Israel declared a ‘state of war' and launched air strikes on Gaza strip following a surprise rocket attack by Palestine's Hamas militants which claimed that it was only their “first strike”.
The comments in a televised address mark Benjamin Netanyahu's first remarks since Hamas launched the multi-front attack on Israel. Ordering a call-up of reservists, the Israel PM promised that Hamas would “pay a price that it hasn't known until now.”
The prime minister also ordered the country's military to clear the infiltrated towns of Hamas militants that remained locked in gunfights with Israeli soldiers.
This came after Palestinian militants begun a “war” against Israel, the country's defence minister said after a barrage of rockets were fired and fighters from the Palestinian enclave infiltrated Israel. At least two people were killed in Israel, officials said while Israel's defence minister Yoav Gallant said Palestinian militant group Hamas has “launched a war against the State of Israel.”
“Troops are fighting against the enemy at every location,” he said. Israel's military began air strikes on Gaza, following the rocket barrage from inside the territory.
“Dozens of IDF fighter jets are currently striking a number of targets belonging to the Hamas terrorist organisation in the Gaza Strip,” the military said.
Meanwhile, the Israeli military struck targets in Gaza that sent air raid sirens wailing constantly as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Forces were engaged in gunfights with Hamas militants who had infiltrated Israel in at least seven locations, it said. The fighters had sneaked across the separation fence and even invaded Israel through the air, the army informed.
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