Israel-Palestine Escalation
Israel was hit by an unprecedented rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on October 7, with Hamas movement's troops infiltrating border areas. On October 8, the Israeli government announced that it had invoked Article 40 of the Basic Law, which means the country was officially in a state of war.
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TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Saturday announced the start of the operation "Iron Swords" against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip after they fired over 1,000 rockets against Israel and infiltrated its territory earlier in the day.
"An IDF spokesperson announced that the operation against the Hamas terrorist organization has been named 'Iron Swords,'" the IDF said in a statement.
The Israeli military also said that dozens of its fighter jets were currently striking Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip.
"In response to the barrage of rockets launched by Hamas from Gaza at Israel, the IDF is currently striking Hamas targets in Gaza," the IDF said on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Earlier in the day, the IDF declared a "state of alert" after militants from the Gaza Strip infiltrated the border areas amid a rocket barrage from the enclave.
"The Israel Defense Forces declare a state of alert," the IDF said in a statement.
Civilians in the southern and central regions of the country should remain near shelters, and those in the areas near the Gaza Strip inside shelters, according to the statement.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced the large-scale call-up of reservists amid the threat to the national security.
Earlier in the day, the IDF said militants from the Gaza Strip had infiltrated Israel, as sirens were heard in Tel Aviv and Israeli air defenses were working to shot down dozens of rockets fired at the city. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to the headquarters of the Defense Ministry to hold an emergency meeting with the military command
The military wing of the Palestinian movement Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, announced an operation against Israel on Saturday, saying it had fired 5,000 rockets.
"We announce the start of the operation ‘Al-Aqsa Flood.’ We announce the first strike on military positions, airports and enemy fortifications, more than 5,000 missiles were fired," Mohammed Deif, the commander of the Al-Qassam Brigades, said.
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12:09 07.10.2023
Situation in the Gaza Strip Amid Escalation Between Palestine & Israel
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09:17 08.10.2023
A Palestinian boy in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 8, 2023 - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 08.10.2023
Israel-Palestine Escalation
Death Toll From Israeli Strikes on Gaza Strip Rises to 256: Reports
09:06 08.10.2023
Israeli aviation strikes compound of Hamas intelligence chief, IDF says
The Israeli air force carried out a strike on a compound belonging to the head of Hamas intelligence, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said on Sunday.
"A short while ago, IDF fighter jets struck a compound belonging to the head of the intelligence department in the Hamas terrorist organization," the IDF said in a statement.
19:43 07.10.2023
Israel defense forces say striking number of Hamas targets in Gaza Strip
19:41 07.10.2023
Israeli Military Intelligence Caught Unprepared by Palestinian Shock Offensive, Expert Says
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Israel-Palestine Escalation
Israeli Military Intelligence Caught Unprepared by Palestinian Shock Offensive: Expert
19:38 07.10.2023
Israeli Energy Minister Signs Decree to Cut Electricity to Gaza Strip
Israeli Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Israel Katz said on Saturday that he had ordered the halt of electricity supply to the Gaza Strip.
"I signed an order instructing the [Israeli] electricity company to stop supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip. What was before will no longer be," Katz wrote on X.
19:38 07.10.2023
Israel Defense Forces Say Neutralized Hundreds of Militants in Country's South
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Saturday announced a neutralization of hundreds of militants that attempted to infiltrate through security fences in southern Israel near the Gaza Strip.
"Over the past few hours, the IDF ground and air forces have been operating in a number of areas in southern Israel and eliminated hundreds of terrorists," the defense forces said in a statement.
The IDF also said that two Israeli military aircraft thwarted the militants' attempt to infiltrate through the security fences near the Karni control border checkpoint in southern Israel.
19:36 07.10.2023
Dozens of rockets are fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. According to Hamas, this is the response to the destruction of the Palestine Tower in Gaza City
The number of victims in Israel exceeded 150 people, 1,104 were injured, according to media reports.
19:12 07.10.2023
Israeli media: more than 100 killed in the country, over 1,000 wounded
18:42 07.10.2023
A Sputnik correspondent filmed the moment of destruction of high-rise buildings in the Gaza Strip
18:31 07.10.2023
Hamas' military wing says it had captured dozens of Israeli soldiers and officers
18:28 07.10.2023
Pentagon chief Austin held a conversation with Israeli defense minister, reiterated support for IDF and Israeli people, country’s right to self-defense
18:01 07.10.2023
Events in Gaza May Call for 'Resistance' in Lebanon to Take Some Action, Hamas Representative Says
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Israel-Palestine Escalation
Events in Gaza May Require Some Action by 'Resistance' in Lebanon: Hamas Rep.
17:55 07.10.2023
UN Chief Condemns Hamas' Attack on Israel
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemns today's attack by Hamas on Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip, including the firing of a barrage of rockets at Israeli settlements, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Saturday.
"The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms this morning’s attack by Hamas against Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip and central Israel, including the firing of thousands of rockets toward Israeli population centers," Dujarric said.
Guterres also called on both sides of the conflict to exercise maximum restraint to avoid further escalation, the spokesperson said.
"The Secretary-General is deeply concerned for the civilian population and urges maximum restraint. The Secretary-General urges all diplomatic efforts to avoid a wider conflagration," Dujarric said.
17:48 07.10.2023
Around 200-300 Hamas Militants Reportedly Infiltrated Israel, Dozens Remain in Country
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Israel-Palestine Escalation
Around 200-300 Hamas Militants Reportedly Infiltrated Israel, Dozens Remain in Country
17:39 07.10.2023
Hamas Claims to Have Struck Over 50 Israeli Military Positions
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Israel-Palestine Escalation
Hamas Claims to Have Struck Over 50 Israeli Military Positions
16:55 07.10.2023
Police commander of the southern Israel Amir Cohen was reportedly slightly wounded
16:38 07.10.2023
Israeli Army Says Hamas Militants Launched 3,000 Shells Against Israel
Militants of Hamas' military wing launched nearly 3,000 projectiles into Israel on Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said, adding that Hamas would pay a "heavy price" for the attack.
"Since 06:30 a.m. [03:30 GMT], Israel is officially in a state of war. Hamas have been launching rockets non-stop, now reaching approximately 3,000," IDF spokesperson Richard Hecht said on X.
He confirmed the infiltration of militants into Israel and their kidnapping and killing of citizens.
"At this time, the IDF is reinforcing the south with forces, recruiting reserves and striking critical Hamas targets. Hamas will pay a heavy price for this inhumane attack against Israel," Hecht said.
16:21 07.10.2023
Israeli army says has prevented dozens of Hamas militants from infiltrating into Israel from the sea in boats
16:19 07.10.2023
US slams Hamas' attacks on Israel, stays in close contact with Israeli partners, Blinken says
The United States strongly condemns the recent attacks by Palestinian militant group Hamas against Israel and will remain in close contact with its Israeli partners, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday.
"The United States unequivocally condemns the appalling attacks by Hamas terrorists against Israel, including civilians and civilian communities. There is never any justification for terrorism. We stand in solidarity with the government and people of Israel, and extend our condolences for the Israeli lives lost in these attacks. We will remain in close contact with our Israeli partners. The United States supports Israel’s right to defend itself," Blinken said in a statement.
16:16 07.10.2023
The number of Israelis killed as a result of the escalation of the conflict with the Hamas movement has increased to at least 100 people and more than 900 injured