Hamas invades Israel; the terrorist group launched a surprise offensive
On a day of religious holiday and in an unprecedented event, the terrorist group Hamas invaded Israel by air, land and sea, leaving at least 300 dead and 1,590 injured.
The surprise attack began in the early hours of Saturday, with the launch of thousands of rockets from the Gaza Strip. Then, cells of fighters infiltrated 22 communities in Israeli territory. In two of them there was taking of civilian and military hostages. The attackers massacred people who were in houses, streets or traveling on highways. They also set fire to residential areas.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded with an operation that killed 232 Palestinians. The army ordered the mobilization of reserve troops.
The Hamas offensive occurred on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, alluding to the pilgrimage of the Jewish people. Also, 50 years after the Yom Kippur War, when Egypt and Syria attacked Israel on the holiest day in Jewish tradition.
Hamas invades Israel, takes hostages and kills hundreds; "We are in war"
During a sacred holiday, the terrorist group attacked by air, sea and land; infiltrated from Gaza, kidnapped civilians and invaded homes; The army called up reservists and activated an operation.
JERUSALEM.— By air, with thousands of missiles, by land, with infiltrated soldiers, and by sea, from the beach, the Hamas terrorist group invaded Israel yesterday and killed 300 people, as of press time.
In a surprise attack, the Islamic group kidnapped soldiers and civilians and left 1,590 injured.
Additionally, heavily armed Hamas members infiltrated a total of 22 communities from the Gaza Strip.
Of which, in at least two locations there were records of hostage taking, according to the newspaper The Times of Israel.
There were reports of attacks in areas located 24 kilometers from the Gaza Strip.
The accidents occurred while the last day of the Festival of Booths was being celebrated, related to the pilgrimage of the Jewish people.
According to videos spread on social networks, the attackers massacred the bomb shelters in the city of Sderot, located just one kilometer from the Gaza Strip.
They also set fires in residential areas.
Even the population of Tel Aviv was on the beach when the alerts were activated, so they immediately ran to seek shelter.
Additionally, citizens at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv reported episodes of panic.
"We are in war. “I call on all citizens of Israel to unite to achieve our highest goal: victory in war,” declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In addition, the army ordered the mobilization of reserve troops.
“The army will use all its strength to destroy Hamas's military capabilities. We will reduce to ruins all those places where Hamas hides,” the president said in a television message.
However, Israel insisted on the seriousness of the crimes of the Palestinian enclave group.
“There are soldiers and civilians kidnapped. It is a war crime committed by Hamas and they will pay the consequences,” admitted Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari.
Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh proclaimed on Al Aqsa television, run by the armed group, that he envisioned a “great victory.”
Additionally, Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad told the BBC that the group had direct backing from Iran for the attack.
Furthermore, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian people had the right to defend themselves against the “terror of settlers and occupation troops.”
This is the sixth escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the last 15 years.
Israeli General Rassan Alian, head of the Defense Ministry body that oversees civilian activities in the Palestinian Territories, stated that Hamas had “opened the gates of hell” and would pay the consequences.
In response, Israel launched Operation Iron Swords, which left 232 dead, according to Palestinian authorities.
“The Israel Defense Forces will target anything that represents a threat to the State of Israel and its army, as well as any site that serves the kidnappers in their actions,” the organization reported in a statement released by the Israeli Embassy. in Mexico.
FOR TODAY, UNITED NATIONS MEETING
Today, in the face of this wave of violence, an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council will be held on the situation in the Middle East, the UN announced in a statement.
The meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m. Mexico time.
According to the announcement statement released yesterday, international leaders will discuss “the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue.”
The meeting will be held after the call of Brazil, which maintains the presidency of the multilateral organization.
For his part, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, described the attack as “a terrible tragedy on a human level.”
“The United States stands with the people of Israel in the face of these terrorist attacks,” he said in a televised speech from the White House.
The Democratic president added that he had a conversation with his Israeli counterpart.
“In my administration, support for Israel's security is rock solid and unwavering,” he stressed.
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