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Israel launches unprecedented air campaign against Hamas in bid to dismantle militant threat

October 11, 2023 1:35 PM IST

Israel | Egypt | Hamas

In the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, the situation has escalated dramatically with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launching a series of operations aimed at degrading and dismantling the capabilities of the Palestinian militant group. As of October 10th, the latest operational update reveals a grim picture of the ongoing war.

The toll on Israeli civilians, with a total of 3148 individuals reported injured and over 998 lives lost in the violence. The total death toll on both sides escalated to more than 1600. Shockingly, 50 families have received the grim notification that their loved ones have been taken hostage by enemy forces, adding to the anguish felt across the nation.

From the Gaza Strip, more than 4949 rockets have been fired into Israeli territory, causing widespread fear and destruction. In response, the IDF has launched precise strikes on 1,352 designated targets within Gaza to neutralize the threat posed by Hamas.

The Israeli air force has initiated one of its largest air campaigns ever, focused on crippling Hamas’s ability to terrorize the Israeli people. The Israeli military has not ruled out the possibility of a joint operation with the United States in Lebanon should Hezbollah choose to join the conflict. A spokesperson for the IDF stated, “We are in military dialogue with the US, this is not the place here to detail it.”

In a bid to protect its population, the Israeli Defence Force has urged residents inside Gaza to distance themselves from specific areas, although it’s important to note that there has been no official call for the Gaza population to exit into Egypt.

In light of the deteriorating situation, Israeli citizens have been officially advised to stock up on essential supplies, including food, water, flashlights, and other necessities, for at least 72 hours. This announcement prompted a rush to stores across the nation, with citizens frantically buying goods off the shelves in preparation for potential disruptions.

Meanwhile, the international community is closely monitoring the situation, with the United States taking significant steps to prevent the conflict from spreading further in the Middle East. The USS Gerald R Ford Carrier Strike Group has been deployed to the eastern Mediterranean, accompanied by US F-16, F-15, and A-10 aircraft. Additionally, the US Air Force is set to deploy an additional 20-25 F-15 and F-35 multirole fighter jets to the region in the coming days. This deployment aims to both contain the conflict within Israel and act as a deterrent against potential Iranian interference or aggression.

 

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