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.

Israeli National Security Minister Reportedly Declares State of Emergency

© AP Photo / Ohad ZwigenbergIsraeli soldiers deploy near the Gaza strip outside Ashkelon, Israel, on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023.
Israeli soldiers deploy near the Gaza strip outside Ashkelon, Israel, on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 07.10.2023
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir declared on Saturday a state of emergency in the country, the Haaretz newspaper reported.
Also on Saturday, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant announced a massive call-up of reservists amid continued rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and militant infiltration into Israel.
Prior to that, the Israeli emergency service, Magen David Adom (MDA), said it had recorded the deaths of 22 Israelis in shelling by Palestinian militants, adding that hundreds of injured have been treated already and the treatment continues.
Earlier in the day, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced it was in a state of war readiness. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to the defense ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv for a meeting with the power bloc command.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 07.10.2023
Israel-Palestine Escalation
Netanyahu Says 'Israel at War, Not in Format of Military Operation' After Hamas Attack
On Saturday morning, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said militants infiltrated Israel and fired more than 1,000 rockets from Gaza into its territory. Later in the day, the IDF declared a "counterterrorist" operation against Hamas. The military wing of the Hamas movement, the Al-Qassam Brigades, in turn, announced an operation against Israel.