Israel has retaken control of all communities around Gaza and there is no ongoing fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants inside Israel, the Israeli military said on Monday, following continued assaults by both sides.
CNN news reported that the announcement by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari came more than 48 hours after Hamas launched a surprise assault with thousands of rockets and sent armed fighters into Israel.
Israel on Sunday formally declared war on the Islamist militant group Hamas after its fighters launched an unprecedented attack that has so far killed more than 700 people in Israel.
Israeli jets continued to bombard the Palestinian enclave of Gaza on Monday as the war entered its third day.
More than 430 Palestinians, including dozens of children, have been killed and nearly 2,300 wounded, according to authorities in Gaza.
An incursion by Gaza militants of this scale has not been seen in Israel since the nation’s founding in 1948.
Earlier Monday, as Israeli forces battled to expel the last assailants, Hamas launched a fresh barrage of rocket attacks.
Sirens warning of incoming rockets in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv sounded at noon local time (5 a.m. ET).
Hamas militants claimed late Sunday to be holding more than 100 hostages in Gaza, including high-ranking Israeli army officers, according to Mousa Abu Marzouk, chief deputy of Hamas’s Political Bureau.
The Mint news reported that smoke had risen above buildings as Israel forces strike Hamas hideouts in Gaza, as death toll rose to over 1,100.
In response to the Hamas attack, the Israel Air Force launched retaliatory airstrikes targeting Hamas leaders, operational headquarters and assets.
The airstrike attacked militant headquarters spread over an area of three floors and a headquarter linked to senior Hamas naval force Muhammad Kashta, according to the Israel Air Force.
These strikes included the destruction of an operational asset located within a mosque in the Jabaliya area.
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