A spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces says they want to end Hamas’ ability to govern in Palestine following the shock attack and warns that the current death toll of 700 is likely to rise much higher.
Several Israeli news outlets, citing rescue service officials, said at least 700 people have been killed in Israel, including 44 soldiers as battles continued into Sunday and Monday, with the nation’s Iron Dome intercepting continuous waves of rockets.
One of Israel’s goals as it battles Hamas fighters is to remove the militant group from power in the Gaza Strip, Jonathan Conricus said.
Netanyahu said Sunday that his security cabinet had made the decision to destroy Hamas´ ability to govern in a way that posed a threat to Israeli civilians.
Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces says they want to end Hamas’ ability to govern in Palestine following the shock attack and warns that the current death toll of 700 is likely to rise much higher
A thousand Hamas militants took part in the initial, unprecedented attack on Israel on Saturday, Conricus said.
‘It is by far the worst day in Israeli history,’ Conricus said, adding that they have not yet killed every terrorist who made their way into Israel.
‘We are all appalled and enraged by the brutality, by the beastly nature of these terrorists,’ he added.
The Gaza Health Ministry said 413 people, including 78 children and 41 women, were killed in the territory.
About 2,000 people have been wounded on each side. An Israeli official said security forces have killed 400 militants and captured dozens more.
Conricus also confirmed that Americans, British and French people were involved in the carnage.
He said that children, babies, elderly people and disabled people were among those kidnapped.
‘We will focus all our efforts on the Gaza Strip and delivering a long, hard, tremendously powerful blow in Gaza,’ he said.
Several Israeli news outlets, citing rescue service officials, said at least 700 people have been killed in Israel, including 44 soldiers as battles continued into Sunday and Monday
Hamas’ surprise attack on Saturday morning came just one day after the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Yom Kippur War, which saw Israel battle existential threats from hostile neighbors led by Egypt and Syria
Israeli soldiers and civilians fought Hamas militants on the streets of southern Israel following a barrage of 2,000 rockets sent over the border by the Palestinian terrorists, in addition to a savage ground assault.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately declared a state of war and has since promised ‘mighty vengeance’ on Israel’s attackers that will end in victory for his country.
Israeli Defense Forces have begun bombarding key Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip and have issued warnings to civilians in certain regions to leave before a wave of retaliatory attacks begin.
Speaking on Saturday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a dire warning to Hamas militants: ‘I tell Hamas, you are responsible for the wellbeing of captives, Israel will settle the score with anyone who harms them.’
After the attacks Saturday morning, Hamas took dozens of Israeli civilians hostage
Fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City during an Israeli air strike on October 8, 2023. Israel, reeling from the deadliest attack on its territory in half a century, formally declared war on Hamas Sunday as the Israeli death toll surged past 700 after the Palestinian militant group launched a massive surprise assault from Gaza
Israelis walk by a blown up police station in Sderot that was destroyed during a battle with Hamas militants who had overtaken the building
Israeli soldier directs armored vehicles heading towards the southern border with the Gaza strip on October 8, 2023 in Sderot, Israel. The nation is preparing a full blown counteroffensive against the terrorist organization
Israel has no choice but to meet force with force. The Middle East’s only democracy has every right to defend itself (Pictured: Gaza on Sunday)
He promised to defeat the group, but said the war would ‘take time’, continuing: ‘What happened today has never been seen in Israel, we will take mighty vengeance for this black day.’
He vowed to reduce Gaza to ‘rubble,’ telling innocent Palestinians to leave immediately. Hamas, he said, will pay ‘a price it has never known.’
Joe Biden held a barbecue for his staff at the White House while at least four Americans were confirmed dead in the surprise attack by Hamas on Israel Saturday and Palestinian sympathizers protested at the president’s gates.
Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog confirmed earlier reporting that multiple Americans are missing after the Hamas attack.
Hamas is believed to be holding more than 100 hostages while the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are reporting more than 700 Israeli’s dead with 2,150 injured.
The terrorists gunned down as many revelers as possible and horrifying photos emerged of bodies piled up in a tent at the Supernova music festival near Kibbutz Re’im, close to the Gaza Strip.
Authorities believe 260 people were massacred at the event at which between 3-4,000 people were in attendance.
The full horror of what unfolded at the dance festival became clear as drone footage from above allowed for a birds eye view of the site.
More than 700 Israelis are now feared dead and thousands more have been injured following an unprecedented attack by Hamas militants.
The Jewish nation is now raining down fire on fighters in the Gaza Strip in a ruthless counteroffensive in the south while it also pounds Lebanon with artillery in the north.
In the deadliest day of violence in Israel in 50 years, the Middle Eastern country’s warplanes strafed densely populated Gaza City with bombs in retaliatory strikes.
Fire and smoke rise following an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City
An Israeli soldier directs a self-propelled howitzer near the southern city of Ashkelon
Attendees at an outdoor party near Kibbutz Urim – the same one Hersh Golberg-Polin was at – flee for their lives after hearing gunshots
Hamas fighters have also taken an unknown number of civilians and soldiers captive into Gaza – including several US citizens, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Yesterday, brazen Hamas fighters knocked on the doors of residents who expected to find Israeli soldiers looking to reassure them about the air-raid sirens.
Instead the violence kickstarted one of the worst atrocities Israel has encountered in decades.
Innocent mothers with children, settlers and even the frail elderly found themselves the ‘war booty’ of the masked terrorists, who dragged them away at gunpoint.
Their actions – which horrified the international community – brought back grim reminders of masked Islamic State terrorists in Syria, who paraded hostages on social media before executing them.
But one Hamas leader hinted to the world that these hostages, whose number was well over 50 last night, would not be killed but be used as human bargaining chips to have their own prisoners in Israeli jails released.
One terrorism expert added that the captured Israelis could even be used as human shields to stop the Israeli air force – which began pounding Gaza yesterday – from blowing up certain targets.
Horrifying footage on social media showed terrified hostages being taken to Gaza by Hamas fighters, who chanted ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is great) as they led them away.
Demonstrators are expected to take over Times Square – the social and cultural epicenter of New York – which is the city with the largest Jewish population in the world.
It was revealed this morning that a Boston college professor’s daughter and son-in-law were among those killed in Israel after a series of fierce attacks from Hamas.
Professor Ilan Troen, 83, recently retired from his role at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and moved to Israel to be with his family.
Israeli police officers evacuate a woman and a child from a site hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in Ashkelon
Sitting on the back of a terrorist’s motorcycle, captured Israeli Noa Argamani pleaded for her life, screaming ‘don’t kill me’
Israeli civilians were purportedly taken off the street and driven back into Gaza
The Boston-born academic recalled how his daughter and son-in-law were killed by gunmen from the Gaza strip on Saturday – and how the pair managed to save their teenage son by flinging their bodies over him.
The family were together in a secure room inside their home when in was penetrated by Hamas fighters.
The young boy, Troen’s grandson, was shot in the abdomen and is in hospital.
Troen taught Israel Studies at the private school, having studied there himself as an undergraduate before receiving his PhD from the University of Chicago.
Speaking on Saturday night, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu issued a dire warning to Hamas militants: ‘I tell Hamas, you are responsible for the wellbeing of captives, Israel will settle the score with anyone who harms them.’
He vowed to defeat the group, but said the war would ‘take time’, continuing: ‘What happened today has never been seen in Israel, we will take mighty vengeance for this black day.’
Promising ‘mighty vengeance’, he promised to reduce Gaza to ‘rubble’, telling innocent Palestinians to leave immediately.
Soon after, a convey of tanks were reported to be heading towards the border with Gaza.
Speaking late on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Israeli military said the situation in the south of the country was ‘still not fully under control.’
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