Israel and Hamas war: List of key events, day 4 after surprise attack

As the conflict between Israel and Palestine enters its fourth day, these are the main developments.

Here is the situation on Tuesday, October 10, 2023:

Fighting in Gaza

  • Residents of the Gaza Strip spent a third night in terror and darkness as Israel kept up its relentless bombardment of the coastal enclave.
  • The Israeli military said it regained “full control” of the Gaza fence and declared a full siege, cutting off water and power supplies.
  • It said it launched attacks on more than 200 locations in the Gaza Strip overnight.
  • After hours of intense bombardment by Israeli jets, Hamas said it would execute an Israeli captive for every civilian house bombed without warning.
  • The Israeli military revised on Tuesday a recommendation by one of its spokespeople that Palestinians fleeing its air attacks in the Gaza Strip head to Egypt, saying in a follow-up statement that the main crossing on that border was currently closed.
  • In remarks aired by Israel’s Army Radio, chief military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said there had been no new infiltrations from Gaza since Monday.


  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed Washington’s support to secure the release of all hostages held by Hamas.
  • The US has already begun delivering critically needed munitions and military equipment to Israel.
  • But it said it had no intention of putting its military on the ground but would protect US interests in the region.
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an end to the “vicious circle of bloodshed, hatred and polarisation”.
  • US President Joe Biden released a joint statement with the leaders of Germany, the UK, France and Italy on Monday, condemning the attacks on Israel by Hamas and expressing their “steadfast and united support” for Israel.
  • In the statement, they acknowledged the “legitimate aspirations” of the Palestinian people, and supported justice and freedom for Israelis and Palestinians alike.
  • Turkey is ready to act as a mediator to end the conflict if the two parties make such a proposition, including hostage swaps, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
  • Demonstrations in support of Palestine and Israel have continued across the world over the last 24 hours.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who joined a solidarity gathering for Israel, has condemned demonstrations in support of Hamas in his country.

Casualties and humanitarian situation

  • Israel’s death toll has risen to at least 900 with 2,600 injured, according to the Israeli Health Ministry.
  • In Gaza, authorities said 794 Palestinians were killed and 4,000 others injured.
  • The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza called for the opening of a “safe corridor to ensure the entry of urgent medical aid” into the territory’s hospitals.
  • The US reaffirmed its support to secure the release of all hostages held by Hamas, while it also said at least 11 American citizens were among those killed in Israel.
  • Thailand updated the number of its nationals killed from 12 to 18 on Tuesday, with nine wounded and 11 taken captive.
  • Ten Nepalese citizens were killed in Kibbutz Alumim, one of the locations attacked by Hamas fighters, the Nepalese Embassy in Tel Aviv said.
(Al Jazeera)
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies