The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has entered a new phase.
Israel has managed to mobilize 300,000 reservists within a few days, as reported by Sarbaz.kz with reference to the Jerusalem Post.
Simultaneously, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) regained control of all cities along the Gaza border. This was stated by IDF spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Haggai.
"We have full control over the settlements. Perhaps there are still terrorists at large, but we are working to clear them all," Haggai added.
As cities are being liberated, the number of casualties is increasing. To date, over 1,100 people have died in Israel, with 2,740 wounded. After special operations, the bodies of 1,300 militants were discovered.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog stated, "Never since the Holocaust have so many Jews been killed in one day."
The Palestinian side reports 687 deaths on their side.
Fate of Hostages
According to the Times of Israel, the Israeli army has decided to launch strikes on the Gaza Strip even when it could endanger the hostages held there. The airstrikes by the IDF have become more intense.
It's worth noting that over a hundred Israelis were kidnapped during the HAMAS raid.
In response, HAMAS vowed to kill one hostage for each strike without warning. This is because the IDF departed from its usual tactic of providing advance warning strikes on buildings before evacuating civilians.
Egypt Has Warned Netanyahu of an Attack Before
The Israeli publication Ynet reported, citing high-ranking sources, that ten days before the attack, Egypt's head of intelligence, Abbas Kamel, warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that something "grandiose" was being planned in Gaza. However, Netanyahu responded that the IDF was focused on combating terrorism in Judea and Samaria. According to the publication, "Kamel was shocked by Netanyahu's indifference."
Full Blockade of the Gaza Strip Begins Defense Minister Yoav Galant announced a complete blockade of Gaza:
"I ordered a complete closure of the Gaza Strip—they will have neither electricity, nor food, nor fuel. Everything is closed. We are fighting animals, savages—and we are acting accordingly."
Israel pledged to disconnect all infrastructure from Gaza over the weekend. It's worth noting that a significant portion of Gaza's electricity and water is supplied from Israel. The diesel power plant in Gaza will be unable to provide the city with electricity entirely.
Skirmishes on the Lebanese Border
The Lebanon-Israel border has become a site of intense fighting. Hezbollah, however, guaranteed it would not intervene in the conflict.
It was soon revealed that responsibility for the shooting along the Lebanon-Israel border was claimed by the Palestinian "Islamic Jihad."