Thu. Jul 25th, 2024

On Sunday, Israel officially declared war on Hamas, marking the beginning of a significant military operation in Gaza. This move came in response to Saturday’s unexpected assault by the Islamist militant group, which resulted in the death of hundreds of Israelis.

This shocking terror attack has led to one of the deadliest days Israel has experienced in decades. It occurred after months of escalating violence between Palestinians and Israelis, pushing the ongoing conflict into uncharted and perilous territory. Additionally, there are concerns about the Israeli military and intelligence apparatus seeming unprepared for one of the country’s worst security breaches.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged retaliation, asserting that his nation is prepared for a “long and challenging war” and warning Palestinians in Gaza to evacuate immediately.

Throughout the weekend, Hamas fired thousands of rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel, causing damage to several locations, including Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, armed terrorist groups infiltrated Israel, targeting military bases, towns, and farms, engaging in confrontations with civilians and taking hostages.

According to analysis, the number of casualties in Israel resulting from Saturday’s Hamas attack is estimated to exceed 500, with over 2,000 reported injuries, according to the Israeli health ministry.

Hamas’ Unexpected Aerial and Ground Assault from Gaza

Gaza militants launched a sudden and deadly rocket attack while also sending armed fighters into southern Israel, resulting in one of the deadliest confrontations in decades between the two parties. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has promised a strong response to Hamas, with Israeli forces currently engaged in clashes with militants in southern Israel and conducting airstrikes on Gaza.



srael has responded by launching air strikes on what it said were Hamas targets in Gaza, while its forces clashed on the ground with Hamas fighters in villages, army bases, and border crossings. Netanyahu said that the military was “clearing terrorists” out of Israeli communities and “restoring control.”

Israeli warplanes continued to pound Gaza on Sunday morning with the Israel Defense Forces saying it had struck 426 targets in Gaza, including 10 towers used by Hamas. Israel said that drones were used overnight Saturday to strike “a number of terrorist squads in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip.” In Gaza, at least 370 Palestinians have died and another 2,200 have been wounded in the airstrikes, the Palestinian health ministry said. The toll included 20 dead and 121 wounded children, the ministry added.

The Israeli leader said the “first phase” of the operation had ended with the “destruction of the majority of the enemy forces that penetrated our territory.”

Netanyahu announced Israeli forces have started an “offensive formation” which will continue “until the objectives are achieved.” Among the decisions made by the cabinet is to stop the supply of electricity, fuel, and goods to Gaza.

Complicating Israel’s response is that a “significant number” of Israeli nationals were taken by Hamas as hostages and are being held at locations across Gaza.

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