The "Al-Aqsa Flood" was launched by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in the early hours of the previous day Following the attack, Israel bombarded the blockaded Gaza from the air and land. Israeli Navy forces intensively shelled some places close to the Gaza coast. Gaza Health Ministry reported that 413 people, including 78 children, were killed and 2,200 people were wounded in the attacks.
The Israeli army announced that the number of soldiers killed in the Hamas attacks that started the previous day and continued today rose to 73. The Israeli press reported that at least 700 Israelis lost their lives and 2 thousand 315 people were injured. It was also stated that approximately 750 Israelis have been missing since the beginning of the attacks.
The Israeli security summit has convened. A "state of war" was declared in the country after 50 years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said that they will turn all areas where Hamas is located into rubble, said, "This war will take time. It will be difficult". Israeli President Isaac Herzog also said that difficult days await them and that "a very comprehensive and wide war will not end in the blink of an eye". In addition, the Israeli army announced that it hit 120 targets belonging to Hamas in Gaza.
Israel evacuated Israelis from 24 settlements along the Gaza border. It was reported that these people would be hosted in hotels or with families in remote areas until the end of military operations. Israel instructed its diplomats working around the world not to leave their homes unless they receive special authorization from security officials. Israel also called on Palestinians to evacuate some areas.
The Hezbollah movement in Lebanon announced they hit military positions on the border with Israel. Israel also shelled targets and tents belonging to Hezbollah in Kafr Shuba Hills and Sedane region in southern Lebanon, where the attack occurred, with unmanned aerial vehicles. Israel activated and fired the Patriot Air Defence System in Safed, near the Lebanese border.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees announced that 20 thousand 300 Palestinians took refuge in schools in the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry called for an emergency ministerial meeting of the Arab League to discuss the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and the escalating tensions.
Israel decided to stop the entry of fuel and goods into Gaza after electricity. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the international community for urgent humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem downed shutters in response to Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip. It was reported that education was suspended in primary schools and universities.
Meanwhile, Israel closed the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron city south of the occupied West Bank until further notice.
"The occupiers are closing the Ibrahim Mosque until further notice. It records a new attack on the freedom of worship of Muslims,” Nadal Jaberi, Director General of Hebron Foundations, said in a written statement.