Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced that Israel was in a state of “war” with the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, following a series of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Saturday.
These attacks occurred in response to a surprise assault on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the 1973 Yom Kippur war.
“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.
Hamas militants crossed into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip using various means, including paragliders and sea infiltration, and they fired over 2,200 rockets, as reported by Israeli military officials. This ongoing conflict, which has resulted in at least one fatality and numerous injuries in Israel, represents one of the most significant escalations in years, following a period of mounting tensions along the unstable border.
In an uncommon move, Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif issued a statement urging Palestinians within Israel and neighboring Arab countries to participate in the conflict.
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