October 10, 2023 - Israel-Hamas war news

By Kathleen Magramo, Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Ed Upright, Joshua Berlinger, Aditi Sangal, Dakin Andone, Steve Almasy, Tori B. Powell and Elise Hammond, CNN

Updated 12:03 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023
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2:45 p.m. ET, October 10, 2023

US has enhanced "military force posture in the region" to ensure deterrence, Biden says

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

US President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the United States has "enhanced our military force posture in the region to strengthen our deterrence."

"The Department of Defense has moved the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group to the eastern Mediterranean and bolstered our fighter aircraft presence. And we stand ready to move in additional assets as needed," he said.

Biden also warned any hostile parties against taking advantage of the situation in Israel.

"Our hearts may be broken, but our resolve is clear," he said. "Yesterday, I also spoke with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and UK to discuss the latest developments with our European allies and coordinate our united response."
3:17 p.m. ET, October 10, 2023

"This is not about party or politics," Biden says about funding for US allies

U.S. President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, makes remarks after speaking by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the situation in Israel following Hamas' deadly attacks, from the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2023.
U.S. President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, makes remarks after speaking by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the situation in Israel following Hamas' deadly attacks, from the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2023. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President Joe Biden said the US would ensure Israel has the tools it needs to defend itself against attacks from Hamas, saying a call for Congress to help fund the national security of America's "critical partners" was "not about party or politics."

“When Congress returns, we’re going to ask them to take urgent action to fund the national security requirements of our critical partners," Biden said. "This is not about party or politics. It's about the security of our world, the security of the United States of America."

Biden said his administration was "surging" additional military assistance to Israel, including ammunitions and interceptors that would replenish the Iron Dome.

"We're going to make sure Israel does not run out of these critical assets to defend its cities and its citizens."

2:40 p.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Americans among hostages held by Hamas, Biden says

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

US President Joe Biden said Tuesday that there are Americans among hostages taken by Hamas as part of the militant group's attack on Israel.

"We now know that American citizens are among those being held by Hamas," he said.

Biden added that he has directed his team to "share intelligence and deploy additional experts from across the United States government to consult with and advise Israeli counterparts on hostage recovery efforts."

"Because, as president, I have no higher priority than the safety of Americans being held hostage around the world," he added.
2:40 p.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Turkish president and UN secretary-general discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict

From CNN's Radina Gigova

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, according to a statement by the Turkish presidency.  

"Reviewing the steps that can be taken concerning the Israel-Palestine conflict, the two leaders discussed ways to send humanitarian aid to the innocent civilians in the region through Turkey’s mediation," it said. 
"Stressing that disproportionate attacks may further exacerbate the deadlock, President Erdogan said that it is of vital importance for the parties to act with common sense and avoid impulsive steps," the statement added. 
2:53 p.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Biden: "Like every nation in the world, Israel has the right to respond"

US President Joe Biden reiterated the US's support for Israel, and said that if the US were attacked in the way Israel was attacked this weekend, "our response would be swift decisive and overwhelming."

"Like every nation in the world, Israel has the right to respond — indeed has a duty to respond to these vicious attacks," Biden said.

Biden noted that he had just wrapped up a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"I told him, 'If the United States experienced what you're experiencing, our response would be swift decisive and overwhelming,'" Biden said. He added he and Netanyahu discussed how democracies are "more secure when we act according to the rule of law."

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2:29 p.m. ET, October 10, 2023

At least 14 American citizens killed in Israel, Biden says

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said there were at least 14 American citizens among those killed following the attacks by Hamas on Israel.

That's a slight increase from the death toll on Monday, when there were 11 US citizens confirmed dead.

2:48 p.m. ET, October 10, 2023

US President Biden: Hamas attack on Israel is "an act of sheer evil"

US President Joe Biden condemned Saturday's attacks by Hamas on Israel, calling it "an act of sheer evil."

People in Israel lived suffered "pure unadulterated evil" at the "bloody hands of the terrorist organization Hamas, a group whose stated purpose for being is to kill Jews. This is an act of sheer evil," Biden said Tuesday.

He noted that more than 1,000 people have died in Israel, including at least 14 American citizens. "Parents butchered using their bodies to try to protect their children — stomach-turning reports of babies being killed, entire families slain. Young people massacred while attending a musical festival to celebrate peace."

He added, "Women raped, assaulted, paraded as trophies. Families hidden in fear for hours and hours, desperately trying to keep their children quiet to avoid drawing attention. And thousands of wounded, alive but carrying with them the bullet holes and the shrapnel wounds and the memory of what they endured."

"You all know these traumas never go away," Biden said.

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2:33 p.m. ET, October 10, 2023

2 senior Hamas members killed in Israel strikes, IDF says

From CNN's Ruba Alhenawi and Nurit Ben

Two senior Hamas members – Minister of Economy Jawad Abu Shammala and senior member of the Hamas political bureau Zachariah Abu Maamar – were killed in overnight strikes, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

Abu Shammala was responsible in his role for managing terrorism funding within and outside of the Gaza Strip, the IDF said, while describing Abu Maamar as "a senior Hamas decision-maker and coordinator between terror groups in the Gaza Strip."

Abu Maamar was a "known confidant" to Yahya Sinwar, who is the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the IDF said.

Hamas in turn on Tuesday confirmed the deaths in a statement on its Telegram channel, describing them as “Hamas political office members.”

3:21 p.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Canada investigating reports of 1 Canadian dead in Israel and 3 others missing

From CNN’s David Williams and Amanda Jackson

The Canadian government says it is aware of reports that one Canadian was killed and three others are missing in Israel after Hamas launched a devastating attack from Gaza over the weekend.

Canadian government officials in Israel are “in contact with local authorities to confirm and gather additional information," Global Affairs Canada said in a statement Monday evening, noting more than 2,450 Canadians are registered as abroad in Israel, with another 480 Canadians registered in Palestinian territories.

The government said it would “not comment on or release any information which may compromise ongoing efforts or endanger the safety of Canadians," and it has not identified any Canadian victims.

The parents of 33-year-old Canadian Alexandre Look, however, have said their son was killed in the attack on the outdoor music festival near Re’im, Israel.

Raquel Ohnona Look and Alain Haim Look told CNN news partner CBC that they were on the phone with their son as he tried to escape the gunfire. Look and other festival-goers sought shelter in a bunker without a door, his parents said.

The Canadian government has not identified any Canadian victims of the attacks. But Premier François Legault sent his condolences to Look's family on Monday.

“My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Quebecer Alexandre Look who lost his life in one of the Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel,” Legault said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that was translated from French. “I am saddened by the dramatic circumstances of his death, he who was only 33 years old.”