The radical Palestinian group Hamas attacked Israel on Saturday morning. There is a regular exchange of fire, which has already claimed hundreds of lives and thousands of wounded. Here is a summary of the most important events of the last few hours.
> The military command of the radical Palestinian group Hamas announced on Saturday morning the launch of a new military operation against Israel. It also called on armed groups in Lebanon to join the fight.
> A spokesman for the Israeli army announced that Palestinian forces had penetrated into Israeli territory from sea, land and air – using paragliders. According to reports, 2,500 rounds were fired from the Gaza Strip against Israel. rockets.
> According to local media in Israel, the death toll from Hamas’ attack on Israel has risen to 300. At least 1,590 people were injured. Israel’s Ministry of Health said that of the 1,590 injured, 19 were in critical condition, 293 in serious condition, 315 in moderate condition and 715 in mild condition. 181 people are still to be assessed by doctors.
> Hamas terrorists held about 50 Israeli hostages in Kibbutz Beeri in the south of the country, reports Reuters. On Sunday night, Israeli troops managed to recapture them. Fighting between Hamas fighters and Israeli troops continues in the area.
> “I am shocked by today’s brutal attacks by Hamas on Israel. Rocket attacks and holding civilians hostage arouse our deepest opposition. Poland firmly condemns all acts of violence. I would like to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to all those affected by the attacks,” wrote the president. Andrzej Duda on the X platform (formerly Twitter).
> Many airlines are canceling flights to and from Israel due to safety concerns. The decision to cancel the flights was made, among others, by: PLL LOT, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, Austrian Airlines and Turkish Airlines – reports the Times of Israel. Some airlines, e.g. WizzAir, redirect flights whose destination is in Israel.
> Russia is behind Saturday’s Hamas attacks on Israel, said German expert on Eastern Europe Sergej Sumlenny. The analyst grew up in Russia and worked in Ukraine as director of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. “No Hamas ally other than Russia has experience using drones to drop bombs against tanks,” Sumlenny said.
> President of the USA Joe Biden said during the press conference that United States will always support Israel and warned that no enemy of Israel should take advantage of Hamas’ attack on the country. “We will always stand behind them,” Biden said at the White House regarding Israel. “We will ensure that they receive the help their citizens need so they can continue to defend themselves,” he added. “This is not the moment for any force hostile to Israel to use these attacks,” he said. – The world is watching – he added.
> “We are starting a long and difficult war. The war was forced on us by the murderous attack of Hamas,” wrote the Prime Minister of Israel on the night from Saturday to Sunday Benjamin Netanyahu on the X portal.
“The first phase ends in these hours with the destruction of most of the enemy forces that have penetrated our territory. At the same time, we have started an offensive formation and it will continue without hesitation and without respite – until the goals are achieved. We will restore security to the citizens of Israel and we will win,” he added.
> On Saturday evening, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a statement in which we read: “The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Israel has been in constant contact with Polish citizens staying there since the beginning of the crisis. The situation is difficult and very dynamic. There are no border crossings with Jordan. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs has introduced the fourth, highest warning level for travelers throughout Israel and advises against any travel to this country.
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