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October 2023 Gaza−Israel conflict
Tue, 2023-Oct-10 00:58 UTC
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With 850,803 views on Sunday, 8 October 2023 our article of the day is October 2023 Gaza−Israel conflict.

On 7 October 2023, Palestinian militant groups led by Hamas launched a large-scale invasion and offensive against Israel from the Gaza Strip, breaking through the Gaza–Israel barrier and forcing entry via the Gaza border crossings, into nearby settlements in Israel and military installations. Hamas called it Operation al-Aqsa Storm. It is the first direct conflict within Israel's boundaries since the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. Hostilities were initiated in the early morning with a rocket barrage against Israel and vehicle-transported incursions into Israeli territory, with several attacks on surrounding Israeli civilian communities and Israeli military bases. Some observers have referred to these events as the beginning of a third Palestinian intifada. For the first time since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, which took place almost exactly fifty years before the current attacks, Israel formally declared war. An Israeli operation launched in response has been called Iron Swords by the IDF. The Palestinian invasion represented a boiling point in the breakdown of relations between the strip and Israel. This followed months of clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, including ones in Jenin and at Al-Aqsa mosque, that killed almost 250 Palestinians and 32 Israelis; Hamas cited these events as justification for the offensive and called on Palestinians outside of Gaza to join the fight against the occupation. In Israel, former prime minister Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid has advocated for the formation of a national unity government to combat the Palestinian offensive. At least 3,000 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip as Hamas militants broke through the border and entered Israel, killing at least 900 Israelis and prompting Israel's government to declare a state of emergency. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel "is at war" in a national address following the beginning of the attacks. Palestinian militants who infiltrated Israel made their way into several kibbutzim near the Gaza Strip as well as the city of Sderot. Both Palestinian and Israeli media sources reported that Israeli soldiers and civilians, including children, had been taken hostage by Palestinian militants; several of these hostages have reportedly since been taken to the Gaza Strip. Numerous cases of violence against Israeli civilians have also been reported since the beginning of the Hamas offensive, including a massacre at a music festival in Re'im that killed at least 260. Israel retaliated against the invasion by bombarding strategic buildings and military targets, with 20 reported cases of shelling of civilian infrastructure, including residential buildings, mosques, hospitals, and banks. The Palestinian Ministry of Health led by Hamas in Gaza reported Israel had killed at least 500 Palestinians in gunfights and by airstrikes in Gaza and Israel, including civilians, 78 children, and 41 women; while the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) stated it killed "more than 400 terrorists". Countries of the Western world as well as its allies condemned Hamas for the violence and described the tactics used as terrorism, while some Muslim countries blamed the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the denial of Palestinian self-determination as the root cause of the escalation. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Nigeria called for de-escalation. Hamas said Iran assisted with its attacks; but Iran denied any role in the attacks although it praised them. The United States government announced it is supporting Israel by moving an aircraft carrier, warships, and military jets to the eastern Mediterranean and providing Israel with additional military equipment and ammunition. A conflict was reported between Hezbollah and Al-Quds Brigades forces in Lebanon and Israeli forces on 8 and 9 October.

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