October 17, 2023 - Israel-Hamas war news

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By Tara Subramaniam , Christian Edwards, Aditi Sangal , Rosa Rahimi, Dakin Andone , Maureen Chowdhury , Elise Hammond , Tori Powell and Steve Almasy, CNN

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Hundreds of people are believed to be dead following a strike on a hospital in Gaza . Palestinian officials blamed ongoing Israeli airstrikes for the lethal incident, while a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces said a Palestinian Islamic Jihad group is responsible for a “ failed rocket launch ” that hit the hospital.

The blast resulted in Jordan canceling a planned Wednesday summit between US President Joe Biden and the leaders of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority. A White House official said Biden will not travel to Jordan.

Biden is still en route to Israel as part of his planned visit , where he seeks to demonstrate staunch support for the country while also pressing for ways to ease humanitarian suffering in Gaza as water and food supplies dwindle for hundreds of thousands of displaced people.

Israel has vowed to wipe out  Hamas , the Islamist group that controls Gaza, in response to the  October 7 terrorist attacks  that killed 1,400 people. At least 3,000 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since last Saturday, according to the Palestinian health officials.

Here's how to help  humanitarian efforts in Israel and Gaza.

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12:06 p.m. ET, October 17, 2023

At least 3,000 killed in Gaza Strip, Palestinian health ministry says

From CNN's Abeer Salman in Jerusalem

At least 3,000 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since last Saturday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.

An additional 12,500 people have been injured, the ministry added.

In Gaza, hospitals have entered a stage of “actual collapse” due to electricity cuts and fuel shortages, ministry spokesperson Ashraf Al Qidra said in a statement Tuesday.

10:51 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023

IDF intelligence chief admits "failure" in alerting Hamas attacks

From CNN’s Tamar Michaelis in Jerusalem

The head of the Israel Defense Forces' military intelligence branch admitted on Tuesday to an "intelligence failure" by his unit, which he said "failed to alert" the terror attack by Hamas on October 7.

“During my visits to IDF Intelligence bases over the last 11 days, I have repeatedly said that this war began with an intelligence failure. The Intelligence Directorate, under my command, has failed to alert this terror attack launched by Hamas,” Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva said in a letter to IDF’s intelligence personnel — his first comments since Hamas attacked Israel earlier this month.

“We didn’t fulfill our most important task, and as the head of the Intelligence Directorate, I take full responsibility for this failure,” he continued in the letter, which was released by the IDF.

Haliva's comments come a day after Israel's top domestic security official also took responsibility for the attacks.

Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar wrote in a statement Monday that, "despite a series of actions we carried out, we weren’t able to create a sufficient warning that would allow the attack to be thwarted."

"The responsibility is on me," Bar added, according to Israel’s Army Radio station.

10:42 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023

Hospital in Gaza out of service due to Israeli airstrikes, Palestinian Ministry of Health says

From CNN's Eyad Kourdi

A hospital in Gaza went out of service Tuesday after sustaining severe damage following Israeli airstrikes targeting the hospital's neighboring buildings, according to a statement by Dr. Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.

"Severe damage to Al Karama Hospital in Gaza led it to be put out of service as a result of the Israeli occupation forces airstrikes targeting neighboring buildings and their (the buildings) falling towards it," according to the statement.

The ministry has issued a plea to all gas station owners and anyone in possession of diesel fuel to contact them to secure fuel for critical medical services, the statement added.

Fuel reserves at all Gaza hospitals are on the brink, with only about a day's supply left, a United Nations relief agency said earlier Tuesday. The failure of backup generators would endanger thousands of patients' lives, it added.

10:02 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023

German Chancellor Scholz arrives in Israel

From CNN’s Tamar Michaelis in Jerusalem

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has landed in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, according to Israeli foreign ministry.

Scholz was received by Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen on the tarmac, a photo released by the ministry shows.

10:07 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023

Palestinian Authority prime minister demands end to Israel’s "aggression" against people in Gaza

From CNN’s Kareem Khadder in Jerusalem

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Tuesday demanded an end to Israel’s "aggression" against people in Gaza, according to a statement by his office, as he called for humanitarian aid for the besieged territory.

“Our priority now is to halt the occupation’s aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip, and to ensure the delivery of medical, health, and food supplies, as well as the restoration of electricity and water services,” Shtayyeh said during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah with Norway’s special representative to the Middle East, Hilde Haraldstad, per the statement.

“We must also operate water treatment and desalination plants to address the humanitarian and health crisis facing the region," the prime minister said. The World Health Organization has   warned that water is running out for hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians.

Shtayyeh called for pressure be put on Israel to abide by international humanitarian law, the statement said.

9:39 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023

The number of French citizens killed rises to 21

At least 21 French citizens have been killed following the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7, the French Foreign Ministry said in a news release Tuesday.

Eleven others are still missing, the ministry said. French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna met with the families of those still missing in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

9:54 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023

Spain prepared to send more humanitarian aid to Gaza when corridors open

From CNN’s Alex Hardie and Claudia Rebaza in London

Spain supports the existence of "humanitarian corridors because it is imperative that humanitarian aid, which these days is more necessary than ever, reaches the civil population in Gaza,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Manuel Albares.

“Spain is ready, and its cooperation is totally prepared, to participate as soon as humanitarian aid can arrive,” he told reporters Tuesday.

“In fact, we are not only maintaining it, but we have increased it with a first package of 1 million euros. More will come, because unfortunately everything signals that new packages will be needed,” Albares added.

9:36 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023

At least 4 killed in Lebanon by Israeli strikes

From CNN's AnneClaire Stapleton and Tamara Qiblawi

At least four people were killed in Israeli strikes in the Alma al-Shaab area of Southern Lebanon on Tuesday, according to the Lebanese Red Cross.

Hezbollah announced two of its fighters were killed in confrontations Tuesday, but it's unclear whether they are part of the death toll reported by the Red Cross.

Some context: News of the deaths come amid clashes along Israel's northern border with Lebanon. Hezbollah — an armed group backed by Iran — dominates the southern part of the country, and while the fighting there appears marginal compared to fighting between Israel and Hamas, it raises fears of a wider war that could drawn in a myriad of actors.

Read more about the clashes at the Lebanon-Israel border.

9:17 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023

Food stocks in Gaza shops will last "less than a week," UN warns

From CNN’s Caitlin Danaher and Sharon Braithwaite in London

Shops in Gaza will run out of available food stocks in “less than a week," with retailers unable to restock from wholesalers due to “widespread destruction and insecurity,” a spokesperson for the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) told CNN Tuesday.

Bread supplies are running short, with only one of the five flour mills in the Gaza Strip functioning due to a lack of fuel and electricity, the spokesperson warned. Meanwhile, people are “lining up for hours to get bread” from bakeries, and only five of the 23 bakeries contracted by the WFP to provide fresh bread to shelters are operational.

In warehouses, commercial supplies of essential food commodities are “sufficient for approximately two weeks,” but due to damaged infrastructure, it is difficult to distribute, the spokesperson for the UN agency added.

With warehouses located in Gaza City, the WFP is struggling to channel food to the southern region where displaced people are moving.

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By Tara Subramaniam , Christian Edwards, Aditi Sangal , Rosa Rahimi, Dakin Andone , Maureen Chowdhury , Elise Hammond , Tori Powell and Steve Almasy, CNN. Updated. What we covered here. Hundreds of people are believed to be dead following a strike on a hospital in Gaza . Palestinian officials blamed ongoing Israeli airstrikes for the lethal incident, while a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces said a Palestinian Islamic Jihad group is responsible for a “ failed rocket launch ” that hit the hospital. The blast resulted in Jordan canceling a planned Wednesday summit between US President Joe Biden and the leaders of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority. A White House official said Biden will not travel to Jordan. Biden is still en route to Israel as part of his planned visit , where he seeks to demonstrate staunch support for the country while also pressing for ways to ease humanitarian suffering in Gaza as water and food supplies dwindle for hundreds of thousands of displaced people. Israel has vowed to wipe out  Hamas , the Islamist group that controls Gaza, in response to the  October 7 terrorist attacks  that killed 1,400 people. At least 3,000 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since last Saturday, according to the Palestinian health officials. Here's how to help  humanitarian efforts in Israel and Gaza. Sort by. 12:06 p.m. ET, October 17, 2023. At least 3,000 killed in Gaza Strip, Palestinian health ministry says. From CNN's Abeer Salman in Jerusalem. At least 3,000 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since last Saturday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza. An additional 12,500 people have been injured, the ministry added. In Gaza, hospitals have entered a stage of “actual collapse” due to electricity cuts and fuel shortages, ministry spokesperson Ashraf Al Qidra said in a statement Tuesday. 10:51 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023. IDF intelligence chief admits "failure" in alerting Hamas attacks. From CNN’s Tamar Michaelis in Jerusalem. The head of the Israel Defense Forces' military intelligence branch admitted on Tuesday to an "intelligence failure" by his unit, which he said "failed to alert" the terror attack by Hamas on October 7. “During my visits to IDF Intelligence bases over the last 11 days, I have repeatedly said that this war began with an intelligence failure. The Intelligence Directorate, under my command, has failed to alert this terror attack launched by Hamas,” Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva said in a letter to IDF’s intelligence personnel — his first comments since Hamas attacked Israel earlier this month. “We didn’t fulfill our most important task, and as the head of the Intelligence Directorate, I take full responsibility for this failure,” he continued in the letter, which was released by the IDF. Haliva's comments come a day after Israel's top domestic security official also took responsibility for the attacks. Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar wrote in a statement Monday that, "despite a series of actions we carried out, we weren’t able to create a sufficient warning that would allow the attack to be thwarted." "The responsibility is on me," Bar added, according to Israel’s Army Radio station. 10:42 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023. Hospital in Gaza out of service due to Israeli airstrikes, Palestinian Ministry of Health says. From CNN's Eyad Kourdi. A hospital in Gaza went out of service Tuesday after sustaining severe damage following Israeli airstrikes targeting the hospital's neighboring buildings, according to a statement by Dr. Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza. "Severe damage to Al Karama Hospital in Gaza led it to be put out of service as a result of the Israeli occupation forces airstrikes targeting neighboring buildings and their (the buildings) falling towards it," according to the statement. The ministry has issued a plea to all gas station owners and anyone in possession of diesel fuel to contact them to secure fuel for critical medical services, the statement added. Fuel reserves at all Gaza hospitals are on the brink, with only about a day's supply left, a United Nations relief agency said earlier Tuesday. The failure of backup generators would endanger thousands of patients' lives, it added. 10:02 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023. German Chancellor Scholz arrives in Israel. From CNN’s Tamar Michaelis in Jerusalem. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has landed in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, according to Israeli foreign ministry. Scholz was received by Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen on the tarmac, a photo released by the ministry shows. 10:07 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023. Palestinian Authority prime minister demands end to Israel’s "aggression" against people in Gaza. From CNN’s Kareem Khadder in Jerusalem. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Tuesday demanded an end to Israel’s "aggression" against people in Gaza, according to a statement by his office, as he called for humanitarian aid for the besieged territory. “Our priority now is to halt the occupation’s aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip, and to ensure the delivery of medical, health, and food supplies, as well as the restoration of electricity and water services,” Shtayyeh said during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah with Norway’s special representative to the Middle East, Hilde Haraldstad, per the statement. “We must also operate water treatment and desalination plants to address the humanitarian and health crisis facing the region," the prime minister said. The World Health Organization has   warned that water is running out for hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians. Shtayyeh called for pressure be put on Israel to abide by international humanitarian law, the statement said. 9:39 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023. The number of French citizens killed rises to 21. At least 21 French citizens have been killed following the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7, the French Foreign Ministry said in a news release Tuesday. Eleven others are still missing, the ministry said. French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna met with the families of those still missing in Tel Aviv on Sunday. 9:54 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023. Spain prepared to send more humanitarian aid to Gaza when corridors open. From CNN’s Alex Hardie and Claudia Rebaza in London. Spain supports the existence of "humanitarian corridors because it is imperative that humanitarian aid, which these days is more necessary than ever, reaches the civil population in Gaza,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Manuel Albares. “Spain is ready, and its cooperation is totally prepared, to participate as soon as humanitarian aid can arrive,” he told reporters Tuesday. “In fact, we are not only maintaining it, but we have increased it with a first package of 1 million euros. More will come, because unfortunately everything signals that new packages will be needed,” Albares added. 9:36 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023. At least 4 killed in Lebanon by Israeli strikes. From CNN's AnneClaire Stapleton and Tamara Qiblawi. At least four people were killed in Israeli strikes in the Alma al-Shaab area of Southern Lebanon on Tuesday, according to the Lebanese Red Cross. Hezbollah announced two of its fighters were killed in confrontations Tuesday, but it's unclear whether they are part of the death toll reported by the Red Cross. Some context: News of the deaths come amid clashes along Israel's northern border with Lebanon. Hezbollah — an armed group backed by Iran — dominates the southern part of the country, and while the fighting there appears marginal compared to fighting between Israel and Hamas, it raises fears of a wider war that could drawn in a myriad of actors. Read more about the clashes at the Lebanon-Israel border. 9:17 a.m. ET, October 17, 2023. Food stocks in Gaza shops will last "less than a week," UN warns. From CNN’s Caitlin Danaher and Sharon Braithwaite in London. Shops in Gaza will run out of available food stocks in “less than a week," with retailers unable to restock from wholesalers due to “widespread destruction and insecurity,” a spokesperson for the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) told CNN Tuesday. Bread supplies are running short, with only one of the five flour mills in the Gaza Strip functioning due to a lack of fuel and electricity, the spokesperson warned. Meanwhile, people are “lining up for hours to get bread” from bakeries, and only five of the 23 bakeries contracted by the WFP to provide fresh bread to shelters are operational. In warehouses, commercial supplies of essential food commodities are “sufficient for approximately two weeks,” but due to damaged infrastructure, it is difficult to distribute, the spokesperson for the UN agency added. With warehouses located in Gaza City, the WFP is struggling to channel food to the southern region where displaced people are moving.