Whilst its iron dome continues to intercept a barrage of missiles sent by Hamas, Israel continues to pound the Gaza Strip, with air strikes and artillery hitting more than 1,000 targets belonging to the terrorist group overnight.
Hundreds of Palestinians, including civilians, have been killed and buildings reduced to rubble after Israel began its attack in response to Hamas launching a surprise assault that has so far killed more than 700 Israelis and injured thousands.
The Israeli airstrikes have so far flattened much of the town of Beit Hanoun in the Palestinian enclave’s north-east corner, which Hamas terrorists had been using as a staging ground for their attacks.
Now, thousands of Israeli soldiers are preparing to launch a ground assault within the ‘next 48 hours’ to eradicate Hamas fighters and infrastructure in Gaza, US officials have confirmed.
Israel has also brought in special forces to take back control of four key sites from Hamas fighters in the south of the country.
Israel’s Defence Forces (IDF) have said they want to completely strip Hamas of its power to govern in Palestine.
“We are in full control of the communities,” Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari told journalists, adding however that there still might be ‘terrorists’ in the area.
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said he believed around 1,000 Palestinian gunmen were involved in the unprecedented attack on Israel on Sunday, which he called ‘by far the worst day in Israeli history’.
‘Never before have so many Israelis been killed by one single thing, let alone enemy activity in one day,’ he said, adding that the current death toll of 700 is expected to rise as more than 1,000 Israeli’s are injured, some critically.
Hamas launched a barrage of rockets at Hamas on Saturday and used terrorist gunmen to shoot and kill hundreds of civilians before taking at least 100 hostages.
At least 260 revellers, most of them teenagers, were brutally killed at a music festival in southern Israel.
Survivors of the attack posted clips on social media showing them fleeing for their lives or hiding in bushes and recoding hushed farewell messages to their loved ones.
Dashcam footage from the incident shows Islamic terrorists executing civilians as they lay in the sand before rifling through their pockets and emptying bags from their cars.
Hamas terrorists are still battling with Israel’s forces and have this morning taken more Israeli’s hostage, the group’s spokesman Abdel-Latif al-Qanoua said.
Al-Qanoua said Hamas wants to ‘liberate all Palestinian prisoners’ from Israel and end Israeli provocations in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, particularly at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Jonathan Conricus, spokesperson for the Israeli Defence Forces, blasted the terror group on X on Sunday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to destroy Hamas´ ability to govern in a way that posed a threat to Israeli civilians.
“It is by far the worst day in Israeli history,’ Conricus said.
‘We are all appalled and enraged by the brutality, by the beastly nature of these terrorists.”