Israel-Hamas war updates: IDF is preparing for 'a coordinated attack from the air, sea and land' against Hamas in Gaza

Amanda Macias
Rebecca Picciotto
Adam Jeffery
Christine Wang

This was CNBC's live blog tracking developments in the Israel-Hamas war. Click here for the latest Israel news and updates on Gaza.

A fireball erupts during Israeli bombardment in the northern Gaza Strip on October 14, 2023. 

Israel is expected to commence a ground offensive into Gaza after amassing troops at the border this week. The Israel Defense Forces, or IDF, said it was "preparing to implement a wide range of offensive operative plans" which will include "an integrated and coordinated attack from the air, sea and land" against Hamas in Gaza.

The IDF added that it had already completed its mobilization of hundreds of thousands of servicemen for the counteroffensive, according to a statement translated by NBC News.

Ahead of the looming ground operation, roughly 1.1 million Palestinians were given 24-hour notice to evacuate northern Gaza. The order was heavily criticized by many humanitarian agencies as it would be logistically difficult to move so many people within that timeframe.

That deadline has now passed with no signs of an incursion yet.

The Gaza Strip faces a staggering humanitarian crisis after Israel cut off supplies of food, fuel water and electricity.

The densely populated area has been hammered in retaliation for Hamas' brutal attack on Israel last weekend. The death toll continues to tick higher with at least 1,300 killed in Israel and 2,300 in Gaza.

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Sun, Oct 15 2023 1:29 AM EDT

Death toll in Gaza crosses 2,300

EDITORS NOTE-Graphic content- Image shows body bags of those killed in Gaza.

More than 2,300 people have been killed and another 9,000 injured in Gaza, according to the local health ministry's latest update.

Mourners pray over the shrouded bodies of members of the Agha family, killed in an Israeli strike in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, during their funeral on October 14, 2023.

In Israel, at least 1,300 have been killed and 3,300 wounded, according to public broadcaster Kan.

— Christine Wang

Sun, Oct 15 2023 12:48 AM EDT

Blinken to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves as he arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, after making a day trip to the United Arab Emirates. 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to meet with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh at 7:30 a.m. local time (12:30 a.m. ET), a U.S. official said.

The meeting comes as Blinken is scheduled to depart for Egypt later in the day, where he is expected to discuss a tentative agreement to grant Americans in Gaza safe passage through the Rafah border crossing.

— Christine Wang

Sat, Oct 14 2023 11:48 PM EDT

UN agency calls for protection of civilians in its shelters, including those in northern Gaza

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East called on Israeli authorities to protect all civilians in its shelters across the Gaza Strip, including those in northern Gaza and Gaza City.

Internally displaced Palestinians rest as they take refuge in a United Nations school, in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern of Gaza Strip on October 14, 2023, as fighting between Israel and the Hamas movement continues for the eighth consecutive day in the Gaza Strip enclave.

The UNRWA warned that despite Israel's order to evacuate the north, many people will not be able to flee, particularly pregnant women, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

"UNRWA shelters in Gaza and northern Gaza are no longer safe. This is unprecedented," it said.

"This war should be no exception, protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, including United Nations buildings, applies to this conflict too."

Israel has ordered roughly 1 million residents in northern Gaza to evacuate to the south ahead of an anticipated ground offensive.

Palestinians fill water bottles and take them home as a UN report states that more than 2 million people struggle with water shortage, in Khan Younis, Gaza on October 14, 2023. 

Separately, the UNRWA warned that 2 million people are at risk as water runs out in Gaza and called for humanitarian supplies to be let in. It said its newly relocated base in the south is also running out of water as it takes in refugees, thousands of whom it said followed the evacuation order.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said fuel needs to be brought in immediately to guarantee safe drinking water.

"If not, people will start dying of severe dehydration, among them young children, the elderly and women. Water is now the last remaining lifeline. I appeal for the siege on humanitarian assistance to be lifted now," he said.

— Christine Wang

Sat, Oct 14 2023 11:21 PM EDT

IDF renews calls for residents to evacuate to southern Gaza

Palestinians with their belongings leave Gaza City as they flee from their homes following the Israeli army's warning on October 13, 2023.

The Israel Defense Forces reiterated its call for residents to evacuate to southern Gaza, in a post on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Earlier, the military posted another video listing other acts committed by Hamas, saying the Palestinian militant group "has shown the world time and time again what they are capable of."

"Now the IDF is prepared to counter with an even greater force. There is no place in the world for terrorism," it said.

The posts come as Israel is expected to commence a ground offensive in Gaza.

— Christine Wang

Sat, Oct 14 2023 11:06 PM EDT

Deal to allow Americans out of Gaza through Rafah gate faces obstacles, officials say

The tentative agreement to grant Americans in Gaza safe passage into Egypt through the Rafah gate continues to face significant obstacles to implementation, U.S. officials told NBC News.

Previous discussions between Egypt, the U.S., Qatar and Israel looked set to allow Americans across the border crossing during a five-hour window Saturday, but NBC reports the deadline came and went without any immediate sign of success. One official told NBC the parties are continuing to negotiate.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to land in Cairo on Sunday and the deal is set to be a key issue on his agenda.

While sticking points remain, the State Department has urged the estimated 500 to 600 Americans in Gaza to move south, warning that if the crossing opens, the window could be brief.

— NBC News, Christine Wang

Sat, Oct 14 2023 5:48 PM EDT

Iran warns of 'far-reaching consequences' if Israel is not stopped

Iran warned on Saturday that if Israel's "war crimes and genocide" are not halted immediately, "the situation could spiral out of control & ricochet far-reaching consequences," Tehran's mission to the United Nations in New York posted on X.

"If the Israeli apartheid's war crimes & genocide are not halted immediately, the situation could spiral out of control & ricochet far-reaching consequences — the responsibility of which lies with the UN, the Security Council & the states steering the Council toward a dead end," the post read.

Reuters

Sat, Oct 14 2023 5:10 PM EDT

Death toll of Americans killed in the Israel-Hamas war rises to 29, U.S. State Department spokesperson says

A State Department spokesperson on Saturday said the death toll of U.S. citizens involved in the Israel-Hamas conflict has risen to 29.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and to the families of all those affected," the spokesperson said, without commenting on the identities of those killed.

The department is also aware that 15 others remain unaccounted for, along with one permanent resident, according to the spokesperson.

"The U.S. government is working around the clock to determine their whereabouts and is working with the Israeli government on every aspect of the hostage crisis, including sharing intelligence and deploying experts from across the United States government to advise the Israeli government on hostage recovery efforts."

Terri Cullen

Sat, Oct 14 2023 4:44 PM EDT

Israeli airstrikes pound Gaza

Israeli airstrikes continue to pound Gaza as Israel prepares for a ground offensive.

A picture taken from Sderot shows smoke plumes rising above buildings during an Israeli strike on the northern Gaza Strip on October 14, 2023.
A picture taken from the Israeli city of Sderot shows black dust and smoke ascending in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, on October 14, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. 
Smoke plumes rising above buildings during an Israeli strike on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 14, 2023.
Smoke rises after Israeli attacks during the sunset in Gaza City, Gaza on October 14, 2023.
A fireball erupts during Israeli bombardment in the northern Gaza Strip on October 14, 2023. 

— Getty Images

Sat, Oct 14 2023 4:42 PM EDT

Biden reiterates U.S. support for Israel in call with Netanyahu, urges protection for civilians: White House

U.S. President Joe Biden makes a statement to the news media ahead of a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S.

U.S. President Joe Biden reiterated unwavering U.S. support for Israel in a call on Saturday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said.

"President Biden discussed with Prime Minister Netanyahu U.S. coordination with the United Nations, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and others in the region to ensure innocent civilians have access to water, food, and medical care," the White House said in a statement. "President Biden affirmed his support for all efforts to protect civilians."

Separately, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with his Israeli counterpart on Saturday, underscoring Washington's support for Israel's security and discussing the importance of adhering to the law of war, the Pentagon said.

"During the call, he discussed the importance of adhering to the law of war, including civilian protection obligations, and addressing the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza while Israel continues its operations to restore security," the Pentagon said in a statement.

Reuters

Sat, Oct 14 2023 4:22 PM EDT

World Health Organization sends supplies for Gaza

A man enters the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) on June 15, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland.

A planeload of World Health Organization supplies has landed at Egypt's el-Arish airport and is destined for Gaza when humanitarian access across the border is possible, the U.N. said Saturday.

The cache includes enough basic essentials for 300,000 people and enough trauma medicines and materials for 1,200 wounded, the U.N. said in a release. It called for opening the Rafah border crossing immediately to humanitarian deliveries.

"The critically injured, the sick and the vulnerable cannot wait," the world body said.

Meanwhile, the relatives of Israelis taken captive by Hamas on Saturday demanded that the militant group allow in medicine to hostages who require it, saying their loved ones are suffering.

"Every day without her medication is torture. She's being tortured," said Yifat Zailer, who said her kidnapped 63-year-old aunt has Parkinson's disease. She was taken along with several other family members, Zailer said.

In its assault on southern Israeli communities, Hamas militants captured dozens of Israelis and some foreign or dual nationals, including children, women and the elderly, dragging them into the Gaza Strip.

Israeli military spokesman Read Adm. Daniel Hagari said Saturday Israel had so far identified 126 captives. Their fate becomes more complicated as Israel continues its bombardment of Gaza.

Associated Press

Sat, Oct 14 2023 3:53 PM EDT

Israel's national security leader calls out 'fake news' about Hamas attacks

Tzachi Hanegbi, the head of Israel's National Security Council, said at a press briefing on Saturday that the claim that Egypt warned Israel of an imminent Hamas attack days before it happened is "fake news."

"The Egyptians didn't get in touch with any of the government, directly or indirectly, no hint or clue. It's fake news and Egypt says the same," Hanegbi said.

Days after Hamas' deadly attack against Israel, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chair of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that Israeli officials had received advanced notice from Egypt that the invasion was coming.

Hanegbi said at the Saturday briefing that though one U.S. congress member made that claim, "No one echoes it."

He detailed that two hours before Hamas' airstrikes, Israeli security officials received some intelligence of a threat but ultimately concluded that there was "no indication" that it would escalate.

Hanegbi also touched on the hostage situation, ensuring that Israel is committed to their rescue but saying that Israel has no way "to negotiate with Hamas."

Rebecca Picciotto

Sat, Oct 14 2023 2:38 PM EDT

Gazans with foreign passports arrive at the Rafah Border Gate and wait to cross into Egypt

Gazans with foreign passports arrive at the Rafah Border Gate and wait to cross into Egypt as Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip continue on the eighth day in Rafah, Gaza, on Oct. 14, 2023.

Gazans with foreign passports arrive at the Rafah Border Gate and wait to cross into Egypt as Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip continue on the eighth day in Rafah, Gaza on October 14, 2023. 
Gazans with foreign passports arrive at the Rafah Border Gate and wait to cross into Egypt as Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip continue on the eighth day in Rafah, Gaza on October 14, 2023. 
Gazans with foreign passports arrive at the Rafah Border Gate and wait to cross into Egypt as Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip continue on the eighth day in Rafah, Gaza on October 14, 2023. 
Gazans with foreign passports arrive at the Rafah Border Gate and wait to cross into Egypt as Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip continue on the eighth day in Rafah, Gaza on October 14, 2023. 

—Mustafa Hassona | Anadolu | Getty Images

Sat, Oct 14 2023 1:27 PM EDT

Israel Defense Forces says its preparing for 'wide range' offensive

Israel continues to deploy soldiers and armored vehicles along the Gaza border in Zikim kibbutz of Ashkelon, Israel on October 14, 2023. 

The Israel Defense Forces, or IDF, said it was "preparing to implement a wide range of offensive operative plans" which will include "an integrated and coordinated attack from the air, sea and land" against Hamas.

The IDF added that it had already completed its mobilization of hundreds of thousands of servicemen for the counteroffensive, according to a statement translated by NBC News.

Israeli soldiers prepare armed drones stationed close to the Palestinian Gaza Strip enclave, from a field near the southern Israeli city of Sderot, on October 14, 2023, as fighting between Israel and the Hamas movement continues for the eighth consecutive day.

"IDF battalions and soldiers are deployed all over the country and are prepared to increase readiness for the next stages of the war — with an emphasis on a significant ground operation," the statement added.

Israeli soldiers in an armoured vehicles drive along a street near northern town of Kiryat Shmona close to the border with Lebanon on October 9, 2023.

— Amanda Macias

Sat, Oct 14 2023 1:24 PM EDT

How to donate to help victims of the Israel-Gaza crisis

A child cries as Palestinians with foreign passports wait at the Rafah gate hoping to cross into Egypt as Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip continues on October 14, 2023. 

People looking to help those affected by the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict can consider donating to the following charities listed here.

— Amanda Macias

Sat, Oct 14 2023 12:23 PM EDT

UN human rights expert calls on international community to mediate a ceasefire, warns of mass crimes

Smoke billows during Israeli strikes on Gaza City on October 11, 2023.

A United Nations human rights expert warned that Palestinians are in grave danger of mass ethnic cleansing and called on global powers to mediate a ceasefire as the Israel-Hamas conflict drags into its second week.

"The international community has the responsibility to prevent and protect populations from atrocity crimes. Accountability for international crimes committed by Israeli occupation forces and Hamas must also be immediately pursued," wrote Francesca Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory, in a statement.

Palestinians look for survivors from under the rubble of a collapsed building following an Israeli strike, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 14, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

Time is of the essence. Palestinians and Israelis both deserve to live in peace, equality of rights, dignity and freedom," Albanese added.

— Amanda Macias

Sat, Oct 14 2023 12:17 PM EDT

Senior White House officials hold call with UN officials to discuss humanitarian needs in Gaza

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan takes questions during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2023.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer spoke with senior United Nations officials on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza triggered by the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The Biden administration conveyed U.S. efforts with regional partners to "enable safe movement for civilians seeking protection in Gaza and to facilitate humanitarian access and assistance, including water, food, and medical care."

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on all parties to allow "immediate humanitarian access" as the Israel-Hamas conflict intensifies.

"We need immediate humanitarian access throughout Gaza, so that we can get fuel, food and water to everyone in need," Guterres told reporters at the United Nations in New York.

"Even wars have rules," he added.

— Amanda Macias

Sat, Oct 14 2023 11:57 AM EDT

Israel's Netanyahu visits with troops on the frontlines ahead of counteroffensive

Video still showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting with Israeli troops at the front on Oct. 14th, 2023. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited with troops on the frontlines ahead of a looming Israeli counteroffensive into Gaza.

Netanyahu received visits from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Binken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin earlier in the week. Both Biden administration officials reiterated U.S. support for Israel as the conflict with Hamas enters its second week.

Video still showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting with Israeli troops at the front on Oct. 14th, 2023. 

— Amanda Macias

Sat, Oct 14 2023 11:54 AM EDT

Sen. Schumer to lead bipartisan delegation to Israel this weekend

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, speaks about China competitiveness legislation alongside Democratic Senate committee chairs at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 3, 2023.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will lead a bipartisan group of lawmakers to Israel over the weekend.

Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisana, Democrat Senator Jackie Rosen of Nevada, Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah and Democrat Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona are also traveling in the delegation.

The lawmakers are slated to discuss U.S. humanitarian and security assistance with Israeli officials.

The congressional delegation's visit to Israel comes on the heels of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's trip.

— Amanda Macias

Sat, Oct 14 2023 11:53 AM EDT

Supporters and family members of Israeli hostages rally for their release in Tel Aviv

Supporters and family members of Israeli hostages snatched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas last week in a surprise attack into Israel, plaster their images on a wall during a rally outside of the Israeli military base of HaKirya in central Tel Aviv on Oct. 14, 2023. Nine people captured by Hamas in an attack on Israel a week ago have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza in the past 24 hours, the Islamist group's armed wing said on Oct. 14.

Supporters and family members of Israeli hostages snatched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas last week in a surprise attack into Israel, plaster their images on a wall during a rally outside of the Israeli military base of HaKirya in central Tel Aviv on October 14, 2023.
Supporters and family members of Israeli hostages snatched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas last week in a surprise attack into Israel, plaster their images on a wall during a rally outside of the Israeli military base of HaKirya in central Tel Aviv on October 14, 2023.
Families of the people kidnapped, as well as other supporters protest against the Netanyahu government, calling for his resignation and to bring home the kidnapped family members, outside The Kirya (HaKirya) on October 14, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel. 
Families of the people kidnapped, as well as other supporters protest against the Netanyahu government, calling for his resignation and to bring home the kidnapped family members, outside The Kirya (HaKirya) on October 14, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

— Gil Cohen-Magen | AFP | Getty Images

Sat, Oct 14 2023 11:06 AM EDT

Louvre Museum, Versailles Palace evacuated following bomb threats

The Louvre Museum in Paris and Versailles Palace were evacuated on Saturday after separate bomb threats, the Associated Press reported. France is on high-security alert after a fatal school stabbing on Friday by a former student who is suspected of Islamic radicalization.

France has deployed 7,000 troops to increase security after Friday's school attack.

The French government is also wary of the fallout from the war between Israel and Hamas, AP said.

Terri Cullen

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