More fire exchange at Lebanon-Israel border, Hamas officials killed in Israeli strike on Gaza: Day 4 of the Hamas-Israel war

What you need to know

Since Monday, Gaza has been under "total siege."

On Monday, three Hezbollah members were killed by Israeli shelling in southern Lebanon.

Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei denied Iran's involvement in Hamas' attack on Israel, Reuters reported.

Over 1 000 Israelis have been killed since the start of the offensive and 830 Palestinians.

23:00 Beirut Time

New development: Israel's military said on Tuesday that a number of shells had been launched from Syrian territory toward Israel-controlled territory, and that some landed in open areas.

An Israeli army spokesperson added that Israeli forces responded with “an artillery shot and mortar fire towards Syrian territory."

There were no reports of damage or injuries.

21:22 Beirut Time

Thank you for following our LIVE coverage of day 4 of the Hamas vs Israel conflict.

We'll be back tomorrow with more news updates and analysis, right here at L'Orient Today.

21:21 Beirut Time

Hamas claimed responsibility for the rockets fired from Lebanon toward Israel on Tuesday, in a statement issued that evening.

"We are advancing on the path of liberation and return by launching targeted strikes on settlements in northern Galilee from southern Lebanon," read a statement signed by Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. "Our resistance will continue until the realization of our right of return, the release of our prisoners, and the lifting of the siege on Gaza."

20:59 Beirut Time

Nigeria has repatriated 310 of its nationals who were in Jordan after leaving Israel by road, where they were on a Christian pilgrimage, the Lagos State government announced on Tuesday, according to AFP.

Reuters, for its part, reported that the Netherlands plans to send a military plane to Israel on Wednesday to repatriate its nationals.

20:55 Beirut Time

An Israeli army general has been giving details of what he calls a "massacre" of "babies, mothers and fathers" at the Kfar Aza kibbutz in Israel, close to the boundary with the Gaza Strip - Reuters reports.

"You see the babies, the mothers, the fathers, in their bedrooms, in their protection rooms and how the terrorist kills them," said Israeli General Itai Veruv, as quoted by the Reuters news agency.

Reuters also reports that bodies of Hamas militants were found at the site, along with those of Israeli residents.

20:49 Beirut Time

Schools to stay closed in parts of South Lebanon:

For the second day in a row, caretaker Education Minister Abbas Halabi announced that public and private schools in villages adjacent to the southern border would remain closed Wednesday, due to rising tensions in the area.

20:16 Beirut Time

Hezbollah in a statement said it targeted an Israeli Zelda Tank which was positioned west of the Israeli Avivim settlement with two rockets and claimed it completely destroyed it. The attack comes in response to Israeli strikes earlier on three of Hezbollah's observation posts.

20:00 Beirut Time

A Hezbollah spokesperson confirmed to L'Orient Today that Israel attacked three of their observation posts with no casualties recorded.

19:58 Beirut Time

Israeli-Lebanese border: Residents of the city of Metula, located on the Israeli-Lebanese border, have been requested to evacuate immediately by the city council - reports Haaretz.

19:56 Beirut Time

South Lebanon: “A military helicopter recently targeted a Hezbollah observation post after launching a missile towards an Israeli military vehicle in the town of Avivim,” says the Arabic-speaking spokesperson for the Israeli army, Avichay Adraee, on his account on the X platform.

19:53 Beirut Time

We take stock of the situation at 19:30 p.m, Beirut time:

1 - Placed under total siege since Monday, the Gaza Strip was again bombarded by the Israeli army during the day on Tuesday, affecting the port area in the afternoon. His command announced that it had “more or less” regained control of the border with the Palestinian enclave, but acknowledged he feared new infiltrations.

2- The armed wing of Hamas, for their part, claimed to have fired missiles towards Ben Gurion airport, Tel Aviv but especially the locality of Ashkelon in the north of the Gaza Strip. The Rafah border crossing to Egypt, the only exit from the Gaza Strip not controlled by Israel, was bombed three times by Israeli aircraft in the last 24 hours. Also on Tuesday, two members of the Hamas political bureau, Jawad Abou Chammala - who is also the Palestinian Islamist movement's minister of economy - and Zakaria Abou Maamar, were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younes, in the south from the Gaza Strip.

3 – Although the day was relatively calm on Tuesday, rocket and artillery fire was exchanged late in the afternoon on the border between South Lebanon and northern Israel. The first shots were fired from the Lebanese side to which the Lebanese army responded. The shooting has not yet been claimed at this time of day, but a source cited by Reuters attributed it to a Palestinian faction. The number of rockets fired from the Lebanese side was not confirmed and fluctuated between 10 and 15. At least one Israeli tank was hit by one of the rockets fired from Lebanon. The Lebanese government is in principle due to meet on Thursday October 12 at 4 p.m. to address the issue of spillovers in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

4 – More than 1,000 Israelis and 830 Palestinians have died since the start of the conflict on Saturday which broke out on Saturday following the large-scale surprise offensive by Hamas. The announcement of 1,500 bodies of Hamas fighters made by the Israeli army was denied by a Hamas spokesperson contacted by L'Orient Today. Gilad Erdan, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, said Israeli authorities estimate there are up to 150 hostages being held in Gaza. The hostage file will not be opened until the end of the war, said Hamas leader Ismaïl Haniyeh. The wounded numbered in the thousands on both sides.

5 – Internationally, the UN affirmed that the total siege of the Gaza Strip was “prohibited” by international humanitarian law, and that the war had already displaced more than 187,500 people inside the territory. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for the opening of a humanitarian corridor to the Gaza Strip, around which tens of thousands of Israeli troops have been deployed, and the World Bank said the organization was “do its best” to provide assistance in conflict zones. The French Prime Minister declared before her country's National Assembly that her government remained "extremely vigilant to ensure that no euro of French aid" goes to a "terrorist organization."

6 – Still internationally, the United States began sending military aid to Israel and bringing its carrier group closer to the Mediterranean. The European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council pleaded Tuesday for “sustainable financial support” for the Palestinians. Oman. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar say they are increasing contacts to put an end to the escalation. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has denied that Iran was behind the Hamas attack in Israel. Arab foreign ministers will finally meet on Wednesday at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo. 

19:34 Beirut Time

"A decision was taken to open all fronts if Israel dares to enter through force in Gaza", said the former director of the Lebanese General Security, Abbas Ibrahim, regarding the offensive launched against Israel by the Islamist movement Hamas.

The commends were made on Monday evening during meeting with journalists in Paris.

19:19 Beirut Time

Breaking South Lebanon: According to two Lebanese security sources, cited by Reuters, Hezbollah targeted an Israeli tank with a guided missile.

18:20 Beirut Time

"A few minutes ago, at around 5:30 p.m., UNIFIL detected rocket firing from south of Tyre [Sour]," said UNIFIL. "We continue to be in contact with authorities on both sides of the Blue Line to de-escalate this very dangerous situation."

"We urge everyone to exercise restraint at this critical time."

18:19 Beirut Time

A Hamas spokesperson denied the Israeli claim that approximately 1,500 Hamas fighters were found in Israeli territory by the Israeli army since Saturday.

"They [Israel] want to lift their spirits on the inside through broadcasting such news," the spokesperson told L'Orient Today.

18:06 Beirut Time

A Lebanese Army source told L'Orient Today that nine rockets were fired from Qleileh village, South Lebanon, toward Israel.

18:01 Beirut Time

Israel's military responds to rocket launches from Lebanon with artillery fire, Reuters reports.

17:52 Beirut Time

A number of rockets were fired from Lebanon toward Israel, UNIFIL's spokesperson Andrea Tenenti confirmed to L'Orient Today.

Tenenti said the rockets were fired from an area near Naqoura village in southern Lebanon, but could not confirm whether the rockets reached Israel.

Contacted by our L'Orient Today, a Hezbollah spokesperson refused to comment.

17:42 Beirut Time

BREAKING: Sirens heard in Israel's north, warning of possible rockets, Israeli military says.

17:41 Beirut Time

World Bank President Ajay Banga told Reuters in an interview that the conflict between Israel and Hamas was a "humanitarian tragedy" and an "economic shock" that the world "did not need."

He added that the organization was "doing its best" to provide aid in conflict zones. He also pointed out that the World Bank had suspended its operations in the Gaza Strip, but maintained them in the West Bank.

17:26 Beirut Time

"The current escalation is very dangerous and has consequences that could have an impact on the security and stability of the region," says Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.

Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the situation was "a clear example of the failure of US policy in the Middle East."

16:56 Beirut Time

The Rafah border crossing to Egypt — the only exit from the Gaza Strip not controlled by Israel — was bombed three times by Israeli aircraft in the previous 24 hours, an NGO and an AFP photographer reported on Tuesday.

16:55 Beirut Time

Thirty missing people were found safe near Ein Hashlosha, close to the border with the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army's crisis unit announced, according to Haaretz.

16:22 Beirut Time

The al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, claims it fired missiles toward Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, according to Al Jazeera. An airport spokesman denied that Ben Gurion airport was hit, the channel added.

In a separate message on its official Telegram channel, the armed group said it also targeted Tel Aviv. Sirens were heard on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, according to Israeli media.

16:10 Beirut Time

Two members of Hamas' political office, Jawad Abu Shammala and Zakaria Abu Maamar, were killed in an air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, an official from the group told Reuters on Tuesday.

15:54 Beirut Time

Israeli death toll rises to more than 1,000, according to the Israeli Embassy in the US, as quoted by Reuters.

15:33 Beirut Time

In Beirut’s Shatila camp, Palestinians look at Hamas attack with a mix of hope and dread. Read Sally Abou AlJoud's feature here.

15:33 Beirut Time

The first wave of US security assistance is on its way to Israel, said White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday. He added that more assistance is to come.

15:32 Beirut Time

Fuel supplies to Lebanon have resumed their normal course after a momentary pause due to the security situation in Israel and South Lebanon.

Two sources at the managerial level of fuel import companies told L'Orient-Le Jour that tankers supplying Lebanon with petrol and diesel would continue to operate normally.

According to the same sources, who asked to remain anonymous, at least one tanker suspended its journey in Cyprus, pending a decision on whether or not to continue to the port of Beirut.

The Association of Fuel Importers in Lebanon made no comment, and the representative of fuel distributors, Fadi Abou Chacra, offered assurances that the Lebanese market is "sufficiently supplied with gasoline and fuel oil."

15:06 Beirut Time

Israeli authorities believe up to 150 hostages are being held in Gaza as it lays siege to the enclave in an effort to "obliterate Hamas terrorist capabilities," Israel's ambassador to the United Nations said Monday.

Speaking to CNN's Kaitlan Collins, Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan said while authorities hoped those held captive would return home safely, their situation would not "prevent us from doing what we need to do in order to secure the future of Israel."

"We have an unprecedented number of hostages," Erdan said, estimating the number was between 100 and 150.

"We expect the Red Cross, we expect all international organizations to focus on these hostages and how they are treated and that they receive treatment according to international law, but it's not going to stop us, prevent us from doing what we need to do in order to secure the future of Israel."

14:17 Beirut Time

Imad Salamey, associate professor of Middle Eastern political affairs at the Lebanese American University told L'Orient Today that "it is highly unlikely that Hezbollah will involve itself in the conflict directly."

"However, in the coming few days Lebanon's southern border will be tense as both sides [Lebanon and Israel] will be on high alert, and we should expect to see some cross border fire exchange, but within certain bounds and limitations."

Mohanad Hage Ali, researcher at Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, told L'Orient Today that if "Israel executes the ground invasion it had announced, Hezbollah will interfere." However, if Israel "backtracks from its decision, it is not expected that Hezbollah will interfere in the conflict." 

14:04 Beirut Time

The head of diplomacy for the European Union, Josep Borrell, has invited the Israeli and Palestinian foreign ministers to an emergency meeting with their European counterparts this afternoon, Reuters reported.

14:03 Beirut Time

It is "likely" that Hamas received "aid" in its operation against Israel, said French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, according to AFP. However, he stressed that he had no "formal trace" of " direct involvement" by Iran.

14:01 Beirut Time

Iron barriers set-up by the Israeli army block one of the northern roads near the Yiftah kibbutz near the border with Lebanon on October 10, 2023. (Credit: Jalaa MAREY / AFP)

13:55 Beirut Time

The official Palestinian news agency WAFA announced that the death toll rose to 788 and 4,100 injured on the Palestinian side. This figure includes both Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

"Internet and network cuts in the Gaza Strip are delaying the count," the agency added.

13:34 Beirut Time

UNIFIL's spokesperson in Lebanon Andrea Tenenti tells L'Orient-Le Jour: "Despite the very worrying events of recent days, the situation in UNIFIL's area of operation is currently stable. The exchanges of fire between Lebanese and Israeli territory have fortunately not degenerated into conflict. We are doing our utmost to avoid any escalation. Our peacekeepers are continuing their mission. We have also stepped up patrols and operations to detect rocket fire. Our activities are coordinated with the Lebanese Armed Forces, with whom we carry out many operations. We are actively engaged with the authorities on both sides of the Blue Line to defuse the situation and avoid misunderstandings."

13:24 Beirut Time

A Gaza support march will be held in Beirut on Wednesday at 11 a.m. near the Red Cross headquarters in Hamra, a Hamas official in Lebanon told L'Orient Today.

13:17 Beirut Time

Israeli soldiers take position by the entrance to Kibbutz Kfar Aza, in southern Israel, October 10, 2023. (Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

13:16 Beirut Time

"The hostage file will only be opened when the war ends," Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh stated on the organization's Telegram channel.

13:16 Beirut Time

Strike hits close to Rafah border crossing between Gaza strip and Egypt's Sinai peninsula, Egyptian security sources and witnesses said according to Reuters.

12:42 Beirut Time

A Palestinian youth sits in front of a charred building as a fire rages through its interior, following Israeli airstrikes in gaza City's al-Rimal district on October 10, 2023. (Credit: Mahmud HAMS / AFP)

12:22 Beirut Time

The World Health Organization called on Tuesday for a humanitarian corridor to be established in and out of the Gaza Strip, which has been placed under total siege by Israel.

"[The] WHO is calling for an end to the violence. (...) A humanitarian corridor is needed to reach people with critical medical supplies," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said at a press briefing in Geneva.

12:15 Beirut Time

The Lebanese government announced that a cabinet meeting will be held Thursday October 12 at 4 p.m. to discuss "current developments in the context of the evolving situation at all levels," without giving any further details. The press release did not mention the Hamas-Israel war that broke out Saturday.

The Council will also address the issue of Syrian migrants in Lebanon during the same meeting. Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati urged all ministers to attend, "especially in the delicate circumstances the country is going through."

12:09 Beirut Time

According to Reuters, UNRWA stated that 18 of its buildings in Gaza have sustained damage.

12:09 Beirut Time

The Israeli army clarified that no infiltration from Syria or Lebanon was detected, Haaretz reported.

12:09 Beirut Time

Palestinian men carry bread through a heavily bombed street following Israeli airstrikes on gaza City on October 10, 2023. (Credit: MAHMUD HAMS/AFP)

12:00 Beirut Time

Three Palestinian journalists were killed early Tuesday in an Israeli air strike that destroyed a residential building near Gaza City's fishing port, a media union and an official said.

The journalists' syndicate announced what they called "the martyrdom of three journalists in the Gaza Strip in the ongoing Israeli aggression."

The head of Gaza's Hamas-run media office, Salameh Maarouf, identified the journalists as Said al-Taweel, Mohammed Sobboh and Hisham Nawajhah.

11:43 Beirut Time

URGENT: The Israeli army reported a security incident in northern Israel on the border with Lebanon according to Haaretz. It could be an air infiltration near the Golan Heights.

11:42 Beirut Time

Total siege of Gaza is "prohibited" under international humanitarian law, says UN.

"The imposition of sieges that endanger the lives of civilians by depriving them of goods essential to their survival is prohibited by international humanitarian law," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk in a statement.

11:36 Beirut Time

Mourners react during the funeral of Palestinians killed in the Israeli strikes, in Khan Younis, southern gaza Strip October 10, 2023. (Credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

11:25 Beirut Time

Residents of northern Israel near the Lebanese border have been instructed to take refuge in shelters, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz, which cited a message circulated by a municipality.

11:20 Beirut Time

Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei denies Iran's involvement in Hamas' attack on Israel, Reuters reports.

11:09 Beirut Time

11 a.m. update:

1 - Gaza has been under "total siege" since yesterday, as ordered by the Israeli defense minister. Electricity, water and food supplies are now cut off. At a press conference today, the Israeli army spokesman asserted that the parliament and civilian ministries in Gaza are legitimate targets. This morning, Israel announced that it had regained control of the Gaza border fence, which Hamas fighters had crossed on Saturday.

2 - The border crossing between Gaza and Egypt is now closed, the Israeli army announced. "The Rafah crossing was open yesterday [Monday], but is now closed," said a spokesman. This followed movements of people fleeing the Gaza strikes towards Egypt, which borders the enclave.

3 - Around 1,500 bodies of Hamas fighters have been found by the Israeli army in Israeli territory since Saturday, a spokesman for the army said. He added that "infiltration may still happen," although he said that "no one has entered" Israeli territory from Gaza since early last night. At least 900 Israelis and over 700 Palestinians have been killed since the conflict began on Saturday.

4 - Washington threatened Hezbollah last night, warning it not to take "the wrong decision" by opening a second front against Israel on the border with Lebanon. The caution came via a senior US defense official. This morning, Israel fired a dozen flares over Mayss al-Jabal, in southern Lebanon, according to a report by a correspondent on Hezbollah's al-Manar channel. At this stage, Hezbollah has officially announced three deaths among its members, following yesterday's Israeli bombardments.

5 - Hamas issued a statement declaring Friday (Oct. 13) a day of general mobilization for Muslims and the Arab world, calling it "Al-Aqsa Flood Friday," and calling on all its supporters to mobilize and attack Israeli soldiers. Yesterday, the armed wing of Hamas announced that "any enemy operation targeting [its] people" would be followed by the execution of a civilian hostage among those it is holding.

11:08 Beirut Time

According to Israeli officials quoted by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, a paraglider was spotted on the Golan Heights this morning, close to the border with Syria. They warned of a possible infiltration. A security source quoted by Haaretz believes the glider may have turned back.

11:08 Beirut Time

Israeli military says currently no unusual events on northern front (with Lebanon and Syria), Reuters reports.

10:49 Beirut Time

EU aid: The question of its suspension

- On Monday, the European Union announced the "immediate suspension" of its development aid program for Palestine. Several member countries subsequently reacted:

- Ireland demanded legal justification for such a decision.

- Spain stated that aid to Palestine "must continue."

- France said it was "not in favor" of such a suspension.

Since then, the European Union has backtracked, announcing that it would not suspend its support for Palestine.

10:44 Beirut Time

'What can you do in a few minutes?: Testimony from Rafah

Mohammad Abu Lobda, a citizen of Gaza who lives in Rafah said: “I really don't know what to tell you, I have no words to describe what we are living. Our city is being flattened. Some families are receiving calls from the Israeli members a few minutes before their houses are bombed, warning them that their residents will be struck. What can you do in a few minutes,” he asked.

“Nothing! You don’t have time to pack your belongings, or warn your neighbors to leave too, many don’t even have time to make it out of the building before it’s struck.,” he explained.

“We have no water, food or fuel, can you imagine,” he said.

Although his house has not been bombed, his relative’s house was completely destroyed in last night’s attack.

“They had to move in with his brother’s house. That’s how the situation is now. Many families are living together now, and standing in solidarity with one another. Israel is trying to paralyze us,’ he said.

10:37 Beirut Time

A man works to remove causalities from under the rubble, in the aftermath of Israeli strikes, in Khan Younis, southern gaza Strip October 10, 2023. (Credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

10:28 Beirut Time

Testimony: Omar al-Qatta, a photographer based in Gaza told L'Orient Today that the situation "is very, very bad, I mean it's beyond description. You can't imagine bad everything is; we're in a genocide."

"Homes are being bombed over the heads of their residents, towers are being destroyed, entire neighborhoods have had their landmarks changed [as a result of the bombing], whole areas have seen their populations displaced," he said.

"There is no electricity, and the internet is cut off in a very large number of areas, and if it is available, it is very slow. Yesterday, the occupation issued a decision to prevent us from accessing water. Of course, the crossings are closed, and there are no food or supply items entering the territory," he said.

"The sounds of planes and missiles hardly ever stop, and the occupation is using various types of shells, and bombs against us," he said, before loosing signal.

10:27 Beirut Time

Testimony: "Avichay Adraee, the media spokesperson of the Israeli army, told the citizens of the Rimal area in Gaza to leave it yesterday, I live there, but I have no where to leave [to]," Rasha Abu Shaban, a 37-year-old humanitarian worker from Gaza, told L'Orient Today on Monday.

Living with her two elderly parents, Abu Shaban said that they stayed at home, while many of their neighbors fled seeking "safety elsewhere, but realistically all of Gaza is unsafe."

"Our house was partially damaged by bombardments. I lived [through] many wars before, but this is not like anything I've seen before. The bloc I live in was hit with 200 missiles . The Rimal area is mainly houses, schools, universities and ministries," she said.

"The main telecommunications company in Gaza is next to my house and was bombed yesterday, people in [the] Gaza Strip have been disconnected from the world," she said, noting that her line is from another smaller telecoms company.

The media coverage was not sufficient, as the tower that has the offices of media outlets has been bombarded, and several journalists were killed.

"Just last night two journalists were killed. I really don't know what's happening, our house smells like gunpowder, gunpowder is everywhere, that's all I see," she concluded. 

10:22 Beirut Time

Around 1,500 bodies of Hamas militants have been found in Israel around the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army says, as it continues to bombard the Palestinian enclave with airstrikes.

"Approximately 1,500 bodies of Hamas [fighters] were found in Israel around the Gaza Strip," military spokesman Richard Hecht told reporters, adding that security forces had "more or less restored control over the border" with Gaza.

"Since last night we know that no one came in … but infiltrations can still happen."

10:13 Beirut Time

Hamas has declared Friday [Oct. 13] a day of general mobilization for Muslims and the Arab world, calling it "Al-Aqsa Flood Friday," Hezbollah's al-Manar channel announces.

10:12 Beirut Time

The situation in south Lebanon "is calm for the moment," a senior Lebanese Army source told L'Orient-Le Jour this morning.

"We are in direct coordination with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and we are on alert for any escalation," she added.

10:11 Beirut Time

The US news site Axios claims, citing two Emirati diplomatic sources, that the United Arab Emirates has warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "not to intervene in the war between Hamas and Israel and not to authorize attacks against Israel from Syrian soil."

10:10 Beirut Time

The Israeli army suggests that Gazans fleeing the strikes are heading for Egypt, which borders the enclave.

"The Rafah crossing [on the border between Gaza and Egypt] is still open," the chief military spokesman told foreign media at a press conference. "I advise everyone who can get out to get out."

Following this statement, an Israeli army spokesman now claims that the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt is closed.

"Clarification: the Rafah crossing was open yesterday [Monday], but is now closed," the statement reads.

10:10 Beirut Time

URGENT: Hezbollah's al-Manar correspondent reports that 10 flares were fired by Israel over Mays al-Jabal, in south Lebanon, this morning.

10:09 Beirut Time

In a statement issued last night, Islamic Jihad announced that it had killed two Israeli officers, including a brigade commander, in an attack earlier in the day following an infiltration from Lebanon.

Two members of the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, died in the operation. A further five were wounded. The Israeli army's Arabic-speaking spokesman confirmed the death of a senior Israeli officer in this attack.

09:56 Beirut Time

In a briefing Tuesday, Israel's military spokesperson Richard Hecht said Gaza’s parliament and civilian ministries were legitimate targets in its offensive against Hamas, according to AP.

Hecht also said that because Israel’s air force is stretched thin, there might not be the same "level of fidelity" in warning targets before strikes. Asked if Israel considered Hamas’ civil government, which includes its parliament and ministries, legitimate targets, Hecht said "if there’s a gunman firing rockets from there, it turns into a military target."

09:48 Beirut Time

Testimony: Wesam al-Maqusi, a journalist from Gaza who has been studying in Lebanon since 2022 told L'Orient Today that he has lost all contact with his family back home.

"The last thing I knew is that our house, in the center of Gaza, had not been directly bombed, but has sustained heavy material damages after the buildings surrounding it were heavily shelled."

Maqusi insisted that the morale of the people in Gaza is "very high despite the pressure that the occupation [Israel] is exerting on them.

"The vast majority of the citizens remain with the resistance," he said.

09:42 Beirut Time

Palestinians sit among rubbles of a damaged residential building, in the aftermath of Israeli strikes, in Gaza City, October 10, 2023. (Credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)

09:11 Beirut Time

The Israeli army announced this morning that it carried out new strikes against the Gaza Strip.

09:11 Beirut Time

Israel has regained control of the Gaza border fence which was crossed by Hamas fighters on Saturday, an Israeli army spokesman said. In statements broadcasted by Israeli army radio, officer Daniel Hagari said there had been no new infiltration from Gaza since Monday. In what appeared to be a response to rumors of fighters using cross-border tunnels, Hagari said the army had not discovered such tunnels.

09:10 Beirut Time

According to the United Nations, around 187,000 people fled their homes in Gaza, which has been under heavy bombardment since Saturday.

On the Palestinian side, more than 680 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict. The Israeli authorities have imposed a "total siege" on Gaza.

09:10 Beirut Time

On Tuesday, the Israeli army published the names of 38 soldiers killed in clashes with Hamas.

More than 900 Israelis have been killed since the beginning of the Hamas offensive.

09:07 Beirut Time

On the same subject, we invite you to read Mounir Rabih's article: How Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran carefully planned an unprecedented offensive in Israel.

According to the exclusive information Rabih obtained from various executives within the axis of the Resistance (Hezbollah, Hamas, the al-Qods Force, Islamic Jihad), the operation has been in preparation for months from Beirut. But how? What were the objectives? We take you behind the scenes of a plan that has turned the Middle East upside down.

09:07 Beirut Time

Overnight, a senior US defense official warned that Hezbollah must not make the "wrong decision" of opening a second front against Israel from Lebanon. "We are deeply concerned that Hezbollah will make the wrong decision and open a second front in this conflict," the official said in Washington.

09:06 Beirut Time


We're back with live coverage of the Hamas-Israel war that started Saturday morning with the "Al-Aqsa Flood" operation. Rocket fire and bombardment took place Monday in southern Lebanon, resulting in the death of three Hezbollah members.