The Israeli military confirmed it carried out new attacks on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night. Warplanes hit more than 200 targets overnight in the Gaza City neighborhood that Hamas used in a wave of attacks on Israel on Saturday.
Israeli fighter pilots also destroyed Hamas’ radar system. “Warplanes destroyed an advanced radar system developed by the terrorist organization Hamas and used to detect missiles over the Gaza Strip,” the military said in its X-post. Over the years, Hamas has developed a network of high-quality cameras hidden in rooftop water containers and distributed throughout the Gaza Strip.
1,200 dead and 3,000 injured in Israel after Hamas attacks
According to the army, the number of deaths as a result of major attacks by Hamas in Israel has exceeded 1,200. At least 3,000 people were injured. Israel responded with massive air strikes on the densely populated coastline. The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli counter-offensives in the Gaza Strip rose to around 1,050 on Wednesday. Gaza Ministry of Health announced that 5,200 more people were injured.
Israel attacked more than 200 targets in the Gaza Strip
Hundreds of Israeli air strikes were carried out on the Gaza Strip throughout the night. The Hamas government media office said Israeli attacks hit dozens of homes, factories, mosques and shops. The Islamic University in Gaza, which has links to radical Islamist Hamas, was also bombed on Wednesday, according to an AFP correspondent. According to Hamas, at least 30 people died in the attack. The Hamas government’s media office told AFP news agency that hundreds of people were injured.
Hamas wreaked havoc on civilians on Saturday
Hamas, which is classified as a terrorist organization by the USA, the EU and Israel, committed the worst civilian massacre since the founding of Israel with a major attack on the border region on Saturday. Terrorists raided towns and ransacked victims’ homes on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah (Joy of the Torah). They shot men, women and children and smuggled others into the Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed “revenge” on Sunday.
14,500 refugees in Gaza were placed in schools run by the Hamas government
More than 260,000 people have fled their homes since the start of Israel’s counteroffensive, according to the UN. “More than 263,934 people are believed to have fled their homes in the Gaza Strip,” the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva said on Tuesday evening. said. “This number is likely to increase.”
The number of internally displaced people in the Gaza Strip has reached the highest number since 2014, the UN office said. Approximately 175,000 affected people took refuge in 88 UN-run schools. According to the information obtained, approximately 14,500 more people were placed in schools run by the Hamas government. Approximately 74,000 refugees were received by relatives or friends.
Israel may invade the Gaza Strip at any time
Colonel Berthold Sandtner of the National Defense Academy believes that Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip is possible at any time. All the prerequisites for this have already been created, he said on ORF’s “ZiB2” program on Tuesday evening. “Obviously political approval for this is still lacking.” Sandtner now expects Israel to proceed with a “sledgehammer”. He reminded that this time Israel announced that it wanted to “shake the foundations of Hamas and destroy it.”
Support for Israel from US President Joe Biden
US President Joe Biden promised the ally the superpower’s support. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called on Israel to comply with international law. Palestine’s envoy to the United Nations has described Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip and the complete blockade of Palestinian territory controlled by the radical Palestinian organization Hamas as “nothing short of genocide”. “This blatant dehumanization and attempts to subjugate a people by bombing them, using starvation as a method of warfare and destroying their national existence are nothing short of genocide,” Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour writes in a letter to the UN Security Council. Reuters news agency was able to view it. “These are war crimes.”
Hackers specifically targeted Israeli websites
Politically motivated hackers, called hacktivists, say they specifically target Israeli websites. “The attackers managed to keep us offline for a long time in the last few days,” Avi Mayer, editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post newspaper, said on Tuesday. “This is a blatant attack on freedom of the press.” Security analysts said more than 100 websites in Israel were either defaced or temporarily disrupted by simple distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in which a website was subjected to a flood of fake data.
Hacker group AnonGhost supports Hamas
Among other incidents, a group of Hamas-supporting hackers known as AnonGhost claimed on social media channels that they had disrupted Israel’s emergency alert app. Another group called AnonymousSudan said it was actively targeting Israel’s critical infrastructure on the short message service Telegram. But he offered little evidence to support his claims. Israel’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, analysts believe significant cyber espionage activities are occurring.
Biden strongly condemns Hamas attack on Israel
Biden harshly condemned Hamas’ attack on Israel in his televised speech. He said the country was experiencing a moment of “pure, unadulterated evil.” He promised more support.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wants to visit Jordan as well as Israel after the major attack by Hamas. He will leave on Wednesday, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday. A spokesman had previously said Blinken would come to Israel on Thursday. The purpose of the Middle East trip is to talk about strengthening Israel’s security and “underline the United States’ unwavering support for Israel’s right to self-defense.”
USA sent aircraft carrier to Israel
The USA sent an aircraft carrier to Israel. Additionally, the US government announced that it had met with Israeli representatives about the possibility of establishing a safe corridor for civilians in the Gaza Strip. “We’re focused on this issue,” national security spokesman Jake Sullivan said. The Israeli army announced that it received its first ammunition from American stocks.
Thousands of people demonstrated for Israel in New York on Tuesday
Thousands of people demonstrated for Israel in New York on Tuesday. The designated area within view of the UN building on the East River was filled by evening. Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams also attended the march and made speeches. New York has the largest Jewish community in the world, with more than one million people.
US has no evidence that Iran had a direct role in the attack
The United States currently sees no evidence of direct Iranian involvement in the massive attack on Israel by the radical Islamist Palestinian organization Hamas. Tehran has been a major supporter of Hamas for years, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday. “But in this particular case, we have no evidence of any direct involvement in the planning or execution of this attack.”
Israel called 300 thousand reserve soldiers to duty
Israel’s call-up of 300,000 reserve soldiers fueled speculation of a ground attack. The government also announced that it would completely close the Gaza Strip. EU foreign policy chief Borrell said, “Israel has the right to defend itself, but this must be in accordance with international law and humanitarian law.” Referring to the quarantine, he added: “Some decisions are contrary to international law.”