The situation in Gaza and Israel has become increasingly desperate after Hamas militants fired rockets from Gaza into Israel. According to Israeli authorities, at least 300 people have been killed and more than 2,000 injured on both sides of the conflict.
In Gaza, 198 people were killed and at least 1,610 injured due to retaliatory attacks by Israel, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, more than 100 Israelis have been killed and more than 900 injured after Hamas attacks.
Palestinian militias fired at least 2,200 rockets toward Israel, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), while Hamas claimed they launched at least 5,000 rockets, all hitting southern and central Israel.
The violence has led to chaotic and desperate situations. At least 50 Israelis are being held hostage by militants, and clashes are reported in at least four cities.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared, “We are at war. We will win.” The IDF issued a war alert and asked civilians in southern and central Israel to stay close to shelters.
US President Joe Biden condemned the Hamas attacks and reaffirmed strong US support for Israel’s security. The US Embassy in Israel is closely monitoring the situation and has issued a security alert for US citizens in the region.
This violent conflict occurs on the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, remembering one of the most intense and tragic moments in the history of the region.