‘We are at war,’ says Israel’s Prime Minister after Hamas rocket attacks kill 200 people.

Israel declared a ‘state of war’ after the Palestinian militant group Hamas started a barrage of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. In the Gaza Strip, Israel began a counteroffensive against the group.

Israel declares war after the deadliest attack by Hamas group.
Israel declares war after the deadliest attack by Hamas group. (Pics Credits: Foreign Policy)


Around 200 people were murdered and over 1000 were injured after the Palestinian militant group Hamas carried out an unprecedented infiltration into Israel in many years, launching over 5,000 rockets early Saturday, according to the Times of Israel. Following repeated infiltrations and rocket assaults from the Gaza Strip, Israel declared a ‘state of war’.

In a video message, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel was “at war” and that Hamas would “pay a price” for attacking Israel.

“This is a war, not an operation.” Hamas has launched a horrific surprise attack on Israel and its citizens. I first directed that the terrorists who had infiltrated the villages be cleansed, followed by a large-scale mobilisation of reserves. “The enemy will pay a price they will never know,” he predicted.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least 232 Palestinians have been killed and over 1,600 have been injured as part of an Israeli offensive on Gaza.

Israel also warned its citizens to stay indoors and launched ‘Operation Iron Swords’ against Hamas in Gaza, which the organisation controls.

According to Israeli media, Hama fighters infiltrated Israel either by land in captured Israeli army vehicles or by air using parachutes. There was fighting reported in numerous areas in southern Israel. Airports in central and southern Israel halted commercial operations during the war, with the exception of Tel Aviv, which was placed on high alert.

Israeli special forces were still searching house to house in numerous villages in southern Israel near the Gaza border into the evening, engaging in running firefights with Palestinian terrorists and attempting to release hostages held in their own houses. Much of Israel remained under rocket fire from Gaza, as it had all day, including the major cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Israel’s response has been occasional airstrikes into Gaza and the mobilisation of thousands of reservists, with more planned.

According to the Associated Press, the Israeli military stated earlier that “a number of terrorists have infiltrated into Israeli territory.” Israel designated Hamas as a terrorist organisation.

The number of people killed and captured, including women and children, shocked the Israeli public, as did Israeli intelligence’s failure to anticipate the attack ahead of time and the military’s inability to crush it promptly.

Hundreds of Hamas commandos surprised Israeli authorities by crossing the strongly defended border in pickup trucks and motorbikes, in motorised hang gliders, and from the Mediterranean shoreline. At least three Israeli military bases were attacked and overrun, including the Gaza Division headquarters; images from within Gaza showed stolen jeeps being paraded through the streets to cheering crowds.

Amateur videos shared on social media purported to show uniformed gunmen inside the Israeli border town of Sderot. The sound of gunfire could be heard in the videos, the authenticity of which could not be immediately confirmed.

A 70-year-old woman was gravely injured after a rocket hit a building in southern Israel, according to Israel’s Magen David Adom rescue agency. A 20-year-old guy was also moderately injured by rocket shrapnel, according to the report.

Six individuals were murdered in the fighting, according to the Times of Israel. Among those killed was Ofir Libstein, the mayor of the Sha’ar Hanegev area, who was fighting with Hamas. According to the mayor’s office, he was killed while attempting to defend a community during a “terrorist attack.”

“The way this morning started appears to be very similar to what happened [in 1973].” “A very well-coordinated attack from Gaza by Hamas caught Israel completely off guard,” former Israel Defence Forces Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland told Foreign Policy. “This is a massive failure that should never have occurred.” Later, several explanations will be required.”

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