November 28, 2023 Israel-Hamas war

By Tara Subramaniam, Antoinette Radford, Sana Noor Haq, Ed Upright, Aditi Sangal, Elise Hammond and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 2:32 a.m. ET, November 29, 2023
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10:00 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Israel and Hamas clash in northern Gaza, violating shaky truce

From CNN’s Jeremy Diamond, Eyad Kourdi and Ibrahim Dahman

Israel and Hamas clashed in northern Gaza Tuesday, in a skirmish described by both sides as a violation of the ongoing humanitarian pause in fighting.

The Israel Defense Forces said three explosive devices were detonated near Israeli troops in two different locations. In one of the locations, “terrorists also opened fire at the troops, who responded with fire,” according to the IDF.

“A number of soldiers were lightly injured during the incidents,” the IDF said. 

Hamas accused Israel in a Telegram statement of a “clear violation … of the truce agreement,” calling the clash a “field skirmish” and a violation that “fighters dealt with.” 

“We are committed to the truce as long as the enemy has committed to it, and we call on the mediators to pressure the occupation to adhere to all the terms of the truce on the ground and in the air," Hamas said in the statement.

Remember: The truce between Israel and Hamas was yesterday extended for two more days. Under the agreement, Hamas will release 10 hostages each day, according to a senior Israeli adviser, in exchange for Israel releasing Palestinian detainees.

8:45 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Israel confirms death of hostage Ravid Katz in Gaza 

From CNN’s Lauren Izso in Tel Aviv

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed on Tuesday the death of hostage Ravid Katz, who was taken captive from Israel during the Hamas attack on October 7. 

It is the third time the IDF has confirmed the death of an October 7 hostage in Gaza, after Noa Marciano and Yehudit Weiss.

The IDF says Katz’s body is being held by Hamas in Gaza. It is not clear if he died in Gaza or if he was killed in Israel and his body was brought to Gaza.

Katz was taken from Kibbutz Nir Oz. He is the brother of Doron Katz Asher, a hostage who was freed Friday.

9:05 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Relatives of 10-month-old baby taken hostage say he isn't on Tuesday's release list

From CNN’s Lauren Izso and Jessie Gretener

The youngest Israeli hostage, 10-month-old Kfir Bibas, and his family are not on the latest list of people to be released from Gaza, relatives of the family said Tuesday.

Kfir’s parents Yarden and Shiri, and his brother, Ariel, 4, were taken hostage from Israel on October 7. The video that was released of Shiri and her two children from Gaza on October 7 was one of the first videos of hostages in Gaza.

Yarden’s sister, Ofri Bibas, said Tuesday that the boys’ father was hit by a hammer on October 7, with no further information available on his current condition or whereabouts.

Yarden's cousin, Eylon Keshet, who also spoke on the call, said relatives believe Yarden was separated from his wife and children, based on videos that they have seen. Keshet said the family is not believed to be held together.

Ofri Bibas expressed her concerns for the two children, saying:

“Every day there is a danger to their lives, and they must be released as soon as possible.”

She said she is worried that the 10-month-old baby does not have access to formula.

Keshet also said that Ariel Bibas has several medical conditions.

Remember: On Monday, Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Daniel Hagari said that the Bibas family is not currently held hostage by Hamas, which further complicates release efforts. More than 40 of the hostages taken hostage on October 7 were not held by Hamas, a diplomatic source briefed on the negotiations told CNN earlier on Monday.

9:32 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

CIA director is in Qatar to push for broader hostage deal in meetings with Israel and Egypt, source says

From CNN’s Alex Marquardt and Kaitlan Collins

CIA Director Bill Burns is in Doha currently to push for a broader hostage deal that would expand beyond women and children to include negotiations for the men and soldiers – which include some women — being held in Gaza, a source familiar with the talks tells CNN.

Those negotiations with Hamas, officials have said, are expected to be more difficult.

Burns arrived in Qatar on Tuesday for meetings about the hostages with officials there as well as his Israeli counterpart David Barnea, who has been the main Israeli interlocutor on hostages as Burns has become the American point person for the discussions. The Egyptian head of intelligence, Abbas Kamel, is also in attendance, which has not been previously reported. 

Burns’ push is for the talks to expand to include the men who are being held in addition to the male and female Israel Defense Forces soldiers, which would include expanding the temporary pause that is now slated to last six days, a source said.

Israeli officials have publicly acknowledged that it will cost a higher price to get Israeli men and soldiers home. Under the current agreement, three Palestinian prisoners are released for every one hostage that Hamas frees.  

Burns’ trip comes as Americans are still being held hostage, including two American women eligible for release under the current deal and several more who are males and therefore unlikely to be included.

9:16 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

US officials urge Israel to be more precise and surgical in targeting of Hamas to limit civilian casualties

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal and MJ Lee

An aerial view shows a mass burial of Palestinians who were killed in Israeli attacks in Khan Younis, Gaza, on November 22.
An aerial view shows a mass burial of Palestinians who were killed in Israeli attacks in Khan Younis, Gaza, on November 22. Mohammad Fayq/Anadolu/Getty Images

US officials have urged Israel to be more precise and surgical in its targeting of Hamas in Gaza to limit further civilian casualties in the strip. They have also, in particular, told Israeli counterparts that they do not support operations in southern Gaza, given that many Palestinian civilians have had to flee there from the north.

“We don't support them moving in the south unless or until they can demonstrate a plan that accounts for the additional civilian life that is now in South Gaza and how they're going to try to protect that,” one US official said Monday on a call with reporters.

Throughout the Israel-Hamas war, the Biden administration has been communicating daily with Israeli counterparts about the need to be “more cautious, more careful, more deliberate, and more precise in their targeting,” the official said. “We have had some effect on their thinking and their execution.”

But the official admitted that civilians were killed in those operations and “we're not that we're dismissing those,” but Israeli leaders “have been receptive to some of our guidance with respect to being more precise and just even now as they talk about going into the south.” 

The official also pushed back on the idea that the Israelis have “genocidal intentions.”

“Israel, for all the civilian casualties that they have caused … they're not trying to wipe Gaza off the map. They're not trying to eliminate the Palestinian people. They don't have genocidal intentions here," the official added.

8:49 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

It's the fifth day of the pause in fighting. Here's what you need to know

From CNN staff

A view of destroyed buildings in Gaza is seen from southern Israel on Tuesday, November 28.
A view of destroyed buildings in Gaza is seen from southern Israel on Tuesday, November 28. Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

It is the fifth of the Israel-Hamas truce, and Hamas has so far released 69 hostages, while Israel has released 150 Palestinian detainees. 

Today is the first day of an expected two-day extension to the truce, and more hostages and prisoners are expected to be released later. For every day of an extension, Israel says Hamas must release ten more hostages.

Here are the day's other developments:

  • Administrative detention: About two-thirds of the Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jails in the first four days of exchanges for Israeli hostages were held under administrative detention, meaning they were not told the charges against them or given due legal process, CNN analysis of Israel Prison Service data shows. Almost 80% were teenaged boys. The other third had been tried and sentenced. Three of them were teenaged girls, and 31 were adult women. 
  • Hostages taken by Hamas: Israel believes there are 173 people who were taken captive on October 7 who are still in Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office told CNN Tuesday. Out of the abductees, 17 are foreigners and the rest are Israeli citizens. The Israeli hostages include six children under the age of 18. 
  • Thai citizens released: Thailand's Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is set to visit Israel on Tuesday to meet Thai hostages released by Hamas, according the Israeli foreign ministry. Some 17 Thai nationals have been released from Gaza by Hamas, through separate negotiations that are not included in the Israel-Hamas truce.
  • Aid to Gaza: The US military will fly three planeloads of crucial humanitarian aid to North Sinai in Egypt to be brought into Gaza. Israeli strikes and a complete blockade on the Palestinian territory have flattened entire neighborhoods and diminished essential supplies, forcing civilians to flee the fighting as they struggle to access food and water.
  • CIA director returns to Qatar: CIA Director Bill Burns, who has been a central player in Washington's effort to negotiate a deal for Hamas to release hostages, is back in Qatar on Tuesday. He will meet with Qatari officials as well as his Israeli and Egyptian counterparts, according to multiple sources.
7:59 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Turkish delegation arrives in Gaza to investigate setting up field hospital

From CNN’s Scott McLean and Isil Sariyuce in Istanbul

A technical committee from Turkey has arrived on the ground in Gaza with the aim of setting up a field hospital as soon as possible, according to Turkish diplomatic sources. 

The team will "carry out the feasibility studies of the field hospital planned to be established in Gaza by Turkey," and it arrived in Gaza via Egypt, according to a statement from diplomatic sources. “Depending on the findings of our committee, we plan to put the hospital into operation as soon as possible.”

The hospital aims to treat tens of thousands of injured civilians, according to state-run news agency Anadolu.

Turkey is also planning to set up housing made of shipping containers for displaced people in Gaza, Anadolu further reported. The United Nations has estimated that about 1.7 million people – nearly 80% of the population – has been displaced by the war.

Turkish media previously reported that the materials and medical supplies for the field hospital were sent by ship to Egypt.

8:18 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Father of 9-year-old Emily Hand tells CNN about his daughter's captivity

From CNN's Clarissa Ward, Brent Swails and Rachel Clarke

Emily Hand had to run from house to house, forced to move by Hamas as Israeli forces attacked Gaza, her father Thomas Hand told CNN.

“That’s terrifying. Being pulled, dragged, pushed… under gunfire probably,” he said on Tuesday.

It’s one of the details that his daughter is slowly sharing of what happened after she was kidnapped on October 7 and taken to Gaza, a place she now calls “the box.”

“She’s coming out slowly, little by little,” Hand said. “We’ll only know what she really went through as she opens up,” he told CNN. “I want to know so much information… but you have to let them, when they are ready, come out with it.”

Emily, who turned 9 in captivity, was held with her friend Hila Rotem-Shoshani and Hila’s mother Raaya before the children were released last Saturday.

Raaya looked after Hila and Emily like they were both her daughters, Hand said. And the separation of Hila from her mother two nights before the girls were freed – in contravention of agreements made between Hamas and Israel – was “another step of cruelty,” he said.

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6:56 a.m. ET, November 28, 2023

Who are the Palestinian detainees released from Israeli jails?

From CNN’s Abeer Salman in Jerusalem

About two-thirds of the Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jails in the first four days of exchanges for Israeli hostages were held under administrative detention, meaning they were not told the charges against them or given due legal process, CNN analysis of Israel Prison Service data shows.

The other third had been tried and sentenced. 

Almost 80% were teenaged boys aged 14 to 18. Three of them were teenaged girls, and 31 were adult women. 

  • Total number: 150
  • Total number of adult women: 31
  • Total number of male teens aged 14-18 (children under international definition): 116
  • Total number of female teens: 3
  • Total number who had been charged and sentenced: 52 
  • Total number held under administrative detention: 98