CBS NEWS’ CONTINUED COVERAGE OF THE ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR
CBS News has been covering all sides of the conflict for all of its platforms – TV, digital, radio – on its Network, CBS News Streaming Network, Stations and partners. CBS News foreign correspondents Holly Williams and Chris Livesay with correspondent Lilia Luciano are reporting from cities across Israel and the West Bank. CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul is reporting the situation on-the-ground from Gaza.
CBS News key coverage notes:
Previous CBS News coverage available here.
Thursday, Nov. 30
Hamas has now released dozens of Israeli hostages, but many more remain in Gaza and Israel is demanding the return of all those who were taken on Oct. 7. Ghazi Hamad, a senior leader of Hamas’ political wing, told senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams on CBS MORNINGS that he does not know exactly how many hostages remain in Gaza. Watch here.
Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend their pause in fighting to a seventh day after more hostages were released Wednesday. So far, 97 hostages have been freed by Hamas. For CBS News Streaming Network, correspondent Shanelle Kaul and chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes report for CBS NEWS MORNINGS with more on the cease-fire, a shooting in Jerusalem and efforts the White House is making to secure the release of more American hostages. Watch here.
Correspondent Lilia Luciano reported from Tel Aviv for CBS EVENING NEWS as a woman with dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship was one of 16 hostages released by Hamas Wednesday, along with nine other Israelis, four Thai nationals and two Russians. The release comes on the sixth day of a temporary cease-fire in the Gaza war that will soon end unless a last-minute deal is reached to extend it. Watch here.
Wednesday, Nov. 29
Wednesday marks the sixth day of the temporary Israel-Hamas cease-fire, which has allowed dozens of Israeli hostages to be freed by Hamas in exchange for Palestinian prisoners. As negotiations continue toward a possible extension of the cease-fire, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from Tel Aviv for CBS MORNINGS on the details emerging about hostages’ time in captivity. Watch here.
Hamas militants are expected to release another group of hostages Wednesday as negotiators scramble to extend a fragile cease-fire before it expires at the end of the day. Correspondent Shanelle Kaul reported on the talks to maintain the pause in fighting for CBS NEWS MORNINGS on the CBS News Streaming Network. Abbey Onn, a family member of hostages taken by Hamas, joined anchor Anne-Marie Green to discuss their ordeal. Watch here.
Tuesday, Nov. 28
Correspondent Lilia Luciano reported from Tel Aviv for CBS EVENING NEWS as Israel and Hamas continued freeing hostages and prisoners Tuesday amid a temporary cease-fire that could still be extended. Aid has also been flowing into Gaza. Watch here.
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams and chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes reported for CBS NEWS MORNINGS as the temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was due to expire Tuesday morning, but an extension brokered by Qatar will keep fighting paused for at least two more days. Israel says it’s approved a new list of Palestinian prisoners to be freed if Hamas releases more hostages. Watch here.
Chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes reports from the White House for CBS MORNINGS as the Biden administration welcomes a two-day extension of the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and is urging the release of all hostages. Meanwhile, the first of three U.S. military flights was expected to land in Egypt on Tuesday carrying medical supplies, food and winter items for civilians in Gaza. Watch here.
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from Tel Aviv for CBS EVENING NEWS as Hamas released 11 more hostages Monday, including a pair of 3-year-old twins, as Israel continued to release Palestinian prisoners, many of whom are teenagers. The temporary cease-fire, which began Friday, has been extended for at least two more days. Watch here.
Senior White House and political correspondent Ed O’Keefe reported for CBS EVENING NEWS as the Biden administration is hoping to continue extending the temporary pause in fighting between Hamas and Israel to allow for more hostages to be released. Watch here.
Monday, Nov. 27
Four-year-old American-Israeli hostage Abigail Mor Edan was released by Hamas and is recuperating in a hospital. Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams joined CBS MORNINGS from Petah Tikva, Israel, near the hospital, and delivered a report where she spoke to a neighbor of Abigail’s family and relatives of hostages who are still being held about their agonizing wait. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab appeared from East Jerusalem for CBS MORNINGS as dozens of Palestinian teenagers were released from Israeli prisons on Sunday as part of the ongoing truce and exchange deal between Hamas and Israel. Tyab delivered a report from the streets of the Israeli-occupied West Bank where scenes of massive celebrations unfolded and teenage boys were given a hero’s welcome. He also met with one freed prisoner, Nourhan Awad. Hamas and Israel are discussing a truce extension that would see more prisoner exchanges take place. Watch here.
Ahal Besorai’s niece and nephew were among the dozens of Israeli hostages released as part of a four-day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Speaking to CBS MORNINGS co-hosts Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil, he said the first thing the teenagers learned when they got out of captivity was that their mother was murdered by Hamas militants. Watch here.
Eight U.S. citizens and a permanent U.S. resident are believed to be among the hostages still held by Hamas. John Kirby, the National Security Council’s coordinator for strategic communications, joined CBS MORNINGS co-host Tony Dokoupil to discuss the latest from the White House on the hostages. Watch here.
The short pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas has entered its fourth and possibly final day with at least 11 more hostages expected to be released. Chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes shared more on the hostage negotiations for CBS NEWS MORNINGS. Watch here.
Sunday, Nov. 26
On the CBS WEEKEND NEWS, host Jericka Duncan spoke with correspondent Natalie Brand, who reported from the White House as President Biden said he hopes the pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas will be extended beyond Monday to allow for more hostages to be released. U.S. officials are hoping two American-Israeli women will be released, but seven American men remain unaccounted. Watch here.
In his first interview since Hamas began releasing hostages, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar’s prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, told FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan that 4-year-old American Abigail Mor Edan is on the list of hostages set to be released today. Watch here.
As the U.S.-Qatar brokered plan to release hostages enters its third day, FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan interviewed U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan who said that he has “reason to believe that Americans will be released today – at least one American will be released today.” Watch here.
Phillippe Lazzarini, commissioner general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, told FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan that what he saw on the ground in Gaza during a visit last week is “much worse” than “what I saw the first time” he visited. He added that recent attacks on U.N. relief locations in the Gaza strip are a “blatant disregard of international humanitarian law.” Watch here.
Cindy McCain, the head of the World Food Programme, told FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan that the “bottom line here is that we need to get more aid” into Gaza, which she says is possibly “on the brink of famine.” Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported from the West Bank for FACE THE NATION as the second group of hostages was released by Hamas on Saturday and Israel has received a list of names of who is set to be released Sunday. Meanwhile, Hamas has been alerted of the 39 other Palestinian prisoners who are also expected to be let go later on Sunday. CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul delivered a report on the mixed reactions from people in southern Gaza. Watch here.
After 50 days of captivity in the Gaza Strip, 17 more hostages, taken by the terror group Hamas, were released last night under the temporary cease-fire the United States helped broker. Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from Tel Aviv for CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING on a cathartic moment of joy for Israel, as hostages are reunited with loved ones; and on celebrations in the West Bank, where former Palestinian prisoners – freed under the same deal – were welcomed home. Watch here.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
Israel and Hamas have approved a deal that will allow for the release of some hostages held in Gaza. Among those expected to be released is three-year-old Abigail Mor Edan, the youngest known American hostage. Her family members, Liz Hirsh Naftali and Noa Naftali, joined CBS MORNINGS co-host Gayle King on-set to share Abigail’s story as they await her potential release. Watch here.
After six weeks of fighting, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a temporary cease-fire that will allow the release of dozens of hostages being held in Gaza. In exchange, 150 Palestinian women and children held in Israeli prisons will be released. CBS News Streaming Network anchor and correspondent Lilia Luciano reported from Tel Aviv for CBS MORNINGS. Watch here.
Chief foreign affairs correspondent and FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan joined CBS MORNINGS as Israel and Hamas reached a hostage deal that will see the release of women and children during a four-day pause in fighting. Brennan discussed how the deal was established, how the pause can be extended and what could come next. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported from Ramallah for CBS MORNINGS on the response in the West Bank people on a deal that Hamas says includes the release of 50 Israeli women and children in exchange for the release of 150 Palestinian women and children held in Israeli prisons. According to the respected Palestinian prisoners rights group, Addameer, as of this week, there are around 200 Palestinian boys, 75 women and five girls currently behind bars in Israel. In total, 7,000 Palestinians who are from the occupied West Bank, Gaza and Israel are being held in Israeli jails. Before the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks that number was 5,000 so there’s been a sharp increase in arrests, mainly in the West Bank. Many are under what’s known as administrative detention, which means they’re held without charge, potentially indefinitely. Israel has been harshly criticized for its mass detention of Palestinians by leading human rights groups but it does have a long history of releasing Palestinian prisoners as part of negotiated deals. Watch here.
CBS News Streaming Network anchor and correspondent Lilia Luciano reported from Tel Aviv for CBS NEWS MORNINGS on the reaction on-the-ground as the Israeli government approved a deal that would release some of the hostages held by Hamas in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, a four-day pause in fighting and more aid for Gaza. But even with the deal agreed upon, there was no immediate respite for thousands of families who have been displaced from their homes in Gaza, now living in squalid conditions in a war zone, nor for the dozens of Israeli families desperate to get their kidnapped loved ones back. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Ian Lee reported from London for CBS NEWS MORNINGS as a deal was agreed to by Israel Tuesday night where 50 women and children held by Hamas will be released while 150 Palestinian women and children held in Israel will be let go. Terms were also agreed to for a four-day pause in fighting and more aid for the Gaza Strip. Watch here.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Chief foreign affairs correspondent and FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan joined CBS EVENING NEWS as Israel and Hamas agreed to a temporary pause in fighting in order to free a number of Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners. Brennan explained how the deal came together. Watch here.
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from Tel Aviv for CBS EVENING NEWS as Israel approved a deal to free a number of hostages held by Hamas in exchange for Palestinians being held by Israel. There will be a brief pause in fighting to allow for the exchange and for aid to enter Gaza. CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul delivered a report from a refugee camp that Palestinian media say was hit late at night by an Israeli bombardment. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported from Jerusalem for CBS MORNINGS as video released by Yemen’s Houthi rebels showed armed fighters seizing a cargo ship in the Red Sea on Sunday, a move that could pull other countries into the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Watch here.
CBS News Streaming Network anchor and correspondent Lilia Luciano reported from Tel Aviv for CBS MORNINGS as the dizzying death toll in the Gaza Strip – around 13,000 people, according to officials in the Hamas-run Palestinian territory – and the increasingly dire situation for more than 2 million civilians trapped in the enclave have fueled mounting calls for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war. Representatives have been working around the clock for weeks toward an agreement during complicated negotiations in Qatar. Senior Hamas representatives and Western officials including President Biden have said an agreement is close, likely for a temporary cease-fire of around five days in exchange for Hamas releasing some of the hostages, and Israel freeing some of the hundreds of Palestinians in its prisons. CBS News producer Marwan al-Ghoul met displaced Palestinian families as they huddled in what little shelter they could find in southern Gaza, their children wet and shaking from the cold, shielded only by tents. “If they wanted to displace us from our homes and land, why they didn’t build camps for us?” one mother asked about the military operation that Israel insists is targeting only Hamas and other extremists. Across the border in Israel, the families of about 240 hostages taken by Hamas were also holding their breath for a deal Tuesday. Watch here.
Monday, Nov. 20
For CBS EVENING NEWS, foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported from Jerusalem as premature babies have been evacuated from Al-Shifa Hospital following an Israeli assault on the medical facility, which the Israel Defense Forces claims was also being used as a Hamas base. Doctors and Gaza officials deny the claims, as Israeli forces have begun firing on another hospital in the Gaza Strip. Watch here.
CBS NEWS NEW YORK learned Monday of increased threats of a possible terror attack in New York City as a direct result of the escalating violence in the Middle East. Gov. Kathy Hochul is already taking action to beef up security and increase staffing of the Joint Terrorism Task Force following a new threat assessment by the New York State Intelligence Center that violence in Gaza is driving chatter about targets in New York. The governor spoke about new steps she’ll be taking to deal with online threats and radicalization, even as CBS News obtained a new threat assessment which points to “an increasing terror threat to NYS.” The intelligence center warned that the spread of antisemitic and anti-Palestinian rhetoric on social media is fueling an increase in hate crimes targeting Jews, Muslims and Arabs. CBS New York investigative and political reporter Marcia Kramer delivered the report. Watch here.
On CBS MORNINGS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams spoke with Moussa Abu Marzouk, a founding member of Hamas and a senior figure in the group’s political wing. He said Israel and Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, are close to a deal on the release of dozens of hostages held by Hamas in exchange for a temporary cease-fire. Watch here.
Newborn and premature babies were evacuated Sunday from Al-Shifa Hospital, which Israeli forces claim served as a command center for Hamas. The Israeli military, under intense international pressure to justify its operations at the hospital, has released video of what it says is a Hamas tunnel under the hospital complex. Correspondent Lilia Luciano reports from Tel Aviv for CBS MORNINGS. Watch here.
Negotiators are still working on an agreement with Hamas to release 50 hostages in exchange for more aid into Gaza and a limited pause in fighting, sources say. CBS Newspath correspondent Wendy Gillette has more on the possible deal and senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang has more on how President Biden is responding to the latest developments in the Middle East for CBS MORNINGS. Watch here.
Israel claims Hamas used the Al-Shifa Hospital as a military command center and they say video of a tunnel underneath it is proof. And reports say Israeli troops are surrounding another hospital in Gaza where Hamas claims 700 people are sheltering. Correspondent Lilia Luciano reports from Tel Aviv on the efforts to protect the most vulnerable people in the region for CBS MORNINGS. Watch here.
Sunday, Nov. 19
More than 30 premature babies have been evacuated from Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza after Israeli forces launched a ground operation inside the hospital complex. Israel on Sunday released video of what it claims are Hamas tunnels underneath the hospital complex. Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reports for CBS WEEKEND NEWS. Watch here.
President Biden says the release of hostages held by Hamas remains a top priority. Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Fincher told FACE THE NATION that the negotiations can be delicate. CBS Newspath correspondent Skyler Henry has more from the White House for CBS WEEKEND NEWS. Watch here.
On FACE THE NATION WITH MARGARET BRENNAN, foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported from Jerusalem with the latest as hostage negotiations continue and Israel appears to be expanding its offensive from northern Gaza to the south. The piece included additional reporting from Tyab’s visit to the Al-Shifa hospital with the Israeli military Watch here.
Producer Marwan Al Ghoul reported from a hospital in southern Gaza that is supposed to receive 200 patients evacuated from Al-Shifa. Watch here.
FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan interviewed the White House Principal Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Finer, who said the U.S. is “closer than we have been” to reaching an agreement with Hamas to release hostages. Watch here.
Brennan interviewed the Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), who said the committee is learning there is “certainly is a gap that was unexpected with respect to Israel’s intelligence gathering” before and after the Oct. 7 attack. Watch here.
Jordanian Ambassador to the U.S. Dina Kawar told FACE THE NATION that Jordan is calling for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas. “Our worry is that this violence is going just to breed violence and is putting pressure in the region,” she added. Watch here.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Hundreds of Palestinians fled Gaza’s largest hospital, Al-Shifa, on Saturday, as Israel continued to carry out deadly bombings in the region. Meanwhile, thousands of Israelis are demanding their government do more to get hostages out of Gaza. Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported from Jerusalem for CBS WEEKEND NEWS. Watch here.
Friday, Nov. 17
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab traveled to the Al-Shifa Hospital with Israeli soldiers – the only way for international journalists to enter Gaza. There, Israeli forces showed our cameras what they say is evidence Hamas used the medical complex as a headquarters. Hamas denies those claims. Watch here.
CBS EVENING NEWS anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Parts of the interview aired today on CBS MORNINGS amid news of a possible deal to bring some of the hostages home from Gaza. Watch here.
Israeli military forces say it has uncovered a Hamas tunnel under the Al-Shifa hospital complex along with a vehicle and a large number of weapons. Hamas denies it used the hospital for military purposes. CBS New York reporter Doug Williams reported from Tel Aviv on the latest for CBS MORNINGS. Watch here.
Thursday, Nov. 16
On the CBS EVENING NEWS, anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an exclusive interview – his first since the targeted Al-Shifa raid in Gaza. He told O’Donnell that Israel had “concrete evidence that there were terrorist chieftains and terrorists, there are terrorist minions in the hospital …” In response to CBS News reporting that there is a deal on the table to free hostages in exchange for a three to five-day cease-fire, Netanyahu did not deny that part of that deal could include a release of Palestinian prisoners. He said, “I think there are certain things that we’re holding confidential until we have something to tell … ” Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Debora Patta reports from Israel for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL as Israeli soldiers continued their search of Gaza’s largest hospital Thursday, where they said they found more proof Hamas was using it as a command center, including a tunnel shaft and a vehicle with weapons. The body of 65-year-old Yehudit Weiss, one of the hostages abducted by Hamas militants on Oct. 7, was found in a building near Al-Shifa. Debora Patta reports from Israel. Watch here.
Palestinians in the West Bank say Israeli settlers have attacked them and seized their land amid the war with Hamas. Foreign correspondent Debora Patta reports from East Jerusalem for PRIME TIME WITH JOHN DICKERSON. Watch here.
The U.S. military announced it shot down a drone fired by Yemen-based Houthi rebels, headed toward an American ship. The U.S. claims Iran is supporting those rebels and others in the region. Iran’s foreign minister spoke exclusively with senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams about the conflict for CBS MORNINGS. Watch here.
The Israel Defense Forces have released the first video from inside its operation at Gaza’s biggest hospital, Al-Shifa, showing what it says are Hamas weapons. But what it doesn’t show are any Hamas fighters, or tunnel positions under the hospital. Foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from Sderot, Israel, for CBS MORNINGS and spoke with an Israeli drone pilot flying missions over Gaza. Watch here.
Senior White House and political correspondent Ed O’Keefe reported for CBS MORNINGS from the White House as Israel is considering a proposal that would see Hamas release some hostages the Palestinian militant group is holding in the Gaza Strip in exchange for a three to five-day cease-fire, CBS News has learned. Watch here.
Israeli soldiers are continuing their operation at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza after the IDF released a video it claims shows Hamas’ weapons and military equipment inside the building. CBS News has not verified the claims. President Biden said Wednesday he supported Israel’s incursion into the hospital. CBS New York reporter Doug Williams reported from Tel Aviv for CBS MORNINGS on the latest on the war, including negotiations for the release of hostages held by Hamas. Watch here.
Wednesday, Nov. 15
For CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams interviewed Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian who denied that his country was responsible for a drone attack in the Red Sea that appeared to be targeting a U.S. missile destroyer. He also addressed the Israel-Hamas war and the recent attacks by militant groups on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria. Watch here.
Not a single shot was fired when Israeli soldiers raided Gaza’s largest hospital Tuesday. While the Israeli military said it found proof Hamas was operating there, it made no mention of the tunnels it has repeatedly said double as Hamas’ command center underneath the complex. Foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported from East Jerusalem for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL. Watch here.
Thomas Hand joined CBS MORNINGS co-hosts Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil to discuss the kidnapping of his daughter, Emily, by Hamas militants last month. The Israeli military believes Emily, who turns 9 on Friday, is being held hostage in Gaza.
“It doesn’t matter how sick I am, it doesn’t matter how tired I am. We are going to get her back.” Watch here.
Thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Tuesday to express their support for Israel after the Oct. 7 attacks that led to the Israel-Hamas war. CBS News correspondent Christina Ruffini spoke to participants and a survivor of the deadly music festival attack for CBS MORNINGS. Watch here.
The Israeli military said it was carrying out a “precise and targeted operation against Hamas in a specified area” of Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza early Wednesday morning. The Israel Defense Forces repeatedly warned Hamas against using the hospital as a base for its operations, the IDF said in a statement. Foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from Tel Aviv for CBS MORNINGS. Watch here.
Tuesday, Nov. 14
Chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes reported from the White House for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL following thousands of people covering on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to show their support for Israel, while President Biden reassured the families of hostages held in Gaza to “hang in there, we’re coming,” and expressed confidence in a potential deal for their release. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from Jerusalem for CBS MORNINGS as bodies are piling up inside and outside of Gaza’s biggest hospital, with the World Health Organization warning it is “nearly a cemetery.” Dozens of premature babies cannot be treated properly due to a lack of power, says the United Nations. Watch here.
President Biden said Monday that Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest in Gaza, must be protected amid Israeli claims that a Hamas command complex sits below the medical complex. Meanwhile, the remains of five American service members, who are the first U.S. military deaths related to the Israel-Hamas war, returned to U.S. soil after they were killed in a weekend training exercise in Cyprus. Senior White House and political correspondent Ed O’Keefe reported for CBS MORNINGS from the White House. Watch here.
Monday, Nov. 13
Foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported from East Jerusalem for CBS EVENING NEWS as Israel’s assault on Gaza continues and Al-Shifa hospital, the largest in the Palestinian territory, is caught in the crossfire and supplies are running short. The IDF claims Hamas is using tunnels below the hospital to conduct military operations, while the Gaza Health Ministry insists hospitals aren’t being used for military purposes and Israel’s attacks are unjustified. Watch here.
Senior national security correspondent David Martin reported from the Pentagon for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL on the U.S. military conducting a series of airstrikes aimed at a training area and safehouse used by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in eastern Syria, the Defense Department said. Iranian-backed militias have launched a series of attacks against U.S. forces in the region since the start of the Israel-Hamas war. Watch here.
National correspondent Adriana Diaz reported on Naela Elshorafa who was in Gaza visiting her sick mother on Oct. 7, when Hamas militants launched an attack on Israel that precipitated the current war. After being stuck in Gaza for a month, she was able to escape and return home to her family in California. Her report appeared on CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from Sderot, near Israel’s border with Gaza, for CBS MORNINGS as Gaza’s Health Ministry says an Israeli tank is at the gates of its largest hospital, Al Shifa. On Monday, the ministry said the health sector in Gaza was “in a state of complete collapse” as three major hospitals, including Al Shifa, all went “out of service.” At Al Shifa, dozens of babies requiring intensive care were at grave risk after their incubators shut off due to lack of electricity, the ministry said. Al Shifa was already in crisis after more than a week of Israeli bombardment around the facility. Outside, bodies of the dead were numbered and laid on the street. Without anesthesia or light, doctors carried on trying to help patients inside. Israel’s military said it tried to deliver 80 gallons of fuel to power the generators at Al Shifa, but it says Hamas prevented a pickup. The hospital director said that amount of fuel would only have been enough for between 15 and 30 minutes of power for the hospital. Watch here.
For CBS MORNINGS, correspondent Adriana Diaz spoke with Naela Elshorafa who was visiting her sick mother when Gaza turned into a war zone – and after a month trapped there, she was among roughly 400 Americans able to evacuate. She says she feels guilty while much of her family remains in Gaza: “I left half of my heart over there.” Watch here.
For CBS MORNINGS, senior White House and political correspondent Ed O’Keefe reported on the White House revealing that an American 3-year-old orphan is among the hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza. The U.S. remains active in negotiations, but the main sticking point is that Hamas has not presented a list of hostages it holds or would be able to free. Watch here.
Sunday, Nov. 12
Foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from the Nitzana border for CBS WEEKEND NEWS, as Israel’s war against Hamas continues, Palestinians fleeing south are desperate for aid. But the U.N. says only 500 trucks carrying much-needed supplies have entered Gaza since the start of the war, despite that number going in every day prior to the outbreak of the conflict. Watch here.
On CBS WEEKEND NEWS, foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported that Al-Shifa hospital, one of the largest medical facilities in Gaza, has become entangled in Israel’s war with Hamas as fighting and strikes around the hospital continue. Israel claims the militant group is using the hospital as a base, a charge Hamas denies. Watch here.
On FACE THE NATION, foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported from East Jerusalem as Israelis gathered in thousands to demand the immediate release of nearly 240 hostages. In Gaza, street-to-street battles surround hospitals in Gaza City, including the largest, Al Shifa, where doctors work under torchlight. “A reminder when it comes to pain, there are no winners after more than five weeks of war,” Patta said. Watch here.
CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul filed a report from Gaza for FACE THE NATION. He spoke to a physician at Al-Shifa hospital who said the “smell of death is everywhere” as there are 100 dead bodies but nowhere to bury them, leading administrators to attempt to dig a mass grave. Watch here.
As the death toll among Palestinians continues to climb, Israeli President Isaac Herzog joined FACE THE NATION for an exclusive interview and told moderator Margaret Brennan that Israel is “doing our utmost according to international humanitarian law.” “I’m saying outright, we are doing our best in conjunction with the United States, we are listening very carefully to the United States government, to the White House, to our friends in the United States, and of course, to our friends around the world,” Herzog said. Watch here.
FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan interviewed White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan as fighting rages near hospitals in Gaza. Sullivan said that the U.S. “does not want to see firefights in hospitals where innocent people, patients receiving medical care, are caught in the crossfire, and we’ve had active consultations with the Israeli Defense Forces on this.” Watch here.
Amid fierce fighting near hospitals in Gaza, Doctors Without Borders International president Christos Christou joined FACE THE NATION and said that hospital workers there are “overwhelmed and exhausted and they are in a position at the moment that they cannot even offer anything.” Christou also revealed there has not been “any news about any coordinated action” for the Israeli military to help evacuate children or other patients from Al Shifa. Watch here.
- Christos Christou told Margaret Brennan: “So far, we don’t have any news about any coordinated action about evacuating at least these neonate patients. And we don’t have any news about any proper evacuation. What we see are hundreds of patients that they have underwent surgery very soon and – very recently, and now they cannot be just – take and walk out of the hospital. And next to them, we have newborn babies that they needed – premature babies that they needed support. They were supposed to be in incubators. No incubator works this moment in Al Shifa. And, actually, Al Shifa doesn’t work. It’s not functional.”
After returning from a trip to Israel, Rep. Michael McCaul, Republican of Texas and chair of the House Foreign Affairs committee, told Margaret Brennan on FACE THE NATION that Congress can’t “play political games” with providing aid to Israel as new House Speaker Mike Johnson faces a looming shutdown and Democrats wanting to tie aid to Israel with aid to Ukraine. Watch here.
Sen. Mark Warner, the chair of the Senate Intelligence committee, told FACE THE NATION that Congress has “done nothing on any guardrails on social media and on technology writ large,” and that AI “could have an enormous negative effect tomorrow” in elections and public markets. Watch here.
For CBS SUNDAY MORNING, senior national security correspondent David Martin reported that normal tactics of warfare change in the environment that the terrorist group has dug beneath the Gaza Strip. Martin looked at the difficulties military forces face, and the technologies being developed (including autonomous robots), to take on an enemy underground. Martin reported from where American special operations forces train in Colorado at a two-mile-long tunnel complex. The Hamas tunnel network under Gaza is believed to stretch for 300 miles. Watch here.
Friday, Nov. 10
Foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from Sderot, near Israel’s border with Gaza, for CBS MORNINGS as the first pause in Israeli airstrikes into Gaza took place hours before his report. Palestinian Islamic Jihad has released a new video showing two hostages it says it is prepared to release. This comes as Israeli forces continue to close in on Gaza City. Now more than a month into Israel’s war, northern Gaza is a demolition site. 80,000 people fled south on Thursday said Israeli authorities. But no place is safe, not even in the south. An Israeli bombing Thursday in Rafah hit just several hundred feet from CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported from East Jerusalem for CBS MORNINGS after speaking with a group of Palestinian men from Gaza who have been stranded inside Israel and the West Bank since Oct. 7. About 110,000 people in the territory would cross the border daily, but now, thousands of those workers are trapped outside of Gaza. Many have now lost children and other family members, while others can only speak with their relatives by phone amid the war. Watch here.
- One father, Salah Abu Musalam, told Patta: “My children are alone … All I can do is scream and cry with them.” Musalam said that his wife told him she is “struggling to find food” amid Gaza’s humanitarian crisis. He said, “I am sick with worry.”
Thursday, Nov. 9
Foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported from East Jerusalem for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL as Israel has agreed to a four-hour daily humanitarian pause in the fighting in Gaza, a U.S. official said Wednesday. CBS News has also learned that talks are progressing toward a deal that would free between 12 and 15 hostages being held by Hamas in exchange for a two or three-day humanitarian pause. Fleeing the embattled northern Gaza, tens of thousands of Palestinians attempt the perilous journey along an evacuation corridor, but refuge is hard to find. What was supposed to be a safe zone in Rafah, CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul raced to the scene of the destruction, arriving to find battered bodies and bloodied faces. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from the Nitzana border crossing for CBS MORNINGS for a first-hand look at the high security inspection process of aid trucks going into Gaza. This comes as international mediators were closing in on a possible deal Thursday for a three-day humanitarian cease-fire in exchange for the release of around a dozen hostages held by Hamas, according to two Egyptian officials, a United Nations official and a Western diplomat. The deal would also allow a small amount of fuel to enter the territory for the first time since the Israel-Hamas war began. Watch here.
John Kirby, the National Security Council’s coordinator for strategic communications, joined CBS MORNINGS to discuss the latest U.S airstrike in Syria on a target linked to Iran and the Israel-Hamas war. Watch here.
Wednesday, Nov. 8
Senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL as Israel Defense Forces advance in Gaza and they continue their efforts to destroy underground tunnels used by Hamas militants. Violent clashes between Israeli soldiers and Hamas fighters have sent tens of thousands of residents fleeing from northern to southern Gaza. Watch here.
Senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang reported for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL as the Pentagon said Wednesday that it has launched airstrikes on a weapons storage facility in eastern Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia groups. The strike was in response to a series of recent attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon said. Watch here.
Senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported for CBS MORNINGS after joining the Israel Defense Forces on an embed to northern Gaza and being shown evidence of Hamas’ shooting positions inside. D’Agata embedded with the IDF on Tuesday – the day when the UN estimates 15,000 people fled the area. Watch here.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
Senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL as CBS News was granted an inside look into the conflict with the paratroopers of the Israeli military’s 551st Airborne Brigade, among the first forces to invade Gaza after Hamas militants launched a deadly surprise attack against Israel on Oct. 7. D’Agata spoke to Lt. Colonel Ido Kass in Gaza who said there was little choice. He said, “Look, Hamas is using infrastructure. They’re hiding inside schools,” Kass said. “I mean, just 10 minutes ago we had a serious battle with a group of Hamas inside the school that they built tunnels.” As he was speaking, explosions and gunfire erupted a couple of blocks away. CBS News was told a Hamas fighter emerged from a tunnel near a school and fired an RPG at troops. Watch here.
CBS News correspondent Elise Preston reported from Thousand Oaks, Calif., on the disturbing details of the investigation underway following the death of a 69-year-old Jewish man who was fatally injured at a rally near Los Angeles. For CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL, Preston asked officials, “Does this incident change your safety and patrol measures at demonstrations regardless of their size?” At a press conference, the officials said, “No, we are not changing our protocol. 15 minutes before the altercation, there was no indication of violence.” Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from Tel Aviv for CBS MORNINGS after sitting down with Irish national Thomas Hand, whose 8-year-old daughter Emily Hand is now believed to be among the hostages. He told Inocencio that, given the alternative of her being a Hamas hostage, news of his daughter’s apparent death from Israeli authorities even brought him some relief, knowing that “hopefully, [it] would have been quick and painless. No torture. No terror … It was over.” Hand accepted that his little girl, whom he said loves to dance and sing, was gone. But three weeks later, there was new information: The Israeli military said Emily was likely alive, and in Hamas’ hands. Watch here.
- Asked what message he would like to deliver to Hamas, Thomas Hand said he would urge them to “have some kind of humanity. Somewhere deep inside you. At least let the children go. At least let the children go.”
Foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported from East Jerusalem for CBS MORNINGS as Save the Children said in a report that the children of Gaza are experiencing extreme symptoms of trauma including anxiety, fear and nightmares and that these are compounded day-in and day-out by relentless violence of the war. At a Gaza cemetery on Monday, long-time grave digger Sadi Baraka told CBS News he used to bury two or three people per month. Since Oct. 7, he said the cemetery has received over 6,000 bodies, more than half of them children’s. Watch here.
- Sadi Baraka to CBS News: “Let him kill Hamas fighters – no one is stopping him from killing Hamas – but why is he massacring children and women? ... Look at this massacre ... They call us terrorists, but look at what they are doing. Isn’t that terrorism? Where are the Arab nations? They see this and keep silent. Our only weapon is prayer. We have no weapons.”
Monday, Nov. 6
Foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL as Israel’s military says it has surrounded Gaza City, essentially cutting the territory in two, as hundreds of thousands of civilians remain in the north of the Gaza Strip. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank as calls for a cease-fire continue to grow. Watch here.
CBS News national security correspondent David Martin appeared on CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL and reported that most of the bombs Israel is using in its war against Hamas are so-called dumb bombs, which aren’t guided by a weapons system. As civilian deaths rise, the U.S. is urging Israel to curb its use of these bombs in Gaza, although U.S. officials say many Palestinian civilian deaths are a result of Israel hitting targets in densely populated neighborhoods. Watch here.
For CBS MORNINGS, foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from Tel Aviv as a new poll by an Israeli news station found 76% of Israelis, three out of four people, want Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign, blaming him for the security failures of Oct. 7. The leader of some anti-Netanyahu protests told Inocencio, “Our country deserves better. Our people deserve better.” Watch here.
Sunday, Nov. 5
Foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from Tel Aviv for CBS WEEKEND NEWS as Israel’s military bombed refugee camps and ambulance convoys in Gaza over the weekend, reportedly killing dozens of civilians, including children, and wounding hundreds more. Meanwhile, anger against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mounted in Israel, with protesters blaming him for Hamas's deadly Oct. 7 attacks. Watch here.
On CBS WEEKEND NEWS, CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul reported on the near-total collapse of Gaza’s health system that has compounded the intensifying humanitarian crisis for Palestinian civilians. More than 11,000 people have been killed, according to the Hamas-backed health ministry, and half the population in Gaza has been displaced. Watch here.
On FACE THE NATION, moderator Margaret Brennan interviewed White House principal deputy national security adviser Jonathan Finer who said that over 300 Americans have been able to leave Gaza in recent days. Watch here.
- On the war’s future, Jonathan Finer said: “I don’t want to speculate about how close we are or are not to the end of the war. But what I will say, and President Biden has been very clear, about this is that whenever this conflict is over, we cannot go back to the way things were before Oct. 7, either in Gaza, or in the West Bank.”
Moderator Margaret Brennan interviewed Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Herzog on FACE THE NATION. He called Hamas the “biggest terror complex in the world,” and said “it is not our impression that Hamas is serious” about releasing the hostages in Gaza. Watch here.
- Michael Herzog told Brennan: “They are playing for time and trying to stop our pressure and rearm and regroup themselves … I think the more pressure we put on them, the more chances there are that they may agree to release hostages.”
Husam Zomlot, Palestinian ambassador to the U.K, told moderator Margaret Brennan on FACE THE NATION that the meeting between the Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was “tense” and “we need to see the U.S. play the role of honest mediator.” Watch here.
- Dr. Husam Zomlot told Brennan: “We need to see the U.S. playing the role of an honest mediator … We need a grownup in the room and that is the U.S. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard that and that’s why we did not come up with a joint statement.”
CBS News senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported from Tel Aviv and foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported from Ramallah for FACE THE NATION as Secretary of State Antony Blinken is traveling in the region and made a surprise visit Sunday morning to Ramallah to meet with the Palestinian Authority president to talk about the future of a Palestinian state. The Israeli government insists troops are waging war in accordance with international law to avoid harm to noncombatants. Hamas health officials say the death toll has topped 9,400 people. Patta reported that Palestinian outrage over the soaring death toll in Gaza is mounting. In Ramallah on the West Bank, that anger is directed not only against Israel, but against the United States, which is accused of giving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complete carte blanche in his war. CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul reported from Gaza on the situation on-the-ground. He said, “Today morning, I was driving in Rafah city, and I saw thousands lined and stand on lines waiting for bread. A woman told me that she had been standing for six hours to get some bread. Might not be enough for her family.” Watch here.
Friday, Nov. 3
For CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL, senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported from Kiryat Shmona, near Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, as Secretary of State Antony Blinken returned to the country on Friday to show support for its military campaign against Hamas. Watch here.
For CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL, foreign correspondent Chris Livesay reported from Cairo and spoke with a Palestinian-American mother and her children who were fleeing the Israel-Hamas war and finally able to get through the Rafah border crossing despite her two youngest children not having American passports. Watch here.
For CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported on Bilal Saleh who was collecting olives with his family on Oct. 28 from his ancestral grove in the West Bank when he was confronted by Israeli settlers. Saleh’s olive grove is surrounded by Israeli settlements considered illegal under international law for being built on land that Palestinians claim for their own independent state. Footage obtained by CBS News shows four Israeli settlers wearing white approaching Saleh’s land, one with a weapon slung across his shoulder. In the video, a shot rings out, and moments later relatives find Saleh lying dead on the ground. He was buried on the same day. His grieving widow, Ikhlas, spoke to CBS News this week at the family’s home. Watch here.
For CBS MORNINGS, foreign correspondent Chris Livesay was the only reporter at a processing center in Egypt when some Americans began to arrive. With the door to Egypt finally cracked open, they’re bussed for six hours to an otherwise quiet hotel reception center turned life raft by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. For parents and their children who spent weeks scrounging for food and water the relief is palpable. Embassy workers have filled dozens of boxes of aid that include toothbrushes, shampoo, clothing for women, diapers, wipes, baby food, toys and more. Livesay interviewed Jonathan Webster, U.S. Consul General in Cairo who said, “We’re hoping to see many more Americans, we expect to see many more Americans making this same trip, coming through to Cairo in the coming days.” Watch here.
For CBS MORNINGS, foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from Tel Aviv as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Israel Friday to press for more humanitarian aid to be allowed into besieged Gaza, while the Israeli military said its troops tightened their encirclement of Gaza City, the focus of Israel’s campaign to crush the enclave’s ruling Hamas group. Israeli shelling has been ongoing for several days near Gaza’s second-largest hospital, where an estimated 14,000 displaced Palestinians are sheltering. Watch here.
Thursday, Nov. 2
For CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported from Tel Aviv as the Israeli military says it is encircling Gaza City on three sides. For the third day in a row, Israeli airstrikes hit an area around the Jabaliya refugee camp north of Gaza City targeting members of Hamas. As at least 74 Americans fled Gaza into Egypt on Thursday, CBS News spoke to Palestinian-American Susan Beseiso at the Rafah crossing. But even a few feet from the safety of Egypt, one last reminder of the war. Hours later she made it safely over the border. Watch here.
Chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes reported from the White House for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL as the House on Thursday passed a Republican-backed bill that would provide billions of dollars in aid to Israel but left out funding for Ukraine and other national security priorities, teeing up a showdown with the Senate and White House over an emergency spending package. The legislation is dead on arrival in the Senate, and President Biden has threatened to veto the measure. Democrats, and many Senate Republicans, oppose separating aid for Israel and assistance for Ukraine, border security funding and other measures. The White House has asked for a $106 billion package that would include billions for Ukraine, Israel and the other programs. Watch here.
For a second day in a row, foreign nationals were able to leave Gaza via the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian border. But as foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported for CBS MORNINGS, for the 2 million civilians trapped inside Gaza, there is no escape from the war. Even at the Rafah crossing, it is not safe. CBS News spoke to Palestinian-American Susan Beseiso, who has been trapped in Gaza, and is determined to get out. Patta reported that Israel has urged civilians to flee to safer ground in the south but the bombs fall there too. “People are running from death to death,” said one civilian. For most in Gaza, there is no escape. Watch here.
Wednesday, Nov. 1
Senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported from Tel Aviv for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL as footage showed the gate of the crossing on the Palestinian side of the border being opened Wednesday morning as people began to cross into Egypt for the first time since the war began. Convoys of desperately needed aid have previously passed between Egypt and Gaza but no people had been allowed through the Rafah crossing up until now. Diplomatic sources confirmed to CBS News that Qatar had mediated an agreement between Egypt, Israel and Hamas, in coordination with the U.S. to allow the limited evacuations from Gaza. Wednesday brought another deadly reminder of the chaos and carnage Palestinians are fleeing. Hamas said another Israeli airstrike hit the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza. War planes had already pounded the area the day before devastating surrounding apartment buildings. Rescuers emerging from the dust and debris cradling small children. The IDF says it was targeting and killed a senior Hamas commander and several militants, but civilians are among the dozens of people who died, including children according to Hamas health officials. CBS News cannot independently verify those numbers. Watch here.
Chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes reported from the White House for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL as U.S. officials say a “handful” of Americans were able to escape Gaza into Egypt Wednesday with the hopes of more evacuations throughout the week. President Biden called the breakthrough a product of “urgent diplomacy” between himself and the leaders of Israel, Egypt and Qatar. Watch here.
For the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL, correspondent Lilia Luciano reported from Ithaca, N.Y., on a Cornell University engineering student facing a federal judge Wednesday afternoon accused of promoting the murder of Jewish students on campus. From a student at the prestigious Cornell School of Engineering to a suspect in federal custody, prosecutors say 21-year-old Patrick Dai threatened to kill Jewish students at Cornell University and “shoot up” an on-campus kosher dining facility. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported for CBS MORNINGS from Tel Aviv as hundreds of foreign passport holders and the wounded trapped in Gaza started leaving the war-torn territory Wednesday as the Rafah border crossing to Egypt opened to them for the first time since the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks on Israel. a list of foreign passport holders who can leave Gaza via the Rafah crossing has been released by Gaza’s Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry. At least five NGO workers who have been confirmed as Americans are listed as approved to cross on Wednesday but it remains to be seen how many of at least 400 American citizens the U.S. State Department says are stuck in Gaza will be able to cross in the coming days. This comes as Israel carried out airstrikes and ground operations Tuesday in the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, targeting what it called a Hamas “terrorist stronghold.” Palestinian officials said civilians were killed in the strikes that leveled several apartment buildings in the densely built-up area on the outskirts of Gaza City. Watch here.
- One American trapped in Gaza told CBS News she does not expect to cross yet. Utah resident Susan Beseiso said: “They started letting foreigners out today but it’s not Americans because I guess we’re not as important as we thought … The American Embassy and the State Department haven’t called us since the last time we went to the border and got bombed four times. They haven’t been communicating with us or doing anything to get us out … It’s like they’re holding us hostages – not Hamas holding us hostages – it’s the IDF soldiers, Egypt and America. They’re using us as a human shield in a way.”
Senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joined CBS MORNINGS to report on top Biden administration officials testifying before Congress on Tuesday, warning that the Israel-Hamas war is increasing risks at home and threatening U.S. national security. This comes as the White House said it will veto a House GOP bill that only funds Israel and doesn’t include more aid to Ukraine or for the border. Watch here.
Tuesday, Oct. 31
Senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported from Tel Aviv for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL as an Israeli airstrike on the densely packed Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza left residential buildings in ruin and at least 50 people dead Tuesday, according to numbers provided by the director of Gaza’s Indonesian hospital to Al Jazeera. This comes as fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants has intensified, and Israeli troops continue to advance into Gaza. Watch here.
On CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane reported from Capitol Hill on FBI director Christopher Wray telling Congress Tuesday that the attack by Hamas militants on Israel could inspire domestic extremist groups to plan similar attacks in the U.S. targeting Jewish or Muslim communities. Watch here.
CBS NEWS NEW YORK’s Lisa Rozner reported a Cornell University junior was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making violent online threats directed toward Jewish students at the school. Watch here.
On the CBS News Streaming Network, foreign correspondent Ian Lee reported from Tel Aviv after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls Monday for an immediate cease-fire. In the U.S., Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin testified before the Senate appropriations committee about the Biden administration’s requests for aid for Israel and Ukraine. Senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang reported on the battle shaping up in Congress. Watch here.
On CBS MORNINGS, foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported from East Jerusalem as the Health Ministry in Hamas-controlled Gaza says more than 8,500 people have been killed by Israel’s relentless airstrikes on the enclave in response to the U.S.-designated terror group’s bloody Oct. 7 attack, which Israel says left more than 1,400 people dead. About 66% of the fatalities in Gaza have been women and children, according to the ministry, which puts the toll of children alone at 3,500. Human Rights Watch has now come out saying a war crime against Israeli civilians does not justify a war crime against Palestinian civilians. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from Tel Aviv on Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejecting calls for a cease-fire as airstrikes landed near hospitals where thousands of Palestinians are sheltering beside the wounded. The military said Tuesday it had killed one of the leaders of the Oct. 7 Hamas massacre in Israel, Nasim Abu Ajina, adding that his death “significantly harms” Hamas efforts to fight off Israeli ground forces. The military said a soldier captured during Hamas’ brutal Oct. 7 incursion was rescued in Gaza – the first rescue since the weekslong war began. Military officials provided few details but said in a statement that Pvt. Ori Megidish, 19, was “doing well” and had met with her family. Watch here.
Monday, Oct. 30
Senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported from Tel Aviv for CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL as Israeli ground forces pushed deeper into Gaza Monday, advancing in tanks and other armored vehicles on the territory’s main city and freeing a soldier held captive by Hamas militants. The Israeli prime minister rejected calls for a cease-fire as airstrikes landed near hospitals where thousands of Palestinians are sheltering beside the wounded. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Debora Patta was live from Jerusalem and shared the latest on the desperate humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Supplies of virtually all basic human necessities are running out fast in Gaza. The U.N. said Monday that civil order was breaking down after several of its warehouses in the enclave were broken into by desperate people grabbing sacks of flour, wheat and whatever else they could find. Underneath Gaza, Hamas has dug into a maze of tunnels where it’s believed the militants have stockpiled enough food to last months. But for Palestinian civilians who’ve already endured 16 years of an Israeli blockade, daily life now revolves around scrounging for anything they can find, and that’s if they survive another night. CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul drove through what is left of the northern part of Gaza City and shared his observations. Watch here.
For CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL, foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from Ben Gurion Airport as an anti-Israel mob stormed into the main airport in Russia’s Dagestan region and onto the landing field Sunday seeking passengers arriving on a flight from Tel Aviv. Officials from the Republic’s Interior Ministry said 60 people were detained for questioning and reported 20 injuries, with no harm to Israeli citizens. Watch here.
For CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL, CBS News’ chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes reported from the White House, as the Biden administration announced on Monday that it would send cybersecurity experts to schools after a sharp rise in antisemitic and Islamophobic incidents amid the Israel-Hamas war. In recent days, Jewish students at Cornell University and others have expressed fear of being targeted. Watch here.
CBS MORNINGS co-host Tony Dokoupil interviewed National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby on the escalating war in Israel against Hamas and U.S. efforts to free hostages. Watch here.
- John Kirby to Dokoupil: Israeli leaders have “every right and responsibility … to go after Hamas as a terrorist organization and to eliminate that threat,” but Israel also has an “added burden” to limit civilian casualties in Gaza.
Foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported for CBS MORNINGS as Israeli troops were inside the Gaza Strip Monday, waging what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the “next stage” of his country’s war against Hamas militants in response to the brutal terror attack they launched on October 7. Determined to show he’s in full control of the war, Netanyahu visited some of his troops over the weekend, telling them they were “surrounded by a sea of love.” Grainy IDF video showed Israeli soldiers carrying out a clean, clinical operation, with tanks rolling into Gaza as ground operations increased. But many in Israel take a very different view of their country’s war, including Reoma Kedem, who lost her daughter and grandchildren in the gruesome terror attack when Hamas gunmen stormed into their community near the Gaza border. Over the weekend, Kedem joined a small protest in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, where she came to voice her rage at her own government and the man who leads it, Prime Minister Netanyahu. Despite the IDF’s promise that the war with Hamas will usher in a “new security reality” for Israelis, many in the country believe Netanyahu and his far-right leadership coalition are an impediment to finding the peace that has eluded the country since its creation in 1948, not a government intent on working toward it. Watch here.
- Reoma Kedem: “How long will we continue with this bloodshed? If this man does not go, we won’t have a solution.”
CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul is among those trapped in Gaza, and he drove through what’s left of the northern part of Gaza City over the weekend. He saw children looking around in the rubble of a house that had just been destroyed by an Israeli airstrike, searching for victims. A woman’s body was visible under the crushed concrete and twisted steel. Watch here.
For CBS MORNINGS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from London on the hundreds of people who stormed into the main airport in Russia’s Dagestan region and onto the landing field Sunday, chanting antisemitic slogans and seeking passengers arriving on a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, according to Russian news agencies and social media. Watch here.
For CBS MORNINGS, foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported from Tel Aviv as the next phase of Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip has begun, with Israel starting to move troops and armored vehicles over the border into the Palestinian territory. Much of the war between Israel and Hamas may be fought not on the streets of Gaza, but underneath them, where Hamas is believed to have built an elaborate system of tunnels and may be hiding hostages. Israel’s chief military spokesman, Daniel Hagari, said Hamas operates inside and under Shifa hospital – Gaza’s largest hospital – and other hospitals in the territory. Hamas, though, denies there are tunnels under the Shifa hospital, which says it is sheltering 40,000 displaced Palestinians, and treating the wounded and the helpless, amid Israel’s intensifying ground operations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has framed the conflict as a battle for Israel’s survival. But the families of hostages are afraid their loved ones won’t come out of it alive. Watch here.
- Amir Ulo, an Israeli reserve colonel who first went into a Gaza tunnel in 2007 told Inocencio: “I’m not telling you that we are not going to face losses … We are not seeking for war. We are seeking for peace. But when it’s time to war, we know how to fight. And we will do it. And we will prevail.”
- Joel Raskin, a geomorphology professor at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, told Inocencio: “The geology of the Gaza Strip is ideal for tunnel digging and maintaining, but it’s very complex for tunnel detection based on the abundant layers of sediment.”
Sunday, Oct. 29
Correspondent Bill Whitaker interviewed Vice President Kamala Harris for 60 MINUTES as the Biden administration was trying to balance Israel’s need to retaliate against Hamas with the urgent need to get relief to the Palestinian people. Watch here.
- Vice President Kamala Harris told Whitaker: “We have absolutely no intention nor do we have any plans to send combat troops into Israel or Gaza, period.”
- Vice President Kamala Harris told Whitaker: “A terrorist organization, Hamas, slaughtered hundreds of young people at a concert. By most estimates at least 1,400 Israelis are dead. Israel, without any question, has a right to defend itself. That being said, it is very important that there be no conflation between Hamas and the Palestinians. The Palestinians deserve equal measures of safety and security, self-determination and dignity, and we have been very clear that the rules of war must be adhered to and that there be humanitarian aid that flows.”
On CBS WEEKEND NEWS, anchor Jericka Duncan spoke with a Palestinian and Israeli American, Mahmoud Kasem and Isidore Karten, about how the war has made the unimaginable a reality. Watch here.
On FACE THE NATION, moderator Margaret Brennan interviewed national security adviser Jake Sullivan, who said the U.S. has pressed Israel to distinguish between Hamas and Palestinian civilians amid growing pressure to protect civilians in Gaza as Israel expands its raids. Watch here.
- Jake Sullivan told Brennan: “We have conversations like friends do on the hard questions that I talked about before – on issues associated with humanitarian aid, on distinguishing between terrorists and innocent civilians, on how Israel’s thinking through its military operation … Those conversations happen multiple times a day.
- On whether Israel has told the U.S. at what point they will declare their mission against Hamas a success, Sullivan said: “They have told us in broad terms that making sure that Hamas can never again threaten Israel in the way it threatened Israel before is their core strategic objective in this conflict … But in terms of what the specific milestones are, that is something that ultimately is up to Israel, this is their military operation, they will make that decision … And we will continue to ask the hard questions, Margaret, that we would ask of ourselves in a military operation like this. What exactly are the objectives? How are the means matched to the objectives? And how will this evolve over time? That’s a conversation we’ve been having. It’s a conversation we will continue to have in the days ahead.”
- On a humanitarian pause, Sullivan said: “There are a lot of complicated realities in this. A humanitarian pause would be a good thing to get hostages out, but you can bet that Hamas will try to use that time to their advantage as well.”
CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul, who lives in Gaza, spoke with FACE THE NATION, moderator Margaret Brennan by phone. He said he witnessed “death, bodies, everywhere around the hospital, waiting for any car to pick up them and bury them in the graves.” Watch here.
Robert Mardini, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross, joined FACE THE NATION and shared that three additional truckloads of medicine, medical equipment, water and sanitation equipment had made it into Gaza on Sunday. Watch here.
- Robert Mardini told Brennan: “Today we were able to get three additional trucks in of medicines, war wounded kits, surgical kits for hospitals. They are badly needed. As well as some water and sanitation equipment. They come on top of the six trucks that passed on Friday. This is good. This is positive. But this is a drop in an ocean of need and, of course, is only a small fraction of what the Gaza strip and Gazans need today.”
Senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported from Tel Aviv for FACE THE NATION. While Israeli officials stopped short of calling the situation in Gaza an invasion, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the “second stage of the war” had begun. Watch here.
On FACE THE NATION, moderator Margaret Brennan spoke with Gen. Joseph Votel, former Commander of U.S. Central Command, who said that any attacks on American installations in the Middle East could “significantly change the calculus for us.” Watch here.
- Gen. Joseph Votel told Breannan: “It’s very clear … that Iran is behind” the militia attacks in Syria and Iraq.
Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) discussed President Biden’s proposed aid package, international aid organizations on FACE THE NATION with Margaret Brennan. Sen. Vance said he doesn’t think the U.S. should provide aid to Palestinian citizens because “if you deliver a large amount of humanitarian assistance, who’s it going to, the children of Gaza or to the Hamas fighters on the front lines? I fear it’s going to go to Hamas.” Watch here.
For CBS SUNDAY MORNING, foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported from Jerusalem as fireballs lit up the night sky in Gaza over the weekend, as Israel decimated entire neighborhoods with airstrikes while it expanded its ground operation against Hamas. Communication networks in Gaza have been knocked out, cutting people off from each other and the outside world. Watch here.
For CBS SUNDAY MORNING, following the October 7 attack in which more than 1,400 Israelis were killed and more than 220 were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, the Hostages and Missing Families Forum was quickly created to assist hostages and their families. Correspondent Seth Doane talks with a few of the 4,000 volunteers mobilizing to help, and with family members anxiously awaiting word about their loved ones held captive. Watch here.
Friday, Oct. 27
For CBS MORNINGS, foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported from Jerusalem on Israeli forces conducting a ground raid into Gaza for the second consecutive night, the country’s military said Friday. The small raid was backed by fighter jets and drones, with the Israel Defense Forces saying it had struck dozens of targets on the outskirts of Gaza City. Israel has responded to the unprecedented terror attack and ongoing rocket fire – which it says has killed more than 1,400 people and left Hamas holding almost 230 hostages – with an overwhelming barrage of artillery and airstrikes on Gaza. Deaths have been soaring at a staggering rate in Gaza, and while Israel and Hamas disagree on the toll – and who’s to blame for it – it is believed to far exceed the number of people killed during the four previous conflicts between Israel and Hamas combined. On Thursday, the U.N. echoed international law experts and humanitarian groups to warn that Israel may be responding to Hamas’ atrocious war crimes with war crimes of its own. Watch here.
- U.N. human rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told journalists Friday in Geneva: “We are concerned that war crimes are being committed … We are concerned about the collective punishment of Gazans in response to the atrocious attacks by Hamas, which also amounted to war crimes.”
Senior White House and political correspondent Ed O’Keefe reported from the White House as the U.S. military conducted strikes against two facilities in eastern Syria used by Iranian-backed groups in retaliation for recent attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria. The uptick in attacks comes amidst international concern the war between Israel and Hamas could broaden into a wider conflict engulfing the entire Middle East. President Biden on Wednesday warned that the U.S. would respond if the attacks continued. Watch here.
Thursday, Oct. 26
On CBS EVENING NEWS, foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported from Tel Aviv as Israeli Defense Forces released footage showing their tanks crossing into northern Gaza to conduct a “targeted raid.” This comes amid questions over the next stages of Israel’s military plans and a report of at least 50 hostages being among those killed, Hamas health officials claimed Thursday, victims of Israeli bombardment. CBS News cannot independently verify those numbers. Watch here.
For CBS News Streaming Network, correspondent Haley Ott reported on Israeli troops conducting a brief raid in northern Gaza. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Debora Patta reported from Tel Aviv for CBS MORNINGS as Israel carried out an hours-long, overnight ground raid into the northern Gaza Strip, the country’s military said Thursday, as part of “preparations for the next stages of the war” with the Palestinian militant group Hamas. It comes as Gaza’s health care system is on the verge of total collapse, with over half of its health care facilities no longer functioning, according to the World Health Organization. Water is running out, along with stocks of anesthesia and other vital medicines. Some aid has started flowing in this week, but crucially, no fuel supplies have been allowed across the border into Gaza. The stream of injured being rushed to Gaza’s hospitals after airstrikes continues. Many of the victims are young children, even babies. Watch here.
- Dr. Muhammed Kandeel, who works at the Nasser Hospital in Gaza, told CBS News he doesn’t even have water to wash his hands sometimes, risking infection among the many wounded people he’s treating. He told CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul: “They will know they are going to die, because the hospitals have nothing to offer them,” he said. “It cannot be described by words. It’s hell …We feel we are not a part of the human community … If we are sub-human, just tell us, so we can take action by ourselves.”
For CBS MORNINGS, correspondent Adriana Diaz spoke with Nabil Alshurafa outside Chicago about his mother, American citizen Naela Elshorafa, who is trapped in Gaza. She was supposed to be in Gaza to visit her sick mother for 10 days – but now cannot exit using the Rafah crossing. Watch here.
- Nabil Alshurafa told Diaz he is terrified his mother may die there: “This might be a reality where I get a phone call that tells me my mother’s not alive.”
Wednesday, Oct. 25
Correspondent Adriana Diaz shared a report for CBS EVENING NEWS on how hundreds of Americans remain trapped inside Gaza. She spoke with one Chicago man whose mother is stranded there. He said he feels “Death is getting closer and closer” to her. Watch here.
- Nabil Alshurafa told Diaz: “The Israeli Americans are getting charter flights, cruise ships, food, Wi-Fi. The U.S. citizens in Gaza, what are they getting? I truly feel betrayed by my government. All I’m requesting is equal protection of the citizens.”
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported live from East Jerusalem as the humanitarian crisis deepens in Gaza and President Biden said Wednesday that he had “no confidence” in Hamas officials’ reported death toll in the Gaza Strip. According to the U.N., a third of Gaza’s hospitals have ceased operations due to damage or lack of fuel for generators. She shared an inside look at the scene at Nasser Hospital in Gaza. More than 5,000 pregnant women in Gaza are expected to give birth in the next month. With hospitals overwhelmed, the U.N. wants to distribute home birthing kits containing soap, a plastic sheet and scissors for cutting the umbilical cord, but so far they can’t get them in. Watch here.
Correspondent Jeff Pegues reported on how antisemitic incidents have surged in the U.S. since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, with the Anti-Defamation League reporting a nearly 400% increase. The Council on American-Islamic Relations reports 774 anti-Muslim incidents since Oct. 7, the highest in nearly eight years. Watch here.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières Executive Director Avril Benoît joined CBS MORNINGS on-set and shared how doctors across Gaza are coping in overwhelmed hospitals, experiencing shortages of supplies, medicine and fuel for generators – and why some doctors have no choice but to perform surgeries without anesthesia in hospital hallways. Watch here.
- Avril Benoît told Gayle King: “There is no safe place in Gaza.”
For CBS MORNINGS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from East Jerusalem on the secretary general for the United Nations calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire as more than 700 were killed in the Gaza Strip in just 24 hours, according to the Hamas-run ministry of health. If accurate, that’s the deadliest day in Gaza since this war began. The United Nations says a third of Gaza’s hospitals have stopped functioning either because they’re damaged or because of a lack of fuel to power their generators. In the neonatal intensive care unit at Al-Shifa hospital, doctors are warning that without electricity many of their tiny patients would die. Without fuel, the U.N. Agency for Palestinian Refugees says its work will be forced to stop tonight. Israel claims there is fuel in Gaza releasing aerial images of tanks which it says contains more than 100,000 gallons. Watch here.
As part of efforts to recover more than 200 hostages taken by Hamas, Israel is dropping leaflets into Gaza, asking for information about where those people might be held. For CBS MORNINGS, foreign correspondent Debora Patta joined from Ashkelon and shared her report where she spoke with members of a six-man self defense unit protecting a kibbutz community near the Gaza border. Watch here.
Tuesday, Oct. 24
CBS MORNINGS co-host Tony Dokoupil shared a rare inside look at the intense training Israeli troops undergo as they prepare for a ground invasion. On CBS EVENING NEWS, he spoke with Lt. Col. Mati Shechavch, who is readying soldiers at the site for a chaotic, street-to-street hunt for Hamas militants inside Gaza. Watch here.
- Lt. Col. Mati Shechavch told Dokoupil: “I think the major concern for most of the soldiers is we’re gonna have to stop at one point of time because we really want to end this war once and for all.”
On CBS EVENING NEWS, CBS News’ producer Marwan Al-Ghoul reflected on his experience covering the ongoing Israel-Hamas war and shed light on the risks journalists take to report on war unfolding around them. Watch here.
As the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is deepening, senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported for CBS EVENING NEWS from Tel Aviv. Despite an increase in the number of attacks on both sides of this fight on Tuesday, another humanitarian convoy has rolled into Gaza, another eight trucks of aid but no fuel, while concerns grow for both civilians and hostages alike. D’Agata reported that Yocheved Lifshitz, one of the Israeli hostages released by Hamas, said she “went through hell” and was beaten the day she was captured. But when asked why she shook the hand of a Hamas gunman when she was freed, she said they treated her with “softness and supplied all my needs.” He also visited a new Israeli front line town where they’ve set up a 24-hour security camera hub on the lookout for the next rocket or terrorist gunman. Watch here.
CBS MORNINGS co-host Tony Dokoupil questioned Israel’s chief military spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari on Israel’s plans for life in Gaza after Hamas. Watch here.
- Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari’s message to the Palestinian people: “Hamas took you hostage. He kills his own people.”
- Hagari on the complex nature of combating Hamas: “I don’t think we can kill an idea. We must kill the leaders. We must destroy the governing. We must destroy the infrastructure of the terror ... We need to show them that this idea is wrong.”
- On whether another group like Hamas could crop up after the militant group is possibly destroyed, Hagari called it a “political question,” but recognized the potential threat of another entity arising.
As Gaza journalists risk everything to report on the Israel-Hamas war raging around them, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams appeared on CBS MORNINGS to share how CBS News has relied on the reporting from CBS News producer Marwan Al-Ghoul. Al-Ghoul lives in Gaza and has been reporting on the war from the very beginning, risking his life to get the news out. In 2009, when Hamas and Israel fought a previous war, Al-Ghoul lost a brother to an airstrike. He has worked with CBS News’ traveling teams of journalists on and off for more than two decades, and during that time he’s enriched our reporting and helped to keep the team safe in Gaza. Watch here.
- Marwan Al-Ghoul on concerns for his safety amid the Israeli bombardment: “I am worried too … I am concerned of my family … It makes me sometimes angry and sometimes I feel like I need to cry.”
For CBS MORNINGS, senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported on the two elderly hostages, Yocheved Lifshitz and Nurit Cooper, who were released by Hamas. “I went through hell,” one of them said, describing how she was taken by motorcycle and beaten. One hostage said they were given food, medicine and hygiene products while in Gaza. Watch here.
CBS MORNINGS co-host Tony Dokoupil shared his report from Tse’elim army base in Israel where Israel Defense Forces built a training ground for urban warfare and thousands of soldiers are preparing for a likely ground invasion of Gaza. Watch here.
Monday, Oct. 23
On CBS EVENING NEWS, CBS MORNINGS co-host Tony Dokoupil interviewed Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, chief military spokesperson from the Israel Defense Forces, about their mission to rescue hostages and eliminate Hamas, who he described as a “crime against humanity.” Watch here.
Foreign correspondents Debora Patta, Charlie D’Agata and Imtiaz Tyab reported for CBS EVENING NEWS as Hamas released two elderly hostages. Watch here.
- Patta reported from a northern Israeli border town to film the evacuation of residents when the CBS News team was ducking for cover as air raid sirens were followed by a loud blast. The crossfire between Israel and Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah has picked up over the past two weeks amid growing fears it could kick start a regional conflict.
- D’Agata reported on the growing international condemnation of the civilian deaths in Gaza and how the Israeli military released graphic video of the massacre that unfolded two weeks ago.
- Tyab reported as Israel carried out an airstrike in the West Bank, hitting a mosque it claimed was being used by Hamas. The Palestinian Health Ministry said that since the start of Israel's war with Hamas, 95 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank, which is not controlled by Hamas.
Chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes reported live from the White House for CBS EVENING NEWS and shared the latest on the U.S.-Israel response, which she called “delicate diplomacy,” and former President Barack Obama’s “blunt” new comments warning Israel’s military strategy could backfire if it doesn’t do more to minimize civilian casualties. Watch here.
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams spoke with the relatives of two American hostages that were released last week. They still have eight family members who are being held as hostages. On their treatment, the family said: “Those thoughts come, and I shake them away, because I can’t allow myself to break.” Watch here.
Ahead of an expected ground invasion of Gaza, CBS MORNINGS co-host Tony Dokoupil reported from Ashkelon, Israel, 7 miles from Gaza, and shared his interview with Mark Regev, a senior adviser to Israel’s prime minister. Dokoupil asked Regev about the future of the Palestinian people if Hamas were ousted. Watch here.
- Mark Regev: “I think it’s not impossible to think of some sort of international effort to try to rebuild the Gaza Strip.”
The Israeli military granted CBS MORNINGS co-host Tony Dokoupil rare access to Israel’s Palmachim Airbase that is part of the country’s planned Gaza campaign. Israel Defense Forces members told CBS News about trying to rescue hostages – and their mission to eliminate Hamas. Watch here.
Emilee Rauschenberger and her family are among the many Americans trapped in Gaza, where the borders are shut down indefinitely. She told CBS MORNINGS co-host Tony Dokoupil how her five children are coping – and what she hopes for: “This can’t last forever. There has to be a brighter day coming.” Watch here.
For CBS MORNINGS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams interviewed the cousins of Judith and Natalie Raanan who were released by Hamas on Friday. They told Williams they want a ground invasion of Gaza delayed until all hostages are released: “The civilians come first.” Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported from protests in Ramallah as Israeli airstrikes continue to pummel Gaza, with 300+ in the last 24 hours, and targeted what Israel called a “terrorist compound” in the city of Jenin in the West Bank. Tyab interviewed Palestinian-American Hadeel al-Qatin, whose husband was killed in the West Bank before Hamas unleashed its terror on Israel, sparking the current war. Watch here.
- Hadeel al-Qatin told Tyab, their town, Turmus Ayya, where two-thirds of residents are U.S. nationals, mainly from in and around Michigan, came under attack in June by masked Israeli settlers from the nearby settlement of Shilo. She told Tyab, her husband was shot in the chest while trying to defend his home.
Co-host Tony Dokoupil led CBS MORNINGS coverage from Ashkelon, 7 miles from the Gaza border, as Israel is on the brink of a massive invasion of Gaza. Watch here.
Sunday, Oct. 22
CBS MORNINGS co-host Tony Dokoupil reported from Tel Aviv for CBS WEEKEND NEWS and shared a preview of his interview with Mark Regev, a senior adviser to Israel’s prime minister and former Israeli ambassador to the UK. Watch here.
60 MINUTES correspondent Scott Pelley interviewed the intelligence directors of the United States’ English-speaking allies. Together, they know more about the threats in the world than perhaps anyone. They’re known as The Five Eyes and they have never appeared in an interview together. Watch here.
- FBI director Christopher Wray told Pelley: “We have seen an increase in reported threats, but vigilance is heightened right now just because of the fluid and volatile environment in the Middle East.”
FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan interviewed Secretary of State Antony Blinken on tensions in the Middle East, whether the U.S. is changing its security posture, the status of 500-600 Americans trapped in Gaza and humanitarian assistance efforts underway. Watch here, here and here.
- Antony Blinken to Brennan on high tensions in the region: “We are concerned at the possibility of Iranian proxies, escalating their attacks against our own personnel, our own people. We’re taking every measure to make sure that we can defend them and if necessary, respond decisively. Not at all what we’re looking for, not all we want, but we’ll be prepared, if that’s what they choose to do.”
- Blinken to Brennan on Americans in Gaza: “To date, at least, Hamas has blocked them from leaving, showing once again, its total disregard for civilians of any kind who are stuck in Gaza.”
- Blinken to Brennan on assistance into Gaza: “We want to make sure that we have sustained delivery of food, medicine, water, the things that people need. At the same time, I said something a minute ago that – that we have to – we have to remember. Israel has to do everything it can to make sure this doesn't happen again. Freezing things in place where they are now would allow Hamas to remain where it is and to repeat what it's done sometime in the future. No country could accept that.”
After 20 trucks worth of humanitarian aid entered Gaza on Saturday, FACE THE NATION’s Margaret Brennan spoke with Philippe Lazzarini, commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees. Watch here and here.
- Philippe Lazzarini told Brennan: “What we need is a significant scaling up of a supply line into Gaza. And it needs to be sustained and it needs to be uninterrupted. Before Oct. 7, we had up to 500 trucks entering into Gaza. And this was under a blockade, at the time already 80% of the population was dependent of international assistance. So we need – we need, Margaret, much more than that.”
- Lazzarini: “Today I issued a statement, an alarm, because in three-four days, we will have no fuel anymore in Gaza. And what does it mean? No fuel, no water, no bakery, no running a hospital. But beyond that. That means also there will be no humanitarian operation. We need fuel to move the trucks to reach the people in need.”
In a rare sit-down with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, McConnell explained to FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan why he supports President Biden’s $106 billion aid request for Israel and Ukraine. McConnell said he views it as “all interconnected,” drawing contrast with some Republican colleagues who do not support additional funds for Ukraine. Watch here.
As Israel has resumed airstrikes, massive demonstrations have been held across the Middle East and across the world demanding an end to the war in Gaza. Correspondents Charlie D’Agata and Imtiaz Tyab reported the latest developments from Israel for FACE THE NATION. Watch here.
- Former Major General Israel Ziv told D’Agata: “We’re completely changing the tactics. We’re going to use a lot of fire. We don’t want to play to their hands, to their traps, to whatever they prepare for us.”
- Palestinian politician Dr. Mustafa Barghouti told Tyab: [I don’t understand] “why the president of the United States comes here and instead of telling Israel, enough is enough, you wanted to respond, you responded … Instead of that, he’s encouraging them to have an invasion, a ground invasion.”
Senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported from Tel Aviv for FACE THE NATION as Israel resumed airstrikes overnight and this morning, firing into southern Gaza and a mosque in Israeli-occupied West Bank, as well as two airports in Syria, according to Syrian state media. Watch here.
For CBS SUNDAY MORNING, as Israel plans to escalate its offensive in the Gaza Strip in its ongoing campaign against Hamas, correspondent Lee Cowan analyzed the events of the past week and considers what may come next. Watch here.
After two weeks of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, humanitarian aid is finally getting in from Egypt, though it’s a fraction of what’s needed. Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported on the worsening crisis since Hamas launched its attacks on Israel on Oct. 7, with a retaliatory ground invasion by Israeli forces expected soon. Watch here.
Arab Mideast scholar Hussein Ibish joined CBS SUNDAY MORNING and said the current infrastructure of Israeli occupiers and stateless Palestinians forces the two peoples into a toxic relationship of dominance and subordination, and that they must replace violent occupation and resistance with genuine coexistence. Watch here.
Friday, Oct. 20
CBS broadcast A CBS NEWS SPECIAL: ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR: THE WORLD ON EDGE anchored by CBS EVENING NEWS anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell. The one-hour primetime special featured reporting from CBS News foreign correspondents Holly Williams, Charlie D’Agata and Imtiaz Tyab, in Tel Aviv and Ramallah, who have been providing ongoing coverage from Israel and near Gaza since the Hamas attack into Israel on Oct. 7. Chief foreign affairs correspondent and FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan, national security correspondent David Martin, senior foreign correspondent Mark Phillips, chief investigative correspondent Jim Axelrod, senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge, and CBS News foreign policy and national security contributor and former national security adviser to President Trump H.R. McMaster joined to contribute reporting and analysis of the military, diplomatic and humanitarian efforts underway as tensions continue across the region. Watch here.
For CBS MORNINGS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams shared her reporting from Nir Oz in southern Israel where a quarter of residents were either killed or taken hostage by Hamas. She spoke with Yifat Zailer, a relative of a 10-month-old baby boy, his 4-year-old brother and their mother who are among the hostages. Williams also met with Lt. Col. Richard Hecht who discussed the deadly assault. Watch here.
- Yifat Zailer to Williams: “We can’t go in the same path anymore. Things need to be changed. Israel is going to be changed after this … we are all traumatized. This touched every family, is involved in Israel.”
Senior foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported from Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank for CBS MORNINGS on an American naval ship that intercepted three missiles fired from Yemen – indicating that the conflict is potentially expanding in the Middle East. He spoke to people on the streets of Tel Aviv and Ramallah in response to President Biden’s address. Watch here.
For CBS MORNINGS, senior White House and political correspondent Ed O’Keefe reported from the White House on President Biden’s rare Oval Office primetime address on Thursday night where the president urged the American public to rally around Israel and Ukraine and argued that the U.S. should not let partisan politics get in the way of tens of billions of dollars of new aid to those countries. Watch here.
New CBS News polling revealed that amid concerns of a wider war, Americans give mixed reactions to Biden’s approach toward Israel-Hamas conflict. Read more here.
On CBS News Streaming Network, foreign correspondent Ian Lee reported from Tel Aviv on where things stand with military aid for Israel and humanitarian aid for Gaza as bombings continue. Watch here.
Thursday, Oct. 19
For CBS EVENING NEWS, senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang reported on President Biden’s address to the nation and how without a House speaker, it will be impossible for Congress to pass President Biden's request of $100 billion to aid Israel and Ukraine in their wars. Watch here.
- Weijia Jiang: “It’s impossible. In order to pass that funding request, you have to have a functioning Congress where both chambers can vote. Right now that is not possible because that doesn’t exist without a speaker of the House.”
For CBS EVENING NEWS, correspondent Roxanne Saberi spoke to Abbey Onn in Israel who told her that Israeli authorities confirmed on Wednesday that they found the bodies of her cousin, 80-year-old Carmela Dan – an Israeli, American and French citizen – and Dan’s 12-year-old granddaughter, Noya Dan. Onn has three other relatives who are still missing. Saberi asked if Abbey thinks they are still alive, she said, “I do.” Watch here.
Senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata visited an Israeli military base in the middle of the desert for CBS EVENING NEWS and reported on the final preparations for Israel’s ground invasion. Watch here.
- A lieutenant told D’Agata: “ I think this is a beautiful aspect, visually, where you see people from all ages. You see from various situations in life, coming and uniting, over here with a strong will to protect our country.”
- Charlie D’Agata: “That strong will is sure to be tested in the days and weeks ahead as Israeli forces engage in a battle that threatens to spread beyond the narrow territory of the Gaza Strip.”
Senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge reported from Washington, D.C., for CBS EVENING NEWS and explained the rising tensions in the Middle East and the rare global travel alert. Watch here.
- Herridge interviewed a former counterrorism official, Javed Ali, who said, “The current threat environment is dynamic and complex … Homeland security is an excellent position to try and prevent any foreign threat from entering the United States, but unfortunately, you can never have 100% security in these kinds of moments.”
For CBS EVENING NEWS, national security correspondent David Martin reported live from the Pentagon on the U.S. announcement that a Navy warship shot down several drones and missiles launched from inside Yemen. Watch here.
- David Martin: “In past attacks, when an American has been killed, the U.S. has retaliated with air strikes. The Pentagon is considering retaliatory strikes again, but it is faced with a dilemma that any military action might set off exactly what President Biden is trying to avoid: a wider Middle East war.”
For CBS MORNINGS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from Nir Oz, Israel where hostages were taken by Hamas after their deadly attack on Oct. 7. The Israeli military said Thursday that 203 people were being held hostage in the Gaza Strip. Williams reported on President Biden’s visit as being an explicit show of support for Israel, meeting with rescue workers and survivors of the massacre by Hamas militants. The president also addressed the deadly explosion at the hospital in Gaza where Palestinian officials say over 400 were killed. Israel categorically denies it was involved and an American official tells CBS News the U.S. has its own intelligence which gives it high confidence that Israel was not responsible. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported from East Jerusalem for CBS MORNINGS on the fury in the Middle East over Israel’s continued strikes of Gaza, as the number of Palestinians killed has reached 3,785, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Protesters across the region accuse Israel of indiscriminate killing – and they accuse the U.S. of being complicit. Watch here.
Senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge reported from Washington, D.C. for CBS MORNINGS on the new bulletin from federal law enforcement agencies, which confirmed an increase in threats to the country’s Jewish, Muslim and Arab communities. Watch here.
For CBS MORNINGS, chief investigative and senior national correspondent Jim Axelrod spoke with the family of an American, Omer Neutra, who grew up in Long Island, N.Y., and is now being held hostage by Hamas. Watch here.
Wednesday, Oct. 18
For CBS EVENING NEWS, foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported on President Biden’s return to the U.S. following his visit to Israel where he expressed support for the country and addressed the Gaza hospital explosion. The Biden administration asserted “high confidence” that Israel is not to blame and attributed the incident to a misfired rocket from a Gaza-based terror group, backed by intercepts and satellite imagery. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported for CBS EVENING NEWS on protests erupting across the Middle East and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that continues to grow following the explosion at Gaza City’s Al Ahli, or Baptist Hospital, that is believed to have killed hundreds. Fadl Naim, a doctor at the hospital, told CBS News that Israel’s army issued a warning for everyone to evacuate the facility just two days before the devastating explosion on Tuesday night. Watch here.
- Fadl Naim told CBS News: “They called our medical director and they told him, ‘We warned you yesterday with two rockets, why are you still working in the hospital, why didn’t you evacuate the hospital?’”
For CBS EVENING NEWS, chief investigative and senior national correspondent Jim Axelrod met the family of an American, Omer Neutra, who grew up in Long Island, N.Y., and is now being held hostage by Hamas. His parents urged leaders to “do everything, and we mean everything, to bring them back.” Watch here.
- Orna Neutra told Axelrod, “This is not a time for tears … I need strong people around me to work together and put the influence on the American government, the Israeli government to do everything, and we mean everything, to bring them back as soon as possible.”
Chief foreign affairs correspondent and FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan joined CBS EVENING NEWS to discuss President Biden and other officials making the case to Arab leaders that intelligence shows Israel was not responsible for the Gaza hospital explosion. Still, as Brennan reports, the U.S. has a credibility problem in that region. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported for CBS MORNINGS on the Gaza hospital explosion reporting that Israel has vehemently denied responsibility and accused Hamas and other Palestinian factions of grossly inflating the death toll from the blast. The Israel Defense Forces initially blamed the explosion on Hamas, before saying a rocket misfired by the smaller Gaza-based militant group, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, had caused the blast. Islamic Jihad has called the claim “a lie.” CBS News has not been able to independently verify the death toll or cause of the explosion. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Chris Livesay spoke with former Egyptian politician Emad Gad about the implications of allowing thousands of Palestinians into Egypt. Watch here.
Chief foreign affairs correspondent and FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan joined CBS MORNINGS on-set following the bombing of a Gaza hospital, ongoing Israeli strikes, and subsequent public outcry and reports that Hamas is now “signaling it is not possible for them, at this moment, to go through with any kind of release” of nearly 200 estimated hostages. Watch here.
- Margaret Brennan on additional issues for President Biden, “Whatever the facts are, it’s the perception that matters. And the perception on the streets of Jordan, in Egypt, in the West Bank is that the United States saying it’s stands by Israel without question means that is is allowing for continued civilian casualties.”
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported on the Israeli response to President Biden’s wartime visit and the many Israelis who blame their own government for the apparent security failures that allowed Hamas militants to launch their bloody assault. She adds, in recent days, several cabinet ministers have been berated in public. Watch here.
Tuesday, Oct. 17
National Security Council’s John Kirby joined CBS MORNINGS and spoke with co-host Tony Doukopil about the President’s visit, the humanitarian crisis, and Hamas hostages. Watch here.
On CBS MORNINGS, Holly Williams discussed the 200 hostages reportedly being held in Gaza and interviewed the mother of a French-Israeli woman, Mia Shem, who appeared in the first Hamas propaganda hostage video. Keren Shem told CBS News she hopes the video indicates Hamas' willingness to negotiate over her daughter's release. Watch here.
- Keren Shem told Williams: “It’s very hard to see my daughter, I see the pain, I see that she's in physical pain…I see that she’s very emotional and very, very scared.”
CBS News producer Marwan al-Ghoul reported from Gaza for CBS MORNINGS on witnessing the immediate aftermath of a deadly Israeli airstrike in Rafah City. Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab contributed to the report. Watch here.
Monday, Oct. 16
On CBS EVENING NEWS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from an Israeli military base on video released by Israel's military showing Hamas militants hunting victims inside a kibbutz, as well as a Hamas handbook with instructions for executing captives. Watch here.
Charlie D’Agata visited an Israeli tank unit ahead of an expected land invasion of Gaza, but reports that ground assaults in urban environments are extremely risky for any fighting force. He spoke to Reserve Major General Yair Golan, who has led troops into battle in Gaza many times during his military career. Watch here.
- Reserve Major General Yair Golan told D’Agata: [Gaza City] is one of the “densest places on earth … And you have Gaza on the surface – you also have Gaza of the subterranean,” referring to underground tunnels used by Hamas.
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported for CBS EVENING NEWS as Gaza edges closer to humanitarian catastrophe ahead of likely Israeli invasion. Watch here.
For CBS EVENING NEWS, correspondent Jeff Pegues reported on the 6-year-old Palestinian-American boy who was fatally stabbed, and his mother wounded, in an attack that authorities say was motivated by the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. Watch here.
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported for CBS MORNINGS from a military base in southern Israel and spoke to young Israeli troops, none of them over the age of 20, as they prepared for a land invasion of Gaza. Watch here.
- One soldier told Williams, “We are ready, and we want to finish it … because they cut our friends’ heads, and they killed too many people here in Israel.”
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported on the more than 2,600 Palestinians who have been killed and nearly 10,000 more who have been wounded since fighting erupted, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Tyab’s report showed footage of hospital workers who have been forced to treat patients on the floor, as more than 2 million residents run low on food, water and electricity. Watch here.
Former Army General David Petraeus joined CBS MORNINGS and spoke with co-host Tony Doukopil about the need for a vision after Israel’s expected Gaza invasion. Watch here.
- Former Army General David Petraeus said of the post-conflict phase, “There needs to be a vision for that. I think that Prime Minister Netanyahu would be well advised to not only say what they’re going to try to do to Hamas, but realistically … also talk about the future of Gaza and a future, even a vision for the Palestinian people post-conflict.”
For CBS MORNINGS, foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported from what remains of the Kfar Aza kibbutz, over a mile from Gaza, and interviewed Israeli Col. Golan Vach. Watch here.
- Col. Golan Vach told D’Agata, “We failed, period. We failed protecting the civilians. It shouldn’t have happened, not like this, never, not in this scale.”
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported for CBS MORNINGS from East Jerusalem as international pressure is mounting on Israel and Egypt to ease the humanitarian crisis unfolding across Gaza, after more than a week of unprecedented strikes. More than 2,750 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Watch here.
Sunday, Oct. 15
President Joe Biden was interviewed by correspondent Scott Pelley for 60 MINUTES. Watch here.
On whether he foresees U.S. troops in combat in this new Middle East war, President Biden said, “I don’t think that’s necessary. Israel has one of the finest fighting forces in the country. I guarantee we’re gonna provide them everything they need.”
On whether Iran is behind the Gaza war, Mr. Biden said, “I don’t wanna get into classified information. But to be very blunt with you, there is no clear evidence of that.”
On whether the U.S. is asking Israel to establish a humanitarian corridor in southern Gaza, Mr. Biden said, “Yes, our team is talkin’ to ‘em about that. And – whether there could be a safe zone. We’re also talking to Egyptians – whether there is an outlet to get these children and – and women out – into – out of that a that area at this moment. But it’s – it’s c – hard.
On whether the president would like to see humanitarian supplies brought into Gaza, Mr. Biden said, “Yes.”
Pelley asked Mr. Biden what Israel means to him, and he responded, “The Jews have been subject to abuse, prejudice, and – and – attempt to wipe them out for, oh, God, over a th – thousand years. For me, it’s about decency, respect, honor. It’s just simply wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It violates every religious principle I have and every way – and every single principle my father taught me.”
60 MINUTES correspondent Lesley Stahl returned to Israel to report on a family behind the heroic rescue effort at kibbutz Nahal Oz, one of the first places infiltrated and attacked by Hamas. Watch here.
A retired Israeli major general and his wife drove south at top speed to rescue their family. They told Lesley Stahl they drove through a field to avoid one police checkpoint that tried to stop them and told another: “You can shoot me. We are going.”
After hours stranded in a safe room without food, water, phones, or electricity, the family heard a knock on the window and one of the little girls inside said: “Grandpa is here.”
Amir Tibon recalled, “That’s the first time we started crying.”
On Americans and Palestinians in Gaza, Jake Sullivan told Brennan: “We are very focused on, first, as you said, making sure that all American citizens in Gaza have safe passage out of Gaza and into Egypt. We’re working on that around the clock, we’re not going to rest until that happens. And second, we’re very focused on making sure that the broader civilian population of Gaza, because the vast majority of Palestinians in Gaza have nothing to do with Hamas, that they can get to safe areas, that they can get access to food, water, medicine, shelter, and that they can be protected from the fighting as it intensifies and as a potential ground operation moves forward.”
On whether the U.S. has assurances Palestinian civilians who are leaving Gaza ahead of Israel’s ground offensive will eventually be allowed to return home, Sullivan said: “The United States has a very simple proposition on this: it’s when people leave their homes in conflict, leave their houses in conflict, they deserve the right to return to those homes- to those houses. And this situation is no different.”
On whether the U.S. is moving a second aircraft carrier group into the Middle East region, Sullivan said: “There is a risk of an escalation of this conflict, the opening of a second front in the north and of course of Iran’s involvement, that is a risk, and that’s a risk that we have been mindful of since the start.”
Reporting from Jerusalem for FACE THE NATION, foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab interviewed Dr. Ghazi Hammad, a spokesman for Hamas and senior member of its political bureau, in a “combative interview.” Watch here.
On receiving outside support for Hamas’ attack on Israel, including from Iran, Dr. Ghazi Hammad said: “No, never.”
Foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported for FACE THE NATION on the aftermath of a Hamas attack as he walked through the Kfar Aza kibbutz, a community close to Gaza, with Israeli Col. Golan Vach. Watch here.
On why it took Israeli forces hours to respond, Col. Golan Vach told D’Agata: “We failed, period...We failed protecting the civilians. It shouldn’t [have] happened, not like this, never, not on this scale.”
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Wiliams delivered a report for CBS SUNDAY MORNING as one million residents of northern Gaza have been warned by Israel’s military to move south. Watch here.
Correspondent Seth Doane reported for CBS SUNDAY MORNING on the complicated history of the Middle East that led to the current conflict between Israel and Hamas and what could be ahead. Watch here.
Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States spoke to Doane from his home bomb shelter said of the prospect of peace: “Do not underestimate the possibilities and the hope for peace.”
National security correspondent David Martin spoke with Ret. Gen. David Petraeus for CBS SUNDAY MORNING about the intelligence failure in missing preparations for the attack; how Israel will retaliate and the suffering of the people will endure as a result of Hamas’ actions. Watch here.
“This is going to be a very, very tough fight,” Gen. Petraeus told Martin of the potential for a ground offensive in Gaza. “I almost can’t imagine a more challenging contextual set of circumstances here than what they face.”
On sending the Israeli forces into Gaza, Gen. Petraeus said: “There are tunnels, there will be rooms that have improvised explosive devices, you have to clear every building, every floor, every room, every basement, every tunnel. Civilian losses are inevitable and tough Israeli losses lie ahead as well.”
Saturday, Oct. 14
Senior business and technology correspondent Jo Ling Kent reported on misinformation amid the Israel-Hamas war for CBS SATURDAY MORNING. Watch here.
Friday, Oct. 13
On the CBS EVENING NEWS, anchor Norah O’Donnell spoke with the family of twin babies who were alone for 14 hours after surviving a Hamas attack on their kibbutz. Watch here.
The twins’ uncle, Dvir Rosenfeld, told O’Donnell of the parents, “I know they died trying to protect them. I can’t imagine what he had been through knowing that his wife just got murdered and his two sons are next to him. He was the only thing between the terrorists and the babies.”
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported for the CBS EVENING NEWS on evacuations in northern Gaza and concerns of a humanitarian disaster. He spoke with CBS News producer Marwan al-Ghoul, who lives in Gaza and fled south with all 15 members of his family. Watch here.
Marwan al-Ghoul: “As I am a civilian and a father of my family, and granddaughters, grandsons, I feel very sad. I am scared of the future. I think we will not stay alive long.”
Foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported for the CBS EVENING NEWS on the expected ground invasion of Gaza. Watch here.
On the current military presence in Gaza, Charlie D’Agata said: “Maybe just a fraction of what’s to come.”
For CBS EVENING NEWS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams interviewed Yohanan Plesner, a former commando in Israel’s army, about the difficulty of rescuing a hostage from the Gaza strip and Gershon Baskin, an Israeli hostage negotiator, who has previously successfully negotiated with Hamas. Watch here.
Yohanan Plesner told Williams: “Hamas has underground tunnels and basements. But they sure know how to torture and hide people and they have so many of them. It will be extremely difficult.”
Gershon Baskin told Williams, “Hamas will not negotiate. Only Israel’s military can free the hostages.”
Baskin: “They are going to go in with a military ground operation to find and rescue the hostages as much as possible. No doubt many hostages will be killed but all their captors will be killed from the top of the leadership to the accountant for Hamas.”
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported on Israel’s calls for Gaza to evacuate amid retaliation strikes. He was live from Jerusalem for CBS MORNINGS. Watch here.
On CBS MORNINGS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported on the site where thousands of music festival attendees ran for safety amid Hamas’ surprise attack, located around three miles from Gaza. Williams was live from East Jerusalem, reporting on the simmering tensions in the old city. Watch here.
Foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata spoke with the parents of California native Hersh Goldberg-Polin, who is believed to be one of the hostages held in Gaza. He reported from Ashkelon, Israel, outside of Gaza, for CBS MORNINGS. D’Agata explained how the team responds to air raid sirens in the area. Watch here.
Thursday, Oct. 12
For the CBS EVENING NEWS, Norah O’Donnell interviewed Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Israeli intelligence’s failure to thwart the attack. Watch here. She visited a children’s hospital in southern Israel, just miles from Gaza. She spoke with one mother whose son and husband were killed. Her other son lost an eye. Watch here.
Antony Blinken told O’Donnell: “I think as Israelis go back and look at what happened here it may well be not that they didn’t have something, but that they didn’t interpret it in what proved to be the right way.”
A doctor at the hospital: “It was the most frightening, terrifying 10 to 12 hours of my life. I’m not equipped with guns. I am a doctor; all I could do was close all the windows and doors. And pray.”
On the lack of security, the doctor said, “I can’t even understand. Because when a bird hits the fence, there’s an alarm. When a donkey touches a fence, the alarm is set. When somebody gets close to the fence, there’s automatic weapons that start shooting. Nothing like that happened.”
On the CBS EVENING NEWS, foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported on some of the youngest casualties of the war inside Gaza. Watch here.
A doctor warned: “The whole medical sector and the health department maybe will collapse in two to three days.”
A 15-year-old-boy in Gaza: “We’re sleeping in a hospital with nonstop bombing above us. I hope the world looks at us with some mercy.”
On the CBS EVENING NEWS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams visited the site of the deadly music festival to see what has been left behind. Watch here.
Holly Williams: “This place is indescribably eerie. Young people came here for a party, for a celebration, and then they were slaughtered … Just behind me is the dead body of one of the militants and it’s been left here intentionally by the Israeli military.”
On the CBS EVENING NEWS, foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reported from Tel Aviv and spoke with a father, Eyal Waldman, in Tel Aviv whose daughter was murdered. Watch here.
Eyal Waldman: “In the short term, we need to resolve this thing maybe not in peaceful way, and we need to show force and we need to be strong.”
For CBS News Streaming Network on America Decides, foreign correspondent Ian Lee reported from Tel Aviv on Israel mobilizing troops to its southern border in preparation for a potential ground offensive into Gaza. Watch here.
Ian Lee: It is going to take some time... [as it is] one of the largest mobilizations in the country’s history.”
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported on the devastation from Gaza. He was live from Metula, Israel for CBS MORNINGS. Watch here.
Imtiaz Tyab: “In Gaza, it’s the youngest who are paying the ultimate price. Tiny bodies covered in blood as exhausted doctors try to save their lives. Israel says its targeting Hamas’ leaders but at what cost.”
Gazan university student Efaf al-Najar told CBS News, “They’re wiping us out. This is a genocide...It’s not even an attack anymore. They keep saying, ‘leave the Gaza Strip.’ Where? They’ve bombed everything, even the only border we can leave through.”
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported six miles from the Gaza border for CBS MORNINGS. She shared a report from Wednesday where she spoke to rescue workers in Sderot, Israel about what they’ve witnessed in the aftermath of Hamas’ attacks. Watch here.
Holly Williams: “Israel is facing an excruciating conundrum because it’s difficult to see how, on one hand, it can punish Hamas militarily and, on the other hand, bring all of those hostages home alive.”
CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell shared her report on CBS MORNINGS about a teenager whose family hid from Hamas, and why looking to the future helped her stay calm. Watch here.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
CBS EVENING NEWS anchor Norah O’Donnell spoke with a 13-year-old who hid for 16 hours from Hamas Watch here.
The 13-year-old girl, Renana Botzer Swissa, told O’Donnell: “I was thinking this was going to be my last moment. I was so afraid of someone coming because are they doing to rape me? Are they going to take me? Are they going to shoot me?”
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported for the CBS EVENING NEWS on the rising violence in the war. Watch here.
Major Libby Weiss of the Israel Defense Forces told Williams the militants’ rockets are getting deadlier: “We know in the past decades Hamas has invested millions and millions of dollars in improving their weapons. They are more precise, more far-reaching within Israeli territory.”
On what is happening within Gaza, Weiss said, “The loss of life here is tragic, but we must make sure Hamas cannot launch massacres and slaughter civilians as they did this past weekend. It’s a reality with which we cannot live anymore.”
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported from Moran in northern Israel on a possible second front along the border with Lebanon. Watch here.
Imtiaz Tyab: “Now, three Hezbollah fighters and three Israeli soldiers have been killed in the past few days alone, risking a second front opening up here in the north and a conflict that has the potential to engulf this entire region.”
On CBS MORNINGS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams spoke to rescue workers in Sderot, Israel about what they’ve witnessed in the aftermath of Hamas’ attacks. She spoke with Major Libby Weiss, an Israel Defense Forces officer, about the new horrors emerging from the small farming community of Kfar Aza. Williams also spoke to Yehuda Gottlieb, a dual U.S.-Israeli national who works as a first responder, who was outside the Be’eri kibbutz as Israel’s security forces battled the militants over the weekend. Watch here.
Major Libby Weiss, a spokesperson for the IDF, told Holly Williams: “We found bodies of people who had been butchered. The depravity of it is haunting... Multiple have said that they have [seen] beheaded children of varying ages ranging from babies to slightly older children.”
Yehuda Gottlieb, a first responder who was outside the Be’eri kibbutz: “We drove all the way... on the road we were careful not [to] get any bodies.”
For CBS MORNINGS, foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported from Moran in northern Israel. Watch here.
Imtiaz Tyab: “For four days now Hezbollah along with Palestinian factions inside Lebanon have been trading cross-border fire with Israeli forces. So far at least three of those fighters have been killed and three Israeli soldiers adding to the already large number of Israeli soldiers who were killed during Hamas’ massive assault on southern Israel, including 27-year-old Israeli-American combat solider, Aryeh Ziering.”
Despite their loss, parents Debbie and Mark Ziering say it hasn’t shattered their hope for the future: “We don’t want to eliminate anybody from this world. Everybody should have a place to live.”
Norah O’Donnell joined CBS MORNINGS and reported on thousands of Israelis who showed up to the funeral of 24-year-old student Bruna Valeanu, who was killed by Hamas at the music festival over the weekend. Watch here.
Tuesday, Oct. 10
On CBS EVENING NEWS, anchor Norah O’Donnell spoke with a volunteer in an Israeli hospital whose grandmother worked in the same hospital after surviving the Holocaust. Watch here.
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported on the psychological impact of the terror attacks on the people in Israel. Watch here. Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported on Americans who have been killed and those that have been taken hostage. Watch here. National security correspondent David Martin was live from the Pentagon reporting on the Iron Dome. Watch here. Senior White House and political correspondent Ed O’Keefe was live from Washington, D.C. on the White House response. Watch here.
A hospital volunteer talking to O’Donnell: “Every person that is held hostage right now in Gaza, personally I don’t know them, but I know them. They are my family.”
Holly Williams: “It’s rocked people’s sense of security. Some people told us they no longer feel safe in their homes. This is a part of the world where they are no strangers to violence… but for many Israelis this just feels very different… Some say this is the worst thing that has happened to Jewish people since the Holocaust.”
Correspondent Haley Ott joined CBS NEWS BAY AREA and shared the latest reporting from Tel Aviv on the Israel - Palestine war, including taking cover in bomb shelters. Watch here.
On the CBS News Streaming Network, anchor Jericka Duncan spoke with the parents of a missing Israeli DJ who texted them from a bomb shelter: “I have to be quiet.” Watch here.
On CBS MORNINGS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from Ofakim, Israel, outside of Gaza, as Israel is expected to launch a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip in the days ahead. She spoke with a mayor of one of the districts close to Israel’s border with Gaza. Watch here.
Holly Williams: “Israel has ordered a total siege of the Gaza Strip with no food, fuel or medicine for its residents.”
“It’s been three days since Hamas gunman launched an incursion deep into Israel’s territory. Slaughtering civilians wherever they found them. More than a hundred people were killed at the Be’eri kibbutz alone. A small farming community now steeped in blood.”
On CBS MORNINGS, Hassan Jaber, who lives in Gaza, told CBS News that the siege imposed by Israel after the Hamas assault “is inhumane.” Jaber added that civilians in the area are suffering from a lack of water, food and electricity: “No one in the 21st century imagines that this will happen.” Watch here.
On CBS MORNINGS, foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported on Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. Watch here.
Imtiaz Tyab: “We may very well see the end of Hamas and its 15-year rule over Gaza in the coming weeks or month, but whatever happens next, Palestinians -whether they support Hamas or not, and many do not- they will pay a painful price for this weekend’s attacks... Hamas rules Gaza with an iron fist and with that iron fist, many Palestinians have no choice but to live under their rule.”
CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell spoke with CBS MORNINGS co-host Gayle King on CBS MORNINGS about her reporting from Israel. Watch here.
Norah O’Donnell: “There is grave concern this morning that this conflict may widen.”
Monday, Oct. 9
On CBS NEWS PRIME TIME on the CBS News Streaming Network, Jeff Glor interviewed Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, international spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces, about Israel’s war against Hamas and the intel failure after the attack. Watch here.
On the CBS EVENING NEWS, Norah O’Donnell anchored from Tel Aviv and shared one woman’s story of survival as Hamas militants raided her home. Watch here.
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from Tel Aviv on the reports of Hezbollah and Israeli forces exchanging fire on the northern border. Watch here. Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab spoke with one of the survivors of the Israeli music festival. Watch here.
Israeli survivor Miri Messika told O’Donnell, “We would’ve burned to death,” if she had stayed in her family’s apartment.
Holly Williams: “It’s not surprising that Hezbollah might want to get involved. It’s a militant group with deep ties to both Hamas and Iran. It’s also designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. Let’s see what happens, but this could make for an even more complicated war.”
On CBS MORNINGS, senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from Sderot, Israel, less than two miles from Gaza. She interviewed the family of university student Noa Argamani, who was taken captive from a festival in Southern Israel. Watch the interview here. Williams also reported outside a bomb shelter where the team has been hearing incoming rocket fire. Watch here.
Holly Williams: “We are two miles from the border with the Gaza strip and we have been hearing incoming rocket fire forcing our team to scramble for cover not long ago.”
The father of Noa Argamani, Yaakov, told Williams that he wants the Israeli government to get his daughter back, “Only by peaceful measures, we need to act with sensitivity. They also have mothers who are crying the same as it is for us.”
Holly Williams: “Many people are calling this Israel’s 9/11 and it certainly feels that way. In a nation that’s used to living with the threat of violence, people here are profoundly shocked.”
On CBS MORNINGS, foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab spoke with a survivor of the music festival which heavily armed Hamas paragliders targeted in an unprecedented assault. Watch here.
Speaking with Gal Levy, who was shot in both legs and feels let down by Israel’s government and military: “They just left us over there.”
CBS MORNINGS co-host Tony Dokoupil responded to the conflict as the father of an 11-year-old and 14-year-old who live in Israel. Watch here.
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Tel Aviv – Air raid sirens blared in Israel’s largest city, Tel Aviv, again Monday morning as Palestinian militants fired more missiles at the Jewish state and the death toll on both sides soared over 1,200, with nine Americans among the dead. Explosions rang out as Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system brought down some of the rockets, but there was no immediate word on how many might have slipped through.
Sunday, Oct. 8
At the top of the 60 MINUTES broadcast, Jericka Duncan anchored a CBS News Special Report from New York that featured senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reporting from Sderot, Israel. Watch here.
Senior foreign correspondent Holly Williams reported from Tel Aviv on FACE THE NATION. Watch here.
Holly Williams: “It was a complex and coordinated attack. What followed was a frenzied bloodletting.
“Many here are demanding to know how Israeli intelligence failed to detect the planning for such a massive assault. It came almost 50 years to the day after the beginning of the Yom Kippur war and there are echoes of that conflict when Israel was also attacked by surprise.”
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reported from Tel Aviv on CBS SUNDAY MORNING Watch here.
Imtiaz Tyab: “It’s an assault being described as ‘unprecedented’...But unprecedented almost seems inadequate for scenes like this.”
Saturday, Oct. 7
Foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab first delivered a report from Tel Aviv for the CBS WEEKEND NEWS. Watch here.
By Haley Ott
Tel Aviv — Israeli soldiers continued battling Hamas militants in the streets of southern Israel Sunday, while in the north of the country they exchanged fire with Hezbollah militants launching rockets from Lebanon. Some Israeli communities along the Lebanon border were urged to evacuate. Israeli officials confirmed to CBS News on Sunday that at least 600 Israeli civilians and members of the military had died since Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israel from Gaza early Saturday morning. Another 1,800 were wounded...