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Israel-Hamas war rages as Gaza deaths mount10 min ago"I don’t know if they are safe or not": Family members left in dark after communications go down in Gaza From CNN’s Yahya Abou-Ghazala and Kyle BlainePeople who have family in Gaza tell CNN they have not been able to contact them after communications went down in the enclave following heavy airstrikes.Jawwal, the Palestinian telecom company that provides mobile service to the Gaza Strip released a statement Friday night saying "the intense bombardment in the past hour has resulted in the destruction of all remaining international routes connecting Gaza with the outside world" leading to a "complete interruption of telecommunications services".Said Alhayek, 42, from Las Vegas, said he has not been able to reach his family in Gaza.“It’s like sitting in the dark not knowing what is going to hit you, I can’t reach them on any medium of communication at this point, I can’t even know if they are okay or not, I don’t know if they are safe or not," Alhayek said."Also, the fact that they cut off communication, makes us feel as though they are about to do something terrible.” Adli Anwar, 57, who is living in Ottowa, Canada, also said he has no way of communicating with his family.“I can’t get anything — about three hours ago, we lost all communications, no phones, no internet, nothing.Before it would connect, about 80% of the time, and now it’s zero percent.It doesn’t get to the international line," Anwar said. CNN tried calling several contacts with Gaza numbers over the last hour, both over international calling and over WhatsApp.On the international calls, they either go straight to voicemail or an automated message says “the number you are calling is currently unreachable.Please try again later.” WhatsApp and iMessage are not delivering, and when using the internet to call, it just rings endlessly.28 min agoWhite House won't say if Israel notified US in advance of IDF's announcement of expanded operations From CNN's Donald JuddThe White House wouldn't say if Israel had informed the United States before the Israeli Defense Forces announced an expanding ground operation into Gaza on Friday.“So, I'm not going to talk about in getting into details of the conversations that we have with our Israeli counterparts and the information, the flow between us,” White House National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said.“I think that would be a very imprudent place for me to go.He also declined to say if the Biden administration has confidence that Israel has fully considered the ramifications of a ground operation.Kirby said he was "not going to talk about their decision-making process" or what is unfolding on the ground in Gaza."They have to speak to that, and they have to be able to answer the questions about the soundness of their planning and the effectiveness of their execution,” he said.Still, he said the administration has asked Israel some of the "hard questions."“You know, what are the aims? What's the strategy?What, you know — how and when is this going to end?Because, again, we've learned from our own experience that you have to ask those questions," Kirby said.In the meantime, Kirby emphasized, the administration has been vocal in raising concerns about civilian casualties in the operation so far.25 min agoUS in "active conversations" with Israel about humanitarian pause to allow for hostages' releaseFrom CNN's Kevin LiptakA woman looks at a wall in Tel Aviv, Israel, displaying pictures of people held hostage on October 26.Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesThe US has held “active conversations” with Israel about a humanitarian pause to allow for the release of hostages in Gaza, the White House said.“We absolutely believe that that if a pause can be effected to allow for the…release of hostages, then that is something we absolutely would support and we believe Israel should support it,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.“We’ve been having active conversations with them about that,” Kirby said.He said the US would “continue to press with our partners in the region” to see the hostages released.“If that requires a localized, temporary pause to do it, then we are absolutely supportive of that. We’re in support of whatever effort can be made to get them home safely to their families,” Kirby said.The White House said it will still continue its work Friday to secure the release of hostages even after the Israel Defense Forces' announcement of "expanding ground operations" in the Gaza Strip.“We are working as hard today as we were yesterday and the day before and the day before to get these hostages home,” Kirby told CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez.“And we will do what it takes working with our partners for that outcome.”What Israel is saying: IDF spokesperson Rear Adm.Daniel Hagari told reporters Friday to disregard rumors about a possible deal to release the hostages being held in Gaza.The official said IDF "will reach and present any credible information" on hostages to the families first when it’s confirmed, and then they will notify the public."Until then, don’t surrender to Hamas’ manipulations of psychological terror,” Hagari said.CNN's Kyle Blaine contributed reporting to this post.1 hr 1 min agoWhite House says it wouldn't be appropriate to weigh in on Israel's latest actions in GazaFrom CNN's Kevin LiptakThe White House says it wouldn’t be appropriate for it to weigh in after the Israel Defense Forces announced Friday they are expanding ground operations.“We have, of course, certainly seen Israel undertake varied operations on the ground in the last couple of days,” National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told reporters. “But again, we're not going to get into the habit of chiming in from the sidelines here on what they're trying to do on the ground.”Kirby said he wouldn’t address what Israel is doing on the ground, how they’re doing it or progress they were making.He did say the US would continue providing Israel military assistance.“We're going to continue to support their desire for capabilities … and munitions and that process continues,” Kirby said.He said President Joe Biden is still working to ensure humanitarian aid enters Gaza and civilians who want to leave are able to.Kirby added that an additional 10 trucks of humanitarian aid entered Gaza, bringing the total since the start of the conflict to 84.1 hr 15 min agoWitness at hospital says Gaza is disconnected from outside world during bombardmentFrom CNN's Kareem KhadderGaza has been "left in the dark with no connection to the outside world," an eyewitness at the Al Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al Balah tells CNN.The eyewitness says the hospital has received the bodies of multiple people killed and more wounded in the intensified bombardment of central Gaza Friday night.They added that casualties are expected to rise.The bombardment in central Gaza concentrated on Deir al Balah, the Nuseirat refugee camp and al Zawaida, the eyewitness said, adding that now there is "intense bombing" on Al-Maghazi and Al-Bureij camps.59 min agoPalestine Red Crescent Society says it "completely lost contact" with emergency medical teams in GazaFrom CNN's Kareem Khadder A still from AFP TV footage shows balls of fire rising above Gaza City during an Israeli strike on October 27.AFP/Getty ImagesThe Palestine Red Crescent Society said it has "completely lost contact with the operations room in Gaza and all our teams operating there," according to a statement released Friday following a massive increase in Israeli air strikes on the enclave. “We are deeply concerned about the ability of our teams to continue providing their emergency medical services, especially since this disruption affects the central emergency number '101' and hinders the arrival of ambulance vehicles to the wounded and injured," the statement said.Earlier, Jawwal, the Palestinian telecom company that provides mobile service to the Gaza Strip also said the strikes resulted in a "complete interruption of telecommunications service,” according to a statement.1 hr 11 min agoIsraeli military says forces are "operating forcefully" on all frontsThe Israel Defense Forces' troops are "operating forcefully" on all fronts in order to fulfill its goals in the war with Hamas, and will "continue striking Gaza City and keep calling upon civilians to evacuate south," IDF spokesperson Rear Adm.Daniel Hagari said Friday.Asked about a possible deal to release the over 200 hostages being held in Gaza, Hagari told reporters to "disregard rumors," claiming Hamas is using psychological terror.On the ground in Israel: As the IDF announced it was expanding ground operations in Gaza, sirens indicating incoming rockets sounded in the Israeli city of Ashkelon Friday night.A CNN team on the ground heard a loud boom, potentially from Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system intercepting a rocket.CNN's Ivana Kottasová contributed reporting to this post.7 min agoUN prepares to vote on Israel-Hamas warFrom CNN's Caitlin Hu, David Shortell and Richard RothPakistan's United Nations Ambassador Munir Akram addresses the UN General Assembly in New York on October 27.Bebeto Matthews/APUN members are preparing to vote on a resolution calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the war between Israel and Hamas so that humanitarian aid can reach civilians in the battered enclave of Gaza.The vote is expected at 3 p.m.ET.Key Arab states, including Egypt, endorsed the resolution.The United States, siding with Israel, sharply criticized the effort, calling the resolution “deeply flawed.”Jordan brought the resolution to the General Assembly after successive attempts to call for ceasefires and humanitarian pauses failed in the more powerful Security Council. A general assembly vote is politically significant but not binding.The draft resolution calls for an "immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities," as well as "immediate, full, sustained, safe and unhindered humanitarian access."The resolution also calls for "the immediate and unconditional release of all civilians who are being illegally held captive" but does not name Hamas as the captor.Israel's position: In debate Thursday, Israeli ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan called the resolution “completely devoid of any content related to the situation,” saying calls for a ceasefire were “not an attempt for peace,” but “an attempt to tie Israel’s hands, preventing us from eliminating a huge threat to our citizens.”Palestinian observer's position: Ambassador Riyad Mansour, head of the Palestinian Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, highlighted the climbing death toll among Palestinian civilians, asking the assembly, “Is this the war some of you are defending?” There is no explicit criticism of Hamas in the General Assembly resolution currently under debate.Hamas, which controls Gaza, sparked the latest outbreak in violence after its October 7 terror attacks in Israel that left more than 1,400 dead.“These are omissions of evil and they give cover to and they empower Hamas’s brutality,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the UN, said Friday.“No member state should allow that to happen.”Canada has offered a last-minute amendment which sharply denounces the militant group.A majority of at least two-thirds of member countries present in the General Assembly Hall would need to vote yes for the resolution to pass.Jordan's input: Jordanian Foreign Affairs Minister Ayman Safadi urged approval of the pending UN resolution, writing on X that “voting against Arab #UNGA resolution means approving this senseless war, this senseless killing.”The outcome of the Israeli ground operation “will be a humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions for years to come,” he said.“Millions will be watching every vote. History will judge.”31 min agoGround operations expanding in Gaza, Israel Defense Forces announceThe Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced Friday that they are "expanding ground operations" in the Gaza Strip, according IDF spokesperson Rear Adm.Daniel Hagari.“In addition to offensive operations we carried over the past few days, the IDF ground forces are expanding their ground operation this evening,” Hagari said.“Hundreds of thousands of IDF soldiers are all around the borders of the state — in the air, ground, and the sea — to protect the state," he added.The announcement comes as CNN reports a large series of explosions rocked Gaza City on Friday night.CNN's Nic Robertson reports:

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