Jerusalem: The intense conflict continues between the Israeli military and the Palestinian militant group Hamas across various locations in southern Israel, a full day after the militants initiated an unexpected assault on Israel.
As per the most recent updates, Hamas has been responsible for the deaths of more than 600 individuals in Israel, while the Israel Defense Forces’ retaliatory operation, known as Operation Iron Swords, has resulted in 370 casualties in Gaza. This tragic situation has led to a combined death toll of 970.
Let’s revisit at TOP 5 points to understand the recent and deadly development in the Israel-Hamas deadlock..
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has stated that its troops remain actively involved in combat against the Palestinian militant group Hamas within Israeli territory. Hamas has also acknowledged ongoing clashes in Israeli regions adjacent to the Gaza Strip, such as Ofakim, Sderot, Yad Mordechai, Kfar Azza, Be’eri, Yatid, and Kissufim.
Hezbollah joins the Israel-Hamas conflict, launching mortar shelling from Lebanon into northern Israel, prompting Israeli forces to retaliate with rocket strikes on Hezbollah positions. Residents in northern Israel were advised to stay near bomb shelters due to the heightened tensions.
Israeli airstrikes in Gaza continue to target residential structures, which include the Watan Tower in Gaza City, the Al-Aklouk Tower, and the Matar residential building.
US President Joe Biden has granted emergency military aid totaling $8 billion to Israel, expressing his backing for Israel’s “right to self-defense” during a conversation with Netanyahu on Saturday. In response, Netanyahu expressed gratitude for the “unreserved support” and emphasized the necessity for a sustained effort against Hamas.
Top Hamas leaders claim that the number of Israeli prisoners in their custody significantly exceeds dozens, suggesting that the militant group holds sufficient captives to potentially secure the release of all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.