Gaza's sole power station stops working after fuel runs out, head of power authority tells CNN
From CNN’s Ibrahim Dahman in Gaza
Gaza’s only power station has stopped working after running out of fuel, the head of the Gaza power authority Galal Ismail told CNN on Wednesday.
“Gaza is currently without power,” Ismail said.
People in Gaza can still use power generators for electricity, Ismail said, but with a blockade on all sides of the border, the fuel needed for the generators to work is running out.
8:40 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023
US in talks with Israel and Egypt to address safe passage of Americans and other civilians out of Gaza
From CNN's Jennifer Hansler and Kevin Liptak
The US government is in discussions with its partner countries, including Egypt and Israel, about ensuring safe passage for Americans and other civilians out of Gaza, US officials said.
However, according to one US official, Egypt wants to use a humanitarian corridor to send food and medical supplies into Gaza but doesn’t want to open the border in the other direction to accept fleeing civilians.
"We do think it's important that American citizens who are in Gaza be allowed to leave and it's an issue that we are working on," State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said on CNN This Morning Wednesday. "We're doing that quietly, like a lot of the diplomatic efforts we undertake. It's not something that is productive to speak about publicly, but we do it is something we're trying to achieve," Miller added.
Pressure is mounting to establish a humanitarian corridor as Americans in Gaza who spoke with CNN have expressed fear and frustration about the situation, feeling they are trapped without any safe route out of the region that is being heavily bombarded by Israeli forces.
They have told CNN that they do not feel the US government has been able to help them. There were reports that the only route out of Gaza — via Egypt — was closed Tuesday due to strikes and with the threat of an Israeli ground incursion looming.
On Tuesday, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the matter was "something also that we have been discussing with our counterparts in Israel and with our counterparts in Egypt."
"And without getting into the specifics of safe passage for civilians and so forth, I will say it's something that the U.S. government is seized within supporting how we do that operationally," he said.
Neither Sullivan nor Miller gave any timeline of when such a safe passage could be operational.
Sullivan has spoken over the past several days with Abbas Kamel, the Egyptian spy chief, and officials expect President Joe Biden to speak at some point with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
"It is our top priority to protect the safety and security of Americans overseas," Miller said Wednesday. "I will also say, as the president said yesterday, we don't want to see civilian deaths anywhere. We want to see civilians protected. We want to see civilians not targeted. We expect Israel to follow the laws of war."
8:34 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023
American death toll in Israel expected to rise, US State Department spokesperson says
From CNN's Jennifer Hansler
The number of Americans killed in Israel is expected to rise, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told CNN Wednesday.
"Every day we get new information. Look, there's a list of Americans who we have confirmed dead. There are Americans who remain unaccounted for. I do expect that, unfortunately, that the list of Americans who are confirmed dead will rise today," Miller said.
The US continues to work to find the Americans who are unaccounted for, he added, noting that "it's a moving target all the time."
US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that at least 14 Americans had been killed as a result of the Hamas attacks. National security adviser Jake Sullivan said "20 or more" Americans were unaccounted for as of Tuesday.
8:28 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023
Norway and Sweden organize flights for their citizens hoping to leave Israel
From CNN's James Frater and Sharon Braithwaite
Norway and Sweden are offering to fly their citizens out of Israel, as the conflict in the region threatens to escalate.
"Today we are setting up a Norwegian plane that can take Norwegians home to Norway. We have been working on this solution together with [the airline] Norwegian over the past few days," Norway's foreign minister Anniken Huitfeldt said in a statement Wednesday.
Huitfeldt said the government is organizing the flights due to the deteriorating security situation in Israel.
The plane is scheduled to leave Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on Wednesday evening, she said.
Sweden’s foreign ministry is also arranging flights for Swedes hoping to leave Israel.
"This is being organized in close collaboration with other Nordic countries," the ministry said.
It said it had taken the decision because "the security situation has not improved, there is a risk of the conflict escalating and the capacity of regular flights is reduced."
8:18 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023
UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly arrives in Israel
From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite in London
UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly arrived in Israel on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said, in an effort to "demonstrate the UK’s unwavering solidarity with the Israeli people following Hamas’ terrorist attacks."
Cleverly "will be meeting survivors of the attacks and senior Israeli leaders to outline UK support for Israel’s right to defend itself," the spokesperson added.
8:25 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023
Israeli-American Daniel Ben Senior, who was earlier reported missing, was killed, her father says
From CNN's Erica Hill
Daniel Ben Senior, an Israeli-American who has been missing since the Nova music festival near the Gaza-Israel border was attacked by Hamas, has been killed, according to her father.
Jacob Ben Senior told CNN he was informed by authorities that his daughter had been killed.
Born in Los Angeles, Daniel Ben Senior was a 34-year-old Israeli-American citizen who has lived most of her life in Israel, according to her father.
Daniel was working at the Nova festival with a group of festival organizers, her father had previously told CNN.
10:45 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023
Israel steps up Gaza offensive as brutality of Hamas attacks becomes evident. Here's what you need to know
Houses in Kfar Aza were ransacked and set ablaze. Overturned mattresses, destroyed furniture, broken trinkets and unexploded grenades lay strewn across the grounds, along with bodies – a window into the scale of devastation wrought by Hamas in this area.
Here's what you need to know as the Hamas-Israel fight continues for a fifth day:
Death toll: At least 1,055 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel began airstrikes on the Palestinian enclave Saturday in response to Hamas' attacks, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said Wednesday. Israel has reported at least 1,200 people dead since Saturday.
Israel has called up 300,000 reservists to fight: IDF spokesperson, Maj. Doron Spielman, reiterated remarks made by the IDF's Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, stressing that Israel is “preparing for any scenario” as it continues to amass ground forces along its southern border.
US aid arrives: IDF said the first plane carrying US armaments arrived at the Nevatim air base in southern Israel late Tuesday evening. The cooperation between our militaries is a key part of ensuring regional security and stability in times of war,” the IDF said on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Israel struck inside Lebanese territory: IDF said this was in response to anti-tank missiles launched at one of their military posts near the Lebanese border. Lebanese group Hezbollah said they fired on an Israeli site with “guided missiles” in response to the killing of three of its members on Monday. Hezbollah said it had killed and injured Israeli soldiers in the attack. The IDF did not immediately respond when asked by CNN about the casualties. Rockets were also fired from south Lebanon toward Israel on Tuesday, according to Al Manar, a Lebanese outlet that is Hezbollah-owned. Hezbollah did not claim that it fired the rockets. The IDF said it responded with artillery fire, in another sign of growing tensions along Israel's northern border with Lebanon.
Gaza hospitals overwhelmed: Hospitals are overwhelmed and experiencing shortages of drugs, medical supplies and electricity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned on Wednesday, as a humanitarian crisis rapidly unfolds in the Palestinian enclave under Israeli bombardment. Hundreds of thousands are displaced, many cut off from food and electricity. MSF — also known as Doctors Without Borders — said it was also seeing shortages of water, electricity, and fuel, which hospitals rely on for their generators. Some hospitals only have enough fuel for four days.
Electricity will stop in Gaza: The electricity supply to Gaza "will completely stop within hours," limiting the ability to provide basic services, the enclave's Hamas-controlled government said on Wednesday. "All basic services in Gaza depend on electricity, and it will not be possible to partially operate them with generators due to the prevention of fuel supplies through the Rafah gate," the Gaza government media office said in a statement.
On the ground: In today's episode of CNN's "Tug of War" podcast, CNN International Anchor Becky Anderson talks about the families of the missing she has met and what they are asking for from Israeli and US authorities.
Here are the areas impacted by the Israel-Hamas war:
8:36 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023
Gaza hospital will run out of fuel for generators on Thursday, Palestinian health ministry says
From CNN's Abeer Salman and Celine Alkhaldi in Jerusalem
Fuel used to operate generators in Gaza's hospitals will run out on Thursday, the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said, warning the lack of power could lead to "catastrophic" conditions, particularly with an anticipated electricity outage Wednesday.
Gaza's Hamas-controlled government warned earlier Wednesday that electricity generaiton would "completely stop within hours," limiting basic services.
"All basic services in Gaza depend on electricity, and it will not be possible to partially operate them with generators due to the prevention of fuel supplies through the Rafah gate," the government media office said in a statement.
Some context: Israeli Defense Ministry Yoav Gallant on Monday ordered a "complete siege" of Gaza, saying he would halt its supply of electricity, food, water and fuel following attacks by Hamas.
With conditions deteriorating amid Israel's retaliatory airstrikes, a humanitarian crisis has already begun to unfold: The situation in Gaza was already "extremely dire before these hostilities," United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Monday, and "now it will only deteriorate exponentially."
8:04 a.m. ET, October 11, 2023
Pope Francis calls for the release of Hamas hostages
From CNN's Antonia Mortensen in Milan
Pope Francis on Wednesday called on Hamas to release all hostages it captured during its unprecedented attacks on Israel.
“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 Wednesday's general audience in front of St. Peter's Basilica.
Pope Francis went on to acknowledge Israel's right to self-defense, saying, "It is the right of those who are attacked to defend themselves." He also expressed concern for the "total siege facing the Palestinians in Gaza, where there have also been many innocent victims."
“Terrorism and extremism do not help to reach a solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, but fuel hatred, violence and revenge, causing suffering to both sides."
The Pope's comments come several days after he first addressed the conflict during his weekly Angelus prayer on Sunday, in which he pleaded for a halt to the attacks and fighting, saying, "War is a defeat, every war is always a defeat."