The Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalated dramatically. Hamas militants launched a violent attack into Israel, resulting in tragic consequences, with over 1,300 lives lost and hostages taken. In response, Israel launched airstrikes in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, causing significant casualties and widespread destruction. Hamas aimed to weaken Israel, but Israel’s determination to dismantle Hamas appears to be prevailing, a situation now acknowledged by Hamas itself.
Fighting continues, death toll rises
In recent developments, fighting persists with militant holdouts within Israel as the country formally declared war on Hamas. Hezbollah, an allied Lebanese militant group, launched numerous rockets into northern Israel. The Israel Defense Forces initiated a series of airstrikes in Gaza, resulting in the displacement of thousands in the first 24 hours. Tragically, Israel has seen a rising death toll, including more than 250 casualties at a trance music festival near the Gaza border. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant ordered a “complete siege” of Gaza, aiming to cut off power, food, and gas supplies. The situation remains complex and volatile.
Israel vowed to end Hamas
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict then reached a critical juncture, with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivering a stern message: “Hamas thought we would break; we will break Hamas.” During a solemn moment in the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu and ministers paid homage to the lives lost in the recent Hamas attack, demonstrating Israel’s unity and resilience.
Netanyahu emphasized Israel’s collaborative efforts, stating, “We are working around the clock as a team, with a united front. Our unity conveys a clear message to the people, the enemy, and to the world.” Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant echoed this sentiment, asserting the gravity of the situation: “The war here is the war of the sons of light against the sons of darkness.”
Gallant pledged an unyielding approach against Palestinian terror groups: “We will eliminate the Hamas organization because it is a culture that does not accept our existence here, human savages, beasts, who murdered our soldiers, our children, our citizens.”
Hamas started the incursion with a view of breaking Israel but Netanyahu vowed to not let that happen and instead will mark the end of the terrorist organisation and now those words seem to hold substance.
Hamas admits Israel killed top commanders
In recent developments, an Israeli airstrike in the central Gaza Strip resulted in the death of Ayman Nofal, known as Abu Ahmad, a prominent militant commander within Hamas. He was a member of the general military council of Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam Brigades, overseeing the Central Gaza area. Nofal’s death marks a significant loss for Hamas and is one of the highest-profile casualties in the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.
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Earlier on Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) announced that ISA intelligence and IDF fighter jets operated in the Gaza Strip, killing Billal Al Kedra, “the Nukhba commander of the forces in southern Khan Yunis, who was responsible for the Kibbutz Nirim massacre,” adding that “Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror operatives were also killed.”
The Israeli military confirmed Nofal’s killing, describing him as “one of the most dominant figures” within the organization in a statement on X. These incidents follow Israel’s warning of a potential ground offensive in Gaza with the aim of eradicating the Hamas militant group.
The Israeli government’s determination to dismantle Hamas is evident in its ongoing mission, marked by significant operational successes. The current situation indicates that Israel is making substantial progress, reinforcing the perception that it is winning the war against Hamas.