More than a thousand dead in two days of fighting between Israel and Hamas

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More than a thousand people (700 on Israeli soil and more than 400 in Gaza) died in two days of war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which captured a hundred hostages in a surprising offensive against the Jewish State.

"The enemy is still on the ground," the Israeli army said on Sunday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Israelis to prepare for war "long and difficult" and the army announced the upcoming evacuation of all inhabitants of areas near the Gaza Strip.

The offensive unleashed on Saturday by Hamaswhich governs Gaza, has so far left more than 700 dead and 2,150 injured in Israel, 200 of them in "critical condition", according to the balance updated by the Israel Defense Forces.

The bombings launched as a retort by Israel against Gaza caused 413 dead - among them 78 children and 41 women - as well as 2,300 injured, indicated the Ministry of Health of that Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli government also indicated that Hamas captured "more than 100" people, taking them as "prisoners".

"Kill every terrorist"

Israel deployed tens of thousands of soldiers with the mission of "release hostages" and "kill every terrorist present" in their territory, said army spokesman Daniel Hagari.

Many Israelis looking for relatives disappeared claim to have recognized them in videos that circulate on social networks.

Yifat Zailer37 years old, said that this is how he identified his cousin and her children, aged nine months and three years, allegedly captured by Hamas militiamen.

"It's the only confirmation we have" about them, she told AFP distressedly by phone.

Between people captured there are several citizens Americans and Germans, many with dual Israeli nationality.

Late Sunday, a spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council said "several" U.S. citizens were killed in the Hamas attack, without providing further details.

There's also "three missing Brazilians" and one "hospitalized", all with dual nationality, who were participating in a music festival "less than 20 km from the Gaza Strip," the foreign ministry in Brasilia told AFP.

In the offensive From Hamas, ten Nepalis were killed and four were wounded in a kibbutz located a few kilometers from Gaza, the Himalayan country's embassy in Tel Aviv indicated.

AFP journalists They saw bodies of civilians shot in the streets in Sederot, the Gevim kibbutz and Zikim beach, north of Gaza.

International airlines canceled dozens of connections aerial with Tel Aviv.

International tension

The UN Security Council analyzed the crisis on Sunday and several they denounced Hamas for its attack and the United States regretted the lack of unanimity.

Diplomats They said the Council did not consider making a joint statement, much less a binding resolution. Other members led by Russia hoped for a broader approach than condemnation of Hamas

The attack of Hamas It was condemned by the United States and numerous European and Latin American countries.

Washington began sending aid on Sunday military additional support to Israel and to bring its naval force closer to the eastern Mediterranean, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin reported in a statement.

After the advertisementIn a statement, Hamas equated US military aid to a "assault"against the Palestinians.

"The US announcement that it will provide an aircraft carrier to support the occupation [de Israel] implies real participation in the aggression against our people," he said.

The Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisideclared that the Islamic Republic "supports the legitimate defense of the nation Palestine".

Pope Francisco He called for the attacks to stop, because "terrorism and war do not lead to any solution."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and offered his good wishes trades to end the conflict.

"Unprecedented in Israel"

The armed wing of Hamas called its offensive "Al Aqsa Flood"aimed at "putting an end to all crimes of the occupation [israelí]".

Israel occupies West BankPalestinian territory, and the eastern part of Jerusalem since 1967.

The fighters Palestinians shot "more than 5,000 rockets" from the Gaza Strip and managed to infiltrate using vehicles, boats and even motorized paragliders.

The militiamen they reached urban areas such as Ashkelon, Sderot and Ofakim, 22 kilometers from Gaza, and attacked military and civilian positions in the middle of the street.

A ex-soldier Israeli declared that the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, which remains a national trauma in the Jewish state, was "a small thing" compared to the current Hamas offensive.

"What happened is unprecedented in Israel," Netanyahu acknowledged, in what is the largest attack in decades, 50 years after the Yom Kippur war, which left more than 2,600 Israelis dead in three weeks of fighting.

"We fear the destruction and the end of civil society in the Gaza Strip," said Shadi al Asi, a 29-year-old Gazan. "We are entering a phase of destruction," he warned.

Israeli forces bombed numerous targets in Gaza, including several buildings that were presented as "command centers" of Hamas.

The UN World Food Program said "deeply concerned" for the situation in that very poor enclave of 2.3 million inhabitants, subjected to a strict Israeli blockade for more than 15 years.

In the north, from Lebanon, the motion pro-Iran Shiite Hezbollah attacked three Israeli positions in an area with projectiles border in dispute, in "solidarity", he said, with the Hamas offensive.

The army Israeli responded by bombing southern Lebanon.


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