Following Hamas’ brutal surprise attack early Saturday morning on Israeli villages, settlements and military bases, Israel declared Operation “Swords of Iron,” and shortly afterwards issued an official state of war on the terrorist organization.
Current estimates say that over 800 Israelis have been murdered, over 2,500 injured, and over 150 abducted into Gaza, including women, children and the elderly. Most of the casualties are from the initial onslaught; however, over the last two days, more Israelis have been murdered as a result of rockets and gunshots. Rocket fire continued throughout Monday; Hamas has fired around 4,400 rockets at civilian areas since Saturday morning.
The IDF has retaken the towns and settlements initially overrun by terrorists and freed the hostages held on Israeli territory. An IDF statement indicated that the military objectives for Operation “Swords of Iron” are now shifting from defensive to offensive. Hundreds of thousands of reserve soldiers have been called up to all of Israel’s fronts as the nation plans to eliminate Hamas’ military capabilities once and for all.
On Sunday, Hizballah shot several missiles towards northern Israel, and on Monday, 5 terrorists crossed into Israel from Lebanon where they were stopped by Israeli soldiers. Preparations for the offensive in Gaza also include establishing deterrence against Hizballah on Israel’s northern border. Israel is amassing large forces on its northern border as a deterrent against the Lebanese terror organization who has not yet officially joined the conflict.
- For an immediate cessation of the attack by Hamas
- For Hizballah to remain outside the conflict
- For protection over Israeli citizens
- For protection over Israel’s soldiers
- For wisdom for Israel’s government & military leaders
- For an immediate release & return of kidnapped Israelis – military and civilian
- For healing for the wounded and comfort for those who have lost family or friends
- For the LORD’s peace to rule over our land and in the hearts of all in Israel!
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