To wake up to this breaking news is somewhat disturbing but here we are in the post Pax Americana world.
UPDATED 10.07.23 14:15 UTC:
From the Times of Israel:
The Health Ministry says so far 908 injured people have been taken to hospitals for treatment in the ongoing terror attack by Hamas on southern and central Israel.
At least 100 have been killed in the unprecedented assault, authorities say.
I shall link to various sources as I listen to news from the region and attempt to keep updates flowing as needed.
Per Al-Jazeera just moments ago, in Gaza 198 killed over 1600 wounded due to IAF airstrikes.
There is no sign of deescalation at this moment.
Looks like a battalion HQ was captured by palestinian forces. pic.twitter.com/rvB3TZqFIY— Gammon (@GammonBadge) October 7, 2023
🇵🇸🇮🇱 BREAKING: Another Israeli base on the border with Gaza was captured, leaving behind several Merkava tanks pic.twitter.com/xlYScAO2Rk— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) October 7, 2023
This statement is an eye opener, it would seem reconciliation between Israel and the Arab States might well be put on hold after this.
#Statement | The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is closely following the developments of the unprecedented situation between a number of Palestinian factions and the Israeli occupation forces, which has resulted in a high level of violence on several fronts there. pic.twitter.com/KEFsNB5ZVb— Foreign Ministry 🇸🇦 (@KSAmofaEN) October 7, 2023
Now the Qatari's hold Israel solely responsible.— The Sirius Report (@thesiriusreport) October 7, 2023
A familiar pattern continues to develop. pic.twitter.com/h34rbeG0vY
Let us hope that ayden is wrong in this post, but I fear he is not.
There is a high probability that the invasion from Gaza is just a diversion and will be followed by a much stronger invasion from the north by Hezbollah forces – Israel Defense Forces Senior Lieutenant Yigal Levin.— ayden (@squatsons) October 7, 2023
Hazbollah on the move utilizing dirt bikes. pic.twitter.com/TRzNlJugIG
I’ll update again later tonight. I’m going to try to enjoy my Saturday now praying for peace in the world.
‼️🇮🇱🇵🇸🇱🇧 BREAKING: Egyptian negotiators notified Israel that in the event of a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, Lebanese Hezbollah would enter the war. pic.twitter.com/Gbwy7dX2t2— Lord Bebo (@MyLordBebo) October 7, 2023
🇵🇸🇮🇱Palestinian rockets strike Tel Aviv. pic.twitter.com/MsIel8ed3N— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) October 7, 2023
Another large group fired. pic.twitter.com/z1r3KsJ0My— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) October 7, 2023
Israelis across the country—on Shabbat and the holiday of Simchat Torah—woke up to sirens sounding and Hamas firing rockets at them from Gaza this morning.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 7, 2023
We will defend ourselves. pic.twitter.com/S9GN8fld4Y
The attack was quite broad hitting targets in Tel Aviv, breaking through the Irondome defense systems and catching the IDF by surprise. From the Jerusalem Post article linked above:
Hamas claimed to have kidnapped five IDF soldiers, but the IDF had not yet confirmed the report. Israeli media reported that Hamas had 33 prisoners of war, including both civilians and IDF soldiers that are being held as hostage.
“Residents in the south and center of the country are required to be in close proximity to protected areas, and those in the Gaza periphery should remain within a secure space,” the IDF announced.
The Times of Israel provides an update on casualties:
The Health Ministry says 545 people have been hospitalized since the start of the massive attack by Hamas, which was launched by the terror group at around 6:30 a.m. this morning.
Earlier, the Magen David Adom emergency service said that at least 22 people have been killed. The death toll is expected to rise.
🇵🇸🇮🇱Palestinians are reporting captures of Israeli Defense Forces. pic.twitter.com/3dlKi6Xqlb— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) October 7, 2023
Crew of the Israeli tank— Lord Bebo (@MyLordBebo) October 7, 2023
🇵🇸🇮🇱‼️A female Israeli army soldier was captured and taken to the Gaza Strip pic.twitter.com/0HhhxOZlTo— Lord Bebo (@MyLordBebo) October 7, 2023
The ground assault by Hamas was widespread throughout southern Israel.
Hamas publishes images showing the infiltration of terrorists into Israel and an IDF post on the Gaza border. pic.twitter.com/dP7F56pIkk— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) October 7, 2023
New Footage Emerges: Hamas Militant Paraglides Across Border— Zlatti71 (@djuric_zlatko) October 7, 2023
In a concerning development, another video has surfaced showcasing a Hamas militant utilizing a paraglider to cross the border into Israeli territory. This unconventional method of penetration has proven to be… pic.twitter.com/vSO2sVOo3x
From the military perspective, it would appear the Palestinian forces have learned a lot watching the Ukraine war.
Merkava got hate dropped pic.twitter.com/6DVYQA0k8o— Dr.Snekotron (@snekotron) October 7, 2023
More hatedrops against israeli forces pic.twitter.com/yRCIlyIuMT— Gammon (@GammonBadge) October 7, 2023
🇵🇸🇮🇱The Palestinians have captured 5x Merkava tanks, some M113 APCs and a Nakpadon heavy armored APC. pic.twitter.com/CV5Mo54SsJ— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) October 7, 2023
Targets throughout Israel were hit which indicates the improvement of Palestinian weaponry.
🇵🇸🇮🇱 A rocket hit the warehouse of one of the largest car importers in Israel. pic.twitter.com/w0yHxEHvWt— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) October 7, 2023
🇵🇸🇮🇱 BREAKING: Israel's second largest powerplant, Rotenberg, has been attacked by rockets. pic.twitter.com/XWKsIjLRgb— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) October 7, 2023
Ashkelon rocket impact site. pic.twitter.com/HVT8zytpsG— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) October 7, 2023
Translation via Google: Launching rocket salvoes from Sector #غزة towards Israeli border settlements, and Iron Dome intercepts a number of them.
🇮🇱🇵🇸 BREAKING: Israel has confirmed the capture of IDF General Nimrod Eloni pic.twitter.com/mYW7PfF3sr— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) October 7, 2023
The IAF has retaliated with a massive bombing campaign on Gaza but now the risk of Hezbollah intervening form the north is actively being discussed in Israeli media. The full mobilization of the Israeli military including a call up of all reservists is currently underway.
BREAKING: Israeli Air Force is striking terror targets in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/zsgMjqFxZ1— Leslie Motta🎙️ (@LeslieM0tta) October 7, 2023
Stay tuned on X (Twitter) and Telegram for updates.