Hamas-Israel war: Israeli death toll surpasses 900, Gaza under total siege - as it happened

Ahram Online , Tuesday 10 Oct 2023

On the third day of the Palestinian-Israeli war, Israel relentlessly pounded the Gaza Strip early Monday and clashed with Palestinians around the Gaza Strip as the total death toll continues to surge on both sides.

Gaza City
A fireball erupts during Israeli bombardment of Gaza City on October 9, 2023. AFP


Ahram Online provides updates as events are developing on the ground.


  • US begins delivering munition and equipments to Israel

  • Sisi discusses escalation between Palestinians and Israelis with bin Salman, Erdogan.

  • Israeli death toll has surpassed 900 and over 2,500 other wounded.

  • 704 Palestinians were killed and more than 3,900 other wounded in Gaza and the West Bank.

  • Israel impose a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip depriving them of electricity, food and fuel.

  • Israel army spokesman says the rate of air strikes on the Gaza Strip is five times that carried out against Hezbollah in the 2006.

  • Hamas says no way to discuss prisoners swap while under fire. However, Egyptian sources confirmed that they are engaged in negotiations to exchange women and children held by both sides.

  • The European Union reversed an earlier announcement by an EU commissioner that the bloc was immediately suspending development aid for Palestinian authorities.

  • Egypt warns against pushing civilian Palestinians towards the Egyptian borders and fueling calls for mass displacement

  • Israel carry out multiple attacks on southern Lebanon after mortar fire from Hezbollah.

Hamas-Israel war: Israel bombards Gaza as death toll surpasses 1000 on second day of fighting - as it happened

Hamas’ unprecedented attack on Israel - first day as it happened




00:30 The U.S. has already begun delivering munitions and military equipment to Israel, and the Pentagon is reviewing inventories to see what else can be sent quickly to boost its ally.

The official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive shipments, also warned that the U.S. is closely watching Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed groups, noting that the decision to shift American ships in the region was to deter any of them from entering or expanding the conflict against Israel.

23:50 At least 11 U.S. citizens have been confirmed dead in the surprise Hamas attacks, U.S. President Joe Biden said.

23:20 The European Union reversed an earlier announcement by an EU commissioner that the bloc was immediately suspending development aid for Palestinian authorities and instead said it would urgently review such assistance in the wake of the attacks on Israel by Hamas to make sure no money was misused.

23:10 President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed with his Turkish counterpart President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ways to de-escalate the situation, which pose significant threats to the security and stability of the region.

22:45 Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is not open to negotiating a prisoner exchange with Israel during hostilities, a member of the militants' political office in Doha said.

22:30 President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi asserted Egypt is in intensive contact with different parties to achieve calm and stop escalations between Palestinians and Israelis.

Sisi discussed the crises in four separate calls with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohamed bin Salman, Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides and Austrian chancellor Karl Nehammer.

22:20 Israel army says it is carrying out new artillery strikes in Lebanon following mortar fire on northern Israel earlier.

The shelling comes after earlier strikes on a number of Hezbollah positions on the border, killing three of its members.

22:05 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that Israel has “only started” a fierce offensive in the Gaza Strip in response to an unprecedented Hamas attack.

21:55 Palestinian news agency says 704 Palestinians were killed and 3,900 other wounded after Israel attacks on Gaza and the West Bank.

21:35 Egypt warns against pushing civilian Palestinians towards the Egyptian borders and fueling calls for mass displacement

21:20 Israeli rescue service Zaka says more than 100 bodies have been recovered from a small farming community following Hamas’ attack.

20:50 Israeli media report at least 900 people killed. There has been no official confirmation yet. More than 2,600 people were also injured in the assault, according to the latest figures posted by the Israeli government press office on its Facebook page.

20:30 Israel army spokesman says the army has “the full details” on all of those taken captive by the Hamas terror group.

“As of now, we have notified 30 families. When we complete notifying the families, the number of hostages in Gaza will be made available to the public,” he said in a press conference reported by Israeli media.

He added that the rate of air strikes on the Gaza Strip is five times that carried out against Hezbollah in the 2006.

20:20 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply distressed" by Israel's subsequent imposition of a total siege on the Gaza Strip.

19:40 Israel will continue striking Gaza, even at the cost of harming Israelis who are being held captive in Gaza, a senior government was quoted by Israeli media. 

The source claims that if Israel has precise intelligence information on the location of Israeli captives, it will of course refrain from attacking in that specific location. But so long as no such information exists, all Hamas targets will be attacked.

19:15 The Israeli occupation military said there is no concrete evidence of Iranian involvement in the Hamas attack from Gaza, after denials issued by the Iranian foreign ministry.

“Iran is a major player but we can’t yet say if it was involved in the planning or training,” said Daniel Hagari, a spokesperson for the Israel Defence Forces.


19:10 Al Arabiya TV reports 'heavy and continous' strikes on Gaza.

18:22 The Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance group's armed wing claimed responsibility for a thwarted bid to infiltrate Israel from Lebanon. "Al-Quds brigade claims responsibility for the afternoon operation on the south Lebanon border," the group said in a statement. The Israeli army had earlier said it "killed a number of armed suspects" who had crossed the border from Lebanon.

18:00 Israel air forces bombarded Beit Hanoun, Sajaiya, El-Furqan and Rimal in the Gaza Strip destroying several buildings and homes. 

17:30 The Israeli occupation army said they carried out strikes in Lebanon using helicopters, without providing further details. The announcement came after they reported the killing a number of gunmen who had infiltrated across the border from Lebanon.

The Palestinian news agency posted a video claiming it shows Israeli strikes on South Lebanon.

17:20 Arab League foreign ministers will meet Wednesday to discuss "Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip" the regional bloc announced.

The "extraordinary meeting" in Cairo will seek to find "avenues of political action at the Arab and international level", as Israel keeps pounding targets in Gaza following Saturday's attack, Arab League deputy chief Hossam Zaki said in a statement.

17:00 The Israeli military is reportedly striking targets in southern Lebanon, following the infiltration of several gunmen into northern Israel earlier. Several images and videos circulating on social media and on the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar outlet showed attacks on different sites.

16:00 At least nine US citizens have died in the conflict, a US National Security Council spokesperson said Monday.

15:58 The European Union has halted development aid payments to the Palestinians and is placing 691 million euros ($728 million) of support "under review", an EU commissioner said Monday.

"All payments immediately suspended. All projects put under review. All new budget proposals, including for 2023 postponed until further notice. Comprehensive assessment of the whole portfolio," European Union Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi posted on social media.

15:45 The Israeli army said two infiltrators from Lebanon were killed in clashes on the northern front. While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, Israel's response to the unprecedented attack by Palestinian fighters from Gaza will "change the Middle East"

15:30 The number of Palestinian casualties has climbed to 560 dead and 2,900 wounded, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

15:00 The Palestinian Red Crescent in Gaza warned that the strip is facing a catastrophic humanitarian situation not witnessed in 20 years. They also said they are facing a shortage of essential medical capabilities, asserting that Israel is targeting medical facilities.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Minister of Health called on the international community to curb Israel’s attacks on medical centres and ambulances.

14:30 Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Abul-Gheit said that revenge against civilians in Gaza will not bring security to Israel. "The extremist Israeli positions are a time bomb, and we have repeatedly warned against it," Abul-Gheit said, warning that "if Israel does not change its position, this war will not be the last." He cited the collapse of the two-state solution, expansion of Israeli settlements, and failure to abide by UN resolutions as the root causes of the current fighting.

He asserted that stopping the escalation in Gaza is a priority to stop civilian bloodshed.

Earlier, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia and the Arab League will work to "stop the bloodshed" in Israel and Gaza, as he met with Abul-Gheit in Moscow.

14:10: At least 12 missiles were launched from southern Lebanon towards Jabal al-Shaykh and the Upper Galilee, according to Israeli sources.

13:40 The spokesperson for al-Qassam Brigade, Abu Obeida, stated that Israel's airstrikes in the Gaza Strip have resulted in the deaths of four Israeli captives. Abu Obeida mentioned, "The occupation's bombing tonight and today in the Gaza Strip led to the killing of four enemy prisoners and the martyrdom of their captors, the Qassam Mujahideen," in a statement on his Telegram channel.

13:35 Hamas said that the Israeli bombing of the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip killed 50 people, as Gaza Health Ministry confirmed that Dozens were killed and wounded in the camp.

13:25 The Kremlin warned there was a "high risk" that a third party would enter the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The announcement comes after the US said it was moving warships closer to the country.

"The risk of third forces becoming involved in this conflict is high. It is very important to find ways as soon as possible to move towards some kind of negotiation process," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency.

13:00 EU foreign ministers will on Tuesday hold an emergency meeting to address the situation in Israel and Gaza, the bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

12:45 Sources with knowledge of the matter told Ahram Online that Egypt is actively engaged in negotiations aimed at finalizing an agreement for the exchange of Palestinian women and children currently in Israeli jails for Israeli women captivated by Hamas during the past days. The Egyptian government is presently awaiting responses from both parties regarding the proposed prisoners exchange and a temporary ceasefire, intended to remain in effect until the completion of the exchange.

12:40 A barrage of rockets targeting the Tel Aviv region had no impact on Ben Gurion Airport, Israel's primary international gateway, said a spokesperson for the Israel Airports Authority. Footage on social media showed a rocket fired from Gaza hitting Ben Gurion International Airport, with smoke emerging near a passenger hall. A growing number of flights to Tel Aviv have been cancelled in the wake of Israel's declaration of war on Hamas.



12:30 Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said he has ordered a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip. “There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel, everything is closed,” Gallant said, adding a racist comment that “we are fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly.”

The Al-Qassam Brigades announced that it had bombarded Tel Aviv with rockets in response to the Israeli bombing of civilian homes. The group said it also launched 120 rockets at Ashdod and Ashkelon. Rocket alerts sound in various locations throughout Israel, including in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the central Shfela region and settlements around Gaza. 
The Israeli military said that it struck a number of sites in the Gaza Strip belonging to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It also claimed that it also struck a Hamas vehicle attempting to infiltrate into Israel, and intercepted a drone launched from Gaza.

12:10 Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan during a phone call on Sunday underscored the importance of increasing coordination, consultation, and diplomacy to bring an end to the ongoing violence, ensure the safety of civilians, and prevent further loss of life.
Egypt has been actively engaged in de-escalation efforts since Saturday, with El-Sisi talking on the phone with a range of international and regional leaders and officials to find ways to reduce tensions in the Gaza Strip.

11:55 Israel occupation army top spokesman, Daniel Hagari, said Israeli troops have regained control of all towns on the Gaza border, but there still might be Hamas fighters in the area.
He said incidents of clashes between troops and Palestinian fighters in the last few hours have been “isolated". He said that breaches of the Gaza border barrier will be physically secured by tanks, which will be supported by combat helicopters and drones.
The Israeli army has evacuated 15 out of 24 towns on the border and will continue to evacuate the others in the coming day. Sderot will not be evacuated at this stage, according to the spokesperson.
Hagari added that some 4,400 rockets have been launched toward Israel since the fighting started on Saturday morning.
Regarding the draft of reservists, he said the Israeli army “has never mobilized so many reservists so quickly — 300,000 reservists in 48 hours.”

11:26 Iran rejected "unfounded allegations" it had a role in the massive assault on Israel by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

"The accusations linked to an Iranian role... are based on political reasons," foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani told reporters, adding that Palestinians had "the necessary capacity and will to defend their nation and recover their rights" without any help from Tehran. 

Israeli President Isaac Herzog has accused Iran of coordinating the attack by Hamas, yet the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the U.S. has 'not seen' evidence of Iran's involvement.

11:20 Hamas spokesman Abdel-Latif al-Qanoua told the Associated Press, that his group wants to “liberate all Palestinian prisoners” from Israel and end Israeli “provocations” in the West Bank and Jerusalem, particularly at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

al-Qanoua added over the phone that Hamas was still fighting Israeli forces and had captured more Israelis Monday morning. 

Negotiations for a female prisoner swap under Qatari mediation are currently underway between Israel and Hamas, a Hamas source told Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

“With US support, Qatar is seeking to accomplish an urgent agreement that would lead to the release of Israeli women captured by Hamas in exchange for Palestinian female prisoners in Israeli prisons,” the anonymous source told Xinhua yesterday.

There are currently 36 Palestinian women detained in Israeli prisons whose liberation Hamas is seeking, the Chinese outlet reports.

“We are in an open battle to defend our people and the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he says. “This battle is linked to the liberation of all Palestinian prisoners and the cessation of this fascist government’s activities in Jerusalem.”

11:00 Israel launched airstrikes on various targets in eastern Gaza, following a barrage of rockets against Sderot and other settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip.

10:40 Countries around the world continue to react to the wave of violence. China said on Monday it "opposes and condemns" violence against civilians in Israel and the Palestinian territories."China is highly concerned about the recent escalation of conflict between Palestine and Israel," foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said. 

"China opposes actions that expand the conflict and undermine regional stability and hopes for a ceasefire and end to the war and to restore peace as soon as possible," Mao continued. 

She also called for the international community to "effectively play its role and jointly promote lowering the temperature of the situation".

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told China's top diplomat on Monday he was "very disappointed" by a recent statement by Beijing that showed "no sympathy or support for Israel".

10:30 The Gaza health ministry said that a total of 493 Palestinians have been killed and 2,751 wounded in Israeli strikes. In the Palestinian city of Rafah in southern Gaza, an Israeli airstrike early Monday killed 19 people, including women and children, said Talat Barhoum, a doctor at the local Al-Najjar Hospital.

10:00 More than 123,000 people have been displaced in the Gaza Strip since the outbreak of the conflict between Palestinian militants and Israel, the United Nations said on Monday. "Over 123,538 people, have been internally displaced in Gaza, mostly due to fear, protection concerns and the destruction of their homes," said the UN's humanitarian agency, OCHA.

More than 73,000 are sheltering in schools, OCHA said, some of which have been designated emergency shelters.

Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), said he expected the numbers to rise further.

"There's electricity in these schools, we provide them with a meal, clean water, psychological support and medical treatment," he told AFP.

9:00 Israel’s central bank announced it will sell up to $30 billion in foreign exchange to prop up the country’s shekel currency which has fallen to a near eight-year low against the U.S. dollar in early trading Monday. The Israeli shekel weakened 1.63% to trade at 3.90 against the greenback. 

Meanwhile, Oil prices rallied while the dollar advanced after the attack, sparking fresh concerns about tensions in the Middle East. The crisis fanned concerns about supplies of crude from the region at a time when supply worries are already high owing to Saudi Arabia and Russia's output cuts.

8:30 Fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas Palestinian militants continued Monday in seven to eight locations around the Gaza Strip inside Israel. "We're still fighting... We thought by yesterday we would have full control. I hope we will by the end of the day," Israeli occupation military spokesman Richard Hecht told reporters. 

During the night, Israel carried out more than 500 air and artillery strikes targeting Hamas and other armed groups in the coastal enclave, which Palestinians said targeted houses and other civilian buildings. Israeli attacks have already levelled several residential towers, destroyed a mosque in Khan Yunis, and damaged the central bank. As of late Sunday, retaliatory Israeli airstrikes had destroyed 159 housing units across Gaza and severely damaged 1,210 others, according to the UN. A school sheltering more than 225 Palestinians took a direct hit. 

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