In a disturbing escalation of conflict, central Israel and Gaza border communities have been subjected to a violent rocket barrage. Warning sirens have echoed through the cities of Ramat Gan, located in the Tel Aviv area, and Kiryat Ono, Yehud-Monosson, Savyon, and Or Yehuda, all of which lie in close proximity to Ben Gurion International Airport. The alarms have also sounded in Pri Gan, Nir Itzhak, and Sufa, bordering Gaza. Residents have reported hearing the sounds of explosions, presumed to be the result of Iron Dome interceptors, although there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
South Israel Faces Rocket Warning
In southern Israel, rocket warning sirens have been activated in the city of Beersheba and Hatzerim, a local kibbutz and airbase. The situation has put civilians on high alert, with the escalating conflict showing no signs of easing.
Israel Defense Forces Initiate Operations in Gaza
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have initiated operations in the southern Gaza Strip. The IDF has warned that the fate of Hamas terrorists will parallel, if not exceed in severity, the fate of those from the north. Further, the IDF has announced that it struck approximately 200 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip during the night between Sunday and Monday.
Expansion of Ground Assault Against Hamas
Despite its ongoing efforts to recover hostages through indirect talks with Hamas and military operations in the Gaza Strip, Israel has begun declaring some of the missing as dead in captivity. In a significant development, Israel's military has announced an expansion of its ground assault against Hamas to encompass all of the Gaza Strip, including the south. This escalation underscores the seriousness of the situation and the determination of Israel's military to neutralize the threat posed by Hamas.