Binyamin Netanyahu has declared Israel is “at war” after Hamas militants launched a surprise attack from Gaza during a Jewish holiday, with thousands of rockets and armed fighters sent across the border to Israel.
The Israeli prime minister ordered the army to retaliate against the group as he mobilised reserve forces. He vowed that “the enemy will pay a price he has never known”. The Israeli military has already launched airstrikes on targets in Gaza, with witnesses reporting hearing heavy explosions.
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