Israel-Hamas war live updates: Israel mobilizes troops; Hamas armed wing warns Ashkelon citizens to leave

Goldman Sachs sees potential longer term impact on oil production due to conflict

Crude oil storage tanks at the Juaymah Tank Farm in Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal in 2018. Crude prices fluctuated in recent months, rising to more than $120 in early June amid growing fears about a global recession, subsequently falling to around $90 per barrel after OPEC+ slashed production.

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Commodities analysts at Goldman Sachs outlined two potential outcomes of the rapidly escalating Israel-Hamas war that it said could impact oil production and prices in the medium to longer term.

One is that Saudi Arabia scraps plans for a potential U.S.-brokered normalization deal with Israel, which reportedly could have resulted in — among other things — increased Saudi oil production as a means to gain Congress’ support for defense benefits from Washington that would come along with a normalization deal.

“This weekend’s developments reduce the probability of an early unwind of the Saudi production cuts,” the bank’s analysts wrote, adding that Saudi production staying at its currently planned volume of 9 million barrels per day in 2024 “would raise our December 2024 Brent price forecast to $104/bbl, or $4/bbl above our $100/bbl baseline.”

The second potential outcome Goldman highlighted is a decrease in Iranian oil production. “With the possibility of broader regional tensions re-escalating as a result of the conflict in Gaza, we think the risks to our Iranian production projections are now tilted to the downside,” it wrote.

The bank noted “that there has been no impact to current global oil production” from the conflict, and that it “sees as unlikely any immediate large effect on the near-term supply-demand balance and near-term oil inventories.”

— Natasha Turak

Israel says sirens sounding in city of Be’er Sheva and south of the country

Israel’s Defense Forces said via X, formerly known as Twitter, that sirens are sounding in the city of Be’er Sheva and the south of the country.

— Sam Meredith

What is Hamas? What you need to know about the militant group

Palestinian members of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, take part in a gathering on January 31, 2016 in Gaza city to pay tribute to their fellow militants who died after a tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip.

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Hamas’ devastating surprise attack on Israel over the weekend thrusts an obscure militant Palestinian group firmly into the global spotlight.

The ongoing violence raises questions about the history, motivations and future of Hamas — a group that has been recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., Japan, Australia, Israel, the European Union and many other countries.

Founded in 1987, Hamas is one of two major political forces in the Palestinian territories and has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007. The military wing of Hamas is known as the al Qassem Brigades, the largest and best-equipped military group operating within Gaza.

Here’s the full story.

— Sam Meredith

Funeral ceremony help for Palestinian journalists killed by Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

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A funeral ceremony held for Palestinian journalists Saeed Al-Taweel and Mohammad Sobh, who were killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Oct. 10, 2023. The journalists were killed while filming the targeting of a residential building by Israeli warplanes in Rimal district in western Gaza. 

Friends and relatives mourn the bodies of Palestinian journalists Muhammad Sobh and Saeed Al-Taweel, who were killed during their work by Israeli air strikes on October 10, 2023 in Gaza City, Gaza. 

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Relatives and colleagues of Palestinian journalists Saeed Al-Taweel and Mohammad Sobh, who were killed in Israeli airstrikes, mourn in Gaza Strip on October 10, 2023.The journalists were killed while filming the targeting of a residential building by Israeli warplanes in Rimal district in western Gaza. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu via Getty Images)

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Funerals of Palestinian journalists Saeed Al-Taweel and Mohammad Sobh, who were killed in Israeli airstrikes, are placed at the back of a vehicle in Gaza Strip on October 10, 2023.

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Hamas urges Palestinian, Muslim and Arab people to mobilize on Friday

A protestor lifts his fist during a rally in support of Palestinians at Camoes square in Lisbon on October 9, 2023 after the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched an attack on Israel.

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Palestinian militant group Hamas has issued a widespread call for the “free people of the world” to mobilize on Friday.

“We call on the Arab and Muslim world and the free peoples of the world to attend the Al-Aqsa Flood event on Friday in order to voice solidarity with the Palestinian people and resistance, expose the Israeli occupation’s crimes and foil its aggressive schemes, and defend the Al-Asqa Mosque,” the group said in a statement on its site Tuesday.

It also urged the Palestinian people to launch mass protests against Israel and called on the “free peoples of the world to express solidarity with the Palestinian peoples.”

The group’s weekend “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood” involved an unprecedented surprise attack targeting Israeli civilians which has been widely condemned by the international community. It triggered a conflict that has claimed nearly 1,700 lives at the time of writing.

The name of Hamas’ operation deploys religious symbolism by referencing the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, one of three holy Muslim sites, which Hamas accuses Israel of seeking to desecrate.

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Air raid sirens sound in Tel Aviv and across Israel

Israeli journalists take cover during a rocket attack from Gaza in the southern Israeli kibbutz of Kfar Aza near the border with the Palestinian territory, on October 10, 2023.

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Air raid alert sirens are sounding across Tel Aviv and Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces wrote on the X social media platform, previously known as Twitter.

The attack warnings come as Israel carries out airstrikes over Gaza and as death counts in both Israel and the blockaded Palestinian territory mount.

Israel is mobilizing 300,000 military reservists — its highest figure ever — to go on the offensive against the Palestinian militant organization Hamas.

— Natasha Turak

Hamas armed wing tells citizen of Israeli city to leave before 5 p.m. local time

A woman stands at the entrance of a damaged house in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon after a rocket attack from Gaza on October 9, 2023.

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The al-Qassam brigades, an armed wing of Palestinian militant group Hamas, posted a warning on social media for citizens of the Israeli city Ashkelon.

“In response to the enemy’s crime of displacing our people and forcing them to flee their homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, we give the residents of the occupied city of Ashkelon a deadline to leave it before five o’clock this evening, and those who warned are excused,” spokesperson Abu Ubaida said on Telegram, according to a Google translation.

Al-Qassam did not elaborate on why it was issuing this warning.

The deadline of 5 p.m. in Israel translates to 10 a.m. ET, and 3 p.m. London time.

Ashkelon is located just north of Gaza, on Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

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Netanyahu’s coalition backs emergency government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin speaks to the media on March 16, 2023 in Berlin, Germany.

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All members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition have approved a proposal to include opposition politicians in an emergency government, Reuters reports.

Netanyahu raised the possibility of the measure at a weekend meeting with Opposition Leader Yair Lapid and National Unity party leader Benny Gantz following an unprecedented lethal attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas. A unity government could further Israel’s efforts to reach stability in the wake of the tragedy.

“National emergency government. now!” Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said in a post on the X social media platform, previously known as Twitter.

Political unity has been difficult to achieve in Israel, with the stability of Netanyahu’s own government in question for most of the year following the prime minister’s controversial and repeatedly protested proposal for a widespread judiciary reform. Netanyahu survived a no-confidence vote in March.

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Biden set to deliver remarks on Hamas attack in Israel

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Afghanistan during a speech in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, August 31, 2021.

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U.S. President Joe Biden will address the unprecedented terror attacks carried out over the weekend by Palestinian militant group Hamas, as violence soars in the Middle East.

Biden’s remarks, slated for 1 p.m. ET from the White House, come on the heels of what the Pentagon has dubbed as “ISIS-level savagery” in Israel.

The Israel-Hamas conflict, which has so far claimed the lives of nearly 1,700 people, has triggered the movement of U.S. firepower to the region, in an effort to bolster Israeli security.

In a statement on Monday evening, Biden confirmed the deaths of at least 11 Americans in Israel and acknowledged that some U.S. citizens may have been kidnapped by Hamas. He said he directed a team to work with Israeli counterparts “on every aspect of the hostage crisis.”

The Pentagon on Monday said it is coordinating with the U.S. defense industry to expedite the shipping of pending Israeli weapon orders.

Read the full story here.

— Amanda Macias

All bets are off if the U.S. gets involved in the Israel-Hamas conflict, research fellow says

Research Fellow for Middle East Policy at the IISS, Hasan Alhasan, discusses how the international community could impact the Israel-Hamas conflict.

All bets are off if the U.S. gets involved in the Israel-Hamas conflict, research fellow says

Israeli soldiers survey the grounds of the Supernova music festival after fatal attack by Hamas

Israeli soldiers are pictured surveying the grounds of the Supernova electronic music festival after Saturday’s deadly attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas. Around 260 people died, and more than 100 were taken hostage in the incident, according to the ZAKA rescue agency.

An Israeli solider stands at the grounds of the Supernova electronic music festival after Saturday’s deadly attack by Islamist Hamas militants where 260 people died and more than 100 people were taken hostage, according to the ZAKA rescue agency. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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An aerial picture shows the site of the weekend attack on the Supernova desert music Festival by Palestinian militants near Kibbutz Reim in the Negev desert in southern Israel on October 10, 2023. 

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An Israeli solider stands at the grounds of the Supernova electronic music festival after Saturday’s deadly attack by Islamist Hamas militants where 260 people died and more than 100 people were taken hostage, according to the ZAKA rescue agency.

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Burnt cars are left behind at the site of the weekend attack on the Supernova desert music Festival by Palestinian militants, near Kibbutz Reim in the Negev desert in southern Israel, on October 10, 2023. 

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Israeli troops inspect the ravaged site of the weekend attack on the Supernova desert music Festival by Palestinian militants near Kibbutz Reim in the Negev desert in southern Israel on October 10, 2023.

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U.N. human rights official condemns strikes against civilians

A Palestinian man carries the body of a child killed in overnight Israeli shelling during a funeral in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 10, 2023. 

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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk condemned attacks on civilians in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian military group Hamas in a statement out Tuesday.

Israeli forces have engaged in a series of retaliatory strikes following a Saturday offensive by Hamas, which openly targeted civilians and opened fire at the site of a musical festival.

Türk criticized the bloodshed triggered by Hamas, saying he was “deeply shocked and appalled by allegations of summary executions of civilians, and, in some instances, horrifying mass killings by members of Palestinian armed groups.”

A picture taken on October 10, 2023 shows the abandoned site of the weekend attack of the Supernova desert music Festival by Palestinian militants near Kibbutz Reim in the Negev desert in southern Israel.

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“It is horrific and deeply distressing to see images of those captured by Palestinian armed groups being ill-treated, as well as reports of killings and the desecration of their bodies,” he said. “Civilians must never be used as bargaining chips.”

He said that Israeli air strikes have also hit residential areas in the Gaza Strip, schools and the local premises of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency.

“International humanitarian law is clear: the obligation to take constant care to spare the civilian population and civilian objects remains applicable throughout the attacks,” he said.

A smoke rises over a buildings in Gaza City on October 9, 2023 during an Israeli air strike.

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Türk further condemned a decision by Israel to impose a siege on the Gaza Strip, depriving the already vulnerable region of fuel, food, electricity and water supplies.

“This risks seriously compounding the already dire human rights and humanitarian situation in Gaza, including the capacity of medical facilities to operate, especially in light of increasing numbers of injured,” he said. “The imposition of sieges that endanger the lives of civilians by depriving them of goods essential for their survival is prohibited under international humanitarian law.”

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had previously expressed on Monday that he was “deeply distressed” by the siege announcement.

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EU invites Israeli, Palestinian Authority foreign ministers to emergency meeting

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell Fontelles.

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The European Union’s top diplomat Josep Borrell said he has invited both Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen and Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Ryiad al-Maliki to an emergency meeting of the European Foreign Affairs ministers later on Tuesday.

Borrell made the announcement in a social media post on X, previously known as Twitter.

The meeting will cover developments in Israel following a lethal and unprecedented strike by Palestinian militant group Hamas over the weekend. The conflict has so far claimed over 1,600 lives. EU ministers will convene in Muscat, Oman, where Borrell was already scheduled to co-chair a meeting of the EU and Gulf Cooperation Council.

The international community has largely condemned the attack by Hamas. The U.N. has acknowledged Israel’s security concerns while also urging an obligation to spare civilian populations amid the hostilities.

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Iran says Israel suffered an ‘irreparable failure’ in its intelligence

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reviews armed forces during a graduation ceremony for armed forces officers at the Imam Ali academy in Tehran, Iran October 10, 2023. 

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Iran’s top official Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday said Israel suffered an “irreparable failure, both militarily and in terms of intelligence” amid the weekend attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas.

U.S.-sanctioned Iran, historically a supporter of Hamas and a long-standing rival of Israel, claims it was not involved in the offensive, which has resulted in at least 1,587 deaths at the time of writing.

“We kiss the foreheads and arms of resourceful and intelligent designers and Palestinian youth, but those who say that the recent saga is the work of non-Palestinians have miscalculated,” he said in Google-translated comments carried by the Iranian state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a graduation ceremony for armed forces officers at the Imam Ali academy in Tehran, Iran October 10, 2023. 

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Since the weekend hostilities, Israel has carried out an intense retaliatory offensive which includes a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip and has resulted in droves of displaced Palestinians.

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More than 187,500 people displaced in Gaza Strip, U.N. says

Palestinians walk through debris amid the destruction from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City’s al-Rimal neighbourhood on October 10, 2023. 

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Displacements across the Gaza Strip have “escalated” over the past 24 hours, affecting 187,518 people, according to the latest figures from the U.N. Relief and Works Agency out on Tuesday.

The agency expects these numbers to increase further and notes that around 3,000 Palestinians in Gaza remain displaced, following previous escalations.

Israel has declared a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip, banning fuel, water and electricity supplies to the region in retaliation for the surprise multi-pronged attack of Palestinian militant group Hamas over the weekend.

US Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks about climate change at UN headquarters in New York City on July 27, 2023.

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“While I recognize Israel’s legitimate security concerns, I also remind Israel that military operations must be conducted in strict accordance with international humanitarian law,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday, noting reports of Israeli missiles striking health facilities in Gaza, multi-story residential towers and a mosque.

“I am deeply distressed by today’s announcement that Israel will initiate a complete siege of the Gaza Strip. Nothing allowed in, no electricity, food or fuel. The humanitarian situation was extremely dire before these hostilities. Now, it will only deteriorate exponentially,” he added.

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Israeli Air Force brings back soldiers from abroad

The Israeli Air Force sent transport planes to bring back “hundreds” of soldiers of the Israeli Defense Force who were abroad.

The soldiers will “take part in the fighting in the ‘Iron Swords’ war, as part of the IDF’s efforts to mobilize additional forces to continue fighting,” the IAF said Tuesday in a Google-translated post on the X social media platform, previously known as Twitter.

Israel launched operation “Iron Swords” in retaliation for the unexpected and bloody Saturday attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas. Israel has said it has drafted 300,000 reservists as part of its response.

Military service is compulsory for most Israeli citizens over the age of 18, with enlisted men and women expected to serve a minimum of 32 and 24 months, respectively. Israeli Arabs are exempt.

Ruxandra Iordache

Israel’s military says it has ‘restored full control’ over Gaza border

Israeli soldiers take up position in Kfar Aza, in the south of Israel, bordering Gaza Strip on October 10, 2023. Israel pounded Hamas targets in Gaza on October 10 and said the bodies of 1,500 Islamist militants were found in southern towns recaptured by the army in gruelling battles near the Palestinian enclave. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

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Israel’s military said it had regained control of the Gaza-Israel border, four days after the surprise attack from Hamas militants inflicted the highest casualty toll on Israel in fifty years.

Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson Richard Hecht said that about 1,500 bodies of Hamas militants were found in Israel territory as the country’s forces “restored full control” over the border. Hecht said that no Hamas fighters have entered into Israel since last night, but infiltration is still possible.

— Natasha Turak

Israel’s economy has ‘room for a long conflict,’ strategist says

Israeli army soldiers are positioned with their Merkava tanks near the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel on October 9, 2023.

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Israel’s economy can withstand an extended conflict of more than eight weeks, Bob Savage, head of Markets Strategy and Insights at BNY Mellon, said in a note on Tuesday.

“The ability for Israel to handle an extended war – over eight weeks – is very different now than back in 1973,” Savage said, referencing the Arab-Israel conflict that kicked off nearly fifty years to the day of the multi-pronged Saturday offensive of Palestinian militant group Hamas.

“There are some notable economic strengths along with political shifts in play. Israel has links to Egypt and to UAE, along with some significant natural gas reserves now. When you look at Israel’s budget situation, it appears to have plenty of room for war spending,” the note added, pointing to the prospect of higher defense spending and “more unification around preventing this from happening again.”

Over the course of the year, Israel’s civil unity was fissured by widespread protests in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s broad judicial reforms, which opponents questioned could propel the nation toward autocracy.

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Death toll from Israel-Hamas conflict passes 1,500

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content: People gather at Shifa Hospital to pray over the body of a boy who was killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza City, on October 9, 2023.

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The death toll from the ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas has passed 1,500, with over 900 killed and 2,600 injured in Israel and at least 687 people killed and 3,700 injured in Gaza, according to Palestinian and Israeli health services.

The conflict, declared a war on Saturday by Israel’s President Benjamin Netanyahu, is now in its fourth day as Israel bombards the Gaza Strip with airstrikes in retaliation for the terrorist attack carried out by Palestinian militant group Hamas in southern Israel.

Israeli soldiers remove the body of a compatriot, killed during an attack by the Palestinian militants, in Kfar Aza, south of Israel bordering Gaza Strip, on October 10, 2023. 

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Some 150 Israeli hostages remain captive by Hamas in Gaza, Israeli officials said Monday. The U.S. and other governments are working to determine how many foreign nationals are among the hostages.

— Natasha Turak

North Korea weighs in on Israel-Hamas conflict

A North Korean state media outlet pinned fault on Israel for the recent violence with Palestinian militant group Hamas, in a rare opinion on the conflict from Pyongyang.

“The international community called this clash a bloody conflict, saying it was the result of Israel’s constant criminal acts against the Palestinian people. They claim that the fundamental way to end it is to build an independent Palestinian state,” a brief article carried by Rodong Sinmun said Tuesday, according to a Google translation.

The publication serves the North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party.

U.N.-sanctioned Pyongyang has frequently taken foreign policy positions that oppose those of the West, particularly the views of the United States. The international community has largely expressed support for the losses of Israel and called for a cease-fire.

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Scenes of destruction in Israel and Gaza as demonstrations take place across the world

Palestinians inspect a mosque destroyed in Israeli strikes in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, October 8, 2023.

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An Israeli soldier arranges artillery shells on the border with Gaza in southern Israel on October 9, 2023. 

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Children walk on the ruins of a mosque destroyed in Israeli airstrikes in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip, on October 8, 2023.

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A smoke rises and ball of fire over a buildings in Gaza City on October 9, 2023 during an Israeli air strike.

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A smoke rises over a buildings in Gaza City on October 9, 2023 during an Israeli air strike.

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Demonstrators shout slogans at a pro-Palestinian rally held across the street from the Consulate General of Israel in New York City, October 9, 2023.

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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest at Puerta del Sol square amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, in Madrid, Spain, October 9, 2023.

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A plume of smoke rises above buildings in Gaza City during an Israeli air strike, on October 8, 2023. 

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Palestinians search for survivors after an Israeli airstrike on buildings in the refugee camp of Jabalia in the Gaza Strip on October 9, 2023.

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A view of debris after Israeli airstrikes hit al-Susi Mosque in Gaza Strip on October 09, 2023.

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Smoke billows and debris flies in the air as the night falls on Gaza City during Israeli airstrikes on October 9, 2023. 

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An aerial view of collapsed building as search and rescue efforts continue among rubbles of destroyed buildings aftermath of Israeli airstrikes in Khan Yunis, Gaza on October 09, 2023.

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Recital outside Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue in New York, October 9, 2023.

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Saudi Arabia pledges support for the Palestinian people

Saudi Arabia announced its support for the Palestinian people in a call with President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

“President Abbas expressed appreciation for the firm position and efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia in support of the Palestinian people and their just cause,” the report stated.

“The Saudi Crown Prince affirmed that his country will continue to stand by the Palestinian people and that it is exerting great efforts to ensure the return of calm and stability.”

Abbas is the head of the Palestinian Authority, the internationally recognized government of the Palestinian people. He is also the head of Fatah, the other major Palestinian party that’s a key rival to Hamas. The Palestinian Authority currently administers part of the West Bank.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia stated it does not support the attacks, and has joined global calls for a de-escalation.

— Lee Ying Shan

France, Germany, Italy, UK and US pledge support to Israel in joint statement

The leaders of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States reiterated their support for Israel and “for a peaceful and integrated Middle East region” during a call earlier today.

“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,” the leaders wrote in a joint statement.  

“Our countries will support Israel in its efforts to defend itself and its people against such atrocities. We further emphasize that this is not a moment for any party hostile to Israel to exploit these attacks to seek advantage,” wrote French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and American President Joe Biden.

— Amanda Macias

Biden confirms 11 Americans killed in Israel

A young woman reacts as she speaks to Israeli rescuers in Tel Aviv, after a was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on October 7, 2023. 

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President Joe Biden confirmed at least 11 Americans were killed in Israel. “Sadly, we now know that at least 11 American citizens were among those killed—many of whom made a second home in Israel,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House.

Commenting on hostages, Biden said: “I have directed my team to work with their Israeli counterparts on every aspect of the hostage crisis, including sharing intelligence and deploying experts from across the United States government to consult with and advise Israeli counterparts on hostage recovery efforts.”

Read the full statement from the president:

Statement from President Joe Biden on American Citizens Impacted in Israel

As we continue to account for the horrors of the appalling terrorist assault against Israel this weekend and the hundreds of innocent civilians who were murdered, we are seeing the immense scale and reach of this tragedy. Sadly, we now know that at least 11 American citizens were among those killed—many of whom made a second home in Israel.
 
It’s heart wrenching. These families have been torn apart by inexcusable hatred and violence. We also know that American citizens still remain unaccounted for, and we are working with Israeli officials to obtain more information as to their whereabouts. My heart goes out to every family impacted by the horrible events of the past few days. The pain these families have endured, the enormity of their loss, and the agony of those still awaiting information is unfathomable.
 
The safety of American citizens—whether at home or abroad—is my top priority as President. While we are still working to confirm, we believe it is likely that American citizens may be among those being held by Hamas. I have directed my team to work with their Israeli counterparts on every aspect of the hostage crisis, including sharing intelligence and deploying experts from across the United States government to consult with and advise Israeli counterparts on hostage recovery efforts.
 
For American citizens who are currently in Israel, the State Department is providing consular assistance as well as updated security alerts. For those who desire to leave, commercial flights and ground options are still available. Please also take sensible precautions in the days ahead and follow the guidance of local authorities.
 
This is not some distant tragedy. The ties between Israel and the United States run deep. It is personal for so many American families who are feeling the pain of this attack as well as the scars inflicted through millennia of antisemitism and persecution of Jewish people. In cities across the country, police departments have stepped up security around centers of Jewish life, and the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other federal law enforcement partners are closely monitoring for any domestic threats in connection with the horrific terrorist attacks in Israel.
 
In this moment of heartbreak, the American people stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israelis. We remember the pain of being attacked by terrorists at home, and Americans across the country stand united against these evil acts that have once more claimed innocent American lives. It is an outrage. And we will continue to show the world that the American people are unwavering in our resolve to oppose terrorism in all forms. 
 
The United States and the State of Israel are inseparable partners, and I affirmed to Prime Minister Netanyahu again when we spoke yesterday that the United States will continue to make sure Israel has what it needs to defend itself and its people.

Riya Bhattacharjee

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