November 7, 2023 Israel-Hamas war

By Kathleen Magramo, Jack Guy, Ed Upright, Adrienne Vogt, Eric Levenson and Elise Hammond, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, November 8, 2023
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12:31 a.m. ET, November 7, 2023

Palestinian Health Ministry says Gaza death toll surpasses 10,000

From CNN's Kareem El Damanhoury and Abeer Salman 

A family member reacts as Palestinian cameraman Mohammed Alaloul (bottom) covers the body of a relative killed in an Israeli strike, in Gaza on November 5. 
A family member reacts as Palestinian cameraman Mohammed Alaloul (bottom) covers the body of a relative killed in an Israeli strike, in Gaza on November 5.  Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto/AP

The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7 has surpassed 10,000, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah drawing from sources in the Hamas-controlled enclave. 

More than 70% of those killed were children, women and the elderly, while some 24,000 people have been injured, according to the ministry.

On Monday, the Hamas-controlled health ministry in Gaza said the death toll in the enclave has risen to more than 10,000.

Some background: Israel declared war on Hamas after the Islamist militant group launched a brutal attack on October 7, killing 1,400 in Israel and kidnapping more than 240. Israel retaliated by launching an air and ground offensive on Gaza, vowing to eliminate the militant group. 

Thousands more Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the past month than during conflicts with Israel spanning the past 15 years.

The United Nations Human Rights Office said the attacks last week on Gaza’s largest refugee camp “could amount to war crimes” given the scale of casualties and destruction. 

10:21 p.m. ET, November 6, 2023

More than 60% of Gaza's medical facilities out of service, Palestinian Authority minister says

From CNN’s Kareem El Damanhoury and Abeer Salman

More than 60% of Gaza’s hospitals and medical centers are now out of service, according to a statement from the Palestinian Authority Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila.

Al-Kaila said 16 of 35 hospitals and 51 of 72 medical centers are no longer operational due to the fuel and medical supply shortages as well as the Israeli bombardment. 

The Palestine Red Crescent Society has also issued an urgent appeal to international health and relief organizations to provide aid and supplies to Gaza, warning about the repercussions of fuel shortages in the Al-Quds Hospital that is sheltering 14,000 displaced people. 

“The hospital’s fuel reserves will run out within 48 hours, and life-saving equipment, neonatal incubators, and intensive care units will cease to function,” the Red Crescent said in a statement Monday. 

8:32 p.m. ET, November 6, 2023

Israeli airstrikes hit near Gaza’s Al-Quds Hospital, Palestine Red Crescent Society says

From CNN’s Abeer Salman and Kareem El Damanhoury

Israeli airstrikes hit near the Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City on Monday night, according to a statement by the Palestine Red Crescent Society. 

“[Israel] targeted the vicinity of Al-Quds Hospital in the Gaza Strip with two missiles, approximately 50 meters away from the hospital gate,” the group said.  

CNN reached out to the Israeli military but did not immediately hear back.

In previous statements, the Israeli military maintained that it has requested civilians in Gaza City move south of Wadi Gaza, a waterway bisecting the center of the enclave, for safety. Earlier, it said it had struck 450 Hamas targets in the strip in 24 hours. 

On Sunday, large explosions rocked the vicinity of the Al-Quds hospital, resulting in casualties, including a number of deaths, according to the Red Crescent. 

9:47 p.m. ET, November 6, 2023

Gaza death toll "defies humanity," UN relief chief says

From CNN's Kareem El Damanhoury

The rising death toll in Gaza "defies humanity," United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said Tuesday.

"10,000 people in one month," he said. "This defies humanity."

On Monday, the Hamas-controlled Gaza health ministry said Israel’s attacks have killed at least 10,022 Palestinians, including 4,104 children, 2,641 women, and 611 elderly people in the strip since October 7.

It's unclear how many combatants are included in the total. CNN cannot independently verify the numbers released by the ministry in Gaza, which is sealed off by Israel and mostly sealed by Egypt.

Some background: Israel declared war on Hamas after the Islamist militant group launched a brutal attack on October 7, killing 1,400 in Israel and kidnapping more than 240. Israel retaliated by launching an air and ground offensive on Gaza, vowing to eliminate the militant group. 

Thousands more Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the past month than during conflicts with Israel spanning the past 15 years.

The heads of 18 UN and non-UN humanitarian organizations, including Griffiths, issued a joint statement Sunday calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire."

Signatories included the heads of the WHO, UNICEF, CARE International, Save the Children, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

8:27 p.m. ET, November 6, 2023

Israel will have "overall security responsibility" for Gaza for "indefinite period," Netanyahu claims

From CNN's Kareem El Damanhoury and Mitchell McCluskey

Israel will have the "overall security responsibility" in Gaza for an "indefinite period" after the war with Hamas ends, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed in an interview that aired on ABC News Monday. 

Gaza should be governed by “those who don’t want to continue the way of Hamas," Netanyahu said, adding: "I think Israel will, for an indefinite period, will have the overall security responsibility because we’ve seen what happens when we don’t have it.”

The prime minister also repeated that Israel will not allow a general ceasefire until all hostages are released by Hamas. 

However, Netanyahu said he was open to short pauses to take place. 

"As far as tactical little pauses, an hour here, an hour there. We've had them before, I suppose, we'll check the circumstances in order to enable goods, humanitarian goods to come in, or our hostages, individual hostages to leave. But I don't think there's going to be a general ceasefire," he said.

Netanyahu also addressed the role of Iran and Tehran-backed militant group Hezbollah in the conflict, cautioning them from becoming more involved. 

"I think they've understood that if they enter the war in a significant way, the response will be very, very powerful and I hope they don't make that mistake," Netanyahu told ABC. 

12:41 a.m. ET, November 7, 2023

70% of people in Gaza are displaced with many living in inhumane conditions, UN agency says

From CNN's Hande Atay Alam and Kareem El Damanhoury

Displaced people are seen in the yard of a United Nations school housing in Khan Yunis on November 4.
Displaced people are seen in the yard of a United Nations school housing in Khan Yunis on November 4. Ahmed Zakot/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

At least 70% of Gaza's more than 2 million people are now displaced with most living in appalling conditions at United Nations shelters, a spokesperson for a UN relief agency said.

Tamara Alrifa,  director of external relations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said "1.5 million people who moved there were forcibly displaced."

"So, we're talking about 70% of people who are displaced away from their homes," she said.

In a statement Monday, the agency described the conditions in the overcrowded UNRWA installations that are sheltering 717,000 internally displaced Gazans. It said the situation at the shelters is "inhumane" and deteriorating and warned of a risk of a public health crisis due to the damage to the water and sanitation infrastructure. 

"UNRWA shelters have reported thousands of cases of acute respiratory, skin infections, diarrhea, and chicken pox," the statement said.

The UN agency said the decomposition of bodies under collapsed buildings amid limited rescue efforts also continues to raise humanitarian and environmental concerns.

One UNRWA facility, the Khan Younis Training Centre (KYTC), is hosting more than 22,000 internally displaced people — and the space per person is less than 2 square meters (about 21 square feet), the organization said.

7:38 p.m. ET, November 6, 2023

Gaza "becoming a graveyard for children," UN chief says in new call for humanitarian ceasefire

From CNNs Richard Roth, Pierre Meilhan and Mariya Knight 

Gaza is "becoming a graveyard for children" and the deteriorating conditions in the enclave make the need for a humanitarian ceasefire more urgent, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday.

“The nightmare in Gaza is more than a humanitarian crisis. It is a crisis of humanity,” he told reporters at the UN in New York. 

Following those comments, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan called for Guterres to resign and accused him of remaining silent regarding the Israeli casualties in the October 7 Hamas attack.

“It has been over 30 days since the children of southern Israel were intentionally slaughtered by Hamas terrorists, but you have said NOTHING about the 'graveyard of children' the south of Israel has become,” Erdan said on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, on Monday.

Israeli foreign minister Eli Cohen echoed Erdan, saying, “Hamas is the problem in Gaza, not Israel's actions to eliminate this terrorist organization.”

The remarks from both sides come as the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7 surpassed 10,000, the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health in Gaza announced Monday.

Guterres said the UN and its partners are launching a $1.2 billion humanitarian appeal to help the entire population of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. 

“The unfolding catastrophe makes the need for a humanitarian ceasefire more urgent with every passing hour. The parties to the conflict — and, indeed, the international community — face an immediate and fundamental responsibility: to stop this inhuman collective suffering and dramatically expand humanitarian aid to Gaza,” Guterres said. 

Guterres also stressed the importance of protecting civilians and that “no party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law.” 

More than 400 trucks have crossed into Gaza from the Rafah crossing in the last two weeks, coming short of the roughly 500 a day that crossed before the conflict, Guterres said.

The Rafah crossing “alone does not have the capacity to process aid trucks at the scale required,” and the aid that has come through so far represents a “trickle of assistance [that] does not meet the ocean of need,” Guterres said. 

Guterres reiterated his condemnation of the Hamas October 7 attacks and called for the release of the hostages held captive by the militant group. 

8:54 p.m. ET, November 6, 2023

Gaza death toll surpasses 10,000, Hamas-controlled Health Ministry says

From CNN staff

The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7 has surpassed 10,000, the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health in the enclave said Monday.

Ashraf Al Qudra, spokesperson for the ministry, said 10,022 Palestinians in Gaza had been killed by Israeli strikes, including 4,104 children, 2,641 women and 611 elderly people. Those numbers suggest about three-quarters of the dead are from vulnerable populations.

The ministry reported another 25,408 people have been injured.

It's unclear how many combatants are included in the total. CNN cannot independently verify the numbers released by the ministry in Gaza, which is sealed off by Israel and mostly sealed by Egypt.

Some background: Israel declared war on Hamas after the Islamist militant group launched a brutal attack on October 7, killing 1,400 in Israel and kidnapping more than 240. Israel retaliated by launching an air and ground offensive on Gaza, vowing to eliminate the militant group. 

Thousands more Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the past month than during conflicts with Israel spanning the past 15 years.

The United Nations Human Rights Office said the attacks last week on Gaza’s largest refugee camp “could amount to war crimes” given the scale of casualties and destruction. 

12:44 a.m. ET, November 7, 2023

Israeli bombing hit Al Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza, residents say

From CNN's Mostafa Salem

Flares fired by the Israeli army illuminate the sky over Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza on November 6.
Flares fired by the Israeli army illuminate the sky over Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza on November 6. Ali Jadallah/Anadolu/Getty Images

The Al Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza was struck Sunday night during an intense night of Israeli bombing, several residents told a journalist working for CNN.

CNN and Agence France-Presse video of the aftermath showed damage consistent with airstrikes. Another video by AFP showed a wounded resident of the Al Shati camp arriving at the Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City on Sunday night, shortly after the reported strikes. 

The Israel Defense Forces said earlier that it had struck 450 Hamas targets in Gaza overnight. 

“Suddenly we heard sounds of two airstrikes, it was too loud, it felt like an earthquake, we saw stones flying everywhere,” one resident said.

“The refugee camp was terrifying tonight [Sunday], airstrikes from one direction and warships from the other, we came to this place thinking it’s safe,” another person added. 

The IDF has not yet commented on the incident but has repeatedly called on civilians to move south of Wadi Gaza as it intensifies its assault on Hamas in Gaza City and the northern part of the enclave. The IDF has said Hamas is embedding itself in civilian infrastructure and that it will strike Hamas “wherever necessary.” 

Hamas said it has been fighting Israeli forces in the camp and in the adjacent Sheikh Radwan neighborhood. 

A video published by Hamas’ military wing, Al Qassam Brigades, on Saturday showed militants firing rocket-propelled grenades on Israeli tanks from narrow streets and from destroyed buildings. Hamas said it was engaging Israeli forces on the borders of Al Shati Camp and the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood.  

On Monday, Hamas said it targeted Israeli military vehicles in the same locations. 

CNN could not independently verify Hamas’ claims.