TEL AVIV, October 8. /TASS/. The authorities of Israel have approved a previously announced decision to put the country in a "state of war," which means the start of major military operations.
"Last night, the Security Cabinet approved the war situation and, to this end, the taking of significant military steps, as per Article 40 of Basic Law: The Government," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s press office said in a statement on Sunday.
"The war that was forced on the State of Israel in a murderous terrorist assault from the Gaza Strip began at 06:00 yesterday (Saturday, 7 October 2023)," the statement added.
On the morning of October 7, rocket attacks were launched at the Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip. Simultaneously, groups of militants infiltrated the territory of Israel. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced it was launching Operation 'Iron Swords' in retaliation for the attack, coming from the Palestinian exclave.
Ismail Haniyeh, the current head of HAMAS's Political Bureau, said the Palestinian attack was launched in retaliation for Israel’s aggressive actions regarding the Al Aqsa mosque in central Jerusalem.
Under the evolving developments, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant issued a call-up of reservists. The state of emergency was declared over the entire territory of Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country was "at war" and was determined to win it.
According to latest reports, the rocket attacks left at over 600 Israelis dead and up to 2,000 injured.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement earlier in the day that over 300 people were killed and some 1,900 sustained wounds following the recent Israeli military attacks in the Gaza Strip.