Within the early hours of Saturday, October 7, 2023, Hamas fighters launched an unprecedented invasion throughout Israel’s southern border with Gaza, storming Israeli cities and killing Israeli troopers andcivilians alike. Hundreds of rockets had been fired into Israeli territory, and a minimum of 250 Israelis are lifeless— a senior Knesset official mentioned the assaults led to the most civilian deaths on a single day within the nation’s whole historical past. The combating in southern Israel is ongoing, with reviews that Hamas is bringing Israeli hostages again to Gaza. Israel’s retaliatory airstrikes have already killed almost 200 Palestinians, a determine that can possible solely develop, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned on Saturday that “our enemy pays a worth the kind of which it has by no means identified.”
As Vox’s Zack Beauchamp explains, nothing like this has occurred within the fashionable historical past of the Israeli-Palestinian battle; even the bloody Second Intifada within the early 2000s by no means noticed this sort of mass incursion into Israeli territory. Now an outright battle between Israel and Hamas has begun, one whose penalties for the battle and the broader Center East we will solely dimly anticipate.
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