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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3:18 p.m. ET, November 10, 2023

About 200,000 people have lost homes in Gaza, where 45% of housing is damaged or destroyed, UN office says

From CNN's Renée Rigdon and Annette Choi

People search through rubble after Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, Gaza, on Friday.
People search through rubble after Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, Gaza, on Friday. Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

At least 45% of Gaza’s housing has been destroyed or damaged as of November 4, and as many as 200,000 people no longer have homes, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Gaza is one of the most densely populated places in the world, with more than 500 people per 100 square meters in many areas, according to the European Commission.

Israel has carried out multiple airstrikes about a kilometer from the Rafah crossing — the only way in and out of Gaza that isn’t controlled by Israel. The crossing, which is controlled by Egypt, has been mostly closed since Hamas launched its unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7.

Northern Gaza has had no electricity or fuel since October 11. One-third of hospitals have had to close, and those that remain open are often operating with limited electricity and without anesthesia or clean water, the UN humanitarian office said. All bakeries in the north have had to close, either due to damage or lack of fuel.

Gaza’s sole power plant is out of fuel, and the seawater desalination plant in the north is also down. Drinking water is running out for hundreds of thousands of civilians. Most sewage pumping facilities are not operating. UN officials report that 14 hospitals and 71% of primary care facilities across Gaza are closed.

As fighting intensifies across Gaza and Israel, CNN is visualizing the war through maps, charts and more.

Read more about the destruction in Gaza.

2:45 p.m. ET, November 10, 2023

Top US diplomat brings notable shift in language toward Israel as pressure mounts

From CNN's Paul LeBlanc

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the press in New Delhi on Friday.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the press in New Delhi on Friday. Jonathan Ernst/Pool/Reuters

When United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken lamented the civilian death toll in Gaza on Friday, it marked a subtle but notable shift in US language toward the Israeli government.

For weeks, the Biden administration has strongly backed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s military offensive following Hamas’ brutal October 7 attack, but a rising death count in the besieged enclave, enormous pro-Palestinian protests across the globe and increasing discomfort inside the White House has put considerable strain on the US’ posture.

“Far too many Palestinians have been killed. Far too many have suffered these past weeks,” the top US diplomat said in 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.

Administration officials argue they have had success in some areas as they work to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The White House said Thursday that Israel had agreed to move forward with daily four-hour pauses of military operations in areas of northern Gaza.

The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7 has surpassed 11,000, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah, drawing from sources in the Hamas-controlled territory.

The ferocity of the military operation shows no sign of letting up. On Friday, Israeli tanks surrounded a Gaza hospital, its director told CNN, as the territory’s largest healthcare facility came under a reported “bombardment.”

The IDF has said Hamas is embedding itself in civilian infrastructure and that it will strike Hamas “wherever necessary.” CNN cannot verify those claims.

Netanyahu insisted Thursday that there would be “no ceasefire” without the release of hostages held by Hamas.

Meanwhile, major world cities — including London, Istanbul, New York, Baghdad and Rome — have seen their centers filled with pro-Palestinian demonstrators calling for a ceasefire, with more protests planned this weekend.

Concerns about the conflict widening and the potential for further diplomatic fallout overseas remain top of mind in the US as well. The Biden administration has received stark warnings from American diplomats in the Arab world that its strong support for Israel’s military campaign “is losing us Arab publics for a generation,” according to a diplomatic cable obtained by CNN.

Read more about the current US stance on the war.

1:49 p.m. ET, November 10, 2023

More than 100 UN workers killed in Gaza since the Israel-Hamas war began, agency says

From CNN's Lauren Kent

At least 101 employees of the main United Nations agency working in the Palestinian territories have been killed in Gaza since October 7, the agency said Friday.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said it was "devastated" by the deaths of more than 100 colleagues in a post on social media Friday.

"Mothers, fathers, teachers, nurses, doctors, guards, logisticians, support staff, all at the service of their community," UNRWA said. "We honor their memory and their service."

Earlier Friday, UNRWA head Philippe Lazzarini also said he was "devastated" by the deaths of colleagues and called for a humanitarian ceasefire. 

The UN agency has more than 10,000 people working in its Gaza Field Office, according to the UNRWA website.

More background: UNRWA runs the largest humanitarian operation in the Gaza Strip and provides assistance and protection for registered Palestinian refugees.

1:07 p.m. ET, November 10, 2023

EU organizes more flights to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza

From CNN's Niamh Kennedy and Sharon Braithwaite in London

Humanitarian aid for Gaza is loaded on a French Air Force plane at Orleans Air Base, France, on November 4.
Humanitarian aid for Gaza is loaded on a French Air Force plane at Orleans Air Base, France, on November 4. Clotaire Achi/Reuters

The European Union has organized six more flights to get vital aid supplies to Gaza, the bloc announced Friday.

In a news release, the EU said that "humanitarian air bridge flights are now scheduled for the coming days."

Two of these flights are set to depart from Brindisi in southern Italy on Friday and Saturday and will carry "55 tonnes of items donated from the EU to the World Food Programme (WFP)," according to the statement.

Three further flights will depart from the Romanian capital of Bucharest next week, carrying tents and mattresses donated by Romania. The final flight will depart from Ostend in Belgium at the end of month, transporting supplies from United Nations agencies and other humanitarian partners, according to the press release.

"In total, this brings total EU air bridge flights to 14 in the past weeks with over 550 tonnes of emergency aid for the people of Gaza being transported to Egypt for quick deployment across the Rafah border crossing point," the EU said.

The bloc's leadership has continuously highlighted the need for more humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen telling EU ambassadors Monday that "the volumes remain too small to match the massive humanitarian needs in Gaza."

On Friday, the EU's Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič warned that the world is currently "witnessing a humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip."

Despite quadrupling its humanitarian funding and amping up its engagement with partners, the bloc remains limited by the "dramatically insufficient and unsafe access of humanitarian aid," Lenarčič added.

As part of its commitment to humanitarian aid, the EU is also working on other routes to get aid into Gaza, including a maritime corridor, von der Leyen said Friday.

12:32 p.m. ET, November 10, 2023

British doctor sent back to Gaza after his name was not on the list of evacuees at the Rafah crossing

From CNN's Catherine Nicholls

A British doctor who escaped Gaza with his family has been sent back to the war zone after Egyptian officials told him his name wasn’t on the list of evacuees, according to a British Member of Parliament.

Dr. Ahmed Sabra was in Gaza when Israel declared war on Hamas following the militant group’s October 7 attacks, said Geraint Davies, the local MP for Swansea West in Wales, where Sabra lives and works as a National Health Service consultant.

Davies shared video and voice notes Sabra recorded as he made the perilous trip with his wife and children to the Rafah crossing, where they had hoped to cross into Egypt and find safety before returning home.

But Davies said while Sabra’s family was allowed through, he was not on the approved list of foreign nationals.

“This is a death sentence,” Sabra said in a video Davies shared with CNN.

“I’m calling for the British government to do their duty and evacuate myself and other British nationals to safety to go back home,” he added.

Davies told CNN that neither he nor Sabra knows why he was not included on the list, and the MP said he has raised the matter with the UK Foreign Office.

“He’s now been dumped on the street by the UK without shelter, 10% [phone] charge, and little data in a bomb zone. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” Davies said.

The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office told CNN on Thursday: “We’re working round the clock to ensure all British nationals in Gaza who want to leave are able to.”

“This involves submitting all details of British nationals and eligible dependents to the Israeli and Egyptian authorities. The authorities then review all cases and give permissions to cross.”

The statement said that the office is in contact with British Nationals in Gaza and UK teams are sent to the border to receive anyone allowed to leave.

It made no mention of Sabra’s case. CNN also contacted the British Embassy in Egypt for comment.

11:49 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

About a dozen children with cancer or blood disorders evacuated from Gaza, WHO says

From CNN’s Pierre Meilhan in Atlanta and Zeena Saifi in Jerusalem

Roughly 12 children with cancer or blood disorders have been evacuated with their relatives from Gaza to Egypt and Jordan to continue their treatment safely, the World Health Organization said Friday. 

More children are expected to be evacuated for cancer treatment as part of this initiative, the WHO said in a statement.

Jordan’s Prime Ministry announced on Tuesday that children with cancer would arrive in Jordan soon to receive treatment at the King Hussein Cancer Center. 

The WHO and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital worked in coordination with Egyptian, Israeli, Jordanian, Palestinian and American officials to facilitate the evacuation of the children from Gaza, the United Nations agency said. 

The two specialized hospitals that offer care to cancer patients in Gaza have been “overwhelmed, undersupplied, exposed to attacks and, due to insecurity, forced to close," according to the WHO statement, adding that the conflict between Israel and Hamas has severely restricted the entry of essential medical supplies, including chemotherapy. 

CNN previously reported that Gaza’s leading cancer hospital, the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship hospital, stopped operating due to Israeli bombardment and fuel shortages, the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health said in a statement on November 1. Israel's military denied striking the hospital.

Before Israel’s war with Hamas, about 100 patients per day were referred for treatment outside of Gaza, according to the WHO. 

“This show of desperately needed humanitarian action should serve to motivate increased access to life-saving care to all people affected by this conflict, both inside Gaza where needs are greatest today, and beyond. I pray this initiative can inspire all parties to put health and peace first,” WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. 

9:16 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

Poll suggests most Israelis want to negotiate for hostages but continue fighting

From CNN’s Richard Allen Greene in Jerusalem

An increasing number of Israelis say their country should immediately begin negotiations with Hamas for the release of hostages held in Gaza – but should continue fighting while negotiating, a new survey out Friday suggests.

Nearly four out of 10 Israelis (38%) expressed the opinion in a survey by the Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute

That’s a rise from 32% saying Israel should negotiate while fighting when the survey was last conducted about two weeks earlier.

Another 22% – about one in five – said Israel should not negotiate at all to trade Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails for hostages. 

One in 10 (10%) said Israel should negotiate only when the fighting is over, while about one in five (21%) said Israel should begin negotiations immediately, even if it meant halting the fighting. 

The survey of 606 men and women was carried out online and by phone on November 5-6, 2023. Some 502 interviews were in Hebrew and 104 were in Arabic. The margin of error on the full sample is four points.

9:54 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

Gaza hospital "surrounded by tanks" as other healthcare facilities report damage from Israeli strikes 

From CNN's Rob Picheta, Kareem Khadder, Teele Rebane and Zohair Zabadne

Israeli tanks have surrounded a Gaza hospital, its director told CNN, as strikes reportedly hit the area of other healthcare facilities in the Strip — heightening fears Friday that Israel’s military campaign is further endangering patients and medical staff in the besieged territory.

Mustafa al-Kahlout, who heads the Al Nasr hospital and Al Rantisi Pediatric hospital in northern Gaza, told CNN that they were surrounded and asked for the Red Cross to assist with an evacuation. “We are completely surrounded, there are tanks outside the hospital, and we cannot leave,” al-Kahlout said.

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

“We do not have electricity, no oxygen for the patients, we do not have medicine and water,” al-Kahlout said. “We do not know our fate.”

His call comes after strikes were reported near at least two other hospitals in northern Gaza.

In a Facebook statement, Al Awda hospital said that due to the “targeting (of) the vicinity of Al Awda Hospital… and the vicinity of the Indonesian Hospital” by Israeli forces, 10 of its employees were injured, infrastructure was hit and nine vehicles were impacted.

This included “two ambulances that were completely damaged,” the hospital statement said.

In a separate statement, 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 if PRCS was referring to the same ambulances mentioned in the hospital’s statement.

The IDF has not commented on the incidents but has repeatedly called on civilians to move south of Wadi Gaza, a waterway bisecting the center of the Strip, as it intensifies its assault on Gaza City and the north of the territory. The IDF has said Hamas is embedding itself in civilian infrastructure and that it will strike Hamas “wherever necessary.”

Read about the reported airstrikes near hospitals in northern Gaza.

8:45 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023

Hezbollah and IDF cross-border skirmishes continue Friday, Lebanese state-run media says

From CNN's Ben Wedeman in Tyre, southern Lebanon

Smoke rises at the Israel-Lebanon border, as seen from northern Israel, on November 10.
Smoke rises at the Israel-Lebanon border, as seen from northern Israel, on November 10. Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Cross-border skirmishes between the militant group Hezbollah and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continue Friday, Lebanon's state-run NNA news reported.

According to NNA news, Israeli artillery fire near the Lebanese towns of Ramiya and Bayt Lif and Israeli drones over the eastern sector of the Israel-Lebanon border were reported Friday morning. 

Later Friday, Hezbollah claimed it struck Israeli troops in the eastern sector — which was followed by Israeli artillery strikes in the area where that attack was launched, according to NNA. 

Hezbollah also reportedly targeted the Israeli town of Metula with a guided missile, and Israel responded with artillery, according to NNA. 

Hezbollah also said that it struck Israeli troop positions across from Mays Al-Jabal, eastern Lebanon, with guided missiles and "achieved direct hits."  

The militant group said in a statement that it launched the attacks “in support of our Palestinian people in Gaza and in support of their brave and honorable resistance." 

About an hour after the attacks, the IDF said in a statement: "A short while ago, terrorists launched a number of anti-tank missiles from Lebanon toward an IDF post in the area of Manara in northern Israel. IDF artillery is currently striking the source of the fire."

Several areas in northern Israel were under alert on Friday.