Source: Bretibart, By Joshua Caplan, October 7, 2023
The Palestinian militant group Hamas launched an unprecedented terror attack on Israel, which has included the firing of thousands of rockets onto the Israel and the infiltration of Israeli territory by land, air, and sea. Responding to the surprise attack Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that the nation is “at war” and the terrorists “will pay a price it has never known before.” Thus far, the attacks in Israel have reportedly left over 600 people dead and 2,048 wounded. Hamas claims it has captured Israel Defense Force soldiers and civilians during its assault on Israeli border towns outside Gaza. Israel’s military response –“Operation Sword of Iron”– has led to the deaths of 198 Palestinians and 1,864 people injured. The attack occurred on the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret, the final day of the annual High Holy Day cycle.
Israel right now. pic.twitter.com/zEWSwHIPSj
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 7, 2023
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12:57 P.M. — More (unconfirmed) details about possible U.S. military aid to Israel is coming to light.
NBC News reports:
The US military is planning to move US Navy ships and US military aircraft closer to Israel as a show of support, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the planning.
The movements could start immediately but all the assets will not be in place for several days (specifically the ships).
12:50 P.M. —
Palestinian citizens inspect damage to their homes Sunday in Gaza City.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 8, 2023
12:49 P.M. — Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer tells CNN that Israel’s death toll, which has passed 600 people, is likely to jump in the coming hours.
“We are well north of 600 people who have been killed. There will probably be more — hundreds, several hundred more,” the Israeli official says.
12:44 P.M. — In a brief and vague White House statement, it is announced that Biden has directed “additional support” to Israel as it battles against and “unprecedented terrorist assault by Hamas.”
WH: “The President and the Vice President have been briefed this morning by their national security team on the situation in Israel. The President directed additional support for Israel in the face of this unprecedented terrorist assault by Hamas.”
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) October 8, 2023
12:42 P.M. —
If the funds have not been released to Iran, President Biden should immediately void the agreement and freeze the $6 billion ransom payment. https://t.co/4fNRbQAm46
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) October 8, 2023
12:36 P.M. — Ambassador of Israel to the United States Michael Herzog tells CBS News that American citizens are among the hostages captured by Hamas, but is short on details.
Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. @AmbHerzog confirms there are Americans among the hostages taken by Hamas, but adds, "I don't have the details," when asked how many Americans are being held hostage. pic.twitter.com/S4Q54qn1hl
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) October 8, 2023
11:59 A.M. — Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer tells CNN that American citizens are among the “scores” of hostages in Gaza.
11:47 A.M. — A gut-wrenching interview with Yaakov Argamani, the father of Noa Argamani, who was kidnapped from a music festival in Southern Israel, is making the rounds.
“I tried to contact her from the second we heard the [rocket] sirens,” the elder Argamani tells Channel 12, per Times of Israel.
“I went to one of the offices and was informed that she was not injured. While on the phone, her roommate contacted us, and said that there was a video of her on a motorcycle and she was kidnapped and taken to Gaza,” the emotional father continues.
“I asked to see and then I saw that it was definitely her. She was so scared, so frightened. I always protected her, and at this very moment I couldn’t,” he adds. “I pray that everyone will return.”
11:40 A.M. — Israel says its forces have struck 800 targets in Gaza and has killed “hundreds of fighters,” the Guardian reports.
11:32 A.M. — Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Maj. Doron Spielman tells CNN that the Jewish state will not rest until every hostage is released from Hamas.
“We have men, women, children and grandmothers sitting in Gaza in some basement,” Spielman says. “What I can tell you is that we’re not going to stop until we exhaust every means possible of (getting them back). We will not leave any person behind, and we will do anything to make that happen.”
11:28 A.M. — Biden and Netanyahu hold another phone call in which the U.S. president reaffirmed America’s support for the Jewish state.
Correction – to prepare to evacuate
— Lahav Harkov (@LahavHarkov) October 8, 2023
11:20 A.M. — Amnesty International pushes a both sides description regarding Hamas’s terror attack on Israel.
“We are deeply alarmed by the mounting civilian death tolls in Gaza, Israel and the occupied West Bank and urgently call on all parties to the conflict to abide by international law and make every effort to avoid further civilian bloodshed. Under international humanitarian law all sides in a conflict have a clear obligation to protect the lives of civilians caught up in the hostilities,” Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnès Callamard says.
“Deliberately targeting civilians, carrying out disproportionate attacks, and indiscriminate attacks which kill or injure civilians are war crimes. Israel has a horrific track record of committing war crimes with impunity in previous wars on Gaza. Palestinian armed groups from Gaza, must refrain from targeting civilians and using indiscriminate weapons, as they have done in the past, and most intensively in this event, acts amounting to war crimes,” Callamard adds.
11:09 A.M. — Ugly scenes out of Canada.