Israel battles Hamas as PM warns of ‘prolonged and challenging war

Sunday, October 8, 2023
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a Health Ministry-organised appreciation ceremony for health system personnel and partner agencies for their contribution against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Jerusalem on June 6, 2021. PHOTO/ AFP
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Israeli forces engaged in intense combat against remaining Hamas fighters and conducted airstrikes on targets within the Gaza Strip on Sunday, October 8. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a warning of a protracted and challenging conflict against the Palestinian militant group.

The military reported that tens of thousands of soldiers were deployed to engage militants in the southern desert regions near the coastal enclave. Their mission was to rescue Israeli hostages and subsequently evacuate the entire region within a 24-hour timeframe.

“We will extend our reach to every community until we neutralize every terrorist in Israel,” declared military spokesman Daniel Hagari. This statement followed a day in which hundreds of Hamas fighters infiltrated Israel using various means, including vehicles, boats, and even paragliders.

Hagari emphasized, “Our mission for the next 24 hours is to evacuate all residents from communities surrounding the Gaza Strip,” addressing journalists.

Furthermore, Israel faced attacks from the north when Lebanon’s Hezbollah launched missiles and artillery shells as an expression of solidarity with the unexpected and unprecedented offensive from Gaza, which resulted in casualties on both sides.

Israel was taken aback when Gaza’s governing authority, Hamas, initiated a multifaceted assault at dawn on Saturday, involving thousands of rockets and ground, air, and naval forces. This offensive targeted and infiltrated Israeli towns and kibbutz communities.


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