Israel-Hamas conflict live updates: Death toll reaches 1,600, including 11 U.S. citizens

More than 1,600 people have been killed, including 11 Americans, since Hamas launched an unprecedented assault on Israel over the weekend, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare war.

In a joint statement issued Monday evening, President Biden, along with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, expressed “united support to the State of Israel” and “unequivocal condemnation of Hamas and its appalling acts of terrorism.”

“We make clear that the terrorist actions of Hamas have no justification, no legitimacy, and must be universally condemned. There is never any justification for terrorism,” read the joint statement. The leaders went on to pledge to “support Israel in its efforts to defend itself and its people against such atrocities.”

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  • Biden, Harris to speak with Netanyahu

    President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later today to discuss U.S. support for Israel, the White House said.

    Biden also plans to deliver remarks on Hamas’s attacks on Israel at 1 p.m. ET.

  • Foreigners missing, killed or kidnapped in Israel

    United States: 11 killed, others missing

    Thailand: 18 dead, 11 kidnapped

    France: 4 dead, 13 missing

    Canada: 1 dead, 3 missing

    Ukraine: 2 dead

    Argentina: 7 dead, 15 missing

    Nepal: 10 dead, 1 missing

    AFP has a complete list of foreigners who have died or remain missing in Israel as a result of Hamas’s attacks.

  • Families of missing Americans speak out

    Relatives of American citizens missing in Israel speak at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. (Reuters Video)

    The father of a missing American citizen and soldier in the Israel Defense Force (IDF), appealed to his son’s captors to treat him humanely and urged the U.S. government to not “take a back seat” in securing his son’s freedom.

    Speaking from Tel Aviv in Israel, Ruby Chen spoke about his missing son Itay. “We want to go back to being a family,” he said at a press conference. He went on to ask his son’s suspected captors to treat his son as a prisoner of war, “as per international law.”

  • Conflict is heading toward ‘humanitarian disaster,’ says Red Cross

    This aerial photo shows heavily damaged buildings following Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on Tuesday. (Belal Al Sabbagh/AFP via Getty Images)

    The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday that the violence in Israel and Gaza was heading toward a “humanitarian disaster.” Mirjana Spoljaric said the violence that has occurred since Saturday was unprecedented and warned that targeting civilians would lead to further violence.

    “Without immediate restraint, we are heading for a humanitarian disaster,” Spoljaric said. “The ICRC has communicated with all parties to remind them of their obligations and responsibilities under international humanitarian law.”

    Read more from the ICRC’s statement here.

  • Kids are watching war on social media. How should parents handle it?

    Graphic pictures and videos of the Israel-Hamas conflict have been circulating online since the attacks unfolded this weekend. Today.com spoke to parenting educator Laura Linn Knight about what parents should do:

    1. Scroll with your kids. “I don’t think we need to shield kids from the current events of our time. … These are important conversations to be having, but it’s so important for parents to fact-check and find reliable information.”

    2. Ask ‘curiosity questions.’ “For my kids, I like to check in and say, ‘When you saw that, how did that make you feel? Are you having any concerns? What feelings are coming up for you?’ So letting the child lead in that way.”

    3. Keep the conversation going. “A lot of times, parents can be like OK, we talked about it. … Older children want to be on social media, see these images, be brave, (and) have access to these things, so they may not be telling you everything they are feeling. It’s so important to loop back in.”

    Read more on this from Today.com.

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    Israel pounds downtown Gaza City, vowing punishing retaliation for weekend attack

    According to an Associated Press report, the Israeli military said it struck hundreds of targets in the Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City, which contains ministries of the Hamas-run government in addition to universities and the offices of media and aid organizations. According to the outlet, Palestinian Civil Defense forces pulled Abdullah Musleh out of his basement together with 30 others after their apartment building was flattened by the airstrikes.

    “I sell toys, not missiles,’’ the 46-year-old told the AP, weeping. “I want to leave Gaza. Why do I have to stay here? I lost my home and my job.”

    U.N. agencies have appealed for a humanitarian corridor to bring in food and medical supplies to the 2 million people living in the roughly 140 square miles. On Monday, Israel’s defense minister announced that authorities were cutting off power, food and fuel to the area. The Israeli government prohibits Palestinians from entering or leaving the area without government-issued permits.

  • French citizens among the dead

    The Eiffel Tower is illuminated with the colors of Israel after a demonstration in a show of support for Israel on Monday in Paris. (Michel Euler/AP)

    At least four French citizens are among those who have been killed in Israel, France’s Foreign Ministry said. Another 13 French citizens, including a 12-year-old, have been reported missing, and some have “very likely” been kidnapped, according to the government.

    France’s Jewish population is the largest in Europe and third-largest in the world behind Israel and the U.S. AFP has more on what Jews in France are feeling as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate.

  • Where are Palestinians sheltering in Gaza?

    (Omar Zaghloul/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

  • Macron says France has no ‘proof’ of Iran’s involvement

    Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron said: “I have no comment to make about the direct involvement of Iran for which we have no formal proof, but it’s clear that the public comments by Iranian authorities were unacceptable … and that it is likely that Hamas was offered help.”

    Iran has long supported Hamas, but both Iran and Hamas have denied Iran was involved in the attacks. However, Iran has said it supports Hamas’s attacks on Israel.

    U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Monday that while “clearly, Iran is complicit here,” the U.S. also does not have evidence Iran was involved in these attacks.

    Read more on this from USA Today: Is Iran behind Hamas terrorist attacks? What it would mean for U.S. and Middle East security

  • Who is Benjamin Netanyahu?

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in September. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel’s response to the attacks would “change the Middle East,” after he declared war on Hamas. Netanyahu leads a far-right ultraconservative government that promotes Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories. In 2015, he said he would not allow a Palestinian state to be created.

    “I’m certainly willing to have them have all the powers that they need to govern themselves, but none of the powers that can threaten us,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper in February.

    In September, Netanyahu presented a map to the United Nations General Assembly of the “new Middle East,” in which Palestine was not included.

    But politically, Netanyahu has been at the center of an ongoing crisis in which Israelis have taken to the streets to protest. In the first three months of this year alone, there have been hundreds of demonstrations in Israel over corruption.

Cover thumbnail photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu via Getty Images

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