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Israel At War Today

October 7th, 2023 - Over 300 Dead

At dawn on October 7th, 2023, Palestinian Hamas conducted a premeditated coordinated attack on southern Israel from Gaza with over 5,000 rockets. This was followed by armed Hamas militants breaking through walled barricades on motorcycles, paragliders, trucks, on foot, and with boats by sea.

Israel is well fortified with the rocket defense system known as The Iron Dome, which has launched and destroyed most of the Hamas rockets in the air. Because of the vast number of simultaneous attacks, many rockets have gotten through the defense system, causing many deaths. By 10:01 A.M., the Hamas "Amazia Flood" had caused over 100 deaths of Israeli civilians, followed by a report of 200 Palestinian deaths in the dramatic escalation of aggression. By the end of the weekend, that number rose to around 800 Israeli deaths and 400 Palestinian deaths. This makes this attack the most devastating conflict in Israel in decades. In proportion to the American population, that would be like 26,000 U.S. citizens dying in 72 hours.1

According to Israel Priminister Benjamin Netanyahu's televised statement,

"The Enemy will pay an unprecedented price. We are at war, and we will win."

Israel's counterattack "Swords of Iron" was launched quickly mobilizing troops and firing interception rockets from the Iron Dome defense system. Unfortunately, some Hamas rockets have landed due to the overwhelming numbers. Hamas has a history of hiding their rockets in public schools and buildings which some sources state will cause civilian deaths when counter-attacked by Israel.

This is an unprecedented event on the fifty-year anniversary of the 1973 brutal attack during the annual Shabat Holy Day. It has not been confirmed, but many assume the date was chosen for this reason.

What can we do?

It's easy to feel helpless in a situation like this. Here's what we can do at this time: Pray. Let us pray for peace as we see the Day of the Lord drawing near.

  1. https://allisrael.com/catastrophe-israeli-death-toll-now-800-to-understand-emotional-impact-that-s-like-26-000-americans-dying-in-72-hours ↩︎

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