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What we covered here Israel says raids will continue as it prepares for a ground incursion. Here's what you should know Hamas-controlled health ministry publishes list of Gaza death toll after Biden expressed doubt Biden holds meeting with Muslim American leaders at White House Netanyahu visits agency rebuilding Israeli communities after Hamas attack EU leaders call for "pauses" in Israel-Hamas conflict to allow humanitarian aid to reach Gaza IDF spokesperson says military will continue ground raids into Gaza over coming days Iran's foreign minister issues warning to US at UN meeting France charters special flight to send 54 tons of emergency aid for Gaza, foreign affairs ministry says Israel is preparing for "next stages" in its war against Hamas, defense minister says Families of Hamas hostages tell Israeli government "their patience has run out" 900 US troops have deployed or are deploying to Middle East amid heightened tensions, Pentagon says Humanitarian aid, but no fuel, enters Gaza through Egypt border crossing, Palestine Red Crescent Society says Hamas discusses Gaza hostages with Russian officials in Moscow Israeli forces claim deputy head of Hamas' intelligence directorate was killed in airstrike Cargo flights arranged by Florida governor carried drones and body armor for Israel US authorities warn extremists and "lone offenders" could target Jewish, Muslim and Arab American communities Turkish president: Israel's response to Hamas terror attack has "long passed the point of being self-defense" French foreign ministry says it's "doing everything we can" to secure the release of hostages Israel's shekel falls to lowest level in 11 years on speculation of ground operation UN agency "paralyzed" by lack of fuel in Gaza, as Israel says Hamas still has supplies It's afternoon in Israel and Gaza. Here's what you need to know China to provide roughly $2 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza EU leaders meet on Israel-Gaza but not all are on the same page Israel gives new figure for numbers of hostages being held: Here's what we know Fears of another Palestinian exodus reverberate across the Middle East UK ministers to discuss Israel-Gaza strategyin emergency meeting Israeli tanks raid northern Gaza ahead of "next stages of combat" IDF confirms airstrike in part of Gaza where journalist's relatives were killed Australia announces $15 million more in aid to Gaza Analysis: Why Israel's allies fear it could be walking into a trap in Gaza UN says it has identified Israeli commander likely responsible for 2022 killing ofreporter Calls for "humanitarian pause" as Gaza crisis deepens. Here's what to know Satellite images show scale of destruction in Gaza Israel and Hezbollah trade fire across border, IDF says US and Russia fail to pass Gaza resolutions at UN Security Council UN chief says his statement on conflict mischaracterized as Israel spat intensifies READ MORE READ MORE

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What we covered here

  • Israel’s military said it carried out a “targeted raid” overnight in northern Gaza using tanks. The move came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was preparing for a ground offensive following the deadly October 7 Hamas attacks.
  • The main United Nations agency aiding Palestinians said Wednesday it will have tohalt aid operationswithin a day if fuel is not delivered, saying it would mark the end of a “lifeline” for civilians.
  • Pressure is building on the international community to get Israel to allowdesperately needed aidinto Gaza, with more countries advocating for a “humanitarian pause” in fighting. New satellite images revealed the devastation wrought by Israel’s bombs.
  • Israeli forces said they have killed thedeputyhead of the Hamas’ intelligence directorate, who they say is partially responsible for planning theattacks earlier this month.
  • Here’s how to helphumanitarian efforts in Israel and Gaza.

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Israel says raids will continue as it prepares for a ground incursion. Here's what you should know

From CNN staff

The Israel Defense Forces will continue ground raids into Gaza in the coming days to prepare for the next stages of the war against Hamas, spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari announced Thursday.

He said the IDF continues its strikes against Gaza from air and sea, and is focusing on killing senior Hamas commanders and destroying Hamas infrastructure.

“There will be more,” vowed Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant at a news briefing Thursday.

Gallant’s comments echoedPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s addresson Wednesday, during which he said Israel is “raining down hellfire on Hamas” and “preparing for a ground incursion.”

Here are other headlines you should know:

  • Hostage situation: The families of hostages being held by Hamas warned the Israeli government that their “patience has run out,” calling on the government to act immediately, according to a statement released Thursday. And a Hamas delegation held talks focused on the release of hostages in Moscow with a senior Russian foreign ministry official, according to Russian state media TASS and a Hamas statement.
  • Latest on humanitarian aid: The main United Nations agency aiding Palestinians said Thursday thatit* operations are being “paralyzed”inGazaduetothe lack of fuel,asIsraelcontinuestoinsistsupplies existbut arecontrolled byHamas. The Palestine Red Crescent Society says 12 aid trucks entered Gaza through theRafah border crossing with EgyptThursday,carrying water, food, medicine and medical supplies — but no fuel. And France is chartering a special flight to transport 54 tons of emergency humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, according to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Stopping short of calls for ceasefire: The leaders of the 27 European Union member states met in BrusselsThursday, where they expressed concerns about thedeteriorating humanitarian situation in Gazaand called for aid to reach those in need via “humanitarian corridors and pauses for humanitarian needs.” The call for humanitarian “pauses” stops short of calling for a ceasefire, which several European leaders have previously ruled out. A divided United Nations has also failed to endorse a ceasefire in Gaza. FormerColombianpresident and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize winnerJuan Manuel Santos lamented the lack of ceasefire Thursday, telling CNN’s Isa Soares that Israel should not respond to Hamas’ “crime” on October 7 with “another crime.”
  • On the ground developments: Israeli forces claim to have killed thedeputyhead of the Hamas intelligence directorate, one of the officials they hold partially responsible for planning theOctober 7 attacks, according to a joint statement from the Israel Defense Forces and theIsraeli Security Agency, or Shin Bet.Separately, roughly900 US troops have deployedor are deploying to the Middle East to bolster US force protection in the region, Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said Thursday.

Hamas-controlled health ministry publishes list of Gaza death toll after Biden expressed doubt

From CNN's Eyad Kourdi

Thehealth ministryin Hamas-controlled Gaza has responded toUSPresident Joseph Biden’s public questioning of the reliability of Palestinian casualty figures in the conflict with Israel,ina statement published by the ministry Thursday.

The ministry published a 212-page report listing the names of thousands of what itdescribed as“documented deaths since October 7th” in Gaza which it blamed on Israeli military “aggression.”

The ministry also declared its “commitment to accuracy and accountability” in tabulating the numbers.

The list does not distinguish between combatants and non-combatants.

On Wednesday, Biden said he had “no confidence” in the figures of civilian casualties reported by the Gaza Health Ministry.

He added Israel must be “incredibly careful to be sure that they’re focusing on going after the folks that are propagating this war against Israel” rather than civilians.

On Thursday, White House spokesperson John Kirby echoed Biden’s remarks calling the Gaza-based ministry “a front for Hamas,”though when asked, he did not dispute that thousands of Palestinians and many innocent civilians had been killed.

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh of the US-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank, criticizedBiden’sremarks, and said the PA’s own health authority saw the numbers as accurate.

“The numbers are correct,” he added. “They are our numbers. These numbers are fed to us from the hospitals of Gaza every single day that are received by our Ministry of Health.”

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority is run by a rival faction to Hamas,andoperates its own Ministry of Health which maintains a relationship with the ministry in Gaza.

Death toll numbers for Gaza are released both in Gaza and Ramallah daily.

CNN is not able to independently verify the death toll tabulated in Gaza.

The Israeli military has expressed doubts about the casualty numbers being reported out of Gaza, but it has not provided evidence that they are exaggerated.

Biden holds meeting with Muslim American leaders at White House

From CNN's Khalil Abdullah and Kevin Liptak
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US President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the White House on October 23, in Washington, DC.

US President Joe Biden met Thursday with a small group of Muslim American leaders at the White House, two sources familiar with the meeting said, as the president comes under criticism from the community for not doing more to ease the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

The meeting was expected to focus in part on efforts to combat Islamophobia, one of the sources said. Biden has denounced Islamophobia, including during a primetime address last week.

The White House did not comment on the meeting.

Some background: Biden and the administration have faced harsh criticism from Muslim Americans for his handling of the crisis in the Middle East, including on efforts to get US citizens out of Gaza and on preventing civilian deaths.

During a news conference Wednesday, Biden said he had “no confidence” in death figures provided by the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health in Gaza.

A day later, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby acknowledged thousands of Palestinian civilians have been killed during Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, telling reporters, “We absolutely know that the death toll continues to rise in Gaza, of course we know that — but what we’re saying is that we shouldn’t rely on numbers put forth by Hamas and the Ministry of Health.”

He also pushed back against charges, including from the Council on American–Islamic Relations, that Biden’s comments on civilian deaths in Gaza were insensitive and harsh.

“What’s harsh is the way Hamas is using people as human shields, what’s harsh is taking a couple of hundred hostages and leaving families anxious, waiting and worrying to figure out where their loved ones are. What’s harsh is dropping in on a music festival and slaughtering a bunch of young people just trying to enjoy an afternoon — I could go on and on, that’s what’s harsh,” Kirby said. “And being honest about the fact that there have been civilian casualties, and that there likely will be more, is being honest, because that’s what war is, it’s brutal, it’s ugly, it’s messy.”

CNN’s DJ Judd contributed reporting to this post.

Netanyahu visits agency rebuilding Israeli communities after Hamas attack

From Tamar Michaelis and Mitchell McCluskey

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Tekuma Authority, which is responsible for rebuilding Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip that were damaged or destroyed in Hamas’ October 7 attack, according to a release from the Israeli Government Press Office on Thursday.

The agency was established in Yavne, Israel, last week, according to the release.

Director Moshe Edri, who briefed Netanyahu, said the authority has provided cash advances to “severely damaged” communities and that additional funds would be transferred in the coming days.

The prime minister was also shown areas undergoing reconstruction.

Netanyahu said the government would pass a law to provide additional funding and speed up the rebuilding process.

EU leaders call for "pauses" in Israel-Hamas conflict to allow humanitarian aid to reach Gaza

From CNN’s James Frater in Tel Aviv
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Ursula von der Leyen arrives at the European Council in Brussels on Thursday.

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday expressed their concerns about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza and called for “aid to reach those in need through all necessary measures.”

In their communique on the Middle East, which sets out the position of the EU, leaders also called for “continued, rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access” to Gaza.

The call for humanitarian “pauses” stops short of calling for a ceasefire, which several European leaders have previously ruled out.

The 27 heads of state and government agreed that the EU “will work closely with partners in the region to protect civilians, provide assistance and facilitate access to food, water, medical care, fuel and shelter.”

The European leaders also saidthe EU will ensure “that such assistance is not abused by terrorist organizations.”

EU leaders reiterated their call “on Hamas to immediately release all hostages without any precondition” and their condemnation in the “strongest possible terms of Hamas for its brutal and indiscriminate terrorist attacks across Israel.”

Leaders also reiterated “the importance of ensuring the protection of all civilians at all times in line with international humanitarian law,” adding that the EU “deplores all loss of civilian life.”

The EU also said the body is “ready to contribute to reviving a political process on the basis of the two-state solution, including through the Peace Day Effort,” referring to an ongoing diplomatic effort by the EU, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Arab League.

IDF spokesperson says military will continue ground raids into Gaza over coming days

From Tamar Michaelis and Jorge Engels
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Israeli armored vehicles take part in an operation in northernGaza on Thursday.

The Israel Defense Forces will continue ground raids into Gaza in the coming days to prepare for the next stages in Israel’s war against Hamas, IDF spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said Thursday in a televised news conference.

The purpose of Israel’s ground operations is to kill Hamas militants, lay the foundations for an all-out invasion and neutralize explosive devices and reconnaissance posts, according to Hagari.

Hagari’s comments come afterthe IDF said it carried out a “targeted raid” overnight in northern Gaza using tanks.

Hagari also said the IDF continues its strikes against Gaza from air and sea, and is focusing on killing senior Hamas commanders and destroying Hamas infrastructure.

When asked about US involvement in the Israeli forces’ decision-making related to ground operations, Hagari said, “We’re constantly in touchwith the US. The IDF chief of the General Staff speaks almost on a daily basis with the commander of the US Centcom.”

On Gaza’s dwindling fuel supplies: Hagari also reiterated that Israel would not allow fuel into Gaza for now,saying that Hamas’ arrays are “struggling to function”without fuel and blaming Hamas for stealing fuel from a facility belonging tothe main United Nations agency aiding Palestinians, UNRWA.

Israel has also disputed that there are fuel shortages in Gaza. Responding to a post from the UNRWA about low supplies, the IDF on Tuesday posted an aerial photo of what it said were fuel tanks in Gaza, claiming they held more than 500,000 liters of fuel. CNN is unable to verify the IDF claim.

“The facility that was posted (on Tuesday) is located in Rafah and belongs to UNRWA. … We supervise it aerially and together with UNRWA. Again, we’re not striking UNRWA. On the contrary, we’re making an effort along with the international community to ensure that south of Wadi Gaza, there will be conditions that allow the civilian population to access water, food and drugs,” he said.

UNRWA said Thursday that its operations are being “paralyzed” in Gaza due to the lack of fuel.

CNN cannot independently verify the amount of fuel in Gaza.

Iran's foreign minister issues warning to US at UN meeting

From CNN's Richard Roth and David Shortell

At an emergency United Nations General Assembly session,Iran’sforeign minister warned the US that if Israel’s retaliation against Gaza doesn’t end, the United States will “not be spared from this fire.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian spoke following a deadlock in the Security Council about agreeing to a Mideast resolution.

The ministerclaimedHamas is ready to release its civilian hostages, saying the world should urge for the release of thousands of Palestinians in Israeli jails.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan spoke before Amir-Abdollahian at the emergency session, saying the foreign minister was in New York Thursday “to fill your ears with poison.”

“This man, the mass murderer, or any other representative of the terror regime in Iran has no place at the UN, let alone in the family of nations. It is a moral stain on the UN and the values it was founded upon,” Erdan said.

France charters special flight to send 54 tons of emergency aid for Gaza, foreign affairs ministry says

From CNN's Jorge Engels in London and Joseph Ataman in Paris

France is chartering a special flight to transport 54 tons of emergency humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, according to a statement released Thursday by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The emergency humanitarian cargo will be flown from Paris to Egypt, where it will be handed over to the Egyptian Red Crescent for delivery to Gaza.

The ministry says the 54-ton cargo includes:

  • Emergency medical kits containing medicines and hospital equipment intended to bolster emergency structures, capable of treating up to 500 seriously injured people.
  • 58 boxes of medicines, each one with the capacity to provide care for 500 patients, including those being treated in the pediatrics, emergency and general medicine sectors.
  • 18 emergency respirators
  • 1,000 solar lamps and around 10 electricity generators
  • 336 tents, each capable of sheltering a family
  • 28 tons of food supplements, as well as 70,000 drinking water tablets

Israel is preparing for "next stages" in its war against Hamas, defense minister says

From CNN's Tamar Michaelis and Lauren Kent
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Israeli tanks are lined up during in a military drill near the border with Lebanon in northern Israel on Thursday.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said during a news briefing on Thursday that Israel is preparing for the “next stages” in its war against Hamas, adding that “there will be more.”

“The maneuvering will begin when the conditions are right. These conditions are complex because so is the campaign. The troops are ready,” Gallant said in the briefing in Tel Aviv.

Gallant’s comments echoed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address on Wednesday, during which he said Israel is “raining down hellfire on Hamas” and “preparing for a ground incursion.”

Gallant reiterated the effectiveness of “lethal” Israeli strikes on Gaza and said that within 24 hours of the deadly Hamas attacks, Israeli forces shifted to the offensive with airstrikes.

“Whatever happens in Israel’s next 75 years, will highly depend on the achievement that we’ll gain in that fight. That’s why I tell you — we have no other choice, and we’ll win because there’s no other option,” he said.

Gallant said Israeli forces and security authorities will “do everything needed” to bring back hostages taken by Hamas attackers.

In response to a question about whether Qatar is a legitimate mediator in the conflict, Gallant said, “The way I see it, every channel is a possible channel. The goal is the important thing.” His comment comes after Israel’s foreign minister accused Qatar of financing Hamas.

Families of Hamas hostages tell Israeli government "their patience has run out"

From CNN's Lianne Kolirin

The families of hostages being held by Hamas have warned the Israeli government that their “patience has run out,” calling on the government to act immediately, according to a statement released Thursday.

Parents and other family members of some of the hostages and missing persons voiced their anger at the ongoing crisis, accusing Israeli Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu’s government of being “silent” about the fate of their loved ones, who were taken hostage by Hamas attackers on October 7 or are missing.

“They have been there for 20 days, 20 days that we have no idea of their condition, if they are being cared for, if they are breathing, 20 days that we are asked to be patient,” said Meirav Leshem Gonen, whose daughter Romi Gonen was kidnapped from the Nova music festival, in the statement.

Eyal Eshel, whose son Roni Eshel is missing, also accused the government of being “silent” for 20 days.

Ditza Or, the mother of Avinatan Or, who was also kidnapped from the Nova music festival, said, “If the hostages do not return, we have an existential problem. I call on all the rulers in this country – I do not call them leaders because they do not lead us. This is not right or left-wing.”

Earlier on Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said that Israeli forces and security authorities will “do everything needed” to bring back hostages taken by Hamas attackers.

Netanyahu acknowledged Wednesday that he will “have to give answers” for the intelligence failures that allowed the worst terror attack in Israeli history, marking the first time he has talked about his role in the security breakdown since October 7.

900 US troops have deployed or are deploying to Middle East amid heightened tensions, Pentagon says

From CNN's Haley Britzky

Roughly 900 US troops have deployed or are deploying to the Middle East to bolster US force protection in the region, Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said Thursday.

Ryder added that the deploying units would not be going to Israel and are “intended to support regional deterrence efforts and further bolster US force protection capabilities.”The Pentagon previously announced the deployment of the THAAD and Patriot batteries.

As the war between Israel and Hamas continues, the US is seeking to send a strong message to adversaries to prevent the conflict spreading more widely in the region.

CNN has reportedthat US has intelligence that Iranian-backed militia groupsare planningto ramp up attacks against US forces in the Middle East,as Iran seeks to capitalize on the backlashin the region to American support for Israel.

Humanitarian aid, but no fuel, enters Gaza through Egypt border crossing, Palestine Red Crescent Society says

From CNN’s Ruba Alhenawi

The Palestine Red Crescent Society says 12 aid trucks entered Gaza through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt Thursday,carrying water, food, medicine and medical supplies — but no fuel.

The organization said it has received 74 trucks since humanitarian aid transfers into the Gaza Strip resumed several days ago.

United Nations officials emphasized that hundreds of aid trucks entered Gaza daily before the deadlyOctober 7 Hamasattacks, meaning basic supplies are trickling into the enclave at a much slower pace than needed.

Israel continues to block deliveries of fuel altogether, saying that Hamas would only divert it for military use.

Hamas discusses Gaza hostages with Russian officials in Moscow

From CNN's Katharina Krebs in London, Ibrahim Dahman in Gaza andEyad Kourdi

A Hamas delegation has held talks in Moscow with a senior Russian foreign ministry official, according to Russian state media TASS and a Hamas statement. TASS said discussions focused on the release of hostages held by Hamas, as well as the evacuation of Russian citizens from Gaza.

Mousa Abu Marzouk, deputy chief of Hamas’s political bureau, and Basem Naim, another senior Gaza-based Hamas leader, were among the visiting delegation, which met withRussia’sdeputy foreign minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov,according to the Hamas statement.

TASS quoted the foreign ministry saying talks had taken place as part of Russia’s position calling for“the immediate release of foreign hostages located in the Gaza Strip.”

The Hamas delegation praised the position of Russian President Vladimir Putin and stressed the need for the international community to “uphold its responsibilities against the crime of genocide committed by the Zionist government,” according to the Hamas statement.

“Mr. Bogdanov expressed his country’s position in support of the rights of the Palestinian people and showed his country’s efforts with the relevant parties aimed at a ceasefire, opening the crossings and bringing in humanitarian aid (to Gaza),” the Hamas statement added.

Israel’s reaction: Israel condemned Russian officials’ meeting with senior Hamas officials, according to an Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement.

“Israel condemns the invitation of senior Hamas officials to Moscow, which is an act of support of terrorism and legitimizes the atrocities of Hamas terrorists,” the foreign ministry said. “We call on the Russian government to expel the Hamas terrorists immediately.”

Evacuation requests: On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova also that about 1,000 citizens of Russia and member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have requested to be evacuated from Gaza.

The CIS member countries includeArmenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

CNN’s Lauren Kent and Tamar Michaelis contributed reporting to this post.

Israeli forces claim deputy head of Hamas' intelligence directorate was killed in airstrike

From Adi Koplewitzand Jorge Engels

Israeli forces have killed thedeputyhead of the Hamas’ intelligence directorate, one of the Hamas officials they say is partially responsible for planning the October 7 attacks, according to a joint statement from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and theIsraeli Security Agency (ISA), or Shin Bet.

“Based on precise IDF and ISA intelligence, IDF fighter jets struck the Deputy Head of the Hamas’ Intelligence Directorate, Shadi Barud,” according to the joint statement released Thursday.

The IDF and ISA also released footage they claim is of the strikes that killed Barud, showing at least two buildings in Gaza hit with strikes and appearing to collapse.

The Israeli statement said Barud and Yahya Sinwar planned the October 7 attacks that killed more than 1,400 people and saw more than 200 taken hostage.

According to the statement, Barud went on to hold several positions in Hamas’ military intelligence and was in charge of Hamas’ intelligence relations.

Sinwar was a former head of the Al Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ militant wing; he’s now the head of Hamas in Gaza. He focused efforts on building relationships with foreign powers — notably Egypt and Iran.

Hamas has not commented on the statement.

Hamas rocket commander reportedly killed: The Israeli military also said Thursday that intelligence reports suggest airstrikes have killed a Hamas rocket commander, Hassan Al-Abdullah, who the army says commanded rocket units in the Khan Younis area of Gaza.

Shin Bet, the Israeli Security Agency, told CNN it believes it has killed “scores” of senior figures in Hamas’s military structure since it began strikes on Gaza more than two and a half weeks ago.

CNN’s Sam Kiley and Amir Tal contributed reporting to this post.

Cargo flights arranged by Florida governor carried drones and body armor for Israel

From CNN'sSteve Contorno
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Florida Gov. RonDeSantisspeaks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on October 20.

Two cargo planes recently orchestrated by Florida Gov.Ron DeSantisto carry supplies into Israel also contained drones, body armor and helmets for the country, CNN has learned.

The Israeli government procured the equipment and asked the state of Florida for help transporting it overseas, a source with knowledge of the arrangement told CNN. The supplies were included on two cargo planes that left Florida for Israel on October 17.

DeSantis’ office previously said the cargoflightscarried “medical supplies, clothing items, hygiene products and children’s toys” that had been donated to help Israel inthe aftermath of the attack by Hamasearlier this month, but it did not mention that the state was also carrying equipment for Israel that could be used in response to the war effort.

The governor’s office confirmed to CNN on Thursday the inclusion of the additional equipment.

Redfern said that the governor’s office also worked with the Israeli consul general to “help get weapons and ammunition to Israel through private parties.” However, the source said Florida did not transport those supplies, and it’s unclear how the state aided Israel in the movement of munitions.

DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate, has regularly touted his push to arrange flights to help Israel in the aftermath of the attack by Hamas that killed at least 1,400 people, including planes used to evacuate Americans out of the region.

CNN has reached out to the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, for comment.

Civilian flights: Floridaemergency officials are spending millions of taxpayer dollars on a single contractor to bring US citizens stranded in Israel toFlorida, CNN has also learned.

The Division of Emergency Management confirmed officials have authorized up to $19 million for ARS Global Emergency Management to continue to charter flights from the Middle East toFlorida.

In media appearances and on the campaign trail, DeSantis has highlighted these efforts as evidence of his leadership and has accusedPresident Joe Bidenof not doing enough to assist Americans looking to leave the war-torn region.

The Biden administration has also charteredflights from Israelto destinations in Europe amid a scramble to get Americans back to the US.

Read more details here.

CNN’s Carlos Suarez and Denise Royal contributed reporting to this post.

US authorities warn extremists and "lone offenders" could target Jewish, Muslim and Arab American communities

From CNN's Sean Lyngaas

Federal law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned that violent extremists and “lone offenders” will target Jewish, Arab American and Muslim communities with hate crimes in response to the war between Israel and Hamas, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security said in a public advisory Wednesday.

The “volume and frequency of threats” to people in those communities has increased in the last two weeks, the federal agencies said. They noted hoax bomb threats targeting places of worship and the October 14 stabbing of a six-year-old Palestinian American child in an incident that is being investigated as an anti-Muslim hate crime.

There is no specific information suggesting foreign terrorists are plotting attacks against the US homeland, the advisory said. But terror groups al Qaeda and ISIS have called for attacks on American military bases abroad and Jewish communities in the US, respectively, FBI and DHS said.

US officials are also concerned that the widespread sharing of graphic footage from the war online could further inflame extremists, the bulletin said. Images of Hamas-held hostages and civilian deaths in Gaza have proliferated on social media.

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Turkish president: Israel's response to Hamas terror attack has "long passed the point of being self-defense"

From CNN's Gul Tuysuz
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech as he attends the 8th Family Council at the Bestepe Nation's Convention and Culture Center in Ankara, Turkey, on October 26.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that Israel’s military operation on Gaza in response to the brutal October 7 terror attack by Hamas has become an “atrocity.”

“The attacks on Gaza have long passed the point of being self-defense. It is now oppression, atrocity, massacre and barbaric,” he said in Ankara.

Erdogan’s latest remarks come a day after saying that Hamas was not a terrorist organization but a “group for liberation and of fighters fighting to protect their land and citizens.”

The Turkish president also criticized the European Commission and the United Nations for advocating for a “humanitarian pause” and not a ceasefire.

Leaders of the European Union member states are meeting in Brussels Thursday to discuss the unfolding crisis.Ahead of the summit, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell indicated that the bloc would push for a pause.

While EU member states are broadly in agreement that aid needs to be allowed into Gaza as soon as possible, there is hesitation from some to endorse a ceasefire over fears it limits Israel’s ability to defend itself against terror attacks.

French foreign ministry says it's "doing everything we can" to secure the release of hostages

From Maya Szaniecki in Paris

Nine French nationals are still missing following the Hamas attacks in Israel, the French Foreign Ministry said in a news release Thursday.

The ministry added that “it has now been confirmed that some of them are hostages of Hamas.” The ministry statement also said it is “doing everything we can” to secure the release of the French hostages.

French President Emmanuel Macron met with the families of hostages on his recent trip to Israel, as did French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna on October 15 in Tel Aviv, the ministry said.

According to the ministry, the latest figure of French citizens confirmed dead following the attacks is 35.

Israel's shekel falls to lowest level in 11 years on speculation of ground operation

From CNN's Anna Cooban

The Israeli currency sunk to its lowest level against the US dollar in 11 years on Thursday amid growing speculation that a ground operation by the Israel Defense Forces into Gaza might be imminent.

The shekel fell 0.44% to trade at 4.08 to the dollar by mid-afternoon local time. The last time the shekel traded that low was in July 2012, according to Refinitiv data.

The value of the shekel has fallen by more than 6% since Hamas launched its brutal assault on Israel on October 7 and Israel responded by launching airstrikes on Gaza.

But the shekel slid further on Thursday following news that the IDF had conducted a “targeted raid” overnight in northern Gaza, and after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that his forces were preparing for a ground offensive.

Ratings agencies have warned that they could downgrade Israel’s credit rating as a consequence of the impact of the war on the economy, institutions and public finances.

UN agency "paralyzed" by lack of fuel in Gaza, as Israel says Hamas still has supplies

From CNN’s Kareem Khadder and Abeer SalmaninJerusalem,Akanksha SharmainHong Kong and Amy CassidyinLondon
October 26, 2023 Israel-Hamas war news | CNN (11)

Al Shifa hospital is lit up in Gaza City on October 24. The Health Ministry in Gaza warned that electric generators in hospitals will cease functioning within days due to a fuel shortage.

The main United Nations agency aiding Palestinians said Thursday thatit* operations are being “paralyzed”inGazaduetothelackoffuel,asIsraelcontinuestoinsistsupplies existbut arecontrolled byHamas.

JulietteTouma, the communications director for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said the agency will be forcedtohalt operations altogether iffuel– crucial for generating power for hospitals among other things – is not delivered by Thursday.

The agency warned a day earlier thatitwould run outoffuelby the endofWednesday.

Israel says supplies remain: TheIsraelDefense Forces (IDF)saidthat the problem is not alackoffuelinGaza, but thatitisinthe handsofHamas.

IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricustold CNN Thursday that there is “between 800,000 and perhaps more than one million litersoffuelofdifferent types storedinsideGaza”underHamascontrol, accordingtoIsraeli militaryintelligence estimates.

CNN cannotindependently verify the amountoffuelinGaza.

SpeakingtoCNN on Thursday, anotherUNRWAspokesperson, Tamara Alrifai, said: “Whether or not other sourcesoffuelexistinGazaisofno direct relevancetous, we are human agency and we should not be begging forfueltonourish our own operations.”

Withfuelrapidly running out, UNWRA is being forcedtomake difficult decisions overdiverting power between bakeries and hospital wards with more than 600,000 people now displaced and relying on a single piece bread each day, Alrafai added.

It's afternoon in Israel and Gaza. Here's what you need to know

From CNN staff

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country is readying aground incursion into Gaza, as Israel’s military conducted an overnight “targeted raid” using tanks. An Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson told CNN that the raid was a “intended to create better terms for ground operations.”

A ground offensive is widely anticipated following the surprise Hamas attacks, but when it happens and what form it will take remain open questions.

Below are the latest developments…

  • Overnight raid: Israel conducted a “targeted raid” using tanks in northern Gaza before withdrawing, its military said Thursday. Video published by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Thursday showed tanks and armored vehicles, including a bulldozer, moving on a road near a fence in northern Gaza. The tanks fired artillery, and some destruction could be seen nearby. Speaking to CNN, IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner said the raid, which he described as large but limited in scope, was “intended to create better terms for ground operations if and when that comes in.”
  • “Only the beginning”: In a televised address on Wednesday evening, Netanyahu said Israel is “raining down hellfire on Hamas.” He also claimed Israel has “already eliminated thousands of terrorists – and this is only the beginning.” He added: “At the same time, we are preparing for a ground incursion,” but said the decision on when such action would be taken would be decided by Israel’s War Cabinet.
  • A humanitarian crisis: Israel has been launching waves of retaliatory strikes following the Hamas attacks. Satellite images have revealed the destruction in Gaza. The UN says it will soon run out of fuel needed for aid operations, and will have to decide what help they could and could not provide to civilians.
  • EU leaders meet: The leaders of the 27 European Union member states will meet in Brussels to discuss the unfolding crisis. Ahead of the summit, Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, indicated that the bloc would push for a pause in fighting to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza. While all member states are broadly in agreement that aid needs to be allowed into Gaza as soon as possible, there is hesitation from some to endorse a pause in fighting for fears it limits Israel’s ability to defend itself against terror attacks.
  • Hostages: The Israeli army now says 224 people are believed to be held hostage in Gaza after the October 7 Hamas attacks, giving an updated figure on Thursday.It comes as talks to secure the release of a large number of hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza are ongoing, sources told CNN, but the negotiations - which involve the United States, Israel, Qatar, Egypt and Hamas - are complex.

China to provide roughly $2 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza

From CNN's Wayne Chang in Taipei

China will provide approximately$2.05 million(RMB 15 million) in humanitarian aid to the Gaza strip, it announced Thursday.

According to a statement fromthe China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA), the country’s foreign aidand development organization, the aidwill becomprisedof food, medicine and other emergency humanitarian aid supplies.

It addedthat it comes on top of $1 millionin aid Chinahaspreviously provided.

In a previous statement on October 16,the CIDCA saidthat Chinawouldprovideaid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East(UNRWA)and the Palestine Authority to alleviate urgent needsforfood, medical care and accommodation. The statement did not specify the amount of aidat the time.

Some context: The announcement comes after Zhai Jun, Beijing’s special envoy to the Middle East, embarked on a whirlwind tour of the regionaimed atpromoting peace talks betweenIsrael and Hamas.

Beijing has refused to condemn or even name the Palestinian militant group in any of its statements.

Observers viewed the trip as a chance for China to tilt the global balance of power further in its favor as the strategic competition with the US heats up.

EU leaders meet on Israel-Gaza but not all are on the same page

Analysis by CNN"s Luke McGee
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Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, speaks at the lectern in the European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France, on October 18.

The leaders of the 27 European Union member states will meet later in Brussels to discuss the unfolding crisis in the Middle East.

Ahead of the summit, Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, indicated that the bloc would push for a pause in fighting to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.

However, not all of the EU27 are on the same page.

While all member states are broadly in agreement that aid needs to be allowed into Gaza as soon as possible, there is hesitation from some to endorse a pause in fighting for fears it limits Israel’s ability to defend itself against terror attacks.

The Israel-Gaza conflict is uniquely difficult for the EU. Among the 27, there are member states like Ireland and Luxembourg, who are historically supportive of Palestinian rights and are seen as doves.

Then there are countries like France and Poland who are historically hawkish and tend to see foreign affairs from a security perspective.

Finally, there are countries like Austria and Germany, for whom anything to do with Israel is diplomatically difficult because of their roles in the Second World War and the Holocaust.

Beyond the immediate issue of the unfolding war, Europe has its own concerns about the fallout of this crisis.

“There might be displacement similar to Syria and Iraq,” a senior EU diplomat told CNN. “That led to huge divisions in European society — rises in antisemitism and Islamophobia. We ideally want the war to end before that spills over to our own borders.”

Israel gives new figure for numbers of hostages being held: Here's what we know

From CNN's Amir Tal and Sophie Tanno
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Yocheved Lifsh*tz speaks to the media outside Ichilov Hospital after she was released by Hamas in Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 24.

In an updated figure, the Israeli army now says 224 people are believed to be held hostage in Gaza after the October 7 Hamas attacks. The previous estimate given was 222.

Those taken were captured when Hamas mounted their surprise cross border raids earlier this month: some taken from their homes, others from a music festival. Their families have been pleading for their release.

Here’s what we know about those being held:

Four freed: Hamas has released a total of four hostages since its October 7 attacks. Last Friday two American hostages, Judith Tai Raanan and her 17-year-old daughter, Natalie Raanan, were released following negotiations between Qatar and Hamas. On Monday, Yocheved Lifsh*tz, a frail 85-year-old grandmother, was released alongside her neighbor and friend Nurit Cooper, 79. Lifsh*tz said she “went through hell” and described being taken to a network of tunnels.

Scores remain captive: The remaining 224 hostages are from countries including Mexico, Brazil, the United States, Germany andThailandas well as Israeli civilians and soldiers. Among them is Mia Schem, a 21-year-old French-Israeli woman, who last week appeared in a video clip released by Hamas. Speaking into the camera, Schem, who looks pale, but is sitting up straight with her head held high, says she was injured and taken to Gaza, then pleads to be returned to her family.

Efforts underway: Talks to secure the release of a large number of hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza are ongoing, sources told CNN, but the negotiations - which involve the United States, Israel, Qatar, Egypt and Hamas - are complex. US President Joe Biden has denied asking Israel to hold off a ground invasion while hostages remains in captivity.

Fears of another Palestinian exodus reverberate across the Middle East

From CNN'sNada Bashir,Celine AlkhaldiandNadeen Ebrahim
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An excavator clears rubble as people search for survivors and the bodies of victims after an Israeli bombardment, in KhanYounis, southern Gaza, on October 25.

Despite the rising civilian death toll and the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation, Israel has vowed to intensify its aerial bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip, andexpand itto a multi-pronged operation, as it says it seeks to wipe outHamas, which has been designated by Israel, the European Union and the US as a terrorist organization.

And with Israel’s thousands of punishing strikes, the fear of history repeating itself – of another Nakba, the name Arabs use for the mass expulsions that followed the 1948 Arab-Israeli war – is being felt across the region.

While Israel has not said it aims to evict Gazans to Egypt or elsewhere, fears of such prospects arose after the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) asked Gazans toevacuate the strip’s northand move southwards, as their military operation continued, as well as after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US wasin talks with Egypt and Israelto establish a humanitarian corridor in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula for Americans and other civilians fleeing Gaza.

On Sunday, Blinken said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Israel has “absolutely no intent” to run Gaza.

But the prospect of hundreds of thousands more Palestinians being forcibly displaced to neighboring countries, or even further afield, is being condemned across the Arab world.

Read the full story here.

UK ministers to discuss Israel-Gaza strategyin emergency meeting

From CNN's Amy Cassidy in London

British government ministers will convene for an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss London’s approach toward Israel’s war with Hamas, Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden said.

Dowden told Sky News that ministers would consider the situation of hostages held by Hamas and the broader situation in the Middle East amid fears of a wider regional conflict.

Also on the agenda will be securing a “humanitarian pause” to enable more aid to enter Gaza, though the United Kingdom would not call for a ceasefire, he said.

As the humanitarian crisis reaches a critical point in Gaza, with daily airstrikes, life-saving fuel on theverge of running outand health services crippled, pressure is building on the international community to get Israel to allowdesperately needed aidinto the enclave.

When asked, however, Dowden stopped short of calling the situation a humanitarian crisis.

“There is a very serious situation in Gaza,” he told Sky News.

Israeli tanks raid northern Gaza ahead of "next stages of combat"

From CNN’s Amir Tal in Jerusalem
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Israeli armored vehicles take part in an operation at a location given as northernGaza in this still image taken from handout video released on October 26.

Israeli troops carried out a “targeted raid” with tanks in northern Gaza on Thursday before withdrawing from the enclave, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Video published by the IDF showed tanks and armored vehicles, including a bulldozer, moving on a road near a fence. The tanks fired artillery, and some destruction could be seen nearby.

The IDF said the raid was “part of preparations for the next stages of combat.”

“The soldiers exited the area at the end of the activity,” the statement said.

IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner described the raid as large but limited in scope, saying it was “a clear and sweep operation intended to create better terms for ground operations if and when that comes in.”

IDF preparations: Israelhas vowed to wipe outHamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, in response to its October 7 deadly terror attacks and kidnap rampage in which 1,400 people, mostly civilians, were killed and more than 200taken hostage.

In a televised address Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Israeli is “preparing for a ground incursion,” into Gaza following nearly three weeks of airstrikes on the coastal strip.

The Israeli strikes have killed more than 6,400 people, and injured a further 17,000, according to information from Hamas-controlled health authorities in Gaza and published by the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah.

Limited skirmishes between Israel and Hamas militants have already taken place on the ground in Gaza. An Israeli soldier killed in a clash with Hamas on Sunday is the first publicly announced Israeli military death inside the enclave since October 7, the IDF said Tuesday.

IDF confirms airstrike in part of Gaza where journalist's relatives were killed

From CNN's Oliver Darcy
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People carry a body pulled from rubble as civil defense teams and civilians conduct search and rescue operations after Israeli attacks at Nuseirat Refugee Camp in Deir al Balah, Gaza, on October 25.

The Israel Defense Forces has confirmed it carried out an airstrike targeting “Hamas terrorist infrastructure” in an area of Gaza where 12 members of an Al Jazeera journalist’s family were killed on Wednesday.

The strike hit a house in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, where relatives of Al Jazeera’s Gaza bureau chief Wael Al-Dahdouh were taking shelter after being displaced,according to the Qatar-based news network.

Al-Dahdouh’s wife, son, daughter and grandson were among those killed.

Australia announces $15 million more in aid to Gaza

From CNN’s Dhruv Tikekar and Akanksha Sharma
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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks during an official welcoming ceremony at the White House on October 25.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Wednesday announced an additional $15 million in humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza, bringing the total assistance promised by the country to $25 million.

Albanese also condemned “the terrorism of Hamas” and said “we grieve for the loss of every innocent life, whether that be Israeli or Palestinian.”

On Wednesday, Australia called for “humanitarian pauses on hostilities” in Gaza to allow supplies to get in and safe passage for civilians, according to a statement from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.

Analysis: Why Israel's allies fear it could be walking into a trap in Gaza

Analysis from CNN Senior International Correspondent Sam Kiley in London

As they watch airstrikes and hot-barreled howitzers pound targets in Gaza, check and recheck their personal weapons, communications and webbing, there can be very few among the thousands of Israeli soldiers poised for combat who don’t quietly wonder: “Is this a trap?”

Hamas, and its backers in Tehran, would have certainly planned to meet a fierce Israeli ground offensive after the terrorizing infiltration of Israel.

It’s possible — even probable —that the singular horrors inflicted on so many civilians were intended by Hamas to guarantee a massive Israeli response, no matter the cost tocivilians in Gaza.

Israel’s next moves will determine the shape of things to come — perhaps for decades. It all comes down to Gaza.

Hamas has riddled the Stripwith networks of tunnels. It will have laced the landscape above ground with booby traps, and will have plans to meet the IDF withanything from swarms of suicide bombers to snatch teams to take soldiers hostage.

US generals and other officials have beensharing their experiences of urban warfare on a large scale with Israel.

It took Iraq’s military — backed by American, British and other special forces along with relentless airstrikes — nine months to drive ISIS out of Mosul in 2017.

Thenorthern Iraqicity was largely emptied of civilians but fighting was house to house. ISIS used tunnel systems it had built to ambush government troops who painfully took Mosulbrick by bloody brick.

The bomb-making skills of Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group and close ally of Hamas, have metastasized across the Middle East. In Gaza, Israeli troops will know they face improvised explosive devices built with charges that can cripple a tank. They’ll know that Hezbollah’s abilities to destroy armor will have been further refined since Israel last did serious battle in Lebanon in 2006 and was shocked by the sophistication of the militia.

Read Kiley’s full analysis.

UN says it has identified Israeli commander likely responsible for 2022 killing ofreporter

From CNN's Andrew Carey and Hande Atay Alam
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Shireen Abu Akleh died after being shot while covering an IDF raid in the West Bank in May 2022.

A United Nations commission says it has identified the Israeli commander and military unit it believes is likely responsible for the killing of Palestinian-American journalistShireenAbu Akleh in the occupied West Bank last year.

AbuAkleh, an experienced and highly respected Al Jazeera journalist, was shot while covering an early morning raid by Israeli forces targeting militants in the city of Jenin in May 2022.

Navi Pillay,chair of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, said Tuesday that an investigation had concluded Israeli security forces “used lethal force without justification under international human rights law, and intentionally or recklessly violatedShireenAbu Akleh’s right to life.”

Following forensic analysis and expert testimony, the commission believed the fatal shot was likely fired by a solider belonging to the Israel Defense Forces’ Duvdevan unit, she said.

In May, the IDF apologized for Abu Akleh’s death, after conceding last year there was a “high possibility” she was shot by an Israeli soldier.

West Bank findings: Pillay said the commission’s investigation had observed an increase in operations by Israeli forces targeting armed Palestinian groups in the occupied West Bank, with some operations “appearing to involve the use of unnecessary and disproportionate force.”

She also said Israel treated large raids as military rather than law enforcement operations, “resulting in the application of far more permissible rules of engagement in violation of international law.”

Israel insists it is targeting terrorist groups in the West Bank that have carried out, or are planning to carry out, attacks on Israelis, and says it always acts within international law.

Calls for "humanitarian pause" as Gaza crisis deepens. Here's what to know

From CNN staff
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Buildings lie in ruins following Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.

A United Nations humanitarian agency is warning it may have to halt its services in Gaza if no fuel is delivered — saying time is running out. Israel is continuing its fierce bombardment and complete blockage of the Palestinian enclave.

Several countries have now called for “humanitarian pauses” to allow for more aid to come into Gaza.

Talks are underway with world leaders in an effort to free more hostages, sources say. More than 100 hostages have foreign passports, the Israeli government estimated.

Here are the key things to know:

  • Humanitarian agency in crisis: Vital fuel supplies are on the verge of running out, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said. It runs the “largest humanitarian operation in Gaza,” the agency’s director said, but it might all come to an end within hours. Without fuel supplies, the agency said it would no longer be able to operate desalination stations, hospital services or deliver food supplies — essentially severing its humanitarian services in Gaza.
  • Attempts to get aid in and people out: The presence of Hamas at theRafah border crossinghas made the situation “extremely difficult,” US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said. Sometimes Hamas militants are actively at the crossing with guns “preventing people from approaching the crossing.” On Tuesday, eight out of the scheduled 20 trucks were able to cross into Gaza, the UNRWA said.
  • The latest on hostages: Qatar, which is helping to mediate with Egypt, is hopeful for a breakthrough soon on negotiations to release hostages held by Hamas, the prime minister and foreign minister said. Four hostages— two American and two Israeli — have been freed so far.Talks to secure the release of a large number ofhostagesbeing held byHamas in Gazaare ongoing, two sources familiar with the matter and one Western diplomat familiar with the discussions told CNN.
  • Hostages from other countries: There are 135hostageswith foreign passports from 25 countries being held in the Gaza Strip, according to a new estimate released by the Israeli Government Press Office Wednesday. There are 54 Thai nationals, 25 Argentines, 12 Germans and 12 from the United States, it said. Separately, 259 foreign nationals were murdered in the Hamas attack on October 7, Israel said.
  • Calls for a pause or ceasefire: A UN Security Council resolution put forward by the US calls for “humanitarian pauses” — not a ceasefire — to allowdesperately needed aidto reach Gaza. The European Union may also lean toward calling for a “short humanitarian pause” in Gaza after leaders meet on Thursday, a senior diplomat said. Several leaders have already voiced some version of this, including Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the foreign ministers of Ireland and Slovenia. Separately, the United Kingdom government is discussing “humanitarian pauses” but rejects a “wholesale ceasefire,” a spokesperson for the prime minister said.
  • Amping up of military equipment: The US has agreed to send two Iron Dome batteries from the US to Israel, a defense official and US official said. The batteries from US stocks are in addition to Iron Dome interceptors the US provided from stocks already in Israel.More generally, the Australian government also said it is deploying more personnel and aircraft to the Middle East region, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense MinisterRichard Marlessaid.

Satellite images show scale of destruction in Gaza

From CNN staff

New satellite images released by Maxar show significant damage to sites across Gaza following Israeli airstrikes in response Hamas’ surprise attacks on October 7.

These before and after images of Atatra, northwest Gaza, show nearly an entire neighborhood reduced to rubble following Israel’s bombardment.

Before:

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Area in Atatra, Gaza on May 10.

After:

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Area in Atatra, Gaza on October 21.

See more satellite photos.

Israel and Hezbollah trade fire across border, IDF says

From CNN’s Tamar Michaelis and Mitchell McCluskey

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said fighter jets struck a Hezbollah military compound and an observation post in southern Lebanon Wednesday.

Earlier Wednesday, the IDF reported that militants fired an anti-tank missile at IDF soldiers operating in the area of Avivim in northern Israel.

The IDF said their forces returned fire.

Hezbollah-owned media outlet Al Manar TV reported that Hamas had struck an IDF tank in Avivim.

Al Manar also reported that the IDF struck the outskirts of the villages of Maroun al-Ras and Blida in southern Lebanon.

US and Russia fail to pass Gaza resolutions at UN Security Council

From CNN's Hande Atay Alam

The United States and Russia both failed to pass resolutions on the Gaza conflictat the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.

Russia and China vetoed the US draft resolution on the Middle East, whileRussia’s draft resolution did not get enough votes to be adopted. It failed to require the nine votes needed for consideration.

The result for the US resolution was announced as “10 votes in favor, 3 against veto, and 2 abstentions.”

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfieldsaid she was “deeply disappointed” by the veto.

UN chief says his statement on conflict mischaracterized as Israel spat intensifies

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

The UN Secretary-General says he is “shocked” at the “misinterpretations” ofhis statement at the Security Council, calling the interpretation “false.”

AntónioGuterressought to “set the record straight” by re-reading his statements from the day prior at an impromptu appearance at the UN Security Council stakeout in New York Wednesday.

Here’s what he said on Tuesday:

Guterres reiterated Wednesday that he had condemned unequivocally “the horrifying and unprecedented 7 October acts of terror by Hamas in Israel.”

The UN chief acknowledged that he “spoke of the grievances of the Palestinian people,” while also emphasizing it “cannot justify the appalling attacks by Hamas.”

This comes as adiplomaticspatbetween Israel and the United Nations has broken out, with Israeli officials calling for the resignation of the Secretary-General andhalting visasfor UN officials.

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