Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, declared that his nation is currently “at war” with the militant group Hamas, following the group’s unprecedented missile attack on a major holiday, which resulted in the deaths of at least 100 Israelis.
During the Shemini Atzeret holiday on Saturday, Netanyahu called for a massive mobilization of army reserves as dozens of Hamas fighters breached the heavily fortified border in multiple locations.
As of 9:30 p.m. local time, Israeli health officials informed the New York Times that more than 1,400 Israelis had sustained injuries and at least 100 had been reported dead; both figures are expected to increase.
In addition, health officials in Gaza reported that gun battles and airstrikes resulted in the deaths of nearly 200 Palestinians and the injuries of over 1,600 others. This number is also expected to increase as the conflict persists.
Several domestic law enforcement agencies have confirmed that, in response to the attacks, they will increase security and patrols.
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