Benjamin Netanyahu has posted a video of Israeli missiles destroying buildings in Gaza on Twitter.

On Monday, Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in response to a surprise offensive by the Palestinian militant group Hamas that began on Saturday. Israeli ministers have ordered a complete blockade of Gaza, which was already suffering from blockades and poverty, cutting off the supply of food, water, and electricity to its roughly two million residents.

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Hamas’s attack, unprecedented in scale and scope, marks the deadliest offensive Israel has faced in the past 50 years.

The casualties on both sides are significant, with more than 700 Israelis killed in what Hamas calls “Operation Al Aqsa Flood” and at least 560 Palestinians killed in Israeli retaliatory strikes on Gaza. The total death toll, including foreign nationals, has exceeded 1,300.

Additionally, Hamas has taken more than 100 Israeli civilians, soldiers, and foreign nationals hostage. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared his country to be at war and is working to rescue the hostages. Israel has regained control of areas outside Gaza after about 48 hours of fighting, and the Israel Defense Forces have reported striking over 1,000 enemy targets in Gaza through airstrikes.

Hamas, a designated terrorist group backed by Iran, has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007. Gaza, a small territory housing over 2 million Palestinians within approximately 140 square miles, is one of the most densely populated areas on Earth and has been under an Israeli land, air, and sea blockade since 2007.

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Israel has mobilized 300,000 reservist troops, the largest mobilization in its history, as it takes an offensive stance. Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari stated, “We are now carrying out searches in all of the communities and clearing the area.” The high number of reservists mobilized has led to speculation about a possible ground invasion, although no official announcement has been made thus far.