Dozens of armed Hamas surprisingly attacked Ashkelon Israel from the Gaza Strip. Israel on Saturday declared war against Palestinians. Aiming to avenge the rocket fired at Ashkelon. Israel's military already launched an air strike on Gaza.
40 were killed and 600 wounded in southern Israel says Israel's health minister. The rocket fire began from multiple locations in the Gaza Strip starting at 09:00 am local time (03:30 GMT) on Saturday and continued for nearly half an hour. Hamas's top military commander, Mohammed Deif, later announced in Hamas the start of military operations and called on Palestinians everywhere to protest.
Deif said that the launch of the missile was the beginning of the "Operation Masjid al-Aqsa storm ". According to the reports. Deif said, "We decided to say enough is enough" and called on all Palestinians to oppose and protest against Israel. "Today is the day of the greatest war that will end the occupation of the world, adding that 5 thousand rockets were fired. The Israeli army told Israelis in the Gaza Strip to stay in their homes and not leave. It was warned that Hamas would pay a heavy price for its actions. Israeli media reported that the army shot dead passersby in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, and video posted on social media showed the Palestinian army fighting in border towns. Another video appeared on social media showing a burning Israeli tank.
Gaza Hamas takes captive to Israelis
There are unconfirmed reports that some Israelis were taken captive in Gaza. Israel responded with a wave of air strikes against targets in Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel is "at war" and Gaza's ruler, Hamas, has to pay an unprecedented price. After dawn, the army fired a rocket over the fence from Gaza. The Israeli army said that many warplanes carried out air strikes on Hamas strongholds in Gaza and planned to evacuate thousands of people.
Regional leader of southern Israel killed
Ofir Liebstein, head of the regional council in southern Israel, was killed in a clash with the Hamas. when he went to defend his community. According to Israeli media reports, rocket attacks continued throughout Saturday morning. To date, more than 5000 rockets have been fired at Israel. The injured are being treated in hospitals in the southern city of Ashkelon and the central city of Beersheba.
History of conflict between Israel and Palestine
The conflict between Israel and Gaza is complex and protracted. The two sides have conflicted with the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. The conflict is characterized by violence, displacement, and poverty on both sides. The origin of the conflict can be traced back to the British Mandate established in Palestine in 1922. The mandate was created to help establish a Jewish state in Palestine. However, the Institution also recognizes the right of Palestinian Arabs to live in Palestine. Conflicts between Jewish and Palestinian communities increased in the 1940s. In 1947, the United Nations voted to divide Palestine into two states, one Jewish and the other Arab state. The Jews accepted the plan, but the Palestinian community rejected it.
In 1948, the British Mandate in Palestine ended and the State of Israel was declared. Palestinians have declared their state, but it is not recognized by Israel and the international community. The 1948 Arab-Israeli War followed, in which Israel defeated a coalition of Egyptian, Syrian, Iraqi, and Lebanese forces. The war displaced thousands of Palestinians.
After the war, Israel controlled most of Palestinian territory, including the Gaza Strip. Gaza remained under Egyptian occupation until 1967. During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel captured the Gaza Strip from Egypt. Israel has occupied the Gaza Strip since then. The Gaza Strip is a densely populated coastal region with a population exceeding 2 million. The majority of the population consists of Palestinian refugees. Since 2007 the Gaza Strip has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt. The blockade has greatly affected the economic and humanitarian situation in Gaza.
The conflict between Israel and Gaza has led to violence, displacement, and poverty on both sides. Many attempts have been made to solve the problem but none have been successful. The conflict between Israel and Gaza is a complex problem with no easy solution. It is important to understand the history of the conflict to find solutions.
International leader's statement on the attack
Benjamin Netanyahu(Prime Minister of Israel): He addresses the citizens of Israel we are at war and we will win the war against Hamas. He further added the enemy will pay the price he will never know. He said to follow all the instructions and the guidelines given by the government.
Rishi Sunak(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom): He says: "I am shocked by this morning's attacks by Hamas terrorists against Israeli citizens."
He continues: Israel has an absolute right to defend itself. We're connected with Israeli authorities, and British nationals in Israel should follow travel guidelines."
Narendra Modi(Prime Minister of India): "Deeply shocked by the news of terrorist attacks in Israel. Our prayers are with the innocent citizens and the families of the victims. We stand in solidarity with southern Israel at this misfortune."
French President Emmanuel Macron: I powerfully condemn the current terrorist attacks against southern Israel. I express my full solidarity with the victims and their families.