Update: 27 American Deaths Reported In Hamas’ Strikes On Israel

TOPSHOT - A protester waves US and Israeli national flags during a demonstration in front of the US embassy in Tel Aviv, as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in New York to meet President Joe Biden, on September 20, 2023. US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to smooth over months of tensions as they met for the first time on September 20, since the Israeli's reelection in December. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
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OAN’s James Meyers and Sophia Flores
UPDATED 10:50 AM – Thursday, October 12, 2023

27 American casualties have been reported following Hamas’ terrorist strikes on Israel since Saturday morning.


On Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken touched down in Israel. He made a speech to the public during the evening. During his speech, he updated the number of American casualties that were killed by the terrorist group Hamas, from 22 to 25 individuals.

“Tragically, the number of innocent lives claimed by Hamas’s heinous attacks continues to rise,” Blinken said during a press conference in Israel, standing alongside Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Among those, we now know that at least 25 American citizens were killed.”

The number was updated from 25 to 27 Americans killed, minutes after during a White House press briefing by John Kirby, the United States National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications.

Israeli media has reported that over 1,200 Israelis have died since the attacks began on Saturday. It is estimated that 220 of those killed were soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Ministry of Health has claimed over 1,417 people have died in the Gaza Strip. 

In an interview on MSNBC, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller noted that there are also “reports of Americans who are unaccounted for.” The White House announced on Thursday, that 14 Americans were still missing.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in touch with our Israeli partners and the local authorities,” the spokesperson continued. “We are in touch with the families and providing all appropriate consular assistance.”

Furthermore, casualties have continued to rise as the war rages on.

Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu declared war on Sunday and called up 300,000 reservists in preparing for a ground assault in Gaza.

Netanyahu English Translation: “I spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Schulz, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Italian Prime Minister Giorgio Maloney and British Prime Minister Rishi Sonak. All of them expressed unqualified support for Israel’s right to defend itself as necessary.”

Israeli military officials have also stated that they will “kill every terrorist in Israel.”

The country has claimed they will not be conducting hostage negotiations while their “military operation is still continuing.” Israel military forces recaptured areas near the Gaza Strip that were overrun by Hamas over the weekend, according to Reuters reports.

UPDATE: (October 10, 2023, 11:34 a.m. PT): Number of American casualties has been update from 11 to 14. Israeli Casualties has been updated from 700 to over 1,000. Deaths in the Gaza Strip have risen from 550 to 765.

UPDATE: (October 11, 2023, 9:33 a.m. PT): Number of American casualties has been update from 14 to 22. Israeli Casualties has been updated from 1,000 to over 1,200. Deaths in the Gaza Strip have risen from 765 to 1,055.

UPDATE: (October 12, 2023, 10:50 a.m. PT): Number of American casualties has been update from 22 to 27. Israeli Casualties has been updated from 1,000 to over 1,200. Deaths in the Gaza Strip have risen from 1,055 to 1,417.

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