Israel has declared a “state of conflict” as its military continues to face off in opposition to Palestinian fighters in a number of areas throughout southern Israel.
This comes a day after a surprise attack by al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, the Palestinian group that governs the Gaza Strip.
On Sunday, the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah mentioned it launched mortar attacks into the occupied Shebaa Farms in solidarity with Hamas; Israel mentioned it responded with artillery.
The escalation comes as expectations develop that Israel will launch a ground invasion of Gaza after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to show the besieged Palestinian enclave right into a “abandoned island”.
The newest demise toll stands at 370 Palestinians, in accordance with well being officers; and at the least 600 Israelis, in accordance with media stories.
Hamas mentioned it launched its large-scale operation in response to continued brutality by Israel and its occupation administration in opposition to Palestinians.
This consists of standing by as Israeli settlers launch violent assaults on Palestinian villages and neighbourhoods; attacking worshippers on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and killing an alarming variety of Palestinians this yr.