Israel-Hamas war live updates: Israel to form emergency government; Gaza’s only power plant runs out of fuel

Israel to form emergency government for war against Hamas

Israel will form an emergency government amid the war against Hamas, seeking to shore up security decision-making as the conflict with the Palestinian militant group persists.

Then Israeli Minister of Defence Benny Gantz arrives for a photo at the President’s residence during a ceremony for the new coalition government in Jerusalem, on June 14, 2021.

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Opposition leader and former head of the army Benny Gantz will join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet alongside Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Israeli media reported.

— Sam Meredith

How to donate to help victims of the Israel-Gaza crisis

People looking to help those affected by the Israel-Gaza crisis may consider donating to charities already working on the ground there.

A participant draped in an Israeli flag kneels before lit candles during a vigil organized by the Lisbon Jewish Community for Israeli victims of the Hamas attack on October 10, 2023, in Lisbon, Portugal. 

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To that end, the Federal Trade Commission recommends searching the internet for the name of any charity you’re considering donating to along with the words “complaint,” “review,” “rating,” “fraud” and “scam.”

Laurie Styron, CEO and executive director of CharityWatch, said her organization looks for charities that already have a presence in the impacted region and a history of helping people there.

“If it’s not an organization with a clear plan, your donation could just sit there,” Styron said.

Four-year-old Yasser Khila is accompanied by his mother Dina after a dressing was applied to his wounds from spiled hot stew, at aclinic run by the charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Gaza City on September 7, 2022.

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The folks at CharityWatch have put together a list of top-rated charities providing aid during the Israel-Gaza crisis. The list includes Doctors Without Borders, which has had medical programs in Gaza for more than 20 years, Styron said. “So they’re going to be able to mobilize quickly.”

Another charity on their list is the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which is currently providing a wide range of emergency services to victims in Israel.

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— Annie Nova

Israelis continue to pound Gaza with airstrikes and artillery

Israeli airstrikes continue to pound Gaza. Israel declared war on Hamas following a shock land, air and sea assault by the Palestinian militant group.

Smoke billows during an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 11, 2023. Israel declared war on Hamas on October 8 following a shock land, air and sea assault by the Gaza-based Islamists. The death toll from the shock cross-border assault by Hamas militants rose to 1,200, making it the deadliest attack in the country’s 75-year history, while Gaza officials reported more than 1,000 people killed as Israel pounded the territory with air strikes. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)

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Palestinians run away from Israeli airstrikes in Khan Yunis, Gaza on October 11, 2023.

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This picture taken on October 11, 2023 shows an aerial view of buildings destroyed by Israeli air strikes in the Jabalia camp for Palestinian refugees in Gaza City. 

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Palestinian women with their children fleeing from their homes following Israeli air strikes rush along a street in Gaza City on October 11, 2023. 

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A view of a building destroyed by an Israeli missile strike.

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A man reacts outside a burning collapsed building following Israeli bombardment in Gaza City on October 11, 2023. 

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Palestinian men carry away the body of a person killed by Israeli bombardment along a debris-littered street in al-Karama district in Gaza City on October 11, 2023 on the fifth day of ferocious fighting between the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Israel. Israel declared war on Hamas on October 8 following a shock land, air and sea assault by the Gaza-based Islamists. 

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Brazil’s Lula calls for urgent ceasefire and international humanitarian intervention in Israel-Hamas war

On Wednesday, September 27, 2023, the President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will take part in a ceremony at the Planalto Palace to sign the concession contracts resulting from the 1st Transmission Auction of 2023.

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Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called for Palestinian militant group Hamas to release children captured during their surprise assault on Israel and urged Israel to stop a barrage of attacks on the enclosed territory of Gaza.

“Hamas must release Israeli children who have been kidnapped from their families. Israel must cease bombing so that Palestinian children and their mothers can leave the Gaza Strip across the border with Egypt. There needs to be a minimum of humanity in the insanity of war,” Lula said Wednesday via X, formerly known as Twitter, in a Google-translated post.

Brazilian citizens fleeing the conflict between Israel and Hamas arrive at the Brazilian military airbase Galeo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 11, 2023.

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“An international humanitarian intervention is urgently needed. A ceasefire is urgently needed in defense of Israeli and Palestinian children,” he added.

Brazil currently holds the presidency of the U.N. Security Council.

— Sam Meredith

Israel thanks U.S. after first plane of ammunition and military supplies arrives

Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen shared a picture on X, formerly known as Twitter, of a billboard by a road that depicted U.S. President Joe Biden alongside the message, “thank you, Mr. President.”

It comes shortly after the first plane carrying U.S. armaments arrived at an air base in southern Israel. The weapons are aimed at facilitating Israel’s military operations as the country continues to respond to the surprise attack from Hamas militants over the weekend.

U.S. President Joe Biden had previously pledged to provide “surging additional military assistance, including ammunition, and interceptors.”

“We are going to make sure that Israel does not run out of these critical assets to defend its cities and its citizens,” Biden said.

— Sam Meredith

Turkey’s Erdogan criticizes killing of civilians in Israel-Hamas conflict

Turkish President and AK Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a sign showing the evolution of lands of Israel and Palestine on maps at his party’s group meeting in the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara on October 11, 2023.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the killing of civilians in the Israeli-Hamas conflict, separately accusing Israel of a “disproportionate” response in the Gaza Strip.

“We openly oppose the killing of civilians on Israeli territory,” he said in a Google-translated speech distributed on the X social media platform, previously known as Twitter, referencing the terrorist attacks of Palestinian group Hamas against Israel over the weekend.

“Likewise, we never accept the indiscriminate massacre of innocents in Gaza by being subjected to constant bombardment,” he added, condemning Israel’s total siege of the Gaza Strip, which cuts off its supplies of water, fuel, electricity and food to the premises.

Erdogan, whose relations with Israel have been thawing after years of animosity, said Sunday that his country would ramp up diplomatic attempts to end clashes between Israeli and Palestinian forces, Reuters reports.

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Gaza’s sole power plant runs out of fuel

A general view of Unit 4 in the only power plant in the Gaza Strip, on August 01, 2023 in the Gaza City, Gaza.

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The Gaza Ministry of Energy said the strip’s sole power plant has now run out of fuel, threatening the access to electricity of the 2 million inhabitants of the region.

Earlier on Wednesday, the diesel-run plant was said to have sufficient fuel supplies to stay online for another 10-12 hours. The facility has a nominal capacity to generate up to 140 megawatts.

Israel has launched a total siege of the Gaza Strip, disrupting access to supplies of fuel, electricity, water and food to the area.

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Shuttered Israeli schools to switch to remote classes

Israeli schools will switch to remote learning starting on Sunday, Israel’s Education Ministry said, according to Reuters.

The studies will put emphasis on ways to “strengthen resilience, and on educational content appropriate for the situation,” the ministry said.

Israeli schools were already closed, with some universities set to delay the start of the new term, following the Saturday terrorist attack of Palestinian militant group Hamas.

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UK foreign minister arrives in Israel

Britain’s Foreign Secretary James Cleverly looks on during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department in Washington, DC on May 9, 2023.

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U.K. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly arrived in Israel on Wednesday to meet with Israeli leadership, the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office confirmed in an emailed statement.

Cleverly will “demonstrate the UK’s unwavering solidarity with the Israeli people following Hamas’ terrorist attacks. He will be meeting survivors of the attacks and senior Israeli leaders to outline UK support for Israel’s right to defend itself,” a spokesperson said.

Britain has previously expressed solidarity with Israel, following the terrorist offensive of Palestinian militant group Hamas over the weekend. Around 17 U.K. nationals are feared dead or missing in the attack, British public broadcaster BBC reported.

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Nine U.N. staff members dead in airstrikes

Palestinian men walk amidst the rubble of a UNRWA school in Gaza City, which was destroyed overnight in an Israeli airstrike on October 8, 2023. (Photo by Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Nine United Nations staff members have been killed in airstrikes in the Gaza Strip since the Saturday terrorist attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas, the U.N. Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said Wednesday in a post on the X social media platform, previously known as Twitter.

“The protection of civilians is paramount, including in times of conflict. They should be protected in accordance with the laws of war,” said Juliette Touma, UNRWA director of communications.

A picture taken on October 9, 2023 shows the damage outside a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) following Israeli airstrikes targeting Gaza City. 

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On Tuesday, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk condemned attacks on civilians in the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, noting Israeli air operations had struck the premises of the UNRWA, resulting in civilian casualties.

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Ukraine’s Zelenskyy urges support for victims of Israel terror attacks

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the international community to support the people who were harmed during the Saturday terrorist offensive of Palestinian militant group Hamas against Israel.

The Ukrainian premier spoke at a press briefing during his first visit to the Brussels headquarters of the NATO military alliance since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Kyiv. He is attending to request defense aid and weapons to tide another challenging wartime winter.

“We are in war, so we understand what does it mean, such terroristic attacks,” he said Wednesday. Zelenskyy has previously called for international solidarity with Israel, following the attacks. The NATO coalition has likewise condemned the Hamas assault.

The Kremlin has meanwhile placed blame on a failure of U.S. foreign policy for the latest spate of hostilities in the Middle East, Reuters reports.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during a meeting with Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis at the Cotroceni presidential palace in Bucharest, Romania, on Oct. 10, 2023.

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“I remember the first days of our full-scale war. It began from terroristic attacks from Belarus, by missile, then Russian army. And, you know, that was the biggest tragedy that we had. So many dying people and so many deaths, and so … it was very important not to be alone,” Zelenskyy said Wednesday.

“My recommendation to the leaders [is] to go to Israel. And I think to support people. Just people. I’m not speaking about any institutions. Just to support people who have been under terroristic attacks,” he stressed, adding, “Unity is more important than to be alone.”

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Russia warns that ‘hot war’ in Israel is ‘potentially very dangerous’

Palestinians walk amid the rubble of destroyed and damaged building in the heavily bombarded city center of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip following overnight Israeli shelling, on October 10, 2023. 

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The Kremlin warned Wednesday that the Israel-Hamas conflict has the hallmarks of a “hot war” right now and could potentially be “very dangerous,” especially on a humanitarian level.

“The situation is alarming, it is potentially very dangerous, dangerous with consequences, [including] of a humanitarian nature,” Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters Wednesday, news agency TASS reported.

As Peskov noted, “after it is possible to bring [the conflict] out of the hot war phase, the period of searching for ways of a peaceful settlement will already begin,” he said.

“It is too early to talk about [Russia’s] role in the actual settlement, because the conflict is at the stage of a hot war,” he said.

Russia’s reaction to the outbreak of violence in Israel and Gaza is being closely watched, given that it occupies a strange and somewhat unique position in Middle Eastern geopolitics, being allies with both Israel and Iran, which traditionally backs Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that attacked Israel last weekend.

The group, designated a terrorist organization by the U.S., U.K. and EU, launched one of the deadliest attacks Saturday, prompting Israel to declare a state of war against the group. Israel has since launched relentless airstrikes on Gaza and its troops are massing at the border.

Peskov appeared to criticize both Hamas and Israel, saying “we need to stop terrorist attacks. We need to stop the disproportionate use of force. We need to ensure the minimum needs of the population in Gaza,” the Kremlin spokesman said.

“The fact is that now this area is completely closed … [There is] a shortage of medicines, a shortage of beds in hospitals, a shortage of hospitals themselves. Which is now leading to very serious humanitarian problems.”

Russia’s concerns for the humanitarian situation in Israel come 19 months into its own invasion of its neighbor Ukraine, a conflict which has thousands of soldiers and civilians die and millions of people displaced. Russia says it does not target civilians despite numerous instances of civilian infrastructure being targeted and destroyed.

— Holly Ellyatt

Israel likely to launch a ground offensive into Gaza, former U.S. ambassador says

Israel is likely to press ahead with a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip, former U.S ambassador William Roebuck told CNBC’s Dan Murphy on Wednesday.

“I do think a large-scale ground assault is expected soon. Israel has already undergone a 300,000-person mobilization, one of the largest in their history. Pretty clear that they’re massing forces on the border, massing equipment.”

In an overnight video update, a spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces acknowledged that Israel is amassing personnel and artillery on the Gaza border to carry out a government-assigned mission to “make sure that Hamas, at the end of this war, won’t have military capabilities by which they can threaten or kill Israeli civilians.”

At the time, the spokesperson did not confirm a ground incursion would take place.

“I suspect what they’re going to do or try to do is decapitate the leadership, destroy Hamas’ command in control and their ability to operate as a paramilitary terrorist force. But they’ve tried this before, it will be a challenge to do this,” Roebuck said, noting that the Israeli hostages abducted by Hamas during its Saturday terrorist attack would give the Palestinian militant group a “powerful bargaining chip.”

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Satellite images show the scale of Gaza destruction

Maxar satellite imagery of a large explosion and smoke from airstrike

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Satellite images from U.S. space technology firm Maxar Technologies show the scale of the destruction in and around the enclosed territory of Gaza, following a recent barrage of Israeli airstrikes.

The images, all published on Tuesday, show the aftermath of Israel’s response to a coordinated assault from Palestinian militant group Hamas.

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— Sam Meredith

Palestinian offensive represents an ‘act of despair,’ former Jordan FM says

The latest hostilities carried out by Palestinian militant group Hamas against Israel have their root in the growing hopelessness of the Palestinian people to form their state, Marwan Muasher, former foreign minister of Jordan, told CNBC’s Dan Murphy.

“Gaza has been under, basically, a siege by Israel for the last 20 years. It’s been a big prison. There is no political horizon to give the Palestinians hope that the occupation will end, and the Palestinian state will be established,” he said. “When people are locked down for that long, they are going to react.”

He stressed that the offensives represent “not an act to necessarily end occupation, it is an act by people who have despaired of any hope to establish their own state.”

Notably, Hamas rejects a two-state solution that would create a separate state for the Palestinian people in the West Bank.

Palestinian statehood also remains internationally disputed, with the U.S. among nations that does not recognize the Palestinian state. Palestine was granted non-member observer state status in the United Nations in November 2012.

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The sole power plant of Gaza to reportedly run out of fuel within the day

The only operational power plant of the Gaza Strip will run out of fuel in 10 to 12 hours, Reuters reports, citing Palestinian Energy Authority Chairman Thafer Melhem speaking early Wednesday morning to the Voice of Palestine radio broadcaster.

The plant runs on diesel fuel and has a nominal capacity to generate up to 140 megawatts.

Israel disrupted its own electricity, fuel, water and food supply deliveries to the Gaza Strip on Monday, as part of a “complete siege” on the area in response for the Hamas attacks of Saturday.

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Seventeen UK nationals feared dead or missing in Israel-Hamas conflict

Seventeen U.K. nationals, including children, are feared dead or missing following the Saturday terrorist attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas against Israel, British public broadcaster BBC said Wednesday.

The news agency cited an anonymous official U.K. source. CNBC has not independently verified the report.

Roughly 1,200 Israelis have died since the weekend start of the conflict, with at least another 973 killed in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

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Hezbollah and Israel exchange shelling

Israeli soldiers arrange the area surrounding a tank near Israel’s border with Lebanon, northern Israel, October 9, 2023.

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Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has claimed a missile attack against an Israeli position at the border with Lebanon, prompting retaliatory shelling from Israel.

Hezbollah said its offensive was a “decisive” response for the “aggression which killed 3 Hezbollah fighters,” according to the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar media outlet.

The militant group said it is “firm in retaliating Israeli attacks on Lebanon, especially when martyrs fall in such attacks.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the Israeli Defense Force reported that “a launch of an anti-tank missile from Lebanon towards a military post adjacent to the community of Al-Aramshe on the Lebanese border was identified” in a Telegram social media post. The Israeli military updated that it is “currently striking in Lebanese territory” as a result, without disclosing the specific region targeted.

Lebanon and Israel have repeatedly exchanged fire since the attacks carried out by Palestinian militant group Hamas on Saturday, which rekindled tensions in the Middle East.

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Pope Francis calls for Hamas to release hostages, expresses concern about Israel’s siege

Pope Francis speaks during his weekly general audience on St.Peter’s Square in Vatican City on October 11, 2023.

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Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the Palestinian militant group Hamas to immediately release all hostages captured during the weekend’s unprecedented assault, and said he was worried about Israel’s “complete siege” on the Gaza Strip.

Israel on Monday imposed a siege on the Gaza Strip, seeking to cut off electricity, food, water and fuel to the already blockaded population of approximately 2.3 million people. The move follows a surprise terrorist attack from Hamas on southern Israel on Saturday, sparking chaos in the region.

“I pray for those families who have seen a day of celebration turned into a day of mourning and ask for the immediate release of the hostages,” the pope said during his weekly audience, according to Vatican News.

“It is the right of those who are attacked to defend themselves,” the pope said, but expressed concern about the “total siege facing the Palestinians in Gaza, where there have also been many innocent victims.”

The pope added, “The Middle East does not need war but peace, a peace built on justice, dialogue, and the courage of fraternity.”

— Sam Meredith

Israel is amassing soldiers at Gaza border, military spokesperson says

Israeli soldier work on a tank at the Israel-Gaza border.

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Israel is amassing troops at the border to the Gaza Strip in preparation for a potential ground incursion against Palestinian militant group Hamas, an Israeli military spokesperson said.

“What we’re also doing in these areas close to the Gaza Strip is that we have deployed, actually, we have sent our infantry, armored soldiers, our artillery, core, and many other soldiers, from the reserves, 300,000 in numbers, in different brigades and divisions, and they are now close to the Gaza Strip, getting ready to execute the mission that they have been given, that we have been given by the Israeli government,” Israeli Defense Force spokesperson Jonathan Conricus said in a video update distributed overnight on the X social media platform, previously known as Twitter.

Israeli soldiers look on in an area where Israeli tanks and militiary vehicles amass at the Israeli side of the Gaza border, as violence around the nearby Gaza Strip mounts following a mass-rampage by armed Palestinian infiltrators, October 9, 2023. 

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“And that is to make sure that Hamas, at the end of this war, won’t have military capabilities by which they can threaten or kill Israeli civilians. That is our military aim,” he added.

Israel has called upon 300,000 reservists for its armed response to terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas over the weekend, further transporting back soldiers who were posted abroad to be drafted into the offensive. In the Gaza Strip, it has launched a “complete siege,” disrupting fuel, water, electricity and food provisions.

Israeli soldiers on a tank are seen near the Israel-Gaza border. 

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Death toll rises to at least 1,200 killed in Israel, 900 in Gaza Strip

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers carry the coffin with the remains of their comrade Noam Elimeleh Rothenberg during his funeral at Mount Herzel Cemetery in Jerusalem on October 10, 2023.

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At least 1,200 Israelis have been killed, with more than 2,700 others wounded since the start of the Israeli-Hamas conflict, a spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces said in a video briefing.

Roughly 900 people were killed in the Gaza Strip, with another 19 dead in the West Bank over the same period, according to the respective Health ministries of the two regions.

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The numbers are expected to increase in the wake of a surprise multi-pronged terrorist attack dealt by Palestinian militant group Hamas to Israel, and Israel’s armed response since.

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U.S. in talks with Egypt over Gaza Strip humanitarian corridor

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the annual meeting of the Arms Control Association at the National Press Club on June 2, 2023 in Washington, DC.

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The U.S. has signaled efforts to broker a humanitarian corridor with Egypt for civilians stranded amid crossfire in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Asked on where Gaza Strip civilians may take refuge during a Tuesday press briefing, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said, “This is something also we have been discussing with our counterparts in Israel and with our counterparts in Egypt. And without getting into the specific of safe passage for civilians and so forth, I will say it is something that the U.S. government sees … in supporting how we do that operationally. But the details of that are something that are being discussed.”

He declined to supply further details, but stressed that “there are consultations ongoing.”

In a Google-translated Tuesday post on the X social media platform, previously known as Twitter, a spokesperson for the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs had said that “Egypt is working every effort to contain the escalation, calm the situation, and facilitate the arrival of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.”

Israel on Monday declared a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the Hamas attacks over the weekend, cutting off water, fuel, electricity and food supplies to the region and its roughly 2 million inhabitants.

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Israel conflict could affect oil markets, Russian official says

The current war between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas could affect oil markets, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

Novak represents Moscow in discussions and policy-setting carried out by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, collectively known as OPEC+.

On Wednesday, he will meet with Saudi Energy Minister and de facto OPEC leader Abdulaziz bin Salman to consult on the crude market, Reuters reported.

“Of course, we are discussing these issues. Any such events in the world can in one way or another affect the situation with the consumption of energy resources in one direction or another,” Novak said Wednesday, in Google-translated comments carried by Russia’s state news outlet Tass.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

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Russia and Saudi Arabia are the largest OPEC+ producers and typically set the tone of the alliance’s output strategy and of voluntary production moves carried out by some members.

Crude prices have been bolstered by instability in the Middle East. Over the weekend, a terrorist attack delivered by Hamas struck Israel on nearly the 50th anniversary of the Arab-Israel war of 1973, which rattled oil markets through an Arab oil embargo against the U.S.

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At least 1,000 Gaza infiltrators dead since weekend, Israeli military says

Israeli forces killed 1,000 infiltrators from the Gaza Strip since the terrorist attacks of Palestinian militant group Hamas, a military spokesperson said, according to Israeli public broadcaster Kan.

KFAR AZA, ISRAEL – OCTOBER 10: (EDITOR’S NOTE: Image depicts death.) The body of a dead Hamas militant who hid in the bushes lies on the ground at the kibbutz Kfar Aza on October 10, 2023 in Kfar Aza, Israel.

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“We counted 1,000 bodies of terrorists, there are hundreds more on the fence – this indicates the scale of the attack, they planned not an attack and retreat but an occupation. In the last day, there were encounters with 18 terrorists in the Gaza Strip and Ashkelon,” the unnamed spokesperson said, in Google-translated comments.

Israel said it gained control of the border with Gaza on Tuesday.

In the same Kan report, the spokesperson added that Israel carried out attacks on more than 200 targets in the Gaza Strip at sites it believes were Hamas headquarters.

CNBC could not independently verify developments on the ground.

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First plane carrying U.S. military supplies arrives in Israel

The first plane carrying U.S. ammunition and military supplies has landed at an air base in southern Israel, the Israeli Defense Force said.

The weapons are aimed at facilitating Israel’s military operations and boosting its preparedness as the nation defends itself against Hamas militants that infiltrated Israel on Saturday.

“We are grateful for the U.S. backing and assistance to the IDF,” the force said. “Our common enemies know that the cooperation between our militaries is stronger than ever, and is a key part in ensuring regional security and stability.”

U.S. President Joe Biden has pledged to provide “surging additional military assistance, including ammunition, and interceptors to replenish Iron Dome” to the Jewish state.

“We are going to make sure that Israel does not run out of these critical assets to defend its cities and its citizens,” Biden said.

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Hamas slams Biden’s ‘sheer evil’ label, saying it’s ‘double standards’

People wave Palestinian flags during a rally to show their support to Palestinians and against Israel’s military operations in Gaza, in front of the headquarters of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago on October 10, 2023.

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Hamas has condemned Biden’s comments calling the militant group’s attacks on Israel were “sheer evil.”

The group accused Biden of “double standards” for excusing Israel’s occupation and regular raids on one of Islam’s most sacred sites at Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem on the West Bank.

After avoiding military operations against Israel since 2021, Hamas on Saturday infiltrated the Jewish state after launching a surprise assault by air, sea and land on parts of southern Israel that border the Gaza Strip.

The dawn attacks — which occurred over the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah and came 50 years after the outbreak of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war — killed hundreds and wounded thousands in Israel. It spurred retaliatory strikes from Israel that have killed hundreds of civilians in the Gaza Strip so far.

— Clement Tan

Correction: This post has been updated to reflect that Hamas attacked Israel on Saturday. An earlier version misstated the day.

Biden confirms Americans are being held hostage, calls Hamas attack ‘sheer evil’

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the attacks on Israel, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2023.

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President Joe Biden confirmed in a speech Tuesday afternoon at least 14 Americans have been killed in Israel.

Biden confirmed for the first time that Americans are among the people being held hostage by Hamas.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters after Biden’s speech that the government believes there are around 20 or more Americans missing but noted that it didn’t mean all 20 were taken hostage.

“We do not know the number of hostages we have at this time,” Sullivan said.

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