to flee again. He recounted their stories of mourning the killings of dozens of their loved ones over the past month. 

��The extensive Israeli bombardment of Gaza, including the use of high impact explosive weapons in densely populated areas, razing tens of thousands of buildings to the ground, is clearly having a devastating humanitarian and human rights impact… Israel must immediately end the use of such methods and means of warfare, and the attacks must be investigated,” he stressed. 

9:02 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

US Secretary of State says "far too many Palestinians have been killed" in Gaza

From CNN’s Jennifer Hansler in New Delhi

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the media after participating in the so-called "2+2 Dialogue" in New Delhi, India, on November 10.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the media after participating in the so-called "2+2 Dialogue" in New Delhi, India, on November 10. Jonathan Ernst/AP

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday gave one of his most direct condemnations of the civilian death toll in Gaza and said more needs to be done to “minimize harm to Palestinian civilians.”

Although Blinken commended Israel for its announcement of daily humanitarian pauses and two humanitarian corridors, he said that “there is more that can and should be done to minimize harm to Palestinian civilians.”

“Far too many Palestinians have been killed. Far too many have suffered these past weeks,” Blinken said at a press availability in the Indian capital of New Delhi. “We want to do everything possible to prevent harm to them and to maximize the assistance that gets to them.”
“To that end, we'll be continuing to discuss with Israel the concrete steps to be taken to advance these objectives,” Blinken added, though he declined to detail the specifics of those steps.

The top US diplomat has subtly shifted his messaging in the days since he departed the Middle East earlier this week to more directly voice condemnation of the civilian toll in Gaza and the US’ expectations for the Israeli government.

Blinken said “some progress has been made” in the week since he met in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials last Friday in Tel Aviv.

In Tokyo on Wednesday, Blinken described the US’ terms for a “durable and sustainable peace” in Gaza after the war, and on Friday he reiterated that “some progress” had been made in setting those “basic principles.”

“No forcible displacement of Palestinians from Gaza. No use of Gaza as a platform for launching terrorism or other attacks against Israel. No diminution of the territory in Gaza and a commitment to Palestinian land governance for Gaza and the West Bank and in a unified way,” Blinken said Friday.
“These and some other ideas that we've put forward, and that others share, I think, can start to be the basis for what we need to do.”

“We have concrete plans, concrete things that we're working on that that would” increase the amount of trucks with humanitarian aid reaching Gaza, Blinken said.

But “it's always a process and moving from an understanding, moving from an agreement to the implementation is what we're working on right now,” he added.

Blinken reiterated Friday that the US “will continue to focus relentlessly on getting our hostages home” and stopping the conflict from expanding.

5:02 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

IDF announces six-hour evacuation corridor for Friday

From CNN staff

Palestinians leave from the northern part of the Gaza to flee south on November 9.
Palestinians leave from the northern part of the Gaza to flee south on November 9. Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu/Getty Images

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Friday announced a six-hour long window for an evacuation corridor along Salah Al-Deen street for people to flee south from northern Gaza. The corridor, it said, would be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time (3amET to 9amET).

The corridor is identical in length and location to what the IDF organized on Thursday, and identical in location (albeit longer) to what it has organized starting this past weekend.

“The northern Gaza Strip area is deemed a fierce battlefield and time is running out to evacuate it. Join the hundreds of thousands who have complied with the calls and moved south in recent days,” IDF spokesperson Avichay Adraee said in Arabic on X, formerly Twitter.

Some context: Tens of thousands of Gazans have fled south in recent days, according to the Israeli government and the United Nations.

The US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on Thursday said that Israel “will begin to implement four-hour pauses in areas of northern Gaza each day,” but it is as yet unclear whether that is just a formalization of what the IDF has already been doing, or something new.

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, released a statement coinciding with Kirby’s announcement, saying that there would be “no ceasefire without the release of our hostages.” Earlier this week, he said that there could be “tactical little pauses, an hour here, an hour there.” 

A senior Israeli official told CNN’s Alex Marquadt on Thursday that the four-hour windows would be “tactical localized pauses” that every day will be in a specific area.

A neighborhood or area will be given several hours’ notice that they will have a pause, to give people in the north the ability to travel south for aid and relief.

6:00 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

German foreign minister makes third trip to the Middle East in a month amid Israel-Hamas war 

From CNN's Nadine Schmidt in Berlin

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock boards a plane to fly to Abu Dhabi on November 10 at Brandenburg, Schönefeld, Germany.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock boards a plane to fly to Abu Dhabi on November 10 at Brandenburg, Schönefeld, Germany. Michael Kappeler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Friday began her third diplomatic trip to the Middle East in a month, with stop-overs planned in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the West Bank and Israel.

Baerbock's meetings in the Middle East will focus on the release of German hostages being held by Hamas, the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza and German diplomatic efforts to prevent a regional conflagration, Germany's foreign ministry announced Thursday.

"It is our responsibility to continue to confront the incredible dilemma on the ground with all our strength," Baerbock said in a statement on Friday ahead of her trip.

''Israel has the right and the duty to defend itself against the ongoing brutal Hamas terror in order to protect its people,'' Baerbock went on to say, adding, ''At the same time, we must do everything we can to alleviate the terrible suffering of innocent children, women and men.''

''The prospect of a humanitarian ceasefire is central to this,'' Baerbock continued. Germany is working with international partners ''tirelessly to find more ways and options for effective humanitarian aid'' in Gaza, Baerbock said. 

Baerbock added that "only a return to the promise of living side by side — in two states — can bring Israelis and Palestinians a life in peace, security and dignity."

Some context: Baerbock's trip comes as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged Thursday to protect the country’s Jews against a "shameful" spike in antisemitism in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war.

He made the comment on the 85th anniversary of the November Pogroms — known as ''Night of Broken Glass'' — and often seen as the beginning of the Holocaust. 

9:49 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

Social media videos show people injured after incident in Al-Shifa hospital outpatient clinic

From CNN’s Abeer Salman and Sana Noor Haq

Several social media videos are showing people injured in what was described as the outpatient clinic of Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. 

It’s unclear what struck the hospital, but the videos show injured people lying on the ground of the outdoor clinic. Witnesses in the videos are saying it was strikes on the area. CNN could not verify it was strikes and has reached out to the Israel Defense Forces. 

Many Gazans have been sheltering in al-Shifa hospital. The IDF has claimed that Hamas are hiding in tunnels under the hospital. CNN could not verify the claim. 

“This is the waiting area covered by corrugated metal sheet under which internally displaced persons were refuging,” according to Medhat Abbas, the director general of the Hamas-run health ministry.

The IDF and Hamas have been reporting ground fighting in different areas of northern Gaza. 

Some context: Strikes landed in the vicinity of two separate hospitals – the Indonesian Hospital and the Al Awda Hospital – in northern Gaza, injuring 10 people and damaging hospital vehicles and infrastructure, according to a statement posted on Facebook by the Al Awda hospital. 

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said one of their volunteers had been injured and two ambulances rendered unusable by a strike near Al Awda hospital.

The group also shared images and a video of two ambulances with their windscreens shattered in what appears to be the hospital parking lot. It was not immediately clear PRCS was referring to the same ambulances mentioned in the hospital’s statement. 

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated Medhat Abbas' title. He is the director general of the Hamas-controlled health ministry in Gaza.

4:09 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

Nearly 700 foreign nationals evacuated from Gaza on Thursday, Egyptian border official says

From Asmaa Khalil in Rafah and CNN’s Zeena Saifi in Jerusalem 

People cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing on November 9.
People cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing on November 9. AFP/Getty Images

Some 699 foreign nationals arrived in Egypt on Thursday, having evacuated Gaza through the Rafah border crossing, an Egyptian border official told a journalist working for CNN.

According to a CNN tally, this brings the total number of foreign nationals evacuated to more than 2,000.

On Thursday, 80,000 people fled northern Gaza through an evacuation corridor, Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said in a statement on social media.

5:17 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

Civilians in Gaza face "never-ending humanitarian nightmare," UN chief says

From CNN's Michael Rios

Palestinians inspect the debris at the Khaled Ibn Al-Walid mosque after it was hit by Israeli bombardment in Khan Younis, Gaza, on November 9.
Palestinians inspect the debris at the Khaled Ibn Al-Walid mosque after it was hit by Israeli bombardment in Khan Younis, Gaza, on November 9. Mohammed Salem/Reuters

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has described the situation in Gaza as “a never-ending humanitarian nightmare for civilians” as he once again reiterated calls for an immediate ceasefire.

"Their neighborhoods wiped out. Their loved ones killed. Bombs raining down, while being denied life’s very basics: food, water, medicine, electricity," Guterres said in a video message that was broadcast to the International Humanitarian Conference for the Civilian Population in Gaza held in Paris on Thursday.

He also said that the amount of aid trickling in was “a drop in the ocean" and said the international community must step up to protect civilians, urging nations to invest in a $1.2 billion UN humanitarian appeal.

“We can help civilians in Gaza see at last, and at the very least, a glimmer of hope – a sign of solidarity – and a signal that the world sees their plight and cares enough to act,” he said. 

Also in attendance at the Gaza aid conference was Martin Griffiths, the UN's top relief official, who pressed his concerns about any proposal to push thousands into "safe zones." 

He said that the UN could not be "part of a unilateral proposal to push hundreds of thousands of desperate civilians in Gaza into so-called safe zones." It had not been involved in any preparations for the arrival of displaced people to a prospective "safe zone" in Gaza, Griffiths said.

Griffiths also raised concerns about "safe zone" conditions, saying that "satisfactory conditions do not exist anywhere in Gaza to ensure adequate shelter, food, water, sanitation and health."