November 9, 2023 Israel-Hamas war

By Kathleen Magramo, Heather Chen, Nadeen Ebrahim, Ed Upright, Alisha Ebrahimji, Adrienne Vogt, Matt Meyer, Elise Hammond, Maureen Chowdhury and Tori B. Powell, CNN

Updated 12:02 a.m. ET, November 10, 2023
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10:07 a.m. ET, November 9, 2023

Israeli and US intelligence heads meet Qatari officials in Doha for hostage negotiations, source says

From CNN's Becky Anderson

An installation consisting of balloons and pictures of Israeli hostages abducted by Hamas militants attached to auditorium seats at the Jerusalem Convention Centre on November 2.
An installation consisting of balloons and pictures of Israeli hostages abducted by Hamas militants attached to auditorium seats at the Jerusalem Convention Centre on November 2. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

A trilateral meeting with Qatari officials and the intelligence chiefs of Israel and the US was held in Doha on Thursday to discuss hostage releases in exchange for a humanitarian pause and aid entry to Gaza, a diplomatic source familiar with the talks told CNN. 

The meeting — which included CIA Director William Burns, Mossad head David Barnea and Qatari officials — discussed a proposed plan to release between 10 to 20 civilian hostages in return for a three-day pause in fighting and the entry of further aid, plus enabling Hamas to compile and hand over a list of hostages being held in Gaza, the source said.

A US official confirmed that Burns took part in the meeting with Barnea and the Qatari prime minister concerning hostage issues. The official declined to comment on the terms of what was discussed.

On Wednesday, CNN reported that there was no prospect of Israel agreeing to a sustained pause in fighting without a substantial number of hostages being released, according to one senior US official. The multi-party talks – in which Qatar is playing a key mediating role — have been ongoing for weeks. 

CNN previously reported that one Israeli official said that the country was “ready for a pause” if there could be certainty that Hamas was “serious about releasing hostages.” What is not clear is how long of a pause Israel would be willing to agree to and what would amount to an acceptable number of hostages released. 

Negotiations have also centered around exchanging hostages for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, CNN has previously reported.

CNN's Alex Marquardt and Katie Bo Lillis contributed reporting to this post.

9:08 a.m. ET, November 9, 2023

An "unprecedented" amount of reports of anti-Arab and Islamophobic bias in the last month, new data shows

From CNN's Chelsea Bailey

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has documented an “appalling” rise in reported anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bias incidents in the month since violence escalated between Israel and Hamas, the organization announced Thursday.

The nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group said it has received 1,283 requests for help and reports of bias in the month since the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel. The organization said in 2022 it received an average of 406 complaints in a 29-day period.

The new data, CAIR said, reflects a 216% increase in requests for help and reported bias incidents compared to the previous year.

Corey Saylor, director of research and advocacy at CAIR, said in a statement shared with CNN that the data represents the largest wave of Islamophobic and anti-Arab bias the organization has recorded since then-candidate Donald Trump called for a Muslim Ban in 2015.

“The Islamophobic and anti-Palestinian rhetoric that have been used to both justify violence against Palestinians in Gaza and silence supporters of Palestinian human rights here in America has contributed to this unprecedented surge in bigotry,” Saylor said in the statement.

Throughout the year, CAIR records and monitors incidents of reported anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bias from local chapters across the country.

The new data reflects a sharp pivot from CAIR’s cautiously optimistic outlook earlier this year, when the organization published a report noting 2022 was the first time the US charted a decrease in anti-Muslim bias incidents since they began tracking such reports in the 1990s.

Read more about the CAIR report here.

8:28 a.m. ET, November 9, 2023

Most Gaza hospitals have stopped working, Palestinian officials say. Here's the latest on the Israel-Hamas war

From CNN Staff

The majority of Gazan hospitals – 18 out of 35 in the Gaza Strip – have now stopped functioning, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah, which draws figures from the Hamas-controlled territory.

As the humanitarian crisis in the besieged enclave spirals, the ministry said Thursday that 71% of all primary-care facilities in Gaza have closed due to damage amid Israel's bombardment or a lack of fuel, saying that hospitals that remain open are limited in what they can provide and are gradually shutting down their wards.

An American nurse who, before leaving Gaza, worked in the besieged enclave with Doctors Without Borders, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that some 35,000 internally displaced people were living alongside her and her team in the southern city of Khan Younis.

In one camp, Emily Callahan said, there were 50,000 people sharing just four toilets, with only two hours of access to water every 12 hours.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron has inaugurated an international humanitarian conference for Gaza, where he pledged an additional $85 million in humanitarian aid to the coastal enclave.

Here's what else to know:

  • Israel ground operation: The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that its soldiers had taken control of a Hamas military stronghold in northern Gaza. Hamas’ military wing, Al Qassam Brigades, said on Telegram it was targeting Israeli forces in the northern Gaza areas of Al Tawam, Sheikh Radwan, al-Shati camp and Juhr Al-Deek. In another statement, the IDF said an Israeli airstrike killed a Hamas commander and the Israeli navy struck Hamas anti-tank missile launching posts in the Gaza Strip. Israel has been ramping up its military operation in Gaza, following the October 7 attacks by Hamas that killed 1,400 in Israel.
  • Paris conference for Gaza: President Macron hosted a conference in the French capital on Thursday aimed at ramping up humanitarian aid for Gaza, which was attended by UN agencies and European Union leaders, but not Israel. During the conference, Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that Palestinian suffering "is 75 years old" and "did not start on October 7." Macron asked for the immediate liberation of the hostages held in Gaza, “without conditions.” 
  • Civilians flee south: The IDF said an evacuation corridor in Gaza for people fleeing the north of the territory will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. local time on Thursday. Thousands of people fled northern Gaza on Wednesday, traveling miles on foot as Israel intensifies its ground and air campaign. IDF spokesperson Avichay Adraee said that 50,000 people evacuated northern Gaza on Wednesday. Humanitarian groups warned in October that the Israeli military's evacuation order of Palestinians in northern Gaza violates international law.
  • Aid trucks at Rafah crossing: A total of 106 trucks carrying food, water and medical supplies arrived at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza on Wednesday, the Palestine Red Crescent Society said, amid growing calls from international aid agencies for a ceasefire to allow more aid into the besieged enclave. The delivery from the Egyptian Red Crescent did not include desperately needed fuel, which Israel has banned from entering Gaza, claiming Hamas would commandeer supplies for military purposes. It brings the total number of aid trucks that have reached Gaza since October 7 to 756, according to the Palestine Red Crescent — a trickle compared to the roughly 455 trucks the UN says entered daily before the war.
  • Hostage deal remains elusive: There is no prospect of Israel agreeing to a sustained pause in fighting without a substantial number of hostages being released, one senior US official told CNN. The multi-party talks – in which Qatar is playing a key mediating role – have been ongoing for weeks and have so far produced many ideas, including the release of around 10 to 15 hostages in exchange for a one- or two-day ceasefire, diplomatic sources close to the talks said. But as of Wednesday, such a proposal was not on the table, the US official said.
8:14 a.m. ET, November 9, 2023

UN aid chief warns that Gaza conflict is "a wildfire that could consume the region"

From CNN's Dalal Mawad in Paris 

UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Martin Griffiths speaks during an international conference for civilians in Gaza, at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris, France, on November 9.
UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Martin Griffiths speaks during an international conference for civilians in Gaza, at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris, France, on November 9. Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations emergency relief chief warned on Thursday that the war between Israel and Hamas could spread to the wider region. 

"War, indeed, is a virus that always wants to expand, and the current conflict is a wildfire that could consume the region,” said the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations Martin Griffiths.

“It could spread, and that we will think these would be the good days when we see what may happen tomorrow,” he said in his remarks at the International Humanitarian Conference for Gaza hosted by France in Paris.

Griffiths added that “the UN cannot be part of a unilateral decision to expulse thousands of people in Gaza into so-called safe zones.” 

“Civilians must be protected. Their needs must be met anywhere they are,” he said. 

Griffiths reiterated the UN’s call for ceasefire. "There's been a lot of discussion about the value of pauses, and I'm not one to deny the value of pauses. But that is not the same as a ceasefire,” he said.  

On Wednesday, G7 foreign ministers voiced support for humanitarian pauses in Gaza to support aid deliveries, civilian movement and the release of hostages — but stopped short of calling for a ceasefire.

More background: The October 7 Hamas attack on Israel raised concerns that the conflict could spread across the region, with the potential entry of Hezbollah from Lebanon, as well as Iran. The US has warned regional players against getting pulled into the war, calling on Iran and its proxies not to escalate.

Iran, which backs Hamas, has denied involvement in the October 7 attack but has said that it morally supports the “anti-Israel resistance” – which includes Hamas, Hezbollah and other Iran-backed militias. On Israel’s northern border, Hezbollah has engaged in an exchange of fire since the Gaza war began. Those altercations have however been confined to the border areas.

There have also been skirmishes in Syria and Iraq, from which Iran-backed militias have launched multiple drone attacks on US forces. Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis have attempted an aerial attack on Israel, which Israel’s military said it thwarted.

CNN's Nadeen Ebrahim contributed to this post.

7:55 a.m. ET, November 9, 2023

France announces additional $85 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza 

From Dalal Mawad and Maya Szaniecki in Paris 

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he speaks during an international humanitarian conference for civilians in Gaza, at the Elysee Presidential Palace, in Paris, France, on November 9.
French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he speaks during an international humanitarian conference for civilians in Gaza, at the Elysee Presidential Palace, in Paris, France, on November 9. Ludovic Marin/Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday his country will be increasing its aid to Gaza by 80 million euros ($85.5 million).  

"Since October 7, France has announced 20 million euros (almost $21.4 million) in additional humanitarian aid, and we will be increasing this effort to 100 million euros (almost $107 million) for 2023,” said the French president at the International Humanitarian Conference for Gaza, which is taking place Thursday in Paris.

Macron also called on all countries present at the conference "to increase their financial contributions towards the Palestinian civilian population via the United Nations," echoing the UN's call that at least $1.2 billion are required to meet the needs of the nearly 2.7 million residents living in Gaza and the occupied West Bank. 

7:52 a.m. ET, November 9, 2023

Palestinian suffering did not start in October, "but is 75 years old," Palestinian Authority PM says

From CNN's Dalal Mawad in Paris and Eve Brennan in London  

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh speaks during an international humanitarian conference for civilians in Gaza, at the Elysee Presidential Palace, in Paris, France, on Thursday.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh speaks during an international humanitarian conference for civilians in Gaza, at the Elysee Presidential Palace, in Paris, France, on Thursday. Ludovic Marin/Reuters

Palestinian suffering "is 75 years old" and "did not start on October 7," Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said Thursday at an international humanitarian conference for Gaza in Paris.  

"We are a victim here... defending oneself doesn't mean occupying someone's land,” Shtayyeh said, adding that “what Israel is doing is not a war against Hamas” but a war against “all Palestinian people.”   

Israel has been ramping up its offensive inside Gaza, following the October 7 attacks by Hamas, when militants killed 1,400 people in Israel and kidnapped more than 200.

Shtayyeh also accused Israel of being “in clear breach of international humanitarian law," saying that "crimes are being perpetrated against the Palestinian people, people who are innocent."

The Palestinian official added that "a blockage” – Israel's complete siege of Gaza – has created problems, including food shortages and attempts at deportation against Gazans working in Israel.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk said Wednesday that both Hamas and Israel have committed war crimes since the war broke out last month.

Israel's military pushed back against those accusations, saying it has struck Hamas targets, followed international law and sought to minimize civilian casualties.

During the Paris conference, Shtayyeh also called for an end to the conflict in order for “humanitarian relief to make sense.”  

“What use is offering a meal to someone who will die the next day?” he said. 

11:28 p.m. ET, November 9, 2023

IDF says it took control of Hamas military stronghold in northern Gaza

From CNN’s Amir Tal and Mostafa Salem

Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Gaza, on November 9.
Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Gaza, on November 9. Ali Jadallah/Anadolu/Getty Images

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that its soldiers took control of a Hamas military stronghold in northern Gaza. 

“The fighters completed the takeover of the outpost after 10 hours of fighting, during which they eliminated terrorists, captured many weapons, uncovered terrorist tunnel shafts, including a shaft located near a kindergarten and leading to an extensive underground route,” the statement said.

Hamas’ military wing Al Qassam Brigades said on Telegram it was targeting Israeli forces in the northern Gaza areas of Al Tawam, Sheikh Radwan, al-Shati camp and Juhr Al-Deek.

In another statement, the IDF said an Israeli airstrike killed a Hamas commander and the Israeli navy struck Hamas anti-tank missile launching posts in the Gaza Strip.

6:36 a.m. ET, November 9, 2023

The majority of Gaza hospitals have now stopped functioning, Palestinian health ministry says

From CNN’s Abeer Salman, Lucas Lilieholm and Nadeen Ebrahim

The majority of hospitals in Gaza, 18 out of 35, have stopped functioning, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah, which draws figures from the Hamas-controlled territory.

The health ministry added that 71% of all primary-care facilities have closed due to damage or lack of fuel, adding that hospitals that remain open are limited in what they can provide and are gradually shutting down their wards.

Al-Shifa Medical Complex, Gaza's largest medical facility, closed six operating rooms "due to inadequacy of supplies, including fuel,” the statement said.

An American nurse with Doctors Without Borders, Emily Callahan, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday that in Khan Younis – the city she had been working amid the war before leaving Gaza – there were some 35,000 internally displaced people living alongside her and her team.

"There were children with massive burns down their faces, down their necks, all over their limbs," Callahan said, adding that as hospitals are increasingly stretched, patients are being quickly discharged to camps with no access to running water.

Callahan said that in one camp, there are 50,000 people and four toilets. The camp residents are given two hours of water every 12 hours, she added.

"Parents are bringing their children to us, saying, 'please can you help, please can you help,' and we have no supplies," she said.

6:05 a.m. ET, November 9, 2023

IDF extends hours of Gaza evacuation corridor, as thousands of Palestinians flee south

From CNN’s Mick Krever and Abeer Salman

Palestinian people flee from north Gaza towards the south on November 9.
Palestinian people flee from north Gaza towards the south on November 9. Mohammed Salem/Reuters

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said an evacuation corridor in Gaza for people fleeing the north of the territory will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. local time on Thursday. 

Thousands of people fled northern Gaza on Wednesday, traveling miles on foot as Israel intensifies its ground and air campaign in the battered enclave.

An IDF spokesperson Avichay Adraee said that 50,000 people evacuated northern Gaza on Wednesday. 

Streams of people – women, children, the elderly and disabled – made their way down Salah Eddin Street, one of the two north-south highways in Gaza, along the IDF evacuation corridor.

It was the fifth day in a row that the IDF opened an evacuation window, and numbers of people fleeing south have increased each day.

The UN said 2,000 had fled south on Sunday, rising to 15,000 on Tuesday. The Israeli government said 50,000 Gazans travelled via the evacuation corridor Wednesday. That number could not be independently verified, but a CNN journalist at the scene said the numbers leaving were larger than on Tuesday.

Israel has been ramping up its offensive inside Gaza, following the October 7 attacks that left 1,400 people in Israel dead.

The IDF has been bombarding Gaza for weeks, saying it hit 14,000 terrorist targets in the densely packed territory.

Thursday's six-hour window equates to 3 a.m. ET to 9 a.m. ET. The evacuation corridors have been open several times this week within a four-hour window. 

“The northern Gaza Strip area is considered a fierce combat zone and time is running out to evacuate it. Join hundreds of thousands who have responded to calls and moved south in recent days,” Adraee said. 

Humanitarian groups warned in October that the Israeli military's evacuation order of Palestinians in northern Gaza violates international law.