An attack very hard, by land and by air. That’s what the Israeli defense forces are unleashing in the night in Gaza Strip. Massive air strikes are hitting Gaza – in action helicopters and fighters, while by land the tanks and heavy artillery units advance. Israel Defense Forces itself announced the attack via Twitter.
Attack from the north and south
“It is not yet the land invasion, but it is Israel’s major offensive since the beginning of this new conflict,” says the Times of Israel. The one underway tonight is the toughest bombing raids on the Strip since Operation Protective Edge in 2014. The attack is seeing simultaneously in the north and south of the Strip. Palestinian families are fleeing from the North of the Strip: witnesses speak of a rain of fire. The Israeli forces – the media reported – have ordered that anyone in Israeli territory within 4 km of the border “you enter a shelter and stay there until further notice “.
Netanyahu: “We attack with great intensity”
The prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a tweet he wrote: “I said we would make Hamas pay a very high price. We do this and will continue to do so with great intensity. The last word was not said and this operation will continue for as long as necessary».
Desperate screams, Gaza City burns
“A multitude of red flames lit up the sky as deafening explosions from the outskirts of Gaza City woke people up. The raids were so powerful that people within the city, several kilometers away, could be heard screaming in fear. “. This is the description of the first moments after the start of the Israeli attack on Gaza made by the Associated Press and reported by the Guardian.
Heartbreaking videos on social media
From initial information, it appears that Jerusalem has also been affected, which has not happened for a long time. Tremendous videos that are starting to appear on Twitter.
Approximately 1,600 rockets have been fired from Gaza towards Israeli cities since hostilities began between Hamas e Israel. This was announced by the Israeli military radio, explaining that about 90 percent of those directed to inhabited areas were intercepted.
Hamas claims that Israeli forces conducted over 150 air strikes in Gaza in just minutes. Meanwhile, the death toll of the offensive in Gaza has been updated so far by the Gaza health authorities 109 dead, 28 of them children.
“Our troops in Gaza”, then the army corrects itself
Israeli troops, military spokesman Jonathan Conricus confirmed, entered the Strip from the north with tanks, according to the testimonies of the population. In recent days, no more than 4,000 soldiers had been amassed at the border, suggesting that this is a small-scale operation and not quite a military ground invasion.
Subsequently, however, the same Israeli military spokesman Conricus made it known – contrary to what was communicated at first – that “currently there are no ground troops inside the Gaza Strip”: “The aviation and ground troops are currently conducting attacks on targets in the Strip, “Conricus added, citing” an internal communication problem “. All the world’s news sites, from the New York Times to the Guardian, opened with the announcement of the start of Israeli ground operations in Gaza.
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