War has broken out in Israel. There are battles in major cities
Hamas began military operations against Israel. Militants penetrated the southern territories of Israel.
On October 7, in the morning, Israel was subjected to a powerful rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. Hamas announced the beginning of a new military campaign.
According to the AP news agency, at least 44 people were killed and about 700 were wounded as of 16:00 on October 7. The leader of Hamas's military wing, Mohammed Deif, in his public address, noted that 5,000 rockets were allegedly launched in the direction of Israel as part of Operation Storm Al-Aqsa.
"We have decided to say that enough is enough," Deif said, calling on Palestinians to oppose Israel, AP emphasizes.
The Israeli air force struck 17 military posts and four Hamas command centers. However, control over seven regions on the border with Gaza has not been restored - fighting continues there.
According to Haaretz, a rocket attack damaged one of Israel's largest power plants in Ashkelon.
Hamas claims to have captured Israeli General Nimrod Aloni in his home near the border. Israel has not officially confirmed this information.
According to social media reports, Palestinian terrorists opened fire on participants of an Israeli music festival. Many people went missing and several were abducted. During the clash with the Israeli military, Hamas militants for the first time actively used drones to drop ammunition on armored vehicles, according to social media.
At the moment, there are no Ukrainian citizens among the victims of the fighting in Israel, according to the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleg Nikolenko. He also noted that the Foreign Ministry has organized an operational center to provide assistance to Ukrainians in Israel. Nikolenko advised Ukrainians in Israel to avoid traveling to the central and southern regions of the country, to be careful, to follow messages from local authorities, to respond to warning sirens, and to follow the recommendations of local authorities.
A state of emergency has been declared in Israel, according to National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir.