The ruling Hamas militant group in the Gaza Strip carried out an unprecedented attack on Israel at daybreak Saturday, Dozens of fighters fired thousands of rockets, at the heavily fortified border in several locations by air, land, and sea catching the country off guard on a major holiday.
Hamas launches surprise Attack as gunmen enter Israel. A barrage of rockets launched into Israel from Gaza.
Israel’s military says it is on war footing and Netanyahu calls an emergency meeting of Israeli security officials. Reports of a gunbattle in a town in southern Israel. Hamas calls on Palestinians everywhere to fight.
After the several hours of the invasion began, Hamas militants were still fighting. inside several Israeli communities in a surprising show of strength that shook the country. Israel’s national rescue service said at least 40 people have been killed and a hundred wounded, making it the deadliest attack in Israel.
According to an Associated Press count based on public Statement, 56 injured people were being treated in Israel hospitals, including at least 77 who were in critical condition.
The rocket fire comes during heavy fighting in the west, where nearly 200 Palestinians have been killed already in Israel’s military raid this year. in the volatile northern west bank.
Tension has also spread to Gaza, where Hamas-linked activists have held violent demonstrations along the Israeli border in recent weeks. That demonstration was halted in late September after international meditation