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Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant on Monday ordered a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip, blocking the entry of food and fuel into the enclave and cutting the electricity and water supply. The death toll from the conflict between Israel and Hamas rose to more than 1,200, including around 700 people killed in Israel and nearly 500 in Gaza. Follow our liveblog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

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2:20pm: Soldiers deployed against possible infiltration from Lebanon, says Israeli military

Israel‘s military said it deployed troops against a suspected infiltration from Lebanon on Monday.

“A report was received regarding the infiltration of a number of suspects into Israeli territory from Lebanese territory. IDF soldiers are deployed in the area,” the military said in a statement.

2:18pm: Death toll in Gaza rises to 560, says health ministry

At least 560 Palestinians have been killed and 2,900 wounded in Israeli air strikes on the blockaded enclave since Saturday, said Gaza’s health ministry.

1:58pm: Israeli strikes on Gaza kill four ‘prisoners’, Hamas says

Israeli air strikes on Gaza have killed four “prisoners” held by Hamas, the Palestinian militant group said on Monday.

“The occupation’s bombing last night and today on the Gaza Strip led to the killing of four of the enemy’s prisoners,” the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said on its website.

Dozens of people are being held hostage by the militants after their fighters carried out a surprise attack in southern Israel on Saturday morning.

1:42pm: EU to hold emergency talks on Israel

EU foreign ministers will on Tuesday hold urgent talks on the situation in Israel and Gaza after Hamas militants’ surprise assault, the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

“I am convening tomorrow an emergency meeting of EU Foreign Ministers to address the situation in Israel and in the region,” Borrell wrote in a social media post Monday. 

The EU has strongly condemned the unprecedented attack by the Islamist militants that has sparked a barrage of strikes by Israel on Gaza. 

Peter Stano, a spokesman for Borrell in Brussels, said the EU’s executive arm was “reviewing” how the attack by Hamas could potentially impact the EU’s current and future financial assistance to the Palestinians.

“Whatever adjustment of the EU position and reaction to what is still going on on the ground will come from that meeting (Tuesday) in form of an agreed EU position,” Stano said.  

The bloc, one of the major financial supporters of the Palestinian people, has envisioned spending some €1.2 billion ($1.26 billion) between 2021 and 2024 on schools, hospitals and salaries among other things. 

The European Commission insists that none of the support has gone to fund Hamas or any other militant group.  

1:35pm: Russia says Palestinian state ‘most reliable’ solution

Russia said Monday that creating a Palestinian state is the “most reliable” solution for peace and that fighting terrorism alone would not ensure security. 

Creating a “Palestinian state that would live side by side with Israel … is the most reliable path to solve (the conflict),” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. “We cannot agree with those who say that security can only be ensured through a fight with terrorism.” 

Lavrov was speaking at a news conference in Moscow alongside Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

12:55pm: Clashes between Hamas and the Israeli army

Clashes between Hamas and the Israeli army, October 9, 2023.
Clashes between Hamas and the Israeli army, October 9, 2023. © Graphics Studio, France Médias Monde

11:35am: No electricity, food, water or gas: Israel orders ‘complete’ Gaza siege

Israel’s Defence Minister Yoav Gallant has ordered a “complete siege” on the Gaza Strip, saying Israeli authorities would cut electricity and block the entry of food, water and fuel.

“We are putting a complete siege on Gaza … No electricity, no food, no water, no gas – it’s all closed,” Gallant said in a video statement, referring to the crowded enclave that is home to 2.3 million people.

Gallant said: “We are fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly”, the Times of Israel reported.

11:18am: UAE ‘appalled’ at Israeli civilian hostages

The United Arab Emirates is “appalled” that Israeli civilians were taken hostage in the Hamas assault near the Gaza Strip, said a foreign ministry statement on Monday. 

The Arab Muslim country, which established relations with Israel in 2020, condemned the attacks and urged “all diplomatic efforts to prevent a wider regional confrontation”.

“The ministry stressed that attacks by Hamas against Israeli towns and villages near the Gaza Strip, including the firing of thousands of rockets at population centres, are a serious and grave escalation,” said the statement late on Sunday.

“The ministry is appalled by reports that Israeli civilians have been abducted as hostages from their homes.”

The statement is notably less neutral than the initial UAE reaction on Saturday, which simply “expressed great concern regarding the escalation of violence between Israelis and Palestinians”.

11:15am: Anti-rocket sirens sound in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

Anti-rocket sirens followed by the sound of blasts were heard Monday in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, according to news reports.

Jerusalem residents report hearing at least one interception over the city, the Times of Israel reported.

10:51am: Israeli forces have re-established control of communities near Gaza

Israeli forces have re-established control of communities near the Gaza Strip that had been overrun in attacks launched by Hamas fighters, but isolated clashes continue as some gunmen remain active, the military spokesperson said on Monday.

10:35am: Hungary to evacuate 110 more people, says foreign minister

Hungary is currently evacuating 110 more people from Israel, bringing the total number of people it has brought out of the country to 325 including 46 children, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in a Facebook post on Monday.

He said that 15 of the 325 evacuees were foreign citizens, among them Israeli, Swedish, Austrian, German, British and Portuguese nationals. Szijjarto said the latest flight, the third Hungary has organised, was currently en route to Budapest.

10:28am: Iran denies it had role in Hamas attack on Israel

Iran on Monday rejected as unfounded allegations it had a role in the massive assault on Israel by 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.

10:15am: UN rights council holds silence for victims in Israel, Gaza

The UN Human Rights Council stood in silence on Monday to remember the “innocent lives lost” in Israel and in Gaza, at the request of the United States.

“I respectfully request a moment of silence from this esteemed council, and all present here today to honour and remember the victims of these appalling terrorist attacks … innocent lives lost across Israel and Gaza resulting from the attacks by Hamas,” US ambassador Michele Taylor said in the top UN rights body, before delegates stood.

9:58am: More than 490 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza, says health ministry 

At least 493 Palestinians have been killed and 2,751 wounded in Israeli air strikes on the blockaded enclave since Saturday, said Gaza‘s health ministry on Monday.

9:52am: Military planes evacuating Poles from Israel land in Warsaw

Three military planes evacuating Poles from Israel landed in Warsaw on Monday morning, the Polish authorities said.

“The first people evacuated from Israel are already in Poland,” Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on X, formerly Twitter.

The first plane brought in 120 people who had been stuck at Tel Aviv airport. Two other aircraft followed, bringing to Poland a total of 120 people, he said.

“A military Boeing is leaving for Israel to evacuate other people,” he continued.

Airlines flying between Poland and Israel suspended flights on Saturday, following the start of the latest war between Israel and Hamas.

9:28am: Nepal says 10 nationals killed in Israel from Hamas attack

At least 10 Nepali nationals were killed in Israel as a result of the attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas, said Nepal’s government, as the cabinet is set to hold an emergency meeting to discuss how to evacuate thousands of others working and studying there.

The foreign ministry said four Nepalis were also wounded in Saturday’s attack, and media reports said many others were hiding in bunkers.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has convened a special cabinet meeting to discuss ways to get citizens back home, his office said on Monday.

“Arrangements are being made to evacuate Nepali nationals who want to return home from Israel,” the foreign ministry said late on Sunday.

Officials say about 4,500 Nepalis work in Israel, mostly as caregivers, and more than 100 are studying there under an “earn and learn” programme.

9:10am: More than 123,000 people internally displaced in Gaza, says UN

More than 123,000 people have been displaced in the Gaza Strip since the outbreak of the conflict between Palestinian militants and Israel, the UN said 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, with more than 73,000 sheltering in schools.

8:48am: Lebanese political parties ask Hezbollah not to get involved

Israel conducted artillery strikes across its UN-patrolled border with Lebanon after Hezbollah on Sunday launched guided missiles and artillery shells at the contested Shebaa Farms border area.

Shebaa Farms is a disputed territory between Israel, Lebanon and Syria. Israel occupied the area during the 1967 war.

Reporting from Beirut, FRANCE 24’s Rawad Taha explained that in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s decision to strike Shebaa Farms has been “read here as Hezbollah trying to say, we are here, we are watching, but at the same time, is clarifying that there are no changes of the rules of engagement that they have with Israel”.

Lebanese political players are carefully monitoring the situation, Taha added. “Different Lebanese parties have all made clear stances asking Hezbollah not to get involved in this war, especially since this country is in a dire economic crisis,” he explained.


8:08am: Unfolding situation in Israel an ‘ongoing story this morning’

Israeli media on Monday is reporting a second infiltration, with around 70 Palestinian militants entering the south of Israel, says FRANCE 24’s Irris Makler, reporting from Jerusalem. “It’s an unfolding situation and an ongoing story this morning,” said Makler.

This comes as the Israeli army said fighting was ongoing in “seven to eight” locations around Gaza in Israeli territory.

“Many people this morning don’t known if their loved ones are dead, missing or have been taken hostage in Gaza,” said Makler.


8:04am: Fighting with Palestinian militants ongoing in ‘seven to eight’ locations around Gaza

Fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants was ongoing Monday in seven to eight locations inside Israel around the Gaza Strip, the army said.

“We’re still fighting. There are between seven to eight open places around Gaza (where) we have still warriors fighting terrorists,” military spokesman Richard Hecht told reporters, two days after the Palestinian Islamist group launched a surprise attack on Israel.

“We thought by yesterday we would have full control. I hope we will by the end of the day.”

7:09am: Battle with Hamas gunmen taking ‘more time’ than expected, says IDF

Israeli forces are fighting Hamas gunmen at seven to eight points outside Gaza, an Israeli military spokesperson said on Monday, 48 hours after the biggest attack on the country in decades.

“It’s taking more time than we expected to get things back into a defensive, security posture,” Lt. Col. Richard Hecht told a briefing with journalists.

7:01am: Dozen Thai nationals killed in conflict, says Thai foreign ministry

Twelve Thais have been killed in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militants, the kingdom’s government said Monday as it prepared a plan to evacuate its citizens.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Kanchana Patarachoke said the Thai embassy in Israel learned of the deaths from the victims’ employers.

She said a further eight Thais had been wounded and 11 taken captive since the war erupted when Hamas launched a large-scale attack on Saturday.

There are around 30,000 Thai workers in Israel, according to Bangkok’s labour ministry, many of them working in agriculture.

Thai air force planes were on standby to fly citizens home, though the date and other details of any evacuation were still being worked on, said Kanchana.

6:54am: Israel strikes more than 500 targets overnight in Gaza, says IDF

Israeli air strikes and artillery shelling struck more than 500 targets belonging to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups in the Gaza Strip overnight, the Israeli military said Monday.

“Overnight IDF (Israeli army) fighter jets, helicopters, aircraft and artillery struck over 500 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip,” the military said in a statement.

The Israeli strikes hit numerous multi-storey buildings, including the home of Rawhi Mushtaha, a member of the Hamas political bureau, the army said.

The residence contained a “Hamas terror command centre from which he helped to direct the infiltration into Israel”, it said.

Two Hamas “operational assets” were also struck, including one located in a mosque, the army said, adding a target belonging to Islamic Jihad was also hit. 

4:53am: Cathay Pacific cancels Tel Aviv flights on Tuesday citing situation in Israel

Cathay Pacific Airways said on Monday that it was cancelling flights CX675 from Hong Kong to Tel Aviv and CX676 from Tel Aviv to Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Cathay said it would provide further updates ahead of its next scheduled service on October 12.

3:50am: Iran’s UN mission says Tehran not involved in Hamas attacks

Iran’s mission to the United Nations said on Sunday that Tehran was not involved in Islamist group Hamas’ killing of some 700 Israelis and abduction of dozens more, one of the bloodiest attacks in Israel‘s history.

“The resolute measures taken by Palestine constitute a wholly legitimate defence against seven decades of oppressive occupation and heinous crimes committed by the illegitimate Zionist regime,” Iran’s UN mission said in statement.

Iran has made no secret of its backing for Hamas, funding and arming the group as well as the Palestinian militant organisation Islamic Jihad.

3:45am: Oil prices jump more than $4 as Middle East violence rattles markets

Oil prices jumped more than $4 a barrel in early Asian trade on Monday, as dramatic military clashes between Israeli and Hamas forces over the weekend deepened political uncertainty across the Middle East.

The surge in oil prices reversed last week’s downward trend – the largest weekly decline since March – in which Brent fell about 11 percent and WTI retreated more than 8 percent amid concerns about high interest rates and their impact on global demand.

“Increasing geopolitical risk in the Middle East should support oil prices … higher volatility can be expected”, analysts from ANZ Bank said in a client note.

The eruption of violence threatens to derail US efforts to broker a rapprochment between Saudi Arabia and Israel, in which the kingdom would normalise ties with Israel in return for a defence deal between Washington and Riyadh.

1:58am: US deploying ships closer to Israel

US President Joe Biden ordered US ships and warplanes to move closer to Israel in a show of support.

The Pentagon said it was sending the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford and its accompanying warships to the eastern Mediterranean, while boosting fighter aircraft squadrons in the region.

US Central Command confirmed Sunday afternoon that ships and planes had begun moving to their new posts. 

1:15am: ‘Several’ US citizens have died following attacks in Israel, NSC says 

Several US nationals have died since the start of Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel on Saturday, a National Security Council spokesman said Sunday, adding that US officials remained in touch with their Israeli counterparts.

Official word of Americans killed in the conflict came as Israel retaliated for the incursion, launching attacks on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza.

12:35am: US demands condemnation of Hamas at UN meeting, but Security Council takes no immediate action

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting behind closed doors Sunday, with the United States demanding all 15 members strongly condemn “these heinous terrorist attacks committed by Hamas”, but they took no immediate action.

US deputy ambassador Robert Wood said afterward that “a good number of countries” did condemn the Hamas attack but not all council members. He told reporters they could probably figure out one of them.

Russia’s UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, told The Associated Press the Americans tried to say during the meeting that Russia isn’t condemning the attacks, but “that’s untrue”.

“It was in my comments,” he said. “We condemn all the attacks on civilians.”

Nebenzia said Russia’s message is: “It’s important to stop the fighting immediately, to go to a cease-fire and to meaningful negotiations, which were stalled for decades.”

Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun voiced a similar position earlier, as he headed into the meeting. He said Beijing condemns all attacks on civilians, though he did not mention Hamas.

“What’s really important is to prevent the further escalation of the situation and further casualties of civilians,” Zhang said. “What’s also important is really to come back to the two-state solution.”

12:05am: Israeli UN envoy decries ‘war crimes’, UN Security Council meets

Israel‘s ambassador to the United Nations on Sunday accused Palestinian Islamist group Hamas of war crimes, vowing that it was time to “obliterate Hamas terror infrastructure”, as the UN Security Council met to discuss the conflict.

In a dramatic assault launched from the Palestinian enclave of Gaza on Saturday, Hamas militants stormed into Israeli towns, killing more than 600 people and escaping with dozens of hostages, in the deadliest day for Israel since the 1973 war.

“These are war crimes, blatant documented war crimes,” said Israeli UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan ahead of the closed-door meeting of the 15-member Security Council.

“The era of reasoning with these savages is over,” he told reporters. “Now is the time to obliterate Hamas terror infrastructure, to completely erase it, so that such horrors are never committed again.”

10:22pm, October 8: Senior Hamas official says militant group is holding more than 100 people captive after assault on Israel

A senior Hamas official says the militant group is holding more than 100 people captive after its unprecedented assault on Israel.

Mousa Abu Marzouk made the remarks Sunday to the Arabic-language news outlet al-Ghad. The figure is in addition to more than 30 people said to be held by the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad.

Read yesterday’s liveblog to see how the day’s events unfolded.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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