Israel came under attack from the Hamas military group, linked to Palestine, leading to one death and at least 15 injuries across southern and lowland regions of the country, as reported by Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) rescue service.
Hamas attack on Israel: Here’s everything we know
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This incident forms a part of the long-standing conflict between Israel and Palestine, a complex and multi-faceted struggle rooted in territorial and political disputes.
The woman killed was identified to be in her 60s, a correction from earlier reports which stated her age to be in the 70s.
Of the injured, two are reported to be in critical condition, six in moderate condition, and seven sustained minor injuries.
The MDA has been actively responding to areas of reported missile falls and live firing incidents, urging individuals to follow instructions from authorities and seek shelter promptly when alarms are triggered.
In response to the urgent need for blood donations, MDA spokesperson Zaki Heller has called on individuals to donate blood, announcing a special blood donation drive organised in Tel Aviv for Saturday morning.
In the wake of the attack, several airports in the southern and central regions of Israel have been temporarily closed, with the exception of private and sports flights.
Meanwhile, Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv continues to operate following the security and safety guidelines, as stated by Israel’s airport authority.
The attack was instigated by Hamas, with military commander Muhammad Al-Deif rallying for a general uprising against Israel in a recorded message.
Al-Deif’s call to arms extended to the use of firearms, trucks, cars, and axes, labelling this period as the inception of an ‘honourable history’.
He explained that the assault was a retaliation to perceived attacks on women, desecration of the al-Aqsa mosque, and the siege on Gaza.
Further, he beckoned the Arab and Islamic populace to join in liberating the al-Aqsa mosque situated in Jerusalem.
“If you have a gun, get it out. This is the time to use it – get out with trucks, cars, axes. Today the best and most honorable history starts,” he declared.
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