Unprecedented Reservist Call-Up
The Israeli military has mobilized an unparalleled 300,000 reservists amidst a total blockade of the Gaza Strip, indicating potential preparations for a ground assault in response to a significant attack by Hamas.
Hints of a Unified Government
A swift transition towards a war posture became evident when a cabinet member from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party mentioned the potential establishment of a national unity government, incorporating opposition leaders.
Rocket Attacks and Casualties
Following Israel's bombardment of civilian residences in Gaza, Hamas' armed wing retaliated by launching rockets towards Jerusalem, injuring four individuals on the city's outskirts. Meanwhile, the aftermath of a Hamas assault left a staggering 800 Israelis dead, as reported by Israel's Kan TV.
Intense Retaliatory Strikes
Since the surprise Hamas attack, Israel has escalated its retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza, claiming over 500 lives. Defence Minister Yoav Gallant announced a stricter blockade, which would obstruct even essential supplies like food and fuel from reaching Gaza's 2.3 million inhabitants.
Heart-Wrenching Scenes in Gaza
Residents of the Jabalia refugee camp witnessed devastation, as men attempted to rescue an infant from the debris of a collapsed building. The airstrike caused significant casualties in the region.
Worry permeates the region as fighting could spill over to adjacent areas. Israeli forces thwarted several armed suspects infiltrating Lebanon, and despite denial from Hezbollah, there were reports of artillery fire near the Lebanon-Israel border.
Amidst the chaos, Israel's chief military spokesperson conveyed the re-establishment of control in areas that had been overrun by Hamas. The disturbing visuals of dead Israeli civilians were unlike any witnessed in the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.
Reservist Mobilization and Speculations
The swift activation of 300,000 reservists fuels speculation about a potential ground assault on Gaza, a move which Rear-Admiral Daniel Hagari described as "going on the offensive."
Hamas asserts that its attacks were prompted by the continuous 16-year blockade of Gaza and Israel's intensified crackdown in the occupied West Bank.
The Gruesome Aftermath
Witnesses and survivors described harrowing scenes of mass killings, with media accounts detailing the massacre of young Israelis during an outdoor event.
Both Egypt and Qatar have initiated dialogues, attempting to mediate between Israel and Hamas in this heightened period of conflict.
The ongoing violence could potentially disrupt U.S.-backed initiatives aimed at fostering normal relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Questions on Israel's Military Intelligence
This episode marks a significant intelligence failure for Israel's military, with Netanyahu now having to weigh his next moves carefully, especially considering the fate of Israeli hostages.