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    Israel-Gaza Conflict: Over 300 Lives Lost in Fierce Hamas Rocket Attack

    Rapid Escalation and International Reactions

    In a devastating escalation of hostilities, the Israel-Gaza conflict has taken a deadly turn, with over 232 casualties reported in Gaza, while 70 lives have been lost in Israel. The trigger for this new wave of violence was a sudden and massive rocket attack, with over 5,000 rockets fired by the militant group Hamas, plunging the region into turmoil. Israel has responded by declaring war on Hamas and launching airstrikes in retaliation.

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    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasted no time in addressing the nation, unequivocally stating that the country is at war. He declared,

    “Citizens of Israel, we are at war. This is not an operation, not an escalation – this is war. And we will win. Hamas will pay an unprecedented price.”

    The day began with a shocking spectacle as over 5,000 rockets rained down on Israel. Sirens blared across the nation on what should have been a festive holiday morning. Israel’s defense forces reported multiple incidents of infiltration by Hamas militants, whom they classify as terrorists. Visuals from Israel showed rockets being fired at vehicles on the roads, raising widespread concern.

    ball of fire and smoke rises above a building
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    Yoav Gallant, Israel’s Defense Minister, condemned Hamas for initiating this war. He asserted,

    “Hamas has made a grave mistake this morning and launched a war against the State of Israel. IDF troops (Israeli army) are fighting against the enemy at every location.”

    The Indian embassy in Israel issued a safety advisory to its citizens, urging them to remain vigilant and follow local authorities’ safety protocols. They emphasized exercising caution, avoiding unnecessary movement, and staying close to safety shelters. India has also set up a helpline and email address for citizens in need.

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) declared a state of readiness for war, citing the extensive rocket fire from Gaza and the infiltration of terrorists into Israeli territory. They have vowed to defend the nation.

    The armed wing of Hamas, in a recorded message by leader Mohamed Deif, announced the launch of “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.” They claimed to have fired over 5,000 rockets in the “first strike of 20 minutes” and expressed their determination to hold the enemy accountable.

    Hamas surprise attack

    Sirens blared across Jerusalem and throughout Israel as reports of rocket impacts emerged from southern and central regions of the country. The government urged civilians to seek shelter, especially those in proximity to the Gaza Strip.

    Disturbing images emerged online, depicting Gazan residents fleeing their homes in border areas. Hundreds of individuals, carrying blankets and food items, were seen moving away from the border with Israel.

    The Israel-Palestine conflict has a long history of tension and violence, with several wars having taken place since Hamas assumed power in Gaza in 2007. This latest escalation follows heightened tensions after Israel closed its borders to Gazan workers. This year alone, the conflict has claimed the lives of 247 Palestinians, 32 Israelis, and two foreigners, including both fighters and civilians.

    The outbreak of violence occurred shortly after Hamas called for an end to Israeli occupation, citing ongoing Israeli actions across Palestinian territories, particularly at the holy site of Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem.

    Perspectives from international leaders include:

    • POTUS (President of the United States): In a tweet, the President expressed support for Israel’s security and offered condolences to the families affected by the attacks.
    • UK Reaction: British officials condemned Hamas’ attacks and affirmed Israel’s right to self-defense.
    • US Secretary of State: Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the attacks by Hamas terrorists and expressed solidarity with Israel.
    • Rishi Sunak (UK Official): Rishi Sunak expressed shock at the attacks by Hamas terrorists and affirmed Israel’s right to self-defense. He advised British nationals in Israel to follow travel advice.

    As the situation continues to develop rapidly, the international community closely monitors the escalating violence and its potential ramifications for the broader Middle East. The world anxiously awaits a resolution to this crisis and a return to peace negotiations.

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