Israel declares a state of war. Column of tanks Heading towards Gaza. A flood of bombs on the sector. Confrontations with Hamas on the border. The new Israeli death toll stands at more than 700. There are 2,500 wounded, many of them in serious condition. There will be 750 missing, and there will be at least 100 hostages in the hands of Hamas. Among them are Americans and Germans. It was a massacre of peaceful youth in the desert, in which 260 people died. Two Israeli tourists and their guide were killed by a policeman in Alexandria, Egypt. Israel asked its citizens to leave Egypt. On the Palestinian front, there were 413 casualties and 2,200 wounded. The United States plans to move ships and aircraft near Israel.
Israeli air strikes on Gaza: “Bombing Hamas leadership positions and headquarters”
The Israeli army says that its planes continue to bomb the Gaza Strip at the present time “to destroy the capabilities of the Hamas terrorist movement.” Israeli media reported this. Among the targets that were struck in the past few hours were several command centers; A building inhabited by Hamas activists; A command center used by a senior Hamas naval official; “An operational asset used by Hamas” located inside a mosque in Jabalia; It is an asset used by the terrorist group for intelligence.
The Saudis are not changing their plans: “Negotiations with Israel continue.”
“Hamas has crossed the Rubicon: what will happen now remains to be seen.” Faisal Abbas is the editor-in-chief of Arab News, the Saudi English-language newspaper. His analyzes are a reference for anyone who follows this country: he knows well what is happening behind the walls of court buildings and is quick to explain it. Just a few days ago, he explained from the columns of his newspaper why Mohammed bin Salman was determined to continue normalization with Israel with such determination, emphasizing the fact that the Kingdom had been alone for some time on the international scene to show interest in Israel. The Palestinian issue and caution against the dangers associated with forgetting it. Yesterday, in a completely changed scenario, his beliefs did not change. (Read on)
The Saudis are not changing their plans: “Negotiations with Israel continue.”
Written by our correspondent Francesca Cafferi
There are more than 100 prisoners in Gaza, many of them foreigners
While the Israeli army is still busy clearing the south of the country of Hamas terrorists, the devastating images emanating from phones and state television sets remind us that the war that has struck at the heart of Israel is only just beginning. Gaza. “For 48 hours, hundreds of families are living an endless nightmare, a situation that only recently seemed like an unimaginable scenario,” says Assaf Pozniak, representative of the Association of Families. The army established a center to coordinate missing and kidnapped persons, while the police called on families to bring a DNA sample of their loved ones to help determine their identities. (Read on)
Great fear for the hostages, and Israel is wondering how to free them
By Rossella Terkatin
An air strike on a building housing Hamas agents
A military spokesman said in an official statement that the Israeli army carried out large-scale attacks on the Gaza Strip. “The IDF continues to attack the Gaza Strip at this time and is causing fatal damage to the capabilities of the Hamas terrorist organization,” the statement said. According to military sources, there could be a “ground operation within 24/48 hours.”
Israeli Cabinet Secretary Yossi Fuchs: The first war in Gaza will also be the last
Israeli Cabinet Secretary Yossi Fuchs said in a message on Monday that “the first war in Gaza will also be the last,” in a possible reference to his country’s response to the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas. He says in his letter that after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, his late grandfather told him: “If Al-Qaeda is able to carry out such an attack, it will control the world.” The Israeli Cabinet member said: “I reassured him and told him that it was an alarm bell and that this terrorism would be defeated.” While emphasizing that it was a personal message, the Israeli media relaunched Fox’s words.
The Houthis praise the “heroic jihadist operation”
In Yemen, the Houthi rebels who control the capital, Sanaa, expressed their support for the “heroic jihadist operation” against Israel. In a statement published on the website of the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency, the Iran-allied armed group said the attack “revealed the weakness, fragility and impotence” of Israel.
X reports Khamenei publishes. Musk: “He wants to eliminate Israel”
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s post celebrating Hamas attacks in Israel “violates X’s rules. In any case, X has decided that it may be in the public’s interest to keep the post available.” It is the platform’s report to its users, accompanied by a statement from Elon Musk. “Khamenei’s position is clear, his goal is to eliminate Israel and not support the Palestinians. That is not going to happen. What is happening instead, decade after decade, is an endless cycle of violence. This fanning the flames of hatred is not working. Maybe it is time to look at something else.” “Musk points out.
Israel is heading towards a ground operation in Gaza within 24-48 hours
The United States expects Israel to launch a large-scale ground operation against Hamas in Gaza within the next 24 to 48 hours. The Washington Post reported this, citing some sources, stating that Israel had asked the United States for Iron Dome missiles, small-diameter bombs, machine gun ammunition, and greater cooperation in exchanging intelligence information.
The United States is trying to understand whether there is a link between Iran and the attack on Israel
The US administration is still trying to determine the relationship between Iran and the Hamas attack in Israel. CNN reported this, citing some sources, who mention Tehran’s long history of helping Hamas. But at present, there is still no evidence linking Iran to the attack, and no intelligence information directly linking Tehran, Hamas, and the attack.
At the “Bastrans” festival near Ra’im, a massacre of youth occurred: 260 bodies
“Music, then only death. So I saved myself among 260 corpses at the concert.” Eric Nani talks about his escape amidst the missiles and gunmen who were shooting. For him, the wild party, held in the desert a few kilometers from the Gaza border on the last day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, was supposed to be a chance to have fun, disconnect and celebrate his 26th birthday, which falls this week. “After what happened, I can only thank God that I got there alive. It’s like being born for the second time.” (Read on)
“Music, then only death. And that’s how I saved myself from the 260 corpses at the party.”
By Rossella Terkatin
United States of America: A number of Americans were killed in a Hamas attack on Israel
Several American citizens were killed in a Hamas attack in Israel. This was confirmed by an official in the National Security Council at the White House, according to American media. It is not clear how many American casualties there were, although some rumors speak of at least four deaths.
Wall Street Journal: Iran helped Hamas plan the attack
Iran helped Hamas plan the surprise attack on Israel and gave the green light for the operation during a meeting in Beirut last Monday. The Wall Street Journal reported this, citing some members of Hamas and Hezbollah. Iran has been working with Hamas since August to plan the attack.
New anti-missile sirens in central Israel
Rocket sirens from Gaza sounded again in central Israel, including the city of Rishon Lezion. Media reported that Hamas claimed to have targeted Ben Gurion Airport, located not far from Tel Aviv.
Hamas: 100 rockets were fired at the city of Ashkelon in southern Israel
Hamas said it launched a “large-scale rocket attack with 100 rockets” on the city of Ashkelon in southern Israel. The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian movement, said, according to CNN, that the rockets were fired at the coastal city in response to the Israeli Defense Forces “targeting our safe homes.” Israeli police later explained that a residential building had been hit. According to local media, an 8-year-old child was slightly injured.
Israel: The supreme leader of Hamas was arrested for interrogation
An Israeli military spokesman announced that a detachment of Israeli naval special forces arrested the deputy commander of the Southern Division of the Hamas naval force in Gaza, Muhammad Abu Ghali. The spokesman said that the supreme leader of Hamas is in detention and is being interrogated by Israeli security forces. Separately, the spokesman reported that an Israeli plane thwarted an attempt by a perpetrator to infiltrate Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip. The military spokesman said that the infiltrator was trying to cross the border barrier when he was neutralized.
Hamas: Fighting continues on the border with Gaza
The spokesman for the Azim al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), Abu Ubaida, said that fighting with Israeli forces continues in several areas near the northern border of the Gaza Strip, including the town of Zikim, the kibbutzim of Sufa and Mafalsim. He claimed that his militiamen captured a new group of Israelis. Abu Ubaida said in a statement reported by Israeli media on Monday that Hamas members killed and wounded a large number of Israeli soldiers in the village of Muqim, south of the Israeli city of Ashkelon.
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