Israel begins operation “Iron Swords” against Hamas in Gaza
Israel bombed several Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip as the start of the operationiron swords”, in response to the multiple surprise attack that the Islamist group launched this morning towards Israeli territory.
“Currently, dozens of Israeli warplanes are attacking several targets belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip.“, indicated the Army, which declared hours before the state of readiness for war.
The Hamas attack, which the Palestinian group has dubbed operation “Al Aqsa Storm“, has been “by land, sea and air,” confirmed the international spokesperson for the Israeli Army, Richard Hecht.
Hecht indicated that Hamas has launched at least 2,200 rockets – although the Palestinian group claims to have launched more than 5,000 – and that the “combined attack included infiltrations by land, by sea and by air with paragliders.”
The Al Qasam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, have released several videos showing dozens of wounded Israeli soldiers kidnapped, at least one alive; how they stole an Israeli armored vehicle and brought it into Gaza, and how they deployed dozens of paragliders to cross into Israel.
Egypt warned of serious consequences of escalation between Palestine and Israel
Egypt, key mediator between Palestine and Israelwarned today of “the serious consequences” of the new escalation between the Palestinians and Israel, and urged that the two sides exercise “maximum moderation”, and to the international actors who “intervene immediately”.
“Egypt asks to exercise maximum restraint, avoid exposing civilians to greater risks and warns of the serious consequences of the escalation of violence, which would negatively affect the future of truce efforts,” said the Egyptian Foreign Affairs note.
He also urged that “international actors involved in supporting efforts to restart the peace process to intervene immediately to stop the ongoing escalation.”
He also called “Israel to stop attacks and provocative actions against the Palestinian people and to adhere to the norms of international humanitarian law with respect to the responsibilities of the occupying State.”
The Al Qasam Brigades confirmed today that they have launched more than 5,000 rockets from Gaza into Israel, and that they have kidnapped the bodies of dozens of Israeli soldiers killed in clashes on the border, and at least one alive.
The Italian Government condemns the terror and violence of Hamas against Israel
Italy condemned this Saturday “terror and violence against innocent civilians” and supported “Israel’s right to defend itself,” after the Israeli Army declared this morning the state of war after a strong attack from Gaza for which the Hamas terrorist group.
“The Italian Government is closely following the brutal attack that is taking place in Israel. “It condemns in the strongest terms the ongoing terror and violence against innocent civilians,” the Executive Presidency said in a statement.
“Terror will never prevail. We support Israel’s right to defend itself”he added.
Israel’s declaration of a state of war comes after the combined attack from Gaza, with the launching of rockets and the infiltration of Palestinian militiamen into Israeli territory.