"We are going to win" -- a war has begun.
The Palestinian armed group Hamas has launched "Operation Al-Aqsa Flood" against Israel. This conflict is preceded by a dispute fought for 11 days in 2021.
Hamas confirmed to have fired 5,000 rockets, while Israel has said they have terrorized an area rightfully theirs. Daniel Hagari, an Israel army spokesman, confirmed that the group attacked land, sea and area. Their first round of rockets were fired on a Saturday, October 7th, at 6:30 am.
The rockets were fired as far North as Tel Aviv; Hamas has also sent fighters into Southern Israel. Israeli media has stated that gunmen had opened fire in the town Sderot and there is footage circulating on social media that showsclashes in the city's streets, as well as gunmen in Jeeps roaming the countryside. The Israeli army has claimed that dozens of fighters carried out attacks on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.
Medical sources in Gaza have reported that at least 160 people were killed and more than 1,100 people were wounded. Meanwhile, Israeli health officials have said that at least 40 Israelis were killed and 750 were wounded in Hamas attacks; they have also claimed that at least 198 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,600 were wounded in either gun battles or airstrikes that followed.
Hamas spokesperson Khaled Qadomi has told the media vehicle Al Jazeera that the group's military operation is a response to all the atrocities Palestinians have faced over the decades. "We want the international community to stop atrocities in Gaza, against Palestinian people, our holy sites like Al-Aqsa. All these things are the reasons behind starting this battle," he said. Nonetheless, the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confidently stated that his country is going to win this war.
The European Union Foreign Chief, Joseph Borrel, has expressed support for Israel. The French Foreign Ministry has also followed suit and expressed it's full agreement with Israel. Many international leaders have stressed the urgency of the situation and call for the immediate de-escalation of a conflict that may turn into a full-blown tragic war.