November 11, 2023 Israel-Hamas war

By Chris Lau, Andrew Raine, Sophie Tanno, Adrienne Vogt and Tori B. Powell, CNN

Updated 12:14 AM ET, Sun November 12, 2023
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12:42 a.m. ET, November 11, 2023

French president calls for Gaza ceasefire and urges other world leaders to join him

From CNN's Niamh Kennedy and Maija Ehlinger

French President Emmanuel Macron attends an EU summit in Brussels on October 27.
French President Emmanuel Macron attends an EU summit in Brussels on October 27. Alex Sochacki/Kommersant/Sipa USA/AP/FILE

French President Emmanuel Macron called for a ceasefire in Gaza, calling it "the only solution" to the war between Israel and Hamas. 

While he said Israel had the right "to protect itself and react" to the October 7 attacks carried out by Hamas, he also said that Israel should comply "with international rules of war and humanitarian international law."

Macron added that he hopes other world leaders will join his call for a ceasefire. 

"We share the pain and we do share a willingness to get rid of terrorism. We know what terrorism means in France. But I think there is no justification to attack civilians," Macron said while speaking to the BBC from the Élysée Palace on Friday. 

Some background: The US administration, for its part, has resisted calling for a ceasefire, although officials have worked to ramp up aid going into Gaza and pushed for humanitarian pauses to allow more assistance to flow into the enclave and to allow civilians to flee away from the fighting.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday gave one of his most direct condemnations of the civilian death toll in Gaza and said more needs to be done to “minimize harm to Palestinian civilians.”

Although Blinken commended Israel for its announcement of daily military pauses in areas of northern Gaza and two evacuation corridors, he said that “there is more that can and should be done to minimize harm to Palestinian civilians.”

2:38 a.m. ET, November 11, 2023

ICU patients and babies “will lose their lives" at Gaza City hospital facing shutdown, Palestinian group warns

From CNN’s Abeer Salman and Kareem El Damanhoury

Gza City's Al-Quds Hospital could shut down in the coming hours, threatening the lives of patients and babies, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) warns.

“Al-Quds Hospital is at risk of closure in the upcoming 3 hours due to the depletion of fuel supplies and the non-arrival of aid,” PRCS said in a statement early Saturday local time. “500 patients and injured will be deprived from medical care. Those who are at the ICU and babies in incubators will lose their lives."

On Wednesday, PRCS said it was scaling back most operations amid a fuel shortage to ensure the provision of minimal services.  

So far, at least 18 out of Gaza’s 35 functioning hospitals have gone out of service, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah on Thursday. 

The Israeli military has said Hamas is embedding itself in civilian infrastructure and that it will strike Hamas “wherever necessary.”

CNN's Lucas Lilieholm contributed reporting.

12:52 a.m. ET, November 11, 2023

Negotiators discuss dayslong pause in fighting in exchange for freeing large group of hostages

From CNN's MJ Lee

A fireball erupts during Israeli bombardment of Gaza, as seen from Israel, on November 9.
A fireball erupts during Israeli bombardment of Gaza, as seen from Israel, on November 9. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

The parties involved in the ongoing negotiations to secure the release of hostages that Hamas is holding in Gaza are working toward a deal that would entail a sustained, dayslong pause in fighting in exchange for a large group of hostages being freed, a senior US official familiar with the talks told CNN Friday.

If a deal were to be struck, the hostages would exit Gaza in stages on a rolling basis – with priority placed on extra vulnerable groups, like children and women – in a process that is expected to take multiple days, the official said.

Still, they repeatedly cautioned that the talks could at any point stall or deteriorate: “It’s been close before. There’s no certainty at all.”

Many details have yet to be worked out — and it would still likely be days, even in the best-case scenario, before a deal could be reached, the official said. But even as a deal was being considered, Israel did not relent in its Gaza offensive. CNN reporters witnessed a heavy bombardment by Israeli forces in Gaza late Friday.

Remember: The US, Israel and Hamas – with Qatar playing a significant mediating role – have been engaged in talks for weeks to free the hostages from Gaza.

Read more about Gaza hostage negotiations here.

12:00 a.m. ET, November 11, 2023

Israel lowers its estimated death toll from Hamas attacks on October 7 to 1,200

From CNN staff

Israel now believes around 1,200 people were killed by Hamas in a series of brutal attacks on Israeli communities and gatherings near Gaza on October 7.

The number includes foreign workers and other foreign nationalities, foreign ministry spokesperson Lior Haiat said in response to online questions from journalists – and is a downward revision from a previous figure of 1,400.

The current estimate is not a final number, Haiat emphasized, because some of the bodies have yet to be identified.

The spokesperson’s online communication did not include a reason for the reduction, and he did not immediately respond to subsequent requests for an explanation.

12:41 a.m. ET, November 11, 2023

Gaza hospital "surrounded by tanks" as other healthcare facilities report damage from Israeli strikes 

From CNN's Rob Picheta, Kareem Khadder, Teele Rebane and Zohair Zabadne

Israeli tanks have surrounded a Gaza hospital, its director told CNN, as strikes reportedly hit the area of other healthcare facilities in the Strip — heightening fears Friday that Israel’s military campaign is further endangering patients and medical staff in the besieged territory.

Mustafa al-Kahlout, who heads the Al Nasr hospital and Al Rantisi Pediatric hospital in northern Gaza, told CNN that they were surrounded and asked for the Red Cross to assist with an evacuation. “We are completely surrounded, there are tanks outside the hospital, and we cannot leave,” al-Kahlout said.

The hospital complex is close to Sheikh Radwan neighborhood and Al Shati camp, where ground fighting was reported by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas separately.

“We do not have electricity, no oxygen for the patients, we do not have medicine and water,” al-Kahlout said. “We do not know our fate.”

His call comes after strikes were reported near at least two other hospitals in northern Gaza.

In a Facebook statement, Al Awda hospital said that due to the “targeting (of) the vicinity of Al Awda Hospital… and the vicinity of the Indonesian Hospital” by Israeli forces, 10 of its employees were injured, infrastructure was hit and nine vehicles were impacted.

This included “two ambulances that were completely damaged,” the hospital statement said.

In a separate statement, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said one of their volunteers had been injured and two ambulances rendered unusable by a strike near Al Awda hospital. The group also shared images and a video of two ambulances with their windscreens shattered in what appears to be the hospital parking lot. It was not immediately clear if PRCS was referring to the same ambulances mentioned in the hospital’s statement.

The IDF has not commented on the incidents but has repeatedly called on civilians to move south of Wadi Gaza, a waterway bisecting the center of the Strip, as it intensifies its assault on Gaza City and the north of the territory. The IDF has said Hamas is embedding itself in civilian infrastructure and that it will strike Hamas “wherever necessary.”

Read about the reported airstrikes near hospitals in northern Gaza.