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Breaking: Unprecedented Attack Unleashes Chaos! Israeli PM Declares WAR – Shocking Details Inside!

“We find ourselves in a state of conflict,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared following a surprising and devastating attack by Gaza militants on several Israeli towns and military bases. This unprecedented assault unleashed over 2,000 rockets from Gaza towards central and southern Israel, resulting in numerous casualties among the Israeli population, according to the Israeli military.

The national rescue service of Israel reported a tragic loss of approximately 40 Israeli lives due to this offensive. In parallel, the Gaza Health Ministry revealed that 198 Palestinians had lost their lives, with the majority being identified as militants. Additionally, the Health Ministry disclosed that over 1,610 Palestinians were wounded as a result of the hostilities.

In response to these developments, the Israeli military issued a “state of war alert,” initiated the call-up of reservist soldiers, and announced impending strikes on Gaza.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating, “We are now engaged in a state of war,” during a video address delivered in front of Israel’s military headquarters.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Deif, a prominent commander in the Hamas militant group, called for a regional conflict, attributing the attacks to Israeli actions surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. This reference pertained to the visit of Jewish religious ultranationalists, who hold the site in high regard as the Temple Mount, during a Jewish holiday this week.

The assault unfolded at 6:30 a.m. local time, with Palestinian militants in the blockaded Gaza Strip employing a multifaceted offensive strategy, which included infiltrating via paragliders, navigating the Mediterranean Sea, and making land-based incursions. Israeli military spokesman Richard Hecht reported that intense fighting broke out for hours between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in Sderot and the kibbutz villages of Kfar Aza, Magen, Beeri and Nahal Oz, in southern Israel, close to Gaza. Furthermore, two nearby Israeli military bases were also impacted.

Acknowledging the magnitude of the situation, Hecht remarked, “We comprehend the gravity of this situation.”

Tragically, the head of a regional council in southern Israel was fatally shot by Palestinian militants in Kfar Aza, as confirmed by a council spokeswoman for Israel’s public broadcaster. Reports also emerged of a woman being killed by rocket fire in southern Israel, with unconfirmed accounts suggesting that Israelis may have been taken hostage within Gaza.

Israeli media outlets documented Gaza militants driving into Israeli territory on trucks and engaging in confrontations with civilians. Eyewitnesses shared accounts of Palestinian militants roaming near Israeli residences, opening fire during an outdoor nature festival, prompting Israelis to seek refuge in fields and bushes. In response, Israeli police instructed southern Israel residents to remain in their homes.

Simultaneously, Palestinian militants in Gaza launched intensive rocket barrages towards Israel, causing air raid sirens and loud explosions to reverberate throughout Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and various regions of central and southern Israel during the early hours of Saturday.

Organizers of Israeli protests announced the cancellation of the large weekly demonstrations, which were intended to protest against the far-right Israeli government’s efforts to diminish the authority of Israel’s judiciary. Additionally, a group of reservist soldiers, prominent for leading a movement of reservists refusing to participate in military training, called upon their fellow reservists to answer the call to serve if required.

The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem acknowledged the casualties resulting from these incidents and confirmed that embassy staff were taking shelter. In a statement, the embassy unequivocally condemned the actions of Hamas terrorists and the loss of life, urging all parties to refrain from violence and retaliatory measures, emphasizing that terrorism and violence ultimately achieve nothing.

These hostilities occurred on the Jewish Sabbath and the Simchat Torah holiday, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the commencement of the pivotal 1973 Yom Kippur War, when Israel faced a surprise deadly assault by Arab nations.

These recent events follow weeks of volatile confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli troops along the Gaza-Israel border, as well as deadly Israeli military operations and clashes with Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Over the past decade and a half, Israel and Gaza militants have engaged in multiple conflicts, while both Israel and Egypt have imposed a blockade on the economically struggling territory since Hamas assumed control in 2007.

Efforts by Egyptian mediators to broker an agreement aimed at averting Gaza-Israel hostilities, stabilizing the finances of Hamas’ government employees in Gaza, and increasing the number of Palestinian laborers permitted to work in Israel had been underway. However, this latest surge of violence threatens to disrupt the prospects of a U.S.-brokered diplomatic agreement establishing formal relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

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