Israel-Hamas war live updates: Israel military says it will help evacuate hospital babies; Netanyahu rejects cease-fire calls

Al-Quds Hospital ‘no longer operational,’ says Palestinian Red Crescent

The Al-Quds Hospital in the Tel al-Hawa area of Gaza City is “out of service and no longer operational,” according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

“The cessation of services is due to the depletion of available fuel and power outage,” it said on social media.

The aid group added that the hospital had been “left to fend for itself under ongoing Israeli bombardment.”

Israel’s military says Hamas uses hospitals as operational bases and hides weapons in tunnels underneath them, although Hamas denies these charges. Last week, Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said: “Hamas systematically exploits hospitals as part of its war machine.”

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Israel military announces evacuation routes from Al-Shifa and 2 other hospitals

Israel Defense Forces spokesman Daniel Hagari said it was opening evacuation routes from three hospitals, including Al-Shifa.

“Following the repeated calls by the IDF to Gazan residents to evacuate from northern Gaza for their own safety, the IDF is enabling a passage from the Shifa, Rantisi and Nasser hospitals,” Hagari said on social media.

It follows multiple reports from local health officials and aid agencies of intense fighting in and around hospitals in Gaza City.

— Katrina Bishop

Gaza health officials say 3 babies have died at Al-Shifa hospital

Gaza’s Health Ministry said three premature babies have died at the Al-Shifa hospital and “others may face death at any moment.”

The ministry, which is an agency of the Hamas-led government, also said that five patients died in the hospital’s intensive care unit Saturday due to lack of oxygen. A further 35 babies at the hospital are at risk of death, according to health officials.

A picture shows a view of the exterior of Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on Nov. 10, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement.

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CNBC was unable to confirm developments on the ground. The Israel Defence Forces said it will help evacuate babies from Al-Shifa hospital Sunday, and that a “self-evacuation corridor” will operate from the medical complex.

Separately, the World Health Organization’s head Tedros Ghebreyesus said in a social media post Sunday: “WHO is gravely concerned about the safety of health workers, hundreds of sick and injured patients, including babies on life support, and displaced people who remain inside the hospital.”

— Katrina Bishop

Hamas denies that it uses civilians as human shields

Hamas has denied that it uses civilians as human shields in a press statement issued by the National and Islamic Forces Committee.

“We completely deny everything that the terrorist occupation leaders said yesterday evening, Saturday, and we consider them false lies, including talk about using civilians as human shields,” it said, according to an NBC translation.

Israel has repeatedly accused Hamas of using civilians and civilian infrastructure — including hospitals, kindergartens and mosques — as a front for its military activities.

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IDF announces Sunday humanitarian corridors

Palestinians families flee Gaza City and other parts of northern Gaza towards the southern areas amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas Group. 

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In a social media post on its Arabic-language X account, the IDF’s Avijaa Adraei said there will be a “temporary tactical cessation of military activities for humanitarian purposes in the village of Jabalia and Ezbet Mlin” between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time Sunday.

There will also be a “self-evacuation corridor” from the Al-Shifa hospital via Al-Wahda Street to Salah Al-Din Road, Adraei said.

The Salah Al-Din Road — the main highway in Gaza — has been used by thousands of people evacuating the north of the enclave. Adraei said it will be open to traffic from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. local time on Sunday.

— Katrina Bishop

WHO loses contact with those inside Al-Shifa hospital

The World Health Organization said early Sunday that it had lost communications with its contacts inside Al-Shifa, Gaza’s biggest hospital.

“As horrifying reports of the hospital facing repeated attacks continue to emerge, we assume our contacts joined tens of thousands of displaced people who had sought shelter on the hospital grounds and are fleeing the area,” WHO said in a statement on social media.

“There are reports that some people who fled the hospital have been shot at, wounded and even killed.”

The UN health agency said the latest reports indicate that the hospital is surrounded by tanks — something the Israeli military denied in an update late Saturday. CNBC was unable to confirm the situation on the ground.

WHO said that over the last 48 hours, the hospital had been “reportedly attacked multiple times, leaving several people dead and many others injured.” It added that staff said there was a lack of clean water and critical medical facilities, such as ventilators and incubators, which could soon be shut down due to a lack of fuel.

— Katrina Bishop

IDF says it will help evacuate babies from Al-Shifa hospital

The Israeli military said late Saturday that there is “no siege” on the Al-Shifa hospital, and pledged to help evacuate babies from the facility.

“The staff of the Shifa hospital has requested that tomorrow we will help the babies in the pediatric department to get to a safer hospital. We will provide the assistance needed,” IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said in a video posted to social media.

The east side of the hospital remains open for Gazans who wish to leave the hospital, he said. CNBC was unable to confirm this.

Hagari added that the IDF is speaking “directly and regularly” with hospital staff.

— Katrina Bishop

Netanyahu: Israel will continue to control security in Gaza postwar

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a press conference with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz (not pictured) in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv , Israel , 28 October 2023. 

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a Saturday press conference that after the war, Israel will maintain security control in Gaza but will demilitarize the region.

He also doubled down on his position that there will be no cease-fire until Hamas releases all of its over 200 hostages.

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Power outages hit ICU and pediatric ward at Gaza’s main hospital, officials say

Power outages have hit the intensive care unit and the pediatric ward at Gaza’s main hospital, Palestinian health officials said Saturday.

An infant was among two people who died at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City “because we did not have electricity,” Dr. Marwan Abusada, a surgeon at the hospital who is also head of international cooperation at the Hamas-run Ministry of Health told NBC News in a telephone interview.

NBC News was not immediately able to independently confirm the situation on the ground.

A spokesperson for the Israeli military in a statement to NBC News said that there was “ongoing intense fighting against Hamas in the vicinity” of Al-Shifa hospital.

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Netanyahu to Macron: Condemn Hamas, not Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron (L) after their joint press conference in Jerusalem on October 24, 2023.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to criticism from French President Emmanuel Macron who said that Israel should stop killing civilians.

“The responsibility for any harm to civilians lies with Hamas – ISIS and not with Israel,” Netanyahu said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, on Friday.

In a Friday interview with the BBC, Macron said that he condemns the Oct. 7 Hamas attack but there is “no reason” and “no legitimacy” for Israel’s killing of innocent women, children and elderly people in Gaza. He also called for a cease-fire.

The Israeli Prime Minister responded that Israel is in the war because of the Oct. 7 attack and because Hamas still has over 200 hostages. Netanyahu has previously said that if Hamas releases its hostages, Israel will call a cease-fire. The Israel Defense Forces also said it would temporarily pause bombardment during certain time windows on Saturday to allow for the safe evacuation of civilians.

“The crimes being committed today by Hamas – ISIS in Gaza will be committed tomorrow in Paris, New York and all over the world,” Netanyahu said in his statement. “The leaders of the world should be condemning Hamas – ISIS, not Israel.”

Netanyahu has equated Hamas with the ISIS terrorist organization. It is important to note that they are different groups.

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The Al-Shifa hospital has ‘stopped working,’ Gaza health officials say

Al Shifa — the largest hospital in Gaza — has no electricity or water, according to local health officials, who said it has “stopped working.”

In a Saturday news conference, Palestinian Ministry of Health Spokesman Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra said the hospital was “besieged.” The Ministry of Health is an agency within the Hamas-controlled government.

“We can say that the Al-Shifa Medical Complex has stopped working and is out of service due to the occupation’s targeting of everything that moves inside the complex,” he said, according to an NBC translation.

Al-Qudra said the Israeli military was currently bombing an area of the hospital, and those inside were unable to move location “due to the intensity of the bombing and the intensity of the fire.”

Also speaking at the press conference, Dr. Muhammad Qandil said there were many dead bodies both inside and outside of the hospital, which is “collapsing totally.”

“We are now calling the whole world, if there is any conscience still there, please [act] … Any politician in the world now who cannot put pressure to stop this war crimes against hospitals his hands are bloodied,” the emergency consultant said, according to an NBC translation of his comments.

Israel’s military says Hamas uses hospitals as operational bases and hides weapons in tunnels underneath them, although Hamas denies these charges. Last week, Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said: “Hamas systematically exploits hospitals as part of its war machine.”

— Katrina Bishop

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