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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11:28 p.m. ET, October 30, 2023

Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hamas rescued during ground operation, IDF says

From CNN’s Amir Tal, Pierre Meilhan and Akanksha Sharma

A female Israeli soldier who was kidnapped by Hamas on October 7 has been rescued during ground operations in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said Monday.

An IDF spokesperson said they initially misspoke when they said she had been released from Hamas. The initial IDF announcement was a translation error as she had been “actively rescued” with “boots on the ground” in a joint operation between the IDF and the Israeli Security Agency (ISA), or Shin Bet, IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday local time.

“Based on intelligence” the Israeli special forces went into northern Gaza knowing her whereabouts and rescued her, Conricus said.

“They were in there for a job,” Conricus said adding that he is happy with the results as Pvt. Ori Megidish is “well mentally and physically” and reunited with her family.

He added that Megidish has also provided information about her captivity with Israeli intelligence officers which “can be used for the future.”

Conricus did not share if there were other such operations planned based on existing intelligence on the exact whereabouts of the remaining hostages, but told CNN “we are definitely committed to get all of our 238 hostages currently held by Hamas in Gaza, all of them, to get them home.”

He alleged that Hamas is indulging in psychological warfare by using hostages as leverage.

Conricus pushed back on claims that Israel’s ground operations in northern Gaza would potentially have a negative impact on hostage negotiations, saying that based on the rescue of Pvt. Ori Megidish, “I would argue that the reality on the ground dictates differently.”

Conricus, who did not rule out other potential hostage rescue missions in the future, told CNN that Israeli forces on the ground are expecting “fierce resistance” and “tunnel warfare, booby traps, IEDS, anti-tank mines, snipers, and many other things,” but so far “progress is good.”

He added that the Israeli military is making “considerable efforts, now in the ground warfare, to distinguish between combatants and non-combatant,” adding that they are “moving slowly and deliberately.”

This post has been updated to reflect the latest statements from the IDF.

11:10 p.m. ET, October 30, 2023

Japan imposes sanctions on 9 individuals and a company linked to Hamas

From CNN’s Junko Ogura and Manveena Suri

Japan is sanctioning nine individuals and a company linked to Hamas, its foreign ministry announced Tuesday.

The sanctioned entities include financiers and operatives, according to a statement issued by Japan’s foreign ministry. The company is Buy Cash Money and Money Transfer Company (Buy Cash), which is a Gaza-based business that provides money transfer and virtual currency exchange services, including Bitcoin, the ministry said.

All the sanctioned entities have been designated as “terrorists,” according to Japan’s foreign ministry.

The list features the same names announced by the US Treasury Department on October 18, when the US announced similar sanctions. These are the first sanctions linked to Hamas announced by Japan.

Some context: In a statement issued on October 8, a day after the Hamas attack on Israel, the Japanese foreign ministry said it “strongly condemns such acts and urges the early release of those captives.”

“At the same time, Japan is deeply concerned about a number of casualties in the Gaza Strip caused by the attacks by the (Israel Defense Forces),” the statement read, adding it urged “all the parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint in order to avoid further damage and casualties.”

11:04 p.m. ET, October 30, 2023

Teen released by Hamas returns home to Chicago, Israeli diplomat says

From CNN’s Raja Razek

Chicago-area teen Natalie Raanan, who was released from captivity by Hamas on Friday along with her mother, is "back home in Chicago," Yinam Cohen, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, said Monday evening.

"I am relieved that Natalie Raanan is back home in Chicago. Her family members have been anxiously waiting for her return, and today I am sharing their happiness," Cohen said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. 

CNN previously reported the Raanans are from the Chicago area and had been visiting relatives in Nahal Oz, a farming community in southern Israel, when they were taken hostage during Hamas's deadly assault on October 7, according to their family.

The whereabouts of Natalie's mother, Judith Tai Raanan, are unclear at this time. 

CNN has reached out to Raanan's family.

CNN’s Brad Parks contributed to this report

10:47 p.m. ET, October 30, 2023

Israeli ambassador to UN criticizes Security Council for not continuing to condemn Hamas for October 7 attack

From CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian

Gilad Erdan, Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, criticized the UN Security Council Monday for continuing to not condemn Hamas for its October 7 attacks on Israel

Erdan and other members of the Israeli delegation wore yellow Star of David stickers with “Never Again” written in the middle as an affront to the Security Council’s silence.

"From this day on, each time you look at me, you will remember what staying silent in the face of evil means. Just like my parents, and the grandparents of millions of Jews, my team and I will wear yellow stars,” Erdan said. 
“We will wear this star until you condemn the atrocities of Hamas and demand the immediate release of our hostages," he said. "We walk with the yellow star as a symbol of pride, a reminder that we swore to fight back to defend ourselves."

 

10:47 p.m. ET, October 30, 2023

Palestinian Red Cross Society says heavy artillery and airstrikes hit near Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza

From CNN’s Hassan Eslayeh, Kareem Khadder, Kareem El Damanhoury, and Mihir Melwani

Damaged residential buildings are seen near Al-Quds hospital in Gaza City, on October 30.
Damaged residential buildings are seen near Al-Quds hospital in Gaza City, on October 30. Mohammed Al-Masri/Reuters

The Al-Quds hospital trembled following heavy “artillery and airstrikes" in the surrounding Tal Al Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City, the Palestinian Red Cross Society said early Tuesday morning local time.

Those sheltering inside the hospital are “experiencing fear and panic,” the Palestinian Red Cross Society said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Some 12,000 internally displaced civilians are sheltering at the hospital, group said on Sunday. 

The Israeli military did not have an immediate comment on reports of activity in the area. 

The Al-Quds hospital is located north of Wadi Gaza — the line south of which Israel has urged people in Gaza to flee. 

In central Gaza, journalist Hassan Eslayeh told CNN that artillery fire in the area was consistent all day and night Monday.

He witnessed the injured and dead being brought to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, including 31 bodies at the morgue tent that were being prepared for a morning prayer on the dead.

9:43 p.m. ET, October 30, 2023

CNN team hears artillery fire near Israel-Gaza border

From CNN's Mitchell McCluskey

A CNN team in Sderot, Israel, heard heavy artillery fire near the Israel-Gaza border in the very early hours of Tuesday morning local time.

Nic Robertson, CNN international diplomatic editor, said they heard sustained heavy artillery fire from their location about a mile away (more than one kilometer) from the border with Gaza while filming The Source with Kaitlan Collins.

Robertson said the artillery had been steady for the past hour, but recently increased in intensity.

10:40 p.m. ET, October 30, 2023

"Save them," Palestinian Authority's foreign minister pleas for UN Security Council to help Gazans

From CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian

Riyad Al-Maliki talks to the press after a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on October 18.
Riyad Al-Maliki talks to the press after a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on October 18. Amer Hilabi/AFP/Getty Images

Speaking before the UN Security Council Monday, the Palestinian Authority's foreign minister shared the grim reality Palestinians in Gaza are grappling with in the wake of Israel’s ground operation. 

“2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza face death every day and every night,” Palestinian Authority's Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Maliki said. “Save them. Look at them as human beings. You cannot look only at one side and ignore this tragic humanity completely.”

The foreign minister said the majority of Gazans are now homeless and displaced.

“Moving from one family home to another, from a hospital to a church, from a mosque to an UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) school. Sleeping in their cars, sleeping in the streets and still being killed wherever they go,” he said, adding that Palestinians feel like there is nowhere safe left in Gaza anymore.

Citing the Save the Children Foundation, Al-Maliki said 3,500 Palestinian children have been killed in the conflict in just three weeks, surpassing the annual number of children killed in conflict zones worldwide since 2019.

He questioned the UN Security Council’s inaction, asking, "How many more days will you wait to say enough?" urging the council to fulfill its duty to maintain international peace and security.

The foreign minister implored the Security Council to follow the General Assembly's example by immediately establishing a durable humanitarian truce. He insisted that the Security Council must uphold its responsibilities to end the bloodshed, which he characterized as a threat to regional and international peace and security.

On Friday, an overwhelming majority of nations – 120 countries – voted for a United Nations resolution calling for a “sustained humanitarian truce” in Gaza. The US, like Israel, has sharply criticized the effort and was one of 14 countries that voted against it on Friday.

Jordan brought the resolution to the General Assembly after successive attempts to call for ceasefires and humanitarian pauses failed in the more powerful Security Council.

9:17 p.m. ET, October 30, 2023

At least 31 journalists killed in Israel-Gaza conflict since October 7, Committee to Protect Journalists says

From CNN’s Kareem El Damanhoury 

At least 31 journalists have lost their lives since the latest Israel-Gaza conflict began on October 7, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a statement Monday. 

The journalists’ death toll includes 26 Palestinians, four Israelis, and one Lebanese, CPJ said, adding that it is investigating “numerous unconfirmed reports” of missing journalists and others who may been killed, detained, injured, or threatened.  

On Friday, the journalism advocacy group said this has been the “deadliest period” for journalists covering conflict since it began tracking in 1992.  

8:42 p.m. ET, October 30, 2023

US ambassador to UN condemns killing of all civilians

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian and Richard Roth

Addressing the United Nations Security Council Monday, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield underscored the importance of protecting all civilian lives in the escalating conflict in the Middle East, saying regardless of their nationality, "a civilian is a civilian is a civilian."

Thomas-Greenfield acknowledged the deaths of more than 60 staff members with the UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza since the war's onset and emphasized the need to protect not only the lives of aid workers, but also the lives of journalists living and working inside Gaza.

The ambassador underlined the need for rapid and increased humanitarian assistance, including food, fuel, water, medicine, and essential services in Gaza and called for a scaling up of these supplies. She also noted the need for humanitarian pauses in the conflict, which could permit safe passage for civilians and facilitate humanitarian aid delivery.

The ambassador also expressed the US’ deep concern for the “significant uptick in violence against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.”

“We condemn the killings of Palestinian civilians – and we urge Israel to prevent these attacks, working with the Palestinian Authority,” she said.

More than 100 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank, which is governed by the Palestinian Authority, since the October 7 attacks. Some have been killed by Israeli military forces and some by armed Israeli settlers living in the territory.

Thomas-Greenfield urged all members of the Security Council to work together to prevent any spillover of the crisis, and called out the General Assembly for not explicitly condemning Hamas’ actions. 

“The United States will continue to engage with any Council member – with any Member State – that is committed to adopting a strong and balanced resolution,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “But any Council product must support direct diplomacy efforts that can save lives and advance the prospects of a more peaceful and secure future for the region.”

She expressed disappointment that the US-proposed resolution to the Security Council was blocked, emphasizing the importance of a unified Security Council in addressing the crisis.

Some background: Last week, the US introduced a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for humanitarian pauses to allow for aid to reach Gazan civilians. Both Russia and China vetoed the resolution. Previously, the US had vetoed a draft resolution introduced by Brazil at the UN Security Council which called for a humanitarian pause in the war, citing the need for more time for on-the-ground-diplomacy.