At least 1,000 people died for the Hamas terrorist attacks against Israel last weekend, as reported on Tuesday by Israeli Army Radio, operated by the Israel Defense Forces.
The toll of victims from the surprise attack that Hamas, the Islamist organization that dominates Gaza, launched on Saturday against several towns near the Strip, also exceeds 2,400 injuredhalf a thousand of them serious.
The reports also indicate that dozens of citizens foreign They have been killed, injured or taken hostage. Several of them were participating in a “rave” party in the desert near the border with the Gaza Strip where at least 250 people were murdered.
President Joe Biden condemned Hamas attacks against Israel, an ally of the United States, as “pure evil” in an emotional speech Tuesday and said Washington is ready to deploy more military assets to the region.
The terrorist group had committed atrocities, including murders of entire families and rapes of women, along with “stomach-churning reports of murdered babies,” Biden said from the White House.
“There are times in this life — I mean that literally — when pure, unadulterated evil is unleashed into this world,” he said quietly during a televised speech. “This is an act of pure evil.”
Hams has retained some 150 hostages since their land incursion, including children, elderly and young people. He has warned that he would begin killing hostages whenever Israel attacks a civilian target in Gaza without warning.
The terrorists of Hamas They infiltrated from their enclave in the Gaza Strip and went on the assault, killing hundreds of Israelis and taking dozens hostage in places like Kfar Aza, near Sderot. This Tuesday, the IDF They took the foreign press to tour the area, one of the kibbutz most affected by the onslaught.
“I want to say something: it is not a war, it is not a battlefield. You see the babies, the mother, the fathers, in their bedrooms, in their homes, and how the terrorist kills them. It is a massacre, it is terrorism”, highlighted Major General Itai Veruv.
Israel also reported another 32 dead soldiers. With the update of the list, the balance of officers who died in the framework of the terrorist attack reached 156.
The Israeli army has called up 360,000 reservists to fight in the war against Hamas, the largest mobilization since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when 400,000 reservists were called up, the Washington Post.
Almost the 4 percent of Israel’s 9.8 million people, In response to military orders, they abandoned their regular jobs and families to join the fight as casualties on both sides mounted. Israelis abroad were also struggling to find flights back to Israel, as many airlines suspended flights.
Military service is mandatory for all Israelis when they turn 18, although there are some exceptions. After this, they are assigned to the reserve and may be called to serve periodically.