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Israel Defense Forces Targeting Vast Underground Network; Japanese Scientists Tackle Space Waste Problem. Aired 4-4:10a ET

Aired November 10, 2023 - 04:00   ET


COY WIRE, CNN 10 ANCHOR: It`s the next day of the week, and it`s the best day of the week, Friyay. It`s Friday, November 10. I`m Coy Wire. This is

CNN 10. And before we have some fun, we start today with our ongoing coverage of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. We`re giving you not

one, but two quick one-minute reports that dive into different aspects of this story.

First up, Hamas tunnels. Israel Defense forces are continuing their bombardment and invasion of Gaza, saying one of their intentions is to

destroy the infrastructure that allows Hamas, the militant fundamentalist Islamic Organization, to launch its attacks. That infrastructure is largely

made up of what Israel says are hundreds of kilometers of tunnels that Hamas has spent years building underneath the city streets in Gaza.

Israel calls it the Gaza Metro. In 2018, CNN got a rare glimpse inside these tunnels in the footage you`re seeing now. For more on this vast

underground network, we turn to our Oren Liebermann/


OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: The Israeli military controls the air and says they`ve encircled Gaza city on the ground. But underneath

the surface, Hamas still has the advantage. Israel is going after Hamas`s underground infrastructure. This soldier shows an electrical system he says

is used to circulate air underground.

The IDF says it has destroyed 130 tunnel shafts since the start of the war. That`s just a small fraction of what`s known as Gaza`s Metro. Israel says

there are hundreds of kilometers of tunnels below Gaza. In 2018, CNN was given an exclusive look at a Palestinian Islamic Jihad tunnel inside Gaza.

Its concrete walls creating a durable underground maze that favors the defender.

Tunnels can pose problems for even advanced militaries. But Israel faces an even greater challenge. Hamas is believed to be holding many of the

approximately 240 hostages underground, possibly in different groups.


WIRE: Now for our next quick minute, as Israel moves further into Gaza, residents are fleeing south. As they walk, they wave white flags, a symbol

that for centuries signals that the flag bearer is not fighting. The Hamas controlled Health Ministry said this week that more than 10,000 people have

been killed in Gaza, with that number largely made up of vulnerable populations, including more than 4000 children, 2600 women and 600 elderly.

These numbers cannot be independently verified, though, by CNN.

With more on the residents of Gaza, we turn now to our Salma Abdelaziz.


SALMA ABDELAZIZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voiceover): Taking only what they can carry, families are fleeing Gaza City. They wave white flags made of

anything they can find. And as the sounds of war echo around them, they signal yet again that they are innocents.

The Israeli military has been calling for weeks on all those living in the northern part of the strip to southwards. Most recently opening what it

called safe corridors for limited windows of time. Pushing thousands here to Salah al-Din Street, where evacuees describe a harrowing journey.

The only way to reach the route is by foot or by cart for those who can find room.

There was heavy shelling on our neighborhood and we were forced to flee. We have to use these donkey carts because there`s no fuel, he says. They cut

everything off to force us out of our homes. The U.N. calls this exodus forcible displacement and accuses Israel of the collective punishment of

some 2 million people.


WIRE: Let`s turn now to space, where Japanese scientists are thinking about our rising space waste problem. Researchers at Kyoto University in

Japan are building wooden satellites, hoping to soon send them into space. Why wood, not the usual metal? Well, when satellites are no longer in use,

they come back into Earth`s atmosphere, where they break up into metallic particles, that litters the layer of the Earth we call the stratosphere.

That`s the second atmospheric layer of Earth that rises anywhere from 6 to 12 miles above the Earth`s surface, depending on where you are on the


And we`re getting a lot of space debris. In 2021, we sent up nearly 1400 satellites into space, with scientists worried that this future satellite

trash, if you will, could damage the ozone. The Kyoto University researchers say wooden satellites can hold up to metal ones because there`s

no oxygen in space that can break down the wood. But when the satellite has run its course and it starts rapidly descending back towards Earth, poof,

they just turn into gas. They`ve tested three types of wood so far, with the Japanese bigleaf magnolia coming up as the winner so far, if all goes

well, we might just see a prototype in space next year.

Ten second trivia.

Which basketball star holds the all-time 3-point contest record for points scored in a single round?

Steph Curry, Sabrina Ionescu, Diana Taurasi, or Larry Bird, cuckoo.

In July lie of this year, WNBA Star Sabrina Ionescu broke Steph Curry`s record by hitting 25 of 27 three pointers.

For today`s story, getting a 10 out of 10. We`re getting secrets of success from one of the hardest working, most focused people you could ever meet.

WNBA superstar Sabrina Ionescu plays for the New York Liberty, and she`s set to represent Team USA at the Olympics in 259 days. I caught up with her

at practice this week to ask some questions just for you.


WIRE: What`s up, lovely people? I`m here at practice for Team USA with Team USA and WNBA superstar Sabrina Ionescu, and we are going to learn some

tips and tools for success from the GOAT. All right, here we go. What type of challenges did you face growing up, and how did those adversities shape

you into the person you are today?

SABRINA IONESCU, NEW YORK LIBERTY, WNBA: There`s just so many, but, you know, I would say one is not listening to people telling you what you

should and shouldn`t be. From a young age, especially being a girl in sports, everyone didn`t think I belonged and didn`t think that I should be

playing, but I really didn`t listen to the outside noise of what people thought, and I really just believed in the dreams that I had and worked

really hard at getting to where I`m at today, and I`m really thankful for that.

WIRE: What would you say is the secret to success?

IONESCU: Just being the best version of yourself, committing yourself to working really hard and not letting, you know, the outside noise creep in

and comparing yourself to other people, but just running your own race.

WIRE: You`re a superstar athlete, but in school, how important was education and focusing on studying hard and getting good grades?

IONESCU: It was everything. Being educated is a big part of your role as a professional athlete, being able to talk and have the knowledge of

understanding what`s going on in the world and how you can make it a better place. And so school has always been super important to me. I was able to

get a master`s in college and graduate with that, and so that was always at the forefront of what I wanted to accomplish.

WIRE: I love that. All right, we`re going to have a little bit of fun now. Do you have any hidden talent, like I can say the alphabet backwards really

fast. Z, Y, X, W, V, U, T, S, R, Q, P, O, N, M, L, K, J, I, H, G, F, E, D, C, B, A.

IONESCU: I`m ambidextrous.

WIRE: Really?

IONESCU: Yes. But that`s not as cool as that.

WIRE: So like do you trade off, like, do you eat food sometimes with your left and right?

IONESCU: Yes. Yes, both. Yeah.

WIRE: Just natural gift or did you work on that?

IONESCU: I think naturally. But I`ve also worked on it.

WIRE: Love it.


WIRE: All right, you heard it here, keep shining, everyone. Remember, stay humble, stay hungry. I`m Coy Wire.

IONESCU: I`m Sabrina Ionescu.

WIRE: And we are CNN --



WIRE: My goodness. From Japan to China, India, Egypt, the Middle East, to the moon and infinity and beyond, we`ve been everywhere this week. We`ve

learned a lot, laughed a little, and we showed a whole lot of love. Shout out to the Cougars of Sutton Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia. It was so

awesome visiting your school this week and meeting some of you, rise up.

We are also showing love today to the Bulldogs of Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. From me and my team, keep shining, superstars. Remember, you are

more powerful than you know. I`m Coy Wire. This is CNN 10. It`s been a blessing to spend this week with you.