Israel is preparing a ground invasion of Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised statement on Wednesday, but he declined to provide any details on the timing or other information about the operation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the conflict could spread beyond the Middle East and said it was wrong that innocent women, children and old people in Gaza were being punished for other people's crimes.
Israel's national rescue service says the death toll has risen to 100 from Hamas' surprise incursion into southern Israel on Saturday. The figure was announced by Zaki Heller of the Magen David Adom paramedic service.
After one Israeli strike, a Hamas rocket barrage hit four cities, including Tel Aviv and a nearby suburb. Throughout the day, Hamas fired more than 3,500 rockets, the Israeli military said.
High-level discussions between US and Israeli officials on military aid were already underway, a US senior administration official said, with an announcement by Washington possible as early as Sunday.
The death toll in Israel after a surprise attack by Hamas has surged to more than 600, while over 100 people were being held as "prisoners" by the group, the Israel government said.
The Gaza Strip has suffered its deadliest day in 15 years, with Israeli air strikes killing nearly over 400 Palestinians in 24 hours, according to Palestinian officials
After 50 years and a day, Israelis were woken to war. On Saturday, October 7th, Hamas launched an air, land, and sea operation from Gaza into Israel. This was the first such operation ever mounted by the Palestinians against their occupiers. On October 6th, 1973, Egypt and Syria launched a coordinated
Fighters from Hamas group killed 700 Israelis and abducted dozens more as they attacked Israeli towns on Saturday, the deadliest incursion into Israeli territory since Egypt and Syria's attacks in the Yom Kippur war 50 years ago.