October 30, 2023 - Israel-Hamas war news

By Tara Subramaniam, Christian Edwards, Ed Upright, Aditi Sangal, Mike Hayes, Elise Hammond, Holly Yan, Zoe Sottile and Maureen Chowdhury, CNN

Updated 1:08 p.m. ET, October 31, 2023
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9:12 a.m. ET, October 30, 2023

US sending "strong" message of deterrence to Iran amid fears of escalating conflict, White House official says

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council John Kirby speaks in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 24.
Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council John Kirby speaks in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 24. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The US is working to send a “strong” message of deterrence to Iran as concerns of a wider regional conflict escalate, the White House said Monday.

“We’re certainly going to act — if we have to— to continue to protect our troops and our facilities. We have proven that we will strike and act to do that. And that's a strong message that Iran needs to take away. We take those responsibilities seriously,” said John Kirby, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications.

“We also take our national security interest writ large in the region very seriously, which is why the president has now employed two aircraft carrier strike groups … We've got to make sure we send a signal to all actors, not just Iran, but all actors, certainly Iran included, that we will take our national security interest very seriously. We will protect and defend our troops. And we'll do it at a time in a manner of our choosing,” he told CNN. 

Remember: Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi said Sunday that Israel has "crossed the red lines" and it "may force everyone to take action." There are concerns that Israel's fierce military campaign in Gaza will open up more fronts. There are already crossfire exchanges on northern Israel and southern Lebanon border — separate from Israel's fighting with Hamas farther south, which is centered around Gaza. But an uptick in clashes with Hezbollah has raised fears that the powerful Lebanese paramilitary group could actively participate in the conflict. It comes as the US national security adviser warned of an "elevated risk" of the war expanding into a broader Middle East conflict.

6:31 p.m. ET, October 30, 2023

Here’s what you need to know as Israeli troops advance further into Gaza

From CNN Staff

Israeli soldiers have advanced more than 2 miles into Gaza, a CNN analysis has found. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced Friday it was “expanding ground operations” in the besieged enclave. Gaza residents told CNN earlier that they had been subjected to the most intense airstrikes since Hamas’ October 7 attack and that their communications links had been severed.

Since then, United Nations agencies have warned that “civil order” is deteriorating in Gaza after weeks of siege and bombardment, with people breaking into warehouses to take survival essentials.

Meanwhile, Shani Louk, a 23-year-old German-Israeli woman kidnapped by Hamas gunmen during the October 7 attack and taken to Gaza, has been found dead, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Here are the latest developments:

  • Gaza “desperation”: The situation in Gaza is “growing more desperate by the hour,” United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Sunday, as he reiterated his calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. The UN reported that thousands of desperate Palestinians are taking basic items like flour and hygiene supplies from warehouses – while facing sustained Israeli airstrikes. Some 59 aid trucks arrived on the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing Monday, according to a CNN stringer in Rafah, but UN officials have warned that the current level of aid is far below than 455 trucks that used to enter daily.
  • “Impossible” evacuation: The Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza, which is treating hundreds of patients while offering shelter to 12,000 displaced people, received new warnings on Sunday from Israel to immediately evacuate the hospital ahead of a possible bombardment. The World Health Organization said the order was “impossible” to follow without endangering patient’s lives. The hospital is located north of Wadi Gaza, the line Israel urged people in Gaza to flee south of as it continues to strike what it says are Hamas targets in the north.
  • Israeli advance: Israel over the weekend announced it had entered the “second stage” of its war against Hamas, warning Sunday that its ground operation in Gaza would intensify. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country was prepared for a “long and difficult” war as it seeks to “destroy” Hamas and prevent it from launching further attacks on Israeli soil. So far, Israeli troops appear to have advanced more than two miles into Gaza, according to a CNN analysis of video showing soldiers putting an Israeli flag on a hotel rooftop in the strip.
  • Antisemitic riot in Dagestan: An angry mob in Russia’s Muslim-majority region of Dagestan stormed an airport where a flight from Tel Aviv arrived Sunday, forcing authorities to close the facility and divert flights. Multiple videos on social media showed a large crowd inside the Makhachkala Uytash Airport (MCX) and on the runway. Some waved the Palestinian flag; others forced their way through closed doors in the terminal. In photos and videos verified by CNN, the crowd outside held antisemitic signs that included slogans like “We are against Jewish refugees,” and “There is no place for child-killers in Dagestan.” The Kremlin blamed the riot on “external interference.”
  • Hostage killed: Shani Louk, a German-Israeli woman kidnapped by Hamas gunmen during the October 7 attack and taken to Gaza, has been found dead, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday. Louk was at the Nova music festival in southern Israel when Hamas breached the border between Gaza and Israel. She was kidnapped at the festival and “tortured and paraded around Gaza by Hamas terrorists,” the foreign ministry said, adding that she “experienced unfathomable horrors.” More than 260 bodies were found at the Nova festival site itself, according to Israeli rescue service Zaka, but a CNN analysis showed the death toll could be even higher.
  • Death toll in Gaza rises: At least 8,260 people have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah, which draws from sources in the Hamas-controlled enclave. More than 21,000 others have been injured, the ministry said Monday. Women, children and the elderly make up more than 70% of those killed, the ministry said. The main UN relief agency for Gaza has also updated its figures and says almost 672,000 displaced people are sheltering in 149 UNRWA installations across Gaza, such as schools and health care facilities.

Note: Israeli authorities previously announced that Louk had been "found and identified" but did not specify that a bone fragment was found.

8:27 a.m. ET, October 30, 2023

UAE will seek resolution for "immediate humanitarian pause" at UN Security Council meeting, sources say

From CNN’s Becky Anderson in Doha and Richard Roth in New York 

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Monday regarding Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza, diplomatic sources confirmed.

The United Arab Emirates will seek a binding resolution from other Security Council members for an "immediate humanitarian pause" in the fighting, the sources said.

The emergency meeting comes after 120 countries voted for a United Nations resolution on Friday, introduced by Jordan, that called for a “sustained humanitarian truce” in Gaza. The United States was one of 14 countries that voted against the resolution, with 45 countries abstaining.

The sources said the draft text of the Security Council resolution calls for “an immediate humanitarian truce” and further “humanitarian pauses.”

Remember: Earlier this month, the United States vetoed a draft resolution at the UNSC which called for a humanitarian pause. 

The UAE is the only Arab country currently a member of the UNSC.

8:37 a.m. ET, October 30, 2023

Biden pressed Netanyahu on scaling up humanitarian aid into Gaza

From CNN's Kevin Liptak and MJ Lee

Trucks carrying aid arrive at the Palestinian side of the border with Egypt in Rafah in southern Gaza, on October 21.
Trucks carrying aid arrive at the Palestinian side of the border with Egypt in Rafah in southern Gaza, on October 21. Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

US President Joe Biden pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday to “immediately and significantly” scale up the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza, according to a White House summary of the first call between the two leaders since Israel's expanded operation began.

The request for increased flow comes as a dire humanitarian crisis grows worse following the enlargement of Israeli’s assault on the strip. Aid agencies say food, water and medicine are in short supply.

American officials have said the US is pressing Israel to expand aid into Gaza, describing the conversations as occasionally difficult.

“We have conversations, like friends do, on the hard questions … on issues associated with humanitarian aid,” US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday on CBS.

US officials expect that in the coming days, up to 100 aid trucks will begin to enter into Gaza per day, after Israel agreed to speed up inspections of the convoys carrying vital humanitarian support, per a source familiar. 

10:06 a.m. ET, October 30, 2023

Video shows Israeli tank apparently opening fire on passenger vehicle on the main Gaza road

From CNN's Andrew Carey


An Israeli tank was filmed apparently opening fire on a passenger vehicle as it executed a U-turn on the main road running through Gaza.

The footage — filmed by Palestinian freelance journalist Yousif Al Saifi and geolocated by CNN — shows the tank close to the Netzarim Junction, a key crossroad to the south of Gaza City, and about three kilometers (1.8 miles) from the Strip’s eastern boundary.

“The tank was standing there and targeting anyone who came close to it,” Al Saifi said, describing the incident on his Telegram account. “A car and a bus were both targeted in that area; there was also a bulldozer beside the tank.”

It is not known who was driving the vehicle, nor their condition after the incident.

In response to the video, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Maj. Nir Dinar told CNN that Hamas uses civilian equipment inside Gaza, acknowledging he didn’t know who was inside that particular car. “How can you tell there aren’t terrorists inside that car? Hamas has no jeeps or tanks, they use civilian equipment for their military purposes.”

Some context: Hamas-ruled enclave of Gaza is a poor, densely populated area, with few resources. The Islamist militant group's attack on October 7 was fueled by cheap, second-hand, and purloined weapons — homemade rockets, modified AK-47s and decades-old Soviet machine guns, a CNN analysis showed. Many of the weapons appeared to be altered Russian or Chinese firearms, presumedly left behind on the battlefield in decades past that eventually made their way into the hands of Hamas terrorists, experts say. The weapons are far less sophisticated than Israel’s — a military that has access to some of the best equipment the US can provide.

8:11 a.m. ET, October 30, 2023

More children killed in Gaza than in global conflicts annually over past 4 years, Save the Children says

From CNN Staff

The number of children reported killed in Gaza during Israel’s military campaign over the past three weeks has surpassed the annual number of children killed in armed conflict globally in each of the past four years, according to Save the Children.

More than 3,000 children have been reported killed in Gaza since October 7 by the enclave's Hamas-controlled health authorities. 

"The numbers are harrowing and with violence not only continuing but expanding in Gaza right now, many more children remain at grave risk," said Jason Lee, Save the Children's country director in the occupied Palestinian territory.

A total of 2,985 children were killed across 24 countries in 2022, 2,515 were killed in 2021 and 2,674 in 2020, according to the United Nations secretary general's annual report on children and armed conflict, cited by Save the Children.

In 2019, the UN reported 4,019 children were killed in conflicts around the world. 

Save the Children has added its voice to those calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. 

7:48 a.m. ET, October 30, 2023

Israel sends more troops into Gaza, IDF spokesperson says

From CNN's Andrew Carey

Israeli tanks manoeuvre inside Gaza on October 30.
Israeli tanks manoeuvre inside Gaza on October 30. Amir Cohen/Reuters

Israel sent more ground forces into Gaza overnight, according to Israeli military spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari.

“Additional forces have entered the strip. Our activity there is only set to intensify,” he said during a daily morning briefing. 

Dozens of Hamas gunmen had been killed in recent fighting as Israeli ground forces advanced towards Hamas positions, he added.

He explained one type of tactical maneuver. 

"We are carrying out an extended ground operation. Ground forces, tanks, infantry, armored forces move towards the terrorists, [who take positions] in a compound in an attempt to attack us. Then we target them from the air,” Hagari said.

Some context: Israeli troops have advanced more than 2 miles [about 3 kilometers] into Gaza in their expanding ground operation, a CNN analysis has found.

Israel over the weekend announced it had entered a “second stage” of its war against Hamas and on Sunday said its ground operation in Gaza would intensify, following weeks of aerial strikes on the Hamas-controlled territory.

CNN's Hadas Gold contributed to the reporting in this post.

8:03 a.m. ET, October 30, 2023

World Bank warns conflict in Middle East could deliver a dual shock to commodity markets

From CNN's Robert North

The World Bank warns that an escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas could cause oil prices to sharply increase. In a new report, it says the impact of the conflict has been limited so far, with oil prices rising about 6% and prices of other commodities – such as food and metals – barely moving. The Bank says the global economy is much better-placed to cope with a major oil price move than in the 1970s, but cautions that an escalation of the conflict – combined with the disruptions from the Russian invasion of Ukraine – could lead to a dual shock. 

If the conflict escalates, the Bank has laid out three possible scenarios for oil prices, depending on the degree of disruption to oil supplies. In a "small disruption scenario,” similar to that resulting from the Libyan civil war in 2011, it says oil prices could jump to as much as $103 a barrel.

In a "medium disruption scenario", which the World Bank says would be equivalent to the Iraq war in 2003, oil prices could jump as much as 35% to $121 a barrel.

A "large disruption scenario" – which the Bank says would be comparable to the Arab oil embargo in 1973 – would see oil prices climb up to 75% higher, at $157 a barrel. 

“The latest conflict in the Middle East comes on the heels of the biggest shock to commodity markets since the 1970s — Russia’s war with Ukraine,” the World Bank's chief economist Indermit Gill said. “If the conflict were to escalate, the global economy would face a dual energy shock for the first time in decades — not just from the war in Ukraine but also from the Middle East.” 

The World Bank also warned higher oil prices would lead to higher food prices, increasing food insecurity across the world. 

7:29 a.m. ET, October 30, 2023

Biden administration highlights efforts to address antisemitism on college campuses

From CNN's Betsy Klein

The Biden administration is announcing new actions Monday aimed at combating a series of antisemitic incidents on college campuses across the United States in the wake of the Hamas terror attacks on Israel.

The White House highlighted a series of steps taken by the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education, including engagement with campus law enforcement officials, which comes amid rising tension on campuses.

CNN has reported that at many universities, students are engaging in fervent protests as some administrators grapple with how to acknowledge students’ wide-ranging concerns while also fielding backlash from influential donors demanding the colleges take a clearer stance on the conflict. Over the weekend, a series of antisemitic threats were made against Cornell University’s Jewish community in online posts.  

DHS and DOJ, a White House official said, “have disseminated public safety information to and hosted multiple calls with campus law enforcement, as well as state, local, tribal and territorial officials to address the threat environment and share information about available resources.”

The Justice Department’s Community Relations Service is providing support to Jewish, Muslim, Arab, and other impacted communities, the official added.

And the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of DHS, is working to “proactively engage with schools to assess and address need,” the official said. 

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is also “(expediting) its update of the intake process for discrimination complaints under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to specifically state that certain forms of Antisemitism and Islamophobia are prohibited by this law.”

That means that, for the first time, the complaint form will make clear that “discrimination on the basis of national origin in federally funded programs or activities -- including ethnic or ancestral slurs or stereotypes against students who are for example Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, or Hindu — are forms of prohibited discrimination under this law,” the White House official said. That is expected to formally be updated later this week.