Israel says it is ‘at war’ after Hamas surprise attack

Jerusalem, Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is “at war” after Gaza militants launched a surprise attack Saturday morning, firing thousands of rockets and entering Israel by land, sea and air using paragliders.

At least 300 people have died and thousands of others are wounded in Israel, officials said. Fighting continued through the day, and a fresh round of rocket attacks hit Tel Aviv and other areas on Saturday evening.

In Gaza, at least 232 Palestinians have died and more than 1,600 are wounded, the Palestinian health ministry said. Israel launched air strikes on the territory while its forces clashed on the ground with Hamas fighters.

Hamas claims it has captured dozens of Israelis, including soldiers, and videos authenticated by CNN show some of the dramatic seizures. Israel’s military has acknowledged hostages were taken.

Source: BBC News

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