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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11:24 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Rockets fired from Lebanon toward Israel, prompting Israeli military to respond with artillery fire

From CNN’s Mostafa Salem in Abu Dhabi and Tamara Qiblawi in Beirut

Rockets were fired from south Lebanon toward Israel, according to Al Manar, a Lebanese outlet that is Hezbollah-owned.

Hezbollah did not claim that it fired the rockets.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) responded with artillery fire, it said, after “launches” were “identified from Lebanese territory toward Israeli territory.”

The United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) said it detected rocket firing from south of Tyre in Lebanon.

“We continue to be in contact with authorities on both sides of the Blue Line to de-escalate this very dangerous situation,” UNIFIL said, adding, “We urge everyone to exercise restraint at this critical time.” The Blue Line separates Lebanon and Israel.

11:09 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

At least nine Latin Americans dead and 25 missing after Hamas attacks

From CNN’s Claudia Rebaza, Stefano Pozebbon, Mia Alberti and CNN Brasil's Duda Cambraia

At least nine Latin Americans are dead and 25 others are missing following attacks by Hamas on Israel this weekend, according to their respective governments.

Peru’s Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday morning that a Peruvian citizen, Brando Flores, has died while three others remain missing. Flores belonged to the military reserve force in Israel, Peru's ambassador, Manuel Cacho-Sousa, told local media.

Brazilian authorities announced the death of Ranani Nidejelski Glazer, a Brazilian citizen whose girlfriend, Rafaela Treistman, said they were attending the Nova music festival on Saturday when Hamas attacked.

The couple took refuge in a nearby bunker with other fellow festivalgoers when "gas bombs" started being thrown inside the shelter, Treistman told CNN Brasil.  

"There were several injured and deaths inside of the bunker. We had nowhere to go, we tried calling the police, defending ourselves with the bodies of the people who died", she said.

Treistman said she lost track of her boyfriend because the gas left her disoriented and caused her to "faint a lot."

"I don't remember things well. I know at some point he was with me, we were at a corner, hugging, and then he was not there anymore. I was so disorientated that I asked a girl next to me: Ranani, is that you? And she didn't answer," Treistman said.

Treistman and another friend were rescued by police, she said, but they couldn't find Glazer.

Additionally, seven Argentinians have died and fifteen are missing, according to an update Monday evening by Argentina's Foreign Ministry. Colombia’s Foreign Ministry also reported two of its nationals missing on Monday evening.

Authorities in Panama separately announced Monday that a Panamanian woman who was previously missing had been found.

11:00 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

First US Fed official addresses the war in Israel and its impact on global economy

From CNN's Elisabeth Buchwald

Atlanta Federal Reserve President Raphael Bostic addressed the war in Israel Tuesday, marking the first US central bank official to acknowledge the conflict that began over the weekend.

Speaking at the American Bankers Association's annual conference on Tuesday, Bostic said, "My heart goes out to everyone who has been adversely affected by that situation," adding, "it's really troublesome."

With regard to how the conflict will impact both the US and the global economy, Bostic said:

"This is just another new, unexpected thing that is going to cause everyone to have to rethink where our markets are going to be, where our partners are going to be."

Bostic did not speak about the impact the war has had on energy prices. On Monday, oil prices climbed 4% over fears that the unprecedented weekend attack on Israel by Hamas could escalate into a regional conflict embroiling oil-producing nations. That could translate into higher gas prices consumers pay at the pump and cause a spike in inflation.

But Bostic said, "I don't think we need to increase rates any more."

Bostic does not vote on Fed interest rate decisions this year, due to the structure of the Fed system.

10:46 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Here's what you need to know about the Iron Dome — Israel's defense system

From CNN's Joshua Berlinger, Lou Robinson, Rachel Wilson and Will Mullery

The Iron Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel on August 6, 2022.
The Iron Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel on August 6, 2022. Ilia Yefimovich/picture-alliance/dpa/AP

As thousands of rockets have rained down on Israel, the country has been relying once again on the Iron Dome system to protect its citizens.

The missile defense system is one of the most important tools in Israel’s arsenal and has saved countless civilian lives over various conflicts in the last decade, analysts say. It is highly effective. The Israel Defense Forces said the system boasted a 95.6% success rate during a rocket salvo fired by Islamic Jihad in May.

The Iron Dome is designed to shoot down incoming projectiles. It is equipped with a radar that detects rockets and then uses a command-and-control system that quickly calculates whether an incoming projectile poses a threat or is likely to hit an unpopulated area. If the rocket does pose a threat, the Iron Dome fires missiles from the ground to destroy in the air.

Here's how it works:

10:40 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Germany launches investigation into Hamas after attack on Israel 

From CNN's Inke Kappeler

Germany's federal prosecutor is investigating this weekend's attacks on Israel by Hamas, during which the group took a number of hostages, several of whom are believed to be German nationals. 

"In connection with the current events in Israel," the Office of the Prosecutor General is "investigating unknown members of Hamas on suspicion of membership in a foreign terrorist organization, hostage-taking and murder to the detriment of German citizens," a spokeswoman of the Prosecutor General told CNN on Tuesday. 

German authorities are assuming, according to a Foreign Office spokesperson, that nationals with dual German and Israeli citizenship were “among those kidnapped by Hamas.“

11:05 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Huge barrage of rockets fired from Gaza

From CNN's Ibrahim Dahman

A salvo of rockets is fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza towards Israel on October 10.
A salvo of rockets is fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza towards Israel on October 10. Mahmud Ham/AFP/Getty Images

A huge barrage of rockets were fired from Gaza.

Hamas said it fired hundreds of rockets on Ashkelon in “response to the displacement of civilians in Gaza,” a statement on Telegram said.

This comes after a Hamas spokesperson issued a warning to the residents of the southern Israeli city to leave the city before 5 p.m. local time.

A video shared by Hamas showed rockets flying through the sky with people taking cover on the side of the road in Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces said sirens were sounded in area surrounding the Gaza Strip.

10:30 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Parents of 23-year-old American missing in Israel describe his heroic efforts in bunker at the music festival

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Hersh Goldberg-Polin
Hersh Goldberg-Polin courtesy Goldberg-Polin family

The parents of 23-year-old American Hersh Goldberg-Polin are holding on to hope for their wounded son who was at the Nova music festival in Israel Saturday when Hamas attacked and began taking hostages.

Rachel Goldberg and Jon Polin told CNN that they last heard from their son Saturday morning, receiving two WhatsApp messages in the same minute, “I love you." and "I’m sorry.”

Goldberg immediately tried to call him, and said, “it just rang and rang.” 

She sent follow-up messages.

“Are you ok?”
“Let me know you’re ok.”
“I’m leaving my phone on, tell me you’re ok.”
Those messages have gone unanswered.
“We have never heard from him again,” Goldberg said.

They say the police told them around 12:45 p.m. local time Saturday afternoon that their son's phone signal was on the Gaza border.

Since then, they said they are learning more about their son’s heroism. A firsthand account from a young woman who was in the bunker with Goldberg-Polin when Hamas attacked said he helped to throw grenades out of a bunker before getting his arm blown off from the elbow down.

“So we know that he has been critically wounded. He tourniquet-ed with a shirt his own arm. But the terrorists came in after the gunfire settled and they said anyone who can stand up walk out,” Goldberg explained.

He was physically wounded with a severe injury and shell-shocked, not really understanding what was happening, the parents added.

The young woman told the parents that Goldberg-Polin "stood up, didn’t lose consciousness — he was very calm, he was not screaming and he walked out with his tourniquet-ed arm,” the Goldberg explained.

The parents urged the US government and other leaders to rescue and treat their son and other hostages. The family was born in the US but made Aliyah and moved to Israel in 2008. One of Israel’s foundational laws is the right of any Jew in the world to make “aliyah” and immigrate to Israel. The family still has American citizenship. 

10:14 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

International humanitarian law prohibits a siege of Gaza, UN human rights commissioner says

From CNN's Eve Brennan

Ravina Shamdasani speaks at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on September 7, 2018.
Ravina Shamdasani speaks at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on September 7, 2018. Violaine Martin/UN Photo

The imposition of sieges that endanger civilians by depriving them of essential goods “is prohibited under international humanitarian law,” Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), said Tuesday.  

Shamdasani's comments come a day after Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant ordered a "complete siege" of Gaza, saying he would halt the supply of electricity, food, water and fuel to the Palestinian enclave following Hamas' devastating surprise attack over the weekend.

"These risks (are) seriously compounding the already dire human rights and humanitarian situation in Gaza, including the capacity of medical facilities to operate, especially in light of the increasing number of injured people,” Shamdasani said Tuesday, speaking at a news conference in Geneva with UN humanitarian office representative Jens Laerke. 

Laerke said Tuesday the decision to cut off the water supply to Gaza affects more than 610,000 people and "will result in severe shortage of drinking water."

“We remain extremely alarmed by these rapidly escalating events,” said Laerke, adding that displacement across the Gaza Strip has reached more than 187,500 people since Saturday.  

"Since Saturday, four schools and eight health care facilities in Gaza have sustained damage. Destruction of infrastructure and streets has hindered the movement of civil defense and medical teams trying to reach victims,” he said, adding that health care, water and sanitation facilities have also sustained damage.   
9:53 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Israel death toll rises to more than 1,000 in Hamas attacks, Israeli embassy in US says

From CNN's Lindsay Isaac and Richard Allen Greene

Israeli forces extract the dead bodies of Israeli residents from a destroyed house in Kfar Aza, Israel, on October 10.
Israeli forces extract the dead bodies of Israeli residents from a destroyed house in Kfar Aza, Israel, on October 10. Ilia Yefimovich/picture alliance/Getty Images

More than 1,000 people were killed in an attack by Hamas on Israel over the weekend, according to the Israeli Embassy in the US.

The death toll now stands at 1,008, with at least 3,418 injured, the embassy said on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

The Israel Defense Forces has said it "cannot confirm or deny" these reports from the embassy. An IDF spokesperson told CNN that it is aware of over 900 deaths.