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WTO chief warns global growth will be impacted if Israel-Hamas conflict spreadsGlobal growth will be impacted if the ongoing Israel-Hamas war spills into the broader Middle East region, the World Trade Organization's director-general has warned."If it spreads beyond where it is now, to the rest of the Middle East, there will be an impact," Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told CNBC's Martin Soong.That's because the Middle East is "the source" of a lot of the world's natural gas and oil, the WTO chief said.Escalating conflict could further weigh on trade growth which is already "quite grim," she added.Read more of the story here.– Sheila ChiangHezbollah says it downs Israeli drone in south LebanonLebanon's Hezbollah said on Sunday it shot down an Israeli drone over southern Lebanon with a surface-to-air missile, the first time it has announced such an incident, as clashes on the Lebanese border escalate.The drone was hit near Khiam, about 5 km (3 miles) from the border with Israel, and was seen falling in Israeli territory, Hezbollah added.Two security sources in Lebanon said it was the first time Hezbollah had announced downing an Israeli drone.The Israeli Defence Ministry did not provide comment.Israel's military, which claimed more strikes on what it described as Hezbollah targets on Sunday, also did not comment.Mohanad Hage Ali, of the Carnegie Middle East Center, said Hezbollah has "insinuated they have this capability but it is the first time they declare they have this kind of capability to shoot down a drone."— ReutersSatellite images show destruction of neighborhoods in Northern Gaza from Israeli airstrikesBefore and after satellite images from Maxar Technologies show destruction of neighborhoods in Northern Gaza from continued Israeli airstrikes.Before: Atatra neighborhoodGAZA -- MAY 10, 2023: Maxar satellite imagery of before and after images showing damage to Atatra neighborhood, Northern Gaza (location: 31.5609, 34.4809).Please use: Satellite image (c) 2023 Maxar Technologies.Maxar Technologies | Getty ImagesAfter: Atatra neighborhoodGAZA -- OCTOBER 21, 2023: Maxar satellite imagery of before and after images showing damage to Atatra neighborhood, Northern Gaza (location: 31.5609, 34.4809).Please use: Satellite image (c) 2023 Maxar Technologies.Maxar Technologies | Getty ImagesBefore: Al Karameh neigborhoodGAZA -- MAY 1, 2023: Maxar satellite imagery of before and after images showing damage to Al Karameh neighborhood, Northern Gaza (location: 31.5471, 34.4647).Please use: Satellite image (c) 2023 Maxar Technologies.Maxar Technologies | Getty ImagesAfter: Al Karameh neigborhoodGAZA -- OCTOBER 21, 2023: Maxar satellite imagery of before and after images showing damage to Al Karameh neighborhood, Northern Gaza (location: 31.5471, 34.4647).Please use: Satellite image (c) 2023 Maxar Technologies.Maxar Technologies | Getty ImagesBefore: Izbat Beit Hanoun neighborhoodGAZA -- OCTOBER 10, 2023: Maxar satellite imagery of before and after images showing damage to 'Izbat Beit Hanoun neighborhood, Northern Gaza (location: 31.5472, 34.5225).Maxar Technologies | Getty ImagesAfter: Izbat Beit Hanoun neighborhoodGAZA -- OCTOBER 21, 2023: Maxar satellite imagery of before and after images showing damage to 'Izbat Beit Hanoun neighborhood, Northern Gaza (location: 31.5472, 34.5225).Please use: Satellite image (c) 2023 Maxar Technologies.Maxar Technologies | Getty ImagesBefore: Beit Hanoun neighborhoodGAZA -- MAY 1, 2023: Maxar satellite imagery of before and after images showing damage to Beit Hanoun neighborhood, Northern Gaza(location: 31.5374, 34.5424).Please use: Satellite image (c) 2023 Maxar Technologies.Maxar Technologies | Getty ImagesAfter: Beit Hanoun neighborhoodGAZA -- OCTOBER 21, 2023: Maxar satellite imagery of before and after images showing damage to Beit Hanoun neighborhood, Northern Gaza(location: 31.5374, 34.5424).Please use: Satellite image (c) 2023 Maxar Technologies.Maxar Technologies | Getty Images— Adam JefferyClashes erupt on Israel's northern border with Lebanon and SyriaThe Israeli military struck targets in Lebanon and Syria on Sunday after projectiles were fired into Israel.Clashes have been taking place across Israel's tense border with Lebanon since the onset of the Hamas-Israel war, mostly contained to several border towns.But on Sunday, rockets were fired from Syria as well, falling into open Israeli territory, the military said.It fired back at the site where the rockets were launched.Israel's military also provided video of multiple strikes inside Lebanon, showing explosions erupting among trees and missiles hitting a building on a hillside.The military said it shot down a drone and killed a militant who tried to approach the border fence.On Sunday evening, Hamas said its forces in Lebanon had fired 16 missiles at the northern Israeli town of Nahariya. The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, a Hamas ally, also announced it had fired missiles at several sites across the border Sunday afternoon, including one that it said had hit an Israeli infantry unit near the town of Birket Risha and caused "confirmed injuries."— Associated PressBlinken discusses ways to mitigate expansion of the war with Turkish counterpartSecretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to his Turkish counterpart about mitigating the expansion of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.The two discussed efforts to secure the release of hostages held by Hamas and additional humanitarian assistance for civilians, as well.Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan also discussed Ankara's decision to approve Sweden's ascension into the NATO alliance.— Amanda MaciasRed Cross aid convoy reaches hospital in southern Gaza for the first timeDistribution of medical aid and medicines to Nasser Medical Hospital in the city of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, which recently arrived through the Rafah crossing on October 29, 2023 in Khan Yunis, Gaza.Ahmad Hasaballah | Getty ImagesA convoy of International Committee of the Red Cross aid trucks arrived at the overcrowded Nasser hospital in the southern city of Khan Younis Sunday, bringing vital medical supplies to emergency departments and operation rooms."This is the first aid convoy that reached Nasser medical complex through the Red Cross association," said Dr.Nahed Abu Taemma, the hospital's director.Doctors at the hospital say that apart from the many wounded, the building is also serving as shelter for thousands of civilians who had nowhere else to go."The most important thing in these shortages is anesthesia, devices to fix bones, ICU devices," all of which are in short supply, he said.The ICRC has said that 10 staff members, including a surgery team, crossed into Gaza via the Rafah border crossing on Friday.— Associated PressBiden thanks Egyptian counterpart for humanitarian assistance in GazaEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.Philippe Wojazer | ReutersPresident Joe Biden thanked Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi for Cairo's efforts in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza, according to a readout of a phone call provided by the White House."The president briefed President Sisi on U.S.efforts to ensure that regional actors not expand the conflict in Gaza and also on continuing efforts to secure the release of hostages," the readout added.The two leaders agreed to continue to work together and reaffirmed their bilateral relationship.— Amanda MaciasCrowd storms Russian airport to protest flight from IsraelHundreds of people on Sunday stormed into the main airport in Russia's Dagestan region and onto the landing field to protest the arrival of an airliner from Tel Aviv, Israel, Russian news agencies and social media reported.Authorities closed the airport in Makhachkala, the capital of the predominantly Muslim region, and police converged on the facility. There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.Russian news reports said people in the crowd were shouting antisemitic slogans and tried to storm the airliner belonging to Russian carrier Red Wings.Video on social media showed some in the crowd on the landing field waving Palestinian flags, protesters attempting to overturn a police car and others checking the passports of passengers who had arrived in Makhachkala.In a statement released Sunday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Israel "expects the Russian law enforcement authorities to protect the safety of all Israeli citizens and Jews wherever they may be and to act resolutely against the rioters and against the wild incitement directed against Jews and Israelis." Netanyahu's office added that the Israeli ambassador to Russia was working with Russia to keep Israelis and Jews safe.The Ministry of Internal Affairs for Russia's North Caucasian Federal District, where Dagestan is located, stated that CCTV footage would be used to establish the identities of those who stormed the airport, and that those involved would be brought to justice.— Associated PressBiden speaks with Netanyahu as war enters third weekUS President Joe Biden speaks on the phone to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on December 9, 2021.Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty ImagesThe White House said President Joe Biden spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the safe passage of foreign nationals from Gaza."The leaders discussed developments in Gaza as well as ongoing efforts to locate and secure the release of hostages to include American citizens we believe are held by Hamas," the White House said in a readout of the call.Biden also "reiterated that Israel has every right and responsibility to defend its citizens from terrorism and to do so in a manner consistent with international humanitarian law," according to the readout.The two leaders agreed to keep in regular contact as the ongoing conflict enters its third week.— Amanda MaciasThese numbers show the staggering toll of the Israel-Hamas warHere's a look in numbers at the toll of the Israel-Hamas war as of Oct.27, sourced from the Gaza Health Ministry and Israeli officials as well as international observers and aid groups:1,400Number of Israelis killed8,005Number of Palestinians killed in Gaza116Number of Palestinians killed in West Bank5,431Number of Israelis injured20,242Number of Palestinians injured in Gaza2,000Number of Palestinians injured in the West Bank250,000Number of Israelis displaced1.4 millionNumber of Palestinians displaced in Gaza239Soldiers and civilians being held hostage in Gaza4Hostages released117Aid trucks let into Gaza27,781Residential units destroyed in GazaCNBC could not independently verify the AP numbers.Sources: Associated Press reports, Gaza Health Ministry, Israeli military, U.N.Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Palestinian Red Crescent — Associated PressHouse Speaker Mike Johnson expects Israel funding bill to pass in the House 'this week'Newly elected Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) addreses the House of Representatives after being elected the new Speaker of the House at the U.S.Capitol in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2023.Elizabeth Frantz | ReutersNewly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., on Sunday said that negotiating funding to support Israel is his top priority and he expects a standalone bill on the issue to pass in the House this week.Earlier this month, President Joe Biden requested $105 billion of aid that would combine Israel and Ukraine funding.But Republicans resisted that measure, wanting to separate out support for Israel and negotiate Ukraine separately. Johnson's reference to a standalone bill indicates his intention to keep funding for Israel distinct from support for Ukraine."There are lots of things going on around the world that we have to address and we will.But right now, what's happening in Israel takes the immediate attention," said Johnson in an interview on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures."The election of Johnson as the House's new speaker ends a weekslong deadlock, which had prevented the congressmembers from figuring out how to financially support Israel, a major U.S.ally, in the war against Hamas."We should not waste any more time and I think we'll get it through the House this week," Johnson added.— Rebecca PicciottoRon DeSantis on banning pro-Palestinian groups from Florida colleges: 'Not a First Amendment issue'Republican U.S.presidential candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis greets his supporters during the Never Back Down South Carolina Bus Tour at Revel Events Center in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S., October 4, 2023.Alyssa Pointer | ReutersFlorida Gov. and presidential candidate Ron DeSantis on Sunday stood by his call to ban pro-Palestinian advocacy groups from Florida state colleges, despite criticisms saying the move violated free speech.On Tuesday, DeSantis called on the Florida university system to shut down at least two chapters of a pro-Palestine student group called Students for Justice in Palestine.He received backlash for the move, including from fellow Republican presidential candidates.In a social media post on X, formerly Twitter, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, who lags DeSantis in the polls, called the action "utter hypocrisy for someone who railed against left-wing cancel culture.""This is not cancel culture," DeSantis fired back in a Sunday interview on NBC's "Meet the Press." "We also have strong laws in Florida against fundraising for groups like Hamas, and we are enforcing those vigorously.It's not a First Amendment issue.That's a material support to terrorism issue."When asked whether he had any evidence that the student groups had fundraised for or provided material support to Hamas, DeSantis did not provide any evidence but maintained that he was "justified within the law."— Rebecca PicciottoWHO, Red Cross say 'under no circumstance' should hospitals be raid targetsDistribution of medical aid and medicines to Nasser Medical Hospital in the city of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, which recently arrived through the Rafah crossing on October 29, 2023 in Khan Yunis, Gaza.Ahmad Hasaballah | Getty ImagesThe World Health Organization and the Red Cross reiterated on Sunday that hospitals are protected under international humanitarian law and should not be targets of attack in the Israel-Hamas war, following bomb threats to a hospital in the Gaza Strip."Under no circumstances, hospitals should be bombed, under no circumstance, a patient should die in a hospital bed," said Robert Mardini, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross, in an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation."His comments come hours after the Palestinian Red Crescent, a humanitarian group, announced that it had received notice from Israeli forces to evacuate the Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza, warning of bombardment to come. Raids 50 meters away from the hospital have already taken place, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.Mardini explained the complications involved in a hospital evacuation: "Imagine babies and incubators, you cannot unplug this.Imagine people getting oxygen, you cannot just evacuate this."He added that the parties at war have a responsibility to prioritize civilian lives first and should not target hospitals given that mandate.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also emphasized that hospitals should be avoided in a bombardment in a post on X, formerly Twitter."We reiterate — it's impossible to evacuate hospitals full of patients without endangering their lives," he said.— Rebecca PicciottoThe number of children killed in the conflict soarsEDITOR'S NOTE: This post contains graphic content.Discretion is advisedThe number of children killed in the blockaded Gaza Strip since the start of the Hamas-Israel earlier this month has exceeded the number of children killed in armed conflict every year globally since 2019, international charity Save the Children said Sunday.In a statement, the charity cited numbers from the Gaza Health Ministry of at least 3,195 children killed in the war that was sparked following a surprise Hamas attack on Oct.7.It also mentioned the deaths of 33 children in the occupied West Bank and 29 children killed in Israel.EDITORS NOTE- Graphic Content: Relatives carry the bodies of children from the Abu Quta family who were killed in Israeli strikes on the Palestinian city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during their funeral on October 8, 2023.Said Khatib | Afp | Getty Images"The numbers are harrowing and with violence not only continuing but expanding in Gaza right now, many more children remain at grave risk," Save the Children Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territory Jason Lee said in a statement. "One child's death is one too many, but these are grave violations of epic proportions.A cease-fire is the only way to ensure their safety."CNBC could not verify the number of deaths reported.— Associated PressBritish prime minister, French prime minister discuss aid for Gaza, security British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's office says he has spoken to French President Emmanuel Macron about the importance of getting urgent humanitarian support into Gaza and maintaining regional security following the expansion of Israel's military operation against Hamas.The leaders "agreed to work together on efforts both to get crucial food, fuel, water and medicine to those who need it, and to get foreign nationals out," Downing Street said in a statement Sunday,"They expressed their shared concern at the risk of escalation in the wider region, in particular in the West Bank.The Prime Minister and President Macron updated on the conversations they have had with leaders in the region to stress the importance of working to ensure regional stability."Sunak and Macron agreed that it was important not to lose sight of the long-term future of the region and, in particular, the need for a two-state solution, the statement said."They underscored that Hamas does not represent ordinary Palestinians and that their barbarism should not undermine the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people."— Associated PressIranian foreign minister says Iran does not want war to 'spread out'Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Tehran on September 3, 2023.Atta Kenare | AFP | Getty ImagesIranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that his country does not want the war between Israel and Hamas to unfurl into other parts of the Middle East."We do not want this war to spread out," Amir-Abdollahian said in a Thursday interview, which aired Sunday on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS."Since the war began, speculation has swirled over Iran's potential involvement in the Oct.7 Hamas attacks, which the foreign minister said is a "baseless claim."His comments come after a speech at the United Nations where he said that if Israel's bombardment against Palestine continues, then the United States "would not be spared from this fire."That speech happened on the same day the U.S.launched strikes against Iranian military sites in Syria in retaliation for Iranian-backed militia attacks against U.S. military bases in Syria and Iraq.U.S.officials maintained that those attacks were "separate and distinct" from the Israel-Hamas war.— Rebecca PicciottoPalestinian women wash their clothes using sea water due to the lack of fresh water and electricityPalestinian women wash their clothes using seawater due to the lack of fresh water and electricity, along the beach in Deir el-Balah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 29, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.Palestinian women wash their clothes using sea water due to the lack of fresh water and electricity, along the beach in Deir el-Balah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 29, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.Israel pounded Hamas-ruled Gaza on October 29, in an escalating air and ground campaign as the UN warned civil order was "starting to break down" in the besieged Palestinian territory.Mahmud Hams | AFP | Getty ImagesPalestinian women wash their clothes using sea water due to the lack of fresh water and electricity, along the beach in Deir el-Balah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 29, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. Israel pounded Hamas-ruled Gaza on October 29, in an escalating air and ground campaign as the UN warned civil order was "starting to break down" in the besieged Palestinian territory.Mahmud Hams | AFP | Getty ImagesPalestinian women wash their clothes using sea water due to the lack of fresh water and electricity, along the beach in Deir el-Balah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 29, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.Israel pounded Hamas-ruled Gaza on October 29, in an escalating air and ground campaign as the UN warned civil order was "starting to break down" in the besieged Palestinian territory.Mahmud Hams | AFP | Getty ImagesPalestinian women wash their clothes using sea water due to the lack of fresh water and electricity, along the beach in Deir el-Balah in the southern Gaza Strip on October 29, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.Israel pounded Hamas-ruled Gaza on October 29, in an escalating air and ground campaign as the UN warned civil order was "starting to break down" in the besieged Palestinian territory. Mahmud Hams | AFP | Getty Images— Mahmud Hams | AFP | Getty ImagesWhite House security advisor says Israel should take 'every possible means' to protect civiliansWhite House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the annual meeting of the Arms Control Association at the National Press Club on June 2, 2023 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty ImagesUnited States National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Sunday that the Israeli government and its military should do everything in their power to protect the civilians in Gaza who have been caught in the crossfire of the country's war against Hamas."Every hour, every day of this military operation, the IDF, the Israeli government should be taking every possible means available to them to distinguish between terrorists who are legitimate military targets and civilians who are not," Sullivan said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union."He added that President Joe Biden will speak to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reiterate that point.Sullivan explained that Hamas' military strategy involves using civilians as "human shields." The military group, for example, does not wear uniforms to make it difficult to distinguish fighters from civilians.As a result, when Israel targets Hamas, it also may end up harming civilians.Sullivan noted that by the U.S.count of the death toll, thousands of Palestinian civilians have been killed in Israel's bombardment of Gaza."That creates an added burden for Israel but it does not lessen Israel's responsibility under international humanitarian law to distinguish between terrorists and civilians, and to protect the lives of innocent people," Sullivan said.— Rebecca PicciottoThe Pope calls for a ceasefire and release of hostagesPope Francis speaks during the weekly general audience at St Peter's square in The Vatican on October 18, 2023.Alberto Pizzoli | Afp | Getty ImagesPope Francis repeatedly called for a ceasefire in Gaza on Sunday."Let's continue to pray for Ukraine and for the serious situation in Palestine and Israel and for other regions with wars," Francis said."In particular, in Gaza, leave space to guarantee humanitarian aid.And let the hostages be freed immediately. Let no one abandon the possibility to stop the arms.Ceasefire," he added, speaking from the window of the Apostolic Palace above St.Peter's Square.The pope cited the Rev.Ibrahim Faltas, the vicar of the Holy Land, as joining him in the urgent plea for a cease-fire."Stop yourselves, brothers and sisters, war is always defeat.Always! Always!" he concluded.— Associated PressNetanyahu apologizes for blaming Israeli advisors for Oct.7 intelligence failureIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defense minister Yoav Gallant during a press conference in the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv , Israel , 28 October2023.Pool | Via ReutersIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning walked back his comments about the intelligence failures leading up to the Oct.7 Hamas attack.Late Saturday night, he took to social media to deny that he had received any warning about the attack that has now triggered a war between Israel and Hamas.He said that in the days leading up to the war, security advisors had repeatedly assured him that Hamas had been deterred and was not a threat.That comment came hours after his press conference with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Minister Benny Gantz where he was asked whether he had received any notice prior to the Hamas attack. There has been ongoing speculation as to whether Netanyahu had anticipated the attacks.That initial Saturday night social media post triggered an onslaught of criticism directed at Netanyahu for pointing fingers at his military chiefs for the intelligence failure of the Oct.7 attack."Netanyahu crossed a red line tonight," Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid wrote on X, formerly Twitter."While IDF soldiers and commanders are fighting valiantly against Hamas and Hezbollah, he is trying to blame them instead of backing them up.""The Prime Minister must retract his statement last night," Gantz said in his own X post.Hours later, Netanyahu deleted the post and issued an apology."I was wrong.Things I said following the press conference should not have been said and I apologize for that," Netanyahu wrote in a new social media post on Sunday."I give full backing to all the heads of the security arms."— Rebecca PicciottoIsrael's Mobileye CEO urges that Netanyahu be replaced immediatelyAmnon Shashua, president and chief executive officer of Mobileye Global Inc., speaks during the company's IPO at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, US, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesThe head of self-driving auto technologies firm Mobileye and one of Israel's leading businessmen, Amnon Shashua, on Sunday urged the immediate ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government.Shashua, in a high-profile public rebuke from Israel's private sector, said Netanyahu's government was guilty of "failures, dissonance and incompetence" since Hamas gunmen crossed from Gaza in a deadly rampage of southern Israeli towns on Oct.7."We must cut our losses and do it quickly.The only solution to the current situation in Israel is to replace the government, and it needs to happen immediately," Shashua wrote in an opinion piece in financial daily Calcalist.Netanyahu caused his own uproar on Sunday by taking a jab at his intelligence chiefs, saying they never warned him Hamas was planning its attack, but later retracted his comments and issued an apology.Netanyahu's office, asked by Reuters, declined to comment on Shashua's editorial.— ReutersIranian president says Israel has 'crossed red lines' that could 'force everyone to take action'Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran, December 9, 2022.WANA | ReutersIranian President Ebrahim Raisi reiterated his criticism of Israel in a post on X, suggesting the country's measures against Gaza could force others to respond."Zionist regime's crimes have crossed the red lines, which may force everyone to take action," Raisi wrote in the post. "Washington asks us to not do anything, but they keep giving widespread support to Israel.The US sent messages to the Axis of Resistance but received a clear response on the battlefield."Iran refuses to acknowledge the state of Israel and is its top adversary.It is also a primary funder of Hamas, the Palestinian militant group whose terrorist attack against Israel on Oct.7 killed more than 1,300 people.Israel says its offensive into Gaza is aimed at eliminating Hamas and defending its people.— Natasha TurakThree Palestinians killed in West Bank overnight by Israel forces, health ministry says Three Palestinian men were shot and killed overnight by Israeli forces in the West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry wrote in a post on its Facebook page.The deaths bring the number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank, which is under Israeli military occupation, to 114 since Oct. 7.Tensions between Palestinians and Israeli settlers and military forces in the territory were already high before the Hamas attack on southern Israel that killed more than 1,300 people.Hamas governs the Gaza Strip but not the West Bank, where its secular rival Fatah exercises control and coordinates with Israeli authorities in many areas.— Natasha TurakWHO says it has restored contact with team in GazaThe World Health Organization has restored contact with its team in the Gaza Strip after heavy Israeli bombardment led to a connectivity blackout, its director-general said."As with everyone in Gaza, they and their families are not safe.They said the last two nights were extremely tense with a lot of airstrikes — without fuel, water, electricity, connectivity and safe shelter to evacuate to," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wrote on social media platform X.The WHO director stressed the need to protect health facilities and humanitarian workers and reiterating his calls for a cease-fire. He warned that hospitals in the besieged territory were running out of medical supplies and overwhelmed with patients."Because of the siege, Gaza is also running out of insulin and anesthetic," he wrote in a separate post on X.— Natasha TurakPalestinians wait in front of a bakery shop to meet their daily food needsPalestinians wait in front of a bakery shop to meet their daily food needs during the 23rd day of Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, Gaza on October 29, 2023.Palestinians wait in front of a bakery shop to meet their daily food needs during the 23rd day of Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, Gaza on October 29, 2023.(Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu via Getty Images)Abed Rahim Khatib | Anadolu Agency | Getty ImagesPalestinians wait in front of a bakery shop to meet their daily food needs during the 23rd day of Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, Gaza on October 29, 2023. (Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu via Getty Images)Abed Rahim Khatib | Anadolu Agency | Getty ImagesPalestinians wait in front of a bakery shop to meet their daily food needs during the 23rd day of Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, Gaza on October 29, 2023.(Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu via Getty Images)Abed Rahim Khatib | Anadolu Agency | Getty ImagesA view from a bakery as Palestinians wait in front of it to meet their daily food needs during the 23rd day of Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, Gaza on October 29, 2023.Abed Rahim Khatib | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images— Getty Images40 more aid trucks expected to enter Gaza, World Food Programme says, but it "needs more"Forty more aid trucks are expected to enter Gaza on Sunday, a representative from the UN World Food Programme said, as the humanitarian situation on the ground worsens and Israeli bombardment intensifies."We hope today we will be able to allow more trucks into Gaza – 40 trucks are expected to be crossing," WFP Country Director for Palestine Samer Abdeljaber said in an interview with CNN."However, we have to also note that that's not enough compared to the soaring needs ...at the moment in Gaza, we need more than that.""Just for WFP to be able to reach 1 million people, we need 40 trucks a day.If we're going to be supporting 2 million people, we need 100 trucks of food," he said.Abdeljaber said that the trucks will be bringing aid including food, water and medical equipment, but not fuel. He added that the internet and communications blackout as a result of Israeli bombing created a major challenge for coordinating facilities on the ground.— Natasha TurakPalestinian Red Crescent says IDF has ordered it to evacuate its hospital under threat of bombardmentThe Palestinian Red Crescent said the IDF has warned it to evacuate its hospital ahead of a bombardment."Urgent: @PRCS has just received serious threats from the occupation authorities to immediately evacuate Al-Quds Hospital in the Gaza Strip, as it is going to be #bombarded.Since this morning, there has been raids 50 meters away from the hospital," the PRCS wrote in a tweet."Two phone calls were received, with a clear and direct threat, that the hospital must be evacuated at once, otherwise PRCS holds full responsibility for the lives of everyone inside the hospital," the organization said in a separate statement.Israel has directed the 1.1 million residents of northern Gaza to evacuate the area amid a heavy bombing campaign, but the Palestinian Red Crescent said it would stay to keep providing urgent care to patients in its hospital.Evacuations are also becoming significantly more difficult as ambulances are running out of fuel, aid organizations say.— Natasha TurakInternet and telephone connectivity restored for many in GazaInternet and telephone connectivity was restored Sunday morning for many people in Gaza, according to the telecoms company Paltel, Internet-access advocacy group NetBlocks.org and confirmation on the ground.For more than 24 hours, people in the besieged Gaza Strip were not able to communicate with each other or seek help amid a relentless Israeli bombardment. The narrow coastal area had suffered a total communication blackout since late Friday, adding to the misery of more than 2.3 million people living there.Many residents, especially in the northern half of the strip, were not able to call ambulances to transfer injured people to hospitals or to seek help for those trapped under the rubble of bombed houses."The aggressive bombardment was horrible," said Raed Sharif, a volunteer helping transport wounded people to hospitals in Gaza City."There were striking everywhere."Doctors Without Borders medical group said the communication blackout had further isolated the population suffering under siege and bombardment.The blackout also limited the group's ability to coordinate and provide medical assistance, it said.— Associated PressIDF says it struck more than 450 targets in Gaza in last 24 hoursA view of the remains of a mosque and houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in the central Gaza Strip October 29, 2023.Mohammed Fayq Abu Mostafa | ReutersThe Israeli Defense Forces hit more than 450 targets in Gaza over the past day, the IDF said in a statement. It said the targets included command centers, missile launch sites and observation posts."As part of the expansion of ground activities, combined combat forces struck terrorist cells that attempted to attack the forces and terrorist cells that planned to carry out anti-tank missile launches," the statement said.It added that an IDF officer in northern Gaza was badly injured by a mortar shell in the north of Gaza and has been evacuated for treatment.Aid groups and journalists in Gaza say the bombings that began Friday night were the heaviest they have seen from Israel since the country began its retaliatory strikes against the Hamas attack on Oct.7.— Natasha TurakU.N.Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Gaza offensiveNEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: Ambassador of the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad H. Mansour, speaks at the General Assembly during the 10th Emergency Special Session at the 39th plenary meeting at the United Nations on October 26, 2023 in New York City.The U.N.continues to meet to discuss the status of the Palestinians and the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.(Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)Eduardo Munoz Alvarez | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesThe United Nations Security Council plans to hold an emergency meeting on Israel's ground offensive into Gaza on Monday.The United Arab Emirates, currently a rotating member of the UN Security Council, condemned the violence and called for a ceasefire.Members Russia and China have also called for ceasefires, while the United States has so far voted against any such efforts by the international body.In a U.N. vote on Friday, the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian truce between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, with 120 countries in favor, 14 against and 45 countries abstaining.The U.S.and Israel voted against the resolution.— Natasha TurakThousands break into United Nations warehouses in GazaPalestinians storm a UN-run aid supply center, that distributes food to displaced families following Israel's call for more than one million residents in northern Gaza to move south for their safety, in Deir al-Balah on October 28, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.Mohammed Abed | Afp | Getty ImagesThousands of people broke into several warehouses and took belonging to the U.N.Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza strip, the agency said in a statement. Wheat flour, hygiene materials, and other basic items were taken, the statement added."This is a worrying sign that civil order is starting to break down after three weeks of war and a tight siege on Gaza," said Thomas White, director of UNRWA affairs in Gaza."The needs of the communities are immense, if only for basic survival, while the aid we receive is meager," he added.Palestinians storm a UN-run aid supply center, that distributes food to displaced families following Israel's call for more than one million residents in northern Gaza to move south for their safety, in Deir al-Balah on October 28, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.Mohammed Abed | Afp | Getty ImagesOnly 80 trucks have passed through the Rafah Crossing with Egypt, bringing supplies to Gaza, compared to 200 aid trucks per day prior to Oct.7., the statement said.They are subject to strict checks, an ongoing ban on the distribution of fuel, and heightened demand due to the exodus of residents to the south, the statement said, adding that no trucks passed into the strip on Saturday, when the strip was under total blackout.Palestinians storm a UN-run aid supply center, that distributes food to displaced families following Israel's call for more than one million residents in northern Gaza to move south for their safety, in Deir al-Balah on October 28, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.Mohammed Abed | Afp | Getty Images— NBC NewsSun, Oct 29 20234:22 AM EDTIDF calls on Gaza citizens to move south 'temporarily' in a renewed warningThe IDF is reiterating its calls for the citizens of Gaza to move south, saying the "urgency" for them to move away from what it describes as a Hamas stronghold has increased.In a post on X, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said in English: "Civilians in northern Gaza and Gaza City should temporarily move south of Wadi Gaza to a safer area where they can receive water, food and medicine."Israel has cut off water, food, fuel and aid from the besieged enclave since the early days of the war in a bid to weaken Hamas militants, and Palestinians trapped inside Gaza say there's nowhere to hide.Hagari said the IDF has been warnings citizens for over two weeks to move away from Hamas strongholds."Today, we increase the urgency of that warning," he said.— Joanna TanSun, Oct 29 20233:39 AM EDTIsrael will continue 'large-scale, significant strikes' in GazaPlumes of smoke could be seen from the detritus of Israeli bombardment as it picks up in intensity after military officials announced an expanded ground operation into the Gaza Strip to eliminate Hamas, as seen from Sderot, Israel, Oct. 28, 2023.Marcus Yam | Los Angeles Times | Getty ImagesIsrael will press on with "large-scale, significant strikes" as it seeks out Hamas militants and their leadership in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said."The IDF is continuing with large-scale, significant strikes from the air and from the sea, and the targeting of terrorists," spokesperson, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, said in the latest press update.Covered by aerial support, IDF forces — from infantry, armor, and artillery — entered northern Gaza overnight and "expanded ground activities," he said.He also said the IDF has killed key Hamas leaders including the commander of the naval force of the Gaza Brigade and other brigade commanders.CNBC could not verify those claims."These commanders are the operational commanders of Hamas, Hamas' tactical leaders.Eliminating them facilitates the war's progress and enables the forces on the ground to fight against a weaker enemy," he said."The expansion of the IDF's operational activity furthers the war's goals," he added.— Joanna TanSun, Oct 29 20233:36 AM EDTPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Gaza is facing a 'war of genocide'Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the international community to stop Israel's aggression and bombardments in the Gaza Strip.Christophe Ena | Afp | Getty Images"Our people in the Gaza Strip are facing a war of genocide and massacres committed by the Israeli occupation forces in full view of the entire world," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a meeting with officials from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).Abbas is president of the Palestinian Authority, the internationally recognized government of the Palestinian people, which governs parts of the occupied West Bank.His Fatah movement, a rival to the Hamas, controls the PLO.Meeting with leaders of the PLO in Ramallah, Abbas called on the international community to end Israel's aggression in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.He questioned how it was possible "to remain silent in the face of over 3,000 Palestinian children killed and the shelling of hospitals, along with the ruthless destruction and collective punishment of civilians.""Gaza will remain an integral part of the Palestinian state, alongside the West Bank, including East Jerusalem...Jerusalem will remain our eternal capital, with its Islamic and Christian sanctities," he declared, vowing to rebuild everything destroyed in Gaza by Israel's bombardment.— Joanna TanSun, Oct 29 202312:40 AM EDTIsraeli military spokesman declines to answer if Israel was responsible for Gaza blackoutIsrael's chief military spokesperson declined to say whether Israel was behind the telecommunications blackout that hit Gaza on Friday and which has left the besieged enclave largely cut off but said it would do what it needed to protect its forces.Asked whether Israel had knocked out cellular services at the start of the ground offensive that began on Friday night, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said: "We do what we have to do to secure our forces for as long as we must, temporary or permanent, as much as we need to and we will not say anything further about that."— ReutersSun, Oct 29 20233:23 AM EDTPalestinian Red Crescent says 3 of its ambulances are out of fuelThe Palestinian Red Crescent says three of its ambulances can no longer operate as they have run out of fuel."From Gaza operations room to Palestine Red Crescent central headquarters operations room, we would like to inform you that due to the shortage of fuel (gasoline) 3 ambulance vehicles that operate on this type of fuel have been stopped," according to voice message from a humanitarian worker inside Gaza, the PRCS said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter."Consequently, the operational capacity has been reduced to 27 ambulance vehicles only," he added, according to the translation from Arabic.He said that due to the communication blackout, "ambulance vehicles have been geographically distributed across all areas ... this action increases the danger to the field teams."— Joanna TanSat, Oct 28 20232:42 PM EDTIsraeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: This is the second stage of the warIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses media during a joint press conference with French President in Jerusalem on October 24, 2023.Christophe Ena | AFP | Getty ImagesIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a Saturday press conference that Israel is in its second phase of what he expects will be a long and difficult war as the country expands its ground presence in Gaza.Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Minister Benny Gantz also spoke at the briefing, reiterating that the war against Hamas is likely not near its end.Netanyahu doubled down on Israel's two goals in the war: to eradicate the military and governing powers of Hamas and to rescue all of the group's hostages.In response to a question about the potential conflict between those goals, he rejected the idea that there was any tension between eliminating Hamas and saving the hostages.The prime minister warned civilians in Gaza to find safe areas as Israel intensifies its presence in the region.On Friday night, Israel launched a series of bombings in Gaza.Since then, there have been a variety of reports that civilians have lost connection to internet and cellular communication. Gallant spoke on the complications of returning the hostages under Hamas.He said there might be a higher probability of rescuing the abductees as Israel's military pressure escalates, which Gantz emphasized in his own remarks.Earlier on Saturday, a Hamas spokesperson reportedly said in a broadcast on a Hamas-run television channel that the militant group was prepared to return its hostages in exchange for Israel's Palestinian prisoners.— Rebecca PicciottoSat, Oct 28 202312:55 PM EDTSpokesman says Hamas is ready to trade hostages for Palestinian prisonersThe spokesman for the military wing of Hamas says the group is ready to swap dozens of hostages it is holding for all the Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.The spokesman, using the nom de guerre Abu Obeida, said in a televised speech Saturday that such a deal also could be conducted in stages, but that Israelis "should know the price that they have to pay."On Saturday, hundreds of relatives of hostages gathered in a square in downtown Tel Aviv and demanded that the government put the return of their loved ones ahead of Israel's military objectives.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was expected to meet with the hostage families later Saturday.Military officials have said they are trying to both topple Hamas and bring back the hostages but have not explained how they could obtain both objectives at the same time.The families of the hostages fear Israel's ramped-up offensive in Gaza is endangering the captives.— Associated PressSat, Oct 28 20233:47 PM EDTIsraeli communications minister says he will block Elon Musk's deployment of Starlink in GazaThe upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket deploys a stack of Starlink "V2 Mini" satellites in orbit on Feb.27, 2028.SpaceXIsraeli Minister of Communications Shlomo Karhi on Saturday staunchly criticized Elon Musk's announcement to deploy Starlink, the SpaceX-operated internet provider, in Gaza where access to internet and cellular communication has been cut off.Earlier on Saturday, Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, that he would use Starlink to "support connectivity" for internationally recognized aid organizations in Gaza.The communications minister responded to Musk with a post of his own, saying that Israel will use "all means at its disposal" to fight the launch of Starlink in Gaza.He added that Hamas would end up using Starlink for "terrorist activities.""Perhaps Musk would be willing to condition it with the release of our abducted babies, sons, daughters, elderly people. All of them!" Karhi wrote in the social media post."By then, my office will cut any ties with starlink."Starlink has been used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in its fight against Russia.But Musk has come under fire for his reported interference during some episodes of Russia's war against Ukraine.In September, a Ukrainian adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy criticized Musk for shutting down Starlink's connection in the region in order to prevent a Ukrainian attack against Russian warships.— Rebecca PicciottoSat, Oct 28 202310:59 PM EDTCNBC’s previous coverage

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