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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8:10 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Kremlin comments on Chechen leader Kadyrov’s statement on supporting Palestinians 

From CNN’s Anna Chernova

After Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov expressed support for the Palestinians, the Kremlin said that Russia maintains diplomatic ties with both sides in the conflict.

“We have long-standing historical ties with the Palestinians, we continue to foster contacts, including at high level. But at the same time, we have relations with the state of Israel, with which we also have much in common, particularly, the large number of our compatriots residing in this state," said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. “Therefore, in this case, we maintain relations with both parties.”

When questioned about the nature of Russia's support for Palestinians, Peskov said Moscow is actively engaged in diplomatic efforts and participating in various formats seeking grounds for a settlement. “We intend to continue to make efforts and play a role in terms of assistance in finding a way to a settlement,” he said Tuesday.

Peskov added that the dates for an announced visit by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Moscow have not been finalized but said the visit had been planned in advance.

In a video posted Monday, Kadyrov expressed “complete support” for the Palestinians and suggested the deployment of his “peacemaking” forces on a mission to settle the conflict in Israel. Kadyrov also called on “Islamic, Muslim and Arabic countries to make a joint statement in protection of their Muslim brothers” and blamed the West and Europe for the conflict in Israel.

Earlier Monday, Peskov voiced significant concern over the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and called for a peaceful resolution.

7:39 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

French president says there's no "formal proof" of Iranian involvement in Hamas attacks

From CNN’s Joseph Ataman in Paris

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron speak at a news conference after a joint cabinet meeting of the German and French governments in Hamburg on Tuesday.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron speak at a news conference after a joint cabinet meeting of the German and French governments in Hamburg on Tuesday. Markus Schreiber/AP

French President Emmanuel Macron said that he has no “formal proof” of Iranian support for Hamas’ attacks on Israel.

Speaking Tuesday at a news conference in Hamburg alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Macron said it was, however, “likely that Hamas was offered help."

What others are saying about Iran: The scale and sophistication of the Hamas incursion into Israel Saturday prompted questions about whether the militant group could have done it alone.

US security officials have struck a similar tone as Macron. Deputy national security adviser Jon Finer said there is no “direct information” linking these attacks to Iran at this time, but that the United States believes Iran is “broadly complicit” in Hamas attacks in Israel.

On aid to Gaza: Macron also said that Paris is “not in favor of a suspension” of aid to Palestinian populations, echoing a statement made by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier Tuesday. He said that France had already put in place measures to ensure that aid to Palestinian populations in the occupied territories and neighboring countries does not go to terror groups. 

“We must not confuse the struggle against terrorism with the most basic human rights,” the French president urged as it would risk an increase in “popular support” for terrorist acts in the region.

7:18 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Gaza death toll reaches 765, with 4,000 injured

From CNN's Mostafa Salem in Abu Dhabi

The death toll in Gaza has risen to 765, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said Tuesday, adding that 4,000 other people have been injured.

Internet disruptions are affecting the death toll updates, the health ministry said.

7:17 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Israeli parents told to remove social media from kids' phones ahead of possible hostage videos

From CNN's Elliott Gotkine 

Some Israeli parents are being told to remove social media from their children's phones before Hamas militants start the expected broadcasting of video of hostages taken over the weekend.

A Tel Aviv school's parent's association has said that it has been told to expect the video of hostages "begging for their lives."

In a message to parents, it asked them to remove the TikTok app in particular from their children's phones. 

"We cannot allow our kids to watch this stuff. It is also difficult, furthermore -- impossible -- to contain all this content on social media. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation."

Hamas has claimed it is holding more than 100 captives, including Israeli army officers.

7:15 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Around 1,500 bodies of Hamas militants have been found inside Israel

From CNN's Ana Bickford 

The bodies of approximately 1,500 Hamas attackers have been recovered inside Israel since the Islamist group's surprise attack early Sunday, Israel Defense Forces spokesman Jonathan Conricus said Tuesday. 

6:29 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

4 French citizens have been reported dead

From CNN’s Joshua Berlinger and Joseph Ataman in Paris

Four French citizens were among those killed in the Hamas attacks in Israel, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Tuesday.

Thirteen more are also missing, and the ministry has no information on their whereabouts. The statement said the situation is "very worrying" as some of those unaccounted for have “very probably been kidnapped.”

6:23 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Evidence suggests gunmen at music festival threw grenade into bomb shelter

From CNN's Nic Robertson in Ashdod, Israel

An aerial picture shows the abandoned site of the music festival in the Negev desert, southern Israel, on October 10.
An aerial picture shows the abandoned site of the music festival in the Negev desert, southern Israel, on October 10. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

The bullet holes and empty shell casings littered inside a bomb shelter near the music festival attacked on Saturday indicate that Hamas militants threw a grenade and opened fire at civilians sheltering inside, according to a weapons expert.

CNN visited the bomb shelter on Monday and saw a number of empty shell casings on the floor, in addition to bullet holes high up on the walls. The military expert who accompanied CNN in the shelter concluded that the location of the holes, in addition to their height, pattern and size, were caused by gunfire.

CNN is not naming the weapons expert because the individual is in a conflict zone in Israel.

 

9:15 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Iran's Supreme Leader says Tehran was not involved in the Hamas attack on Israel

From CNN’s Mostafa Salem in Abu Dhabi

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that Tehran was not involved in the Hamas attack on Israel, but he praised the assault that left more than 900 people dead.  

“Supporters of the Zionist regime and some from that usurping regime have said some nonsense these past days that the Islamic Republic of Iran was behind this act. They are mistaken,” he said. 
“Those who say the acts of the Palestinians come from non-Palestinians don't have a true understanding of the Palestinian people and make wrong calculations,” he added.

Some context: The scale and sophistication of the Hamas incursion into Israel Saturday prompted questions about whether the militant group could have done it alone.

United States deputy national security adviser Jon Finer said there is no “direct information” linking these attacks to Iran at this time, but that the US believes Iran is “broadly complicit” in Hamas attacks in Israel.

Read more about Hamas and Iran's relationship here:

5:50 a.m. ET, October 10, 2023

Rockets fired on two kibbutzim, Hamas says

From CNN's Mostafa Salem in Abu Dhabi

Hamas has fired rockets targeting two kibbutzim in southern Israel, Zikim and Ra’im, the group said on social media.

What's a kibbutz?: A kibbutz is a type of self-sustaining community in Israel. Traditionally agrarian, the kibbutzim (plural for kibbutz) were popular in the country's early years, but today about 125,000 people live on them, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel. There are approximately 250 kibbutzim across the country.