Israel fights Hamas infiltration after devastating attack
An Israeli soldier stands guard next to a pickup truck mounted with a machine gun in the southern city of Sderot on October 7, 2023, after the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas launched a large-scale surprise attack against Israel (Oren ZIV/AFP)

Night operations allowed the release of hostages in Sderot, Ofakim and Kibbutz Be’eri. However, clashes continue in other locations.

Israel is struggling to recover areas taken over by Hamas, facing a death toll of more than 350 and 1,800 wounded after an attack on its southern communities.

Intense action against terrorist cells in Israeli territory

After 24 hours of the attack coordinated by  Hamas, Israeli forces focused on liberating affected communities. Civilians take shelter in their homes, fearing terrorists.

Night operations allowed the release of hostages in  Sderot,  Ofakim and  Kibbutz Be’eri. HowBe’erilashes continue in other locations.

The  Israeli Navy neutralized five terrorists in  Zikim. The  Israel Defense Forces showed images of the operation, highlighting the participation of the 916th Patrol Squadron.

Balance of casualties and injuries after the confrontation

The  Ministry of Health reported 1,854 injuries of various degrees. The  IDF  mourned the loss of 26 soldiers since the start of the conflict.

Rear Admiral  Daniel Hagari communicated the efforts to stabilize the situation in Gaza and neutralize most of the conflict sources.

In addition, he indicated that forces have regained control in 29 locations and have neutralized hundreds of  Hamas and  Islamic Jihad terrorists.

Israel’s military and defensive preparations

The  IDF  has attacked 426 targets in Gaza, including terrorist infrastructure and buildings of high value to  Hamas.

Hagari also mentioned the continued attacks on the border fence and the creation of a center for missing soldiers. Forces are alert to potential threats, including those from  Lebanon and  Hezbollah.

The army is also on alert in Judea, Samaria and the north. The priority is to regain complete control of the area near the Gaza Strip and neutralize remaining threats.

Escalation of tensions between Israel and Hamas

Israel fights Hamas infiltration after devastating attack
A car is seen destroyed in an attack by Palestinian terrorists in Sderot, Israel, on October 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

With rocket attacks from  Gaza on southern communities continuing, the Israeli military has increased its response. Videos on the internet show the destruction of structures, including the  Al-Watan Tower in Gaza  City.

Last Saturday, armed  Hamas members attacked 22 areas of southern  Israel. This incursion surprised many, affecting communities just 24 kilometers from the border with  Gaza.

The Israel Defense Forces increased its presence in response and promised an unprecedented military reaction. Preliminary figures indicate 230 people have been killed and hundreds injured in  Gaza.

Mobilization of reservists and rescue operations

Israel fights Hamas infiltration after devastating attackWounded Israeli soldiers from the south arrive at the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem on October 7, 2023. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

The deployment of four divisions of reservists on the border with Gaza was reported, complementing the 35 battalions already present. Following these events, Hebrew media revealed the rescue of 48 civilians in Kibbutz Be’eri.

AddiBe’erily, reports indicate that in Ofakim, Israeli forces freed a couple in their 60s, who were held in their home for 16 hours. During this operation, several terrorists were killed, and three members of the  Yamam particular unit were injured.

Eyal Korem, a relative of those rescued, shared the panic experienced, grateful that both were in good health after their release.

Operations in Sderot and official statements

In a recent event, police forces regained control of a police station in  Sderot after clashes with  Gaza terrorists. At least 10 of these attackers lost their lives.

Commander  Amir Cohen of the Border Police highlighted the courage of the Israeli forces in this situation. Cohen urged residents to stay home and seek help, ensuring police and military presence to maintain security.

The fatal toll of these events continues to grow, and 350 have already been reported murdered, including civilians in their homes and at public events, being targets of terrorist attacks.

Devastating assault on  Kibbutz Re’im

According to Re’imo reports from  Channel 12, the celebration at  Kibbutz Re’im was interrupted, leaving dozens dead and causing panic among attendees. Disorder and confusion prevailed, with testimonies detailing how bullets wreaked havoc on the crowd.

After the attack, many sought refuge in nearby areas, such as forests and fields, waiting to be rescued by security personnel. The bodies of the victims were being transferred for identification.

Israel fights Hamas infiltration after devastating attack
Hundreds flee from gunmen at a party near Kibbutz Re’im, OctobRe’im 2023. (Used by Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

At the same time, social networks were flooded with Palestinian photographs and videos revealing horror scenes from various cities. The IDF  confirmed the kidnapping of soldiers and civilians, although it did not detail figures.

Disappearances and identification efforts

Relatives of unaccounted-for people went to a specialized center near the airport, managed by the police and the  Home Front Command. Relatives were asked to provide personal items of the missing to facilitate identification through DNA samples.

Authorities urged families to contact the center and provide information and genetic samples of the missing. Those in hard-to-reach areas were told to get line 105 and report to a police station when it was safe.

One of those affected, the father of a missing young woman, told  Ynet: “There is nothing else to do; wait for a miracle from God.”

National action and commotion

Israel fights Hamas infiltration after devastating attackMilitary reservists arrive near the border with Lebanon, northern Israel, on October 7, 2023 (Ayal Margolin/Flash90)

Israel was plunged into a state of shock and mourning. The circumstances of the attack generated strong criticism and demands for answers about the failures in intelligence and tactics that allowed such a catastrophe, with terrorists attacking civilian populations.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, declared that Israel was in a state of war. During a late-night announcement to the nation, he vowed to use “the full power” of the ID”  against  Hamas and urged Gaza residents to evacuate immediately.

In his words, he described the tragic events as something “never seen “before in Israel” and pledged” to take measures so that it is not repeated. He emphasized: “ Hamas  wan” to kill us all… he is an enemy who has no scruples, who attacks our civilians, children and the elderly.”