Israel has declared war on Hamas, vowing to take full control of Gaza. Hamas has been declared a terrorist organization by the Israeli government hours after the country’s military began bombarding the Gaza Strip.
In the meantime, US officials expect Israel to launch a full-scale ground invasion within 24 to 48 hours.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced Sunday that there would now be “significant military activities” after the vote to declare war came over night.
In a shocking cross-border raid by militants based in Gaza, which has a population of roughly 2 million people, more than 600 Israelis were killed over the weekend. As seen in videos, elderly women were killed while waiting at a bus stop in southern Israel, and people attending a music festival near the border were also killed.
In addition to women and children, about 100 people are believed to have been abducted and taken back to the Palestinian territories.
As soon as the official declaration of war was made, Israel began taking action against Hamas targets in Gaza, urging civilians to avoid areas occupied by the militant group, which has controlled the territory since 2006, when the last elections were held there.
It is impossible for civilians to reach safety in the densely populated enclave, where Israel accuses Hamas of deliberately placing weapons and militants near civilians.
In Gaza City, an Israeli airstrike leveled a 14-story apartment building on Saturday. More than 300 Palestinians have died in the fighting so far.
Lt. Col. Richard Hech, a spokesman for Israel Defense Forces, told CNN that the IDF was bombarding Gaza targets with one goal in mind: “To control the entire enclave and kill all terrorists on our territory.”
As leaders vow to wipe out Hamas and take full control of Gaza, Israel declares war
The Israeli government declares war against Hamas as it vows to wipe it out and take full control of Gaza
As Israel’s leaders vow to wipe out Hamas and take complete control of Gaza, the country declares war
As a result of Israeli strikes in Gaza on October 7, 2023, smoke rises. Mohammed Salem/Reuters
Hamas was formally declared a terrorist organization by the Israeli government on Sunday.
Gaza, which is home to roughly 2 million people, is controlled by Hamas.
As a result of Israel’s military bombarding the Gaza Strip with a stated goal of eliminating Hamas and gaining full control of the Palestinian territory, the Israeli government has formally declared war on the militant group.
In the meantime, US officials said they expect Israel to launch a full-scale ground invasion within 24 to 48 hours.
It was announced Sunday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office that there would now be “significant military activities,” according to The Times of Israel.
An attack by militants based in Gaza, home to nearly 2 million people, over the weekend killed more than 600 Israelis. There are videos showing elderly women slaughtered while waiting at a bus stop in southern Israel, as well as the bodies of people who attended a music festival near the border.
A total of 100 people, including women and children, are believed to have been abducted and returned to Palestine.
It is urging civilians to stay away from areas occupied by Hamas, which has controlled the territory since 2006, the last time its inhabitants voted in an election, even before the formal declaration of war. Israel is taking action against alleged Hamas targets in Gaza even before the formal declaration of war.
In the densely populated enclave, Israel accuses Hamas of deliberately placing weapons and militants near civilians, making it impossible for civilians to reach safety.
More than 300 Palestinians have died in the fighting so far, according to local health authorities, after an Israeli airstrike leveled a 14-story apartment building in Gaza City on Saturday.
According to CNN, the Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement on Sunday they were bombarding Gaza with a single goal: “To control the entire enclave and kill all the terrorists on our territory.”
Ariel Sharon, then Israel’s prime minister, oversaw the strategic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005 and the dismantling of the last Jewish settlements there.
2,200 Gaza residents were killed in the last major war between Israel and Hamas in 2014.