Israeli Prime Minister’s Declaration In a significant development, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared war against the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
This declaration follows a series of rocket attacks originating from the Gaza Strip into Israel on a day marking the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur war in 1973.
Israeli military officials reported that Hamas fighters infiltrated Israeli territory from Gaza using unconventional methods, including paragliders and water crossings, and launched over 2,200 missiles.
Escalation of Tensions
The clash between Israel and Hamas comes after weeks of escalating tensions along the sensitive border between the two regions.
The conflict has resulted in casualties, with at least one person reported dead and numerous others injured in Israel.
This confrontation marks one of the most serious and concerning incidents in recent memory, signaling a significant escalation in hostilities.
Hamas Leader’s Call to Arms
Mohammed Deif, the military chief of Hamas, issued a rare statement in which he called upon Arab neighbors of Israel and Palestinians living inside Israel to join the ongoing conflict.
This call to arms further underscores the gravity of the situation and the potential for broader regional involvement in the conflict.
The situation remains fluid and continues to evolve rapidly as both sides engage in hostilities.
The international community closely watches the developments in the region, with concerns growing over the potential for further escalation and the impact on civilians caught in the crossfire.
“We are at war, not in an operation or rounds, but at war,” the Israeli leader said in a statement, adding Hamas had launched a “murderous surprise attack” on Israel and its people.
“I have ordered an extensive mobilisation of reserves and that we return fire of a magnitude that the enemy has not known. The enemy will pay an unprecedented price,” he added.