Israel’s south is under intensive military operations as Israeli forces search for Hamas fighters and protect breaches in the border fence with tanks. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett declared a formal war on Sunday against Hamas, indicating potential ground assaults into Gaza, which historically led to increased casualties.
Meanwhile, Palestinian militants continued launching rockets, triggering air raid sirens in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The conflict has caused immense civilian casualties, with over 700 people killed in Israel and nearly 500 in Gaza. Israel’s Defense Minister announced a complete siege on Gaza, cutting off electricity, food, and fuel supplies.
Israel has control of its border communities and has evacuated 15 out of 24 border towns, with the rest expected to evacuate soon. Israel aims to dismantle Hamas’s military capabilities and end its rule over Gaza.
The conflict began when Hamas broke through Israeli barriers, leading to intense fighting and numerous casualties on both sides. The situation remains highly volatile, with fears of further escalation and potential regional war. Clashes also occurred in the West Bank, resulting in Palestinian casualties.