Israel strikes back at Lebanon
On Sunday, October 8, Israeli forces said that Hezbollah had launched attacks on its territory from Lebanon, prompting the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to respond. Israeli aircraft also targeted the compound of the Hamas intelligence leader in Gaza
The IDF shared the information on its Telegram channel.
The IDF stated that they responded with artillery fire following mortar attacks launched by Hezbollah from Lebanon. They reassured the public, saying, "The IDF has been taking preparational measures for this type of possibility and will continue to operate in all regions and at any time necessary to ensure the safety of the Israeli civilians."
Later, an IDF drone struck the infrastructure of Hezbollah militants near the Israeli-Lebanese border in the Mount Har Dov area.
At approximately 09:08 am, IDF fighter jets hit a compound belonging to the head of Hamas' intelligence department in the Gaza Strip.
"The IDF is currently continuing to strike terror targets in the Gaza Strip," emphasized the Israeli Defense Forces.
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Islamic Jihad launched a massive air and land attack on the state of Israel in several places. The head of the Hamas military wing, Mohammed Deif, said that his militants had launched the Al-Aqsa Flood operation. According to him, these actions are intended to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
The Palestinians launched 2,000 to 3,000 missiles at Israel and simultaneously seized 7 communities in the south.
In response, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced the mobilization of reservists and the launch of the Iron Swords counterterrorism operation. For the first time in 50 years, the government introduced martial law in the country.
The IDF actively used aviation to strike Palestinian command posts. It has also begun clearing Hamas-occupied communities.
In addition, there is a great threat that the Shiite Hezbollah could attack Israel from the north, as its main partner and supplier, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), has called on jihadists to "liberate Jerusalem."
On the morning of October 8, the Saudi television channel Al Arabiya published the losses of both Palestinians and Israelis during the first day of the renewed military conflict. According to the channel, Israel lost 300 people killed and at least 1,600 wounded. The number of casualties from the Palestinian-populated Gaza Strip is 232 killed and 1,627 wounded.
On October 8, Israeli troops claimed that Lebanon had attacked their territory, so the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attacked in response. In particular, Israeli aviation struck a complex belonging to the head of Hamas' intelligence.
Militants of the Lebanese military-political organization Hezbollah fired at Israeli positions on the border with the disputed Golan Heights and supported Hamas in its operation against Israel.