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War in Gaza is 'going to be long,' Israeli leader Netanyahu says as fighting enters new stage1 min agoUN warns "civil order" starting to breaking down in Gaza as thousands steal basics from warehousesFrom CNN's Radina GigovaThe main UN agency in Gaza has warned civil order is breaking down, saying "thousands" of people have broken into some of its warehouses "taking wheat flour and other basic survival items like hygiene supplies." One of the warehouses in the city of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, is where the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) stores supplies from humanitarian convoys coming from Egypt, the agency said in a statement.“This is a worrying sign that civil order is starting to break down after three weeks of war and a tight siege on Gaza.People are scared, frustrated and desperate," said Thomas White, director of UNRWA Affairs in the Gaza Strip."Tensions and fear are made worse by the cuts in the phones and internet communication lines.They feel that they are on their own, cut off from their families inside Gaza and the rest of the world,” White added.The "massive" displacement of people from northern Gaza to the south "has placed enormous pressure on those communities, adding further burden on crumbling public services," the agency said. Some families have received as many as 50 relatives who are taking shelter in one household, it said.“Supplies on the market are running out while the humanitarian aid coming into the Gaza Strip on trucks from Egypt is insufficient.The needs of the communities are immense, if only for basic survival, while the aid we receive is meagre and inconsistent,” White said.Just over 80 trucks of aid have crossed into Gaza in one week so far, and on Saturday there was no convoy due to the blackout in communications, the agency said.“The current system of convoys is geared to fail. Very few trucks, slow processes, strict inspections, supplies that do not match the requirements of UNRWA and the other aid organizations, and mostly the ongoing ban on fuel, are all a recipe for a failed system," White said.We call for a regular and steady flow line of humanitarian supplies into the Gaza Strip to respond to the needs especially as tensions and frustrations grow,” he added.Following the restoration of internet services, UNRWA teams in Gaza "will reassess the situation with the aim of resuming convoys and distribution of assistance," the agency said.28 min agoCNN team near Gaza hears constant explosions as IDF continues heavy bombing of strip on SundayFrom CNN's Ivana Kottasová in Sderot and Adi Kopelwitz in Sa’ad, near GazaIsrael Defense Forces continued their campaign of heavy bombing against the Gaza Strip on Sunday morning, combining artillery strikes with air power and tanks.A CNN team on the ground on the edge of the closed military zone, about a kilometer from the border, heard constant explosions and sporadic machine gunfire on Sunday morning.The IDF was firing artillery rounds and mortars from outside the border to the east, while machine gunfire was heard from within the Gaza Strip. Drones, helicopters and F-16 fighter jets were seen flying overhead.The IDF said that helicopters, under the direction of IDF tanks, were striking Hamas targets in the north of the Gaza Strip.The CNN team also saw a column of military vehicles, tanks and armored personnel carriers moving towards the northern border of the enclave.Artificial smoke has been seen billowing from near the perimeter, likely intended to obscure the visibility from across the border.IDF soldiers stationed by an artillery position about three kilometers east of the Gaza Strip told CNN there has been regular incoming fire coming from Gaza towards Israel as Hamas continues to launch rockets even after three weeks of continuous IDF strikes against its infrastructure in the enclave.51 min agoWorld Food Programme says 40 more aid trucks expected to enter Gaza but it "needs more"From CNN’s Eve BrennanThe United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Representative and Country Director for Palestine Samer Abdeljaber told CNN that 40 more aid trucks are expected to enter Gaza on Sunday amid a worsening humanitarian situation.“We hope today we will be able to allow more trucks into Gaza – 40 trucks are expected to be crossing. 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,” Abdeljaber said.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 added.The trucks going into the strip include food, water and medical supplies, but not fuel, according to Abdeljaber.Abdeljaber went on to say that the blackout that happened with telecommunication over the weekend presented a “major challenge” for the World Food Programme.“We couldn't coordinate on the ground to facilitate for the trucks to go in," he said.Communications in the enclave -- including cellular and internet connectivity -- were partially restored on Sunday morning, according to two service providers and a monitoring group."Luckily today, it's gradually coming back, but after 36 (hours) of no communication on the ground with our staff, with our partners, even just to plan for the crossing and transshipment of the trucks was a major challenge and that is something that shows how vulnerable the whole situation is if something as simple as communication is not provided for us to be able to operate,” Abdeljaber added. 1 hr 9 min agoIDF says it struck more than 450 targets over past dayFrom CNN’s Amir TalSmoke rises as Israeli forces on the border shell many parts of Gaza on October 28.Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu/Getty ImagesThe Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck more than 450 targets over the past day, including command centers, observation posts, and missile launch sites, as Israel steps up its operation in Gaza, according to a statement Sunday.“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.Additionally, the IDF said an officer was severely injured by a mortar shell in the northern Gaza Strip and was evacuated for medical treatment.Some context: Gazans described Friday night's intense bombardment as the most intense round of airstrikes since Israel began its retaliation of the October 7 Hamas attack.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Saturday that the second phase of the war had begun, as his forces aim to "destroy" Hamas, in what will be a "long" war.6 hr 54 min agoCommunications in Gaza partially restoredFrom CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh, Abeer Salman, Paul Murphy and Lucas LilieholmCommunications in Gaza were partially restored on Sunday morning, according to two service providers and a monitoring group.Palestine Telecommunications (Paltel) announced in a post on its Facebook page that land line, cellular and internet connectivity were gradually being restored after being severely disrupted on Friday evening.“Despite the seriousness of the field situation, our technical teams were and are still doing everything in their power to repair as much damage as possible to the network, as much as possible and within the available capabilities,” Paltel said in its statement Sunday.The Jawwal Telecommunication Company also announced Sunday that its telecommunication services were "gradually being restored." In a separate update posted on X (formerly Twitter), the internet monitoring organization NetBlocks said that internet traffic was being restored in Gaza.“Confirmed: Real-time network data show that internet connectivity is being restored in the #Gaza Strip; service was disrupted on Friday amid heavy bombardment by Israel, leaving most residents cut off from the outside world at a critical moment,” the message said.Qatari-owned telecommunications company Ooredoo, which also provides cellular service in Gaza, did not provide an update on any resumption of service.6 hr 51 min agoIt's early morning in Israel and Gaza. Catch up on the latest developments in the war From CNN's Amarachi Orie, Zahid Mahmood, Ivana Kottasová, Kareem Khadder and Lauren Said-MoorhouseDestruction in northern Gaza after Israeli airstrikes is pictured on October 28.Mohammed Saber/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockIsraeli ground forces are inside Gaza after entering the enclave overnight, as Palestinians experienced what they have described as the most intense round of airstrikes since Israel began its retaliation against Hamas’ October 7 terror attack.The expanded operation has left families of the more than 200 hostages taken to Gaza fearful for their loved ones.A group lobbying for the families of Israeli hostages spoke of “the most terrible of all nights” as emotions spiked with the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) expansion of its ground operation.Catch up below on the latest developments in the war: Israel's goals in this stage: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Saturday the war in Gaza is "going to be long." He said the goals of this stage of the war are to destroy Hamas and return the hostages the militant group took on October 7 and still holds in Gaza.Netanyahu confirmed he spoke with family members of the hostages and said he vowed to them that he would exhaust all options to return their loved ones home.Meanwhile, Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said in a statement his country had entered “a new phase in the war.” The official said Israel "attacked above ground and below ground.We attacked terrorist operatives at all levels, in all places. The instructions to our forces are clear: the operation will continue until a new order is given.”Details on the expanded ground operation: Israeli forces “went into the Gaza Strip and expanded the ground operation where infantry, armor and engineer units and artillery with heavy fire are taking part,” IDF spokesperson Rear Adm.Daniel Hagari said Saturday morning.“The forces are in the field and continue the fighting,” he added, without giving further details.Hagari’s words confirm the military operation has undergone a significant expansion after what it had earlier described as two “targeted raids,” which took place on Wednesday night and Thursday night.Both those raids saw ground forces withdraw after a few hours. However, it does not appear as though any major ground offensive aimed at seizing and holding significant amounts of the territory is yet underway.In a fresh call for Gazans to move south, the IDF spoke of an “impending” operation.Mourning in Gaza: Gazans mourned the loss of their loved ones on Saturday following a night of intense Israeli airstrikes, with many gathering at Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al Balah in central Gaza.Video captured by CNN shows multiple bodies, including those of children, covered in white shrouds or thick blankets, placed on the ground in the hospital yard.Another video showed a young man lying on the floor of the hospital as doctors operated on him.More than 2 million people live in the enclave, and for weeks people in the territory have faced Israeli airstrikes and a growing humanitarian situation, with shortages of water, food and fuel.The IDF said Gazans who had moved south of Wadi Gaza, a waterway bisecting the center of the strip, were in a “protected space,” and would receive more food, water and medicine today, but did not give any details.Aid agencies lose contact: Communications in the enclave have been severely disrupted, leaving aid agencies out of touch with their staff on the ground and emergency services struggling to reach those in need. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Saturday morning that reports of the intense bombardment are “extremely distressing.” He added: “We are still out of touch with our staff and health facilities.I’m worried about their safety.” Several United Nations agencies have also reported losing contact with their local staff in Gaza.6 hr 51 min agoHumanitarian situation in Gaza a "catastrophic failing," Red Cross committee president saysFrom CNN’s Lucas LilieholmPeople mourn Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in Khan Younis, Gaza, on October 28.Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty ImagesThe International Committee of the Red Cross has called for an immediate de-escalation of hostilities in Gaza and delivery of humanitarian aid."It is unacceptable that civilians have no safe place to go in Gaza amid the massive bombardments, and with a military siege in place there is also no adequate humanitarian response currently possible.This is a catastrophic failing that the world must not tolerate," ICRC President Mirjana Spoljaric said in a statement Saturday.Spoljaric added that the “immediate imperative must be to save lives” by ensuring healthcare services, water, and electricity are restored in Gaza.“Under international humanitarian law, the parties are obligated to spare civilians from the effects of military operations at all times, to distinguish between civilians and military targets, and to never use human shields to prevent military objectives from being attacked,” Spoljaric said.The ICRC also called for the “immediate release of all hostages” and reiterated the organization’s previous offer to facilitate any future hostage release operation. 6 hr 24 min ago"The war inside Gaza is going to be long," Israeli prime minister warnsFrom CNN's Kyle BlaineIsraeli tanks and troops move near the border with Gaza in Sderot, Israel, on October 28.Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday drew a connection between the conflict with Hamas and the Arab-Israeli War between 1947 and 1949, which occurred as Israel declared its independence.“The war inside Gaza is going to be long.This is our second independence war.We're going to save our country,” Netanyahu said.Netanyahu said the second stage of the war against Hamas has begun, with the goal of destroying the group's armed wing and government, and returning hostages held in Gaza home.“Our heroic fighters have one goal: To destroy this enemy and to make sure the existence of our country.Never again. 'Never again,' is now,” Netanyahu said during a news conference Saturday.Netanyahu also confirmed he spoke with the family of hostages held by Hamas and vowed to them that he would exhaust all options to return their loved ones.7 hr 12 min agoFamilies of hostages meet with Netanyahu to call for "comprehensive deal" to return all hostagesFrom CNN’s Tamar Michaelis in Jerusalem and Maija Ehlinger in AtlantaFamilies of hostages held in Gaza say they told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu they would only accept an "everyone in return for everyone" deal, which would secure the immediate release of all hostages.The families held a news conference shortly after meeting Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Saturday, just before the prime minister held his own media briefing, where he announced the launch of the second stage of the war in Gaza."We spoke bluntly and made it clear to the prime minister in no uncertain terms that a comprehensive deal based on the 'everyone for everyone' principle is a deal the families would consider, and has the support of all of Israel," Meirav Leshem Gonen, mother of Romi Gonen, said on behalf of the families.An "everyone for everyone" deal would involve the release of the over 200 hostages in Gaza in exchange for Palestinians currently held in Israeli prisons, which the nongovernmental organization Palestinian Prisoners Club estimates to be 6,630 people.Hamas released a statement Saturday claiming the group was willing to engage in such a trade, though any such deal would be hugely controversial in Israel.Speaking Saturday, Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Rear Adm.Daniel Hagari characterized Hamas' most recent hostage exchange overture a form of "psychological terror aimed to manipulate Israeli civilians."Netanyahu was asked about such a deal at his Saturday news conference, and acknowledged he discussed the option with the families."I think that elaborating on this will not help achieve our goal.In the meeting with the families, I felt emotionally helpless," Netanyahu said.As the efforts to free the hostages drag on, loved ones have also expressed alarm at the possibility Hamas' captives will be harmed in Israel's intensifying bombardment of Gaza."We came with an unequivocal demand that military action takes into account the fate of the hostages and missing, and that any move considered will take into account the well-being of our loved ones," Gonen said on behalf of the families.

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