Netanyahu Warns of Prolonged Conflict, As Israel-Gaza Death Toll Surpasses 1,100
As the second night passed following the unexpected onslaught, Israel's military dispatched tens of thousands of troops to engage the remaining Hamas fighters.
Israel Battles Hamas Amid Escalating Conflict
The Israeli military is fighting heavy assaults to retake control of the border areas with the Gaza Strip and to evacuate the civilian population. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned his country to brace for a "long and difficult" confrontation as the casualty toll from combat with Hamas passes 1,100 on day three.
Hamas launched a surprise assault from Gaza, firing a barrage of rockets and sending fighters into Israeli communities along the Gaza frontier during a Jewish holiday. The attackers breached the fortified border fence, leading to civilian casualties and abductions of Israeli citizens.
Since Hamas's massive bombardment began, Israel has suffered its biggest loss of life since the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1973. Officials in the densely populated territory of Gaza claimed at least 413 fatalities as a result of Israeli bombings preceding a potential ground assault.
US President Joe Biden has ordered additional support for Israel in response to the unprecedented terrorist assault by Hamas. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has confirmed that the United States will provide the Israel Defense Forces with equipment and resources, including munitions.
The conflict has had global repercussions, with reports of nationals from several countries being killed, abducted, or missing. Oil prices surged over four percent in response to concerns about supply disruptions in the region.
Hostages and Abductions:
Hamas has abducted at least 100 Israeli citizens and taken them into Gaza, leading to shock and dismay in Israel. Images of bloodied hostages have circulated on social media. Families are anxiously awaiting information about the condition and safety of their loved ones.
Hezbollah in Lebanon has been sending guided missiles and artillery rounds into Israel in order to show its support for Hamas. The Israeli artillery shot back over the border that was being monitored by the UN.
Western capitals have condemned Hamas's attack, while Israel's foes, including Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi, voiced support for the assault. Pro-Palestinian protests occurred in various countries, and heightened security measures were implemented around Jewish institutions in Germany and France.
Long and Difficult War:
Prime Minister Netanyahu has vowed to turn Hamas hideouts into rubble and has urged Palestinians in Gaza to evacuate. He has characterized the conflict as a "long and difficult war" forced on Israel by Hamas's attack.
Defiance and determination:
While many Gaza residents voiced defiance and determination to stay on their land, the situation remains highly volatile, with a rising death toll and escalating violence.
The conflict has had devastating consequences, with civilian casualties mounting on both sides and the situation showing no signs of immediate resolution. International efforts to de-escalate and negotiate a peaceful settlement are urgently needed to prevent further loss of life and suffering.