Video: When an Israeli missile struck and demolished the 14-story residential ‘Palestine Tower’ in the Al-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City.
At least 232 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air attacks following a Hamas offensive against Israel that killed at least 200. The surprise operation was in response to the desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and increased settler violence. Hamas fired thousands of rockets and captured a large number of Israelis after crossing into Israel from the Gaza Strip. This comes after thousands of settlers carried out provocative tours of the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex during Sukkot.
What transpired in Israel? A detailed account of the unfolding of the Hamas attack
Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel during the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, combining gunmen breaching security barriers and rockets fired from Gaza. The attack came 50 years after Egyptian and Syrian forces attacked Israel during Yom Kippur in 1967.
Biden reassures: The US is committed to consistently supporting Israel
Biden reiterated the US’s unwavering support for Israel in an impromptu public speech, stating that Israel has the right to defend itself and its people. The escalation comes amid strained ties between Biden and Netanyahu over Netanyahu’s far-right policies, including support for judicial reform and illegal Israeli settlement expansion. Biden did not mention Israeli strikes in Gaza.
Hamas employs psychological operations (‘psyops’) aimed at undermining the morale of their opponents
Hamas’ preparedness for the recent attack on Israeli forces is a strategic shift, according to Jad Melki, director of media research at Lebanese American University in Beirut. The operation was conducted from sea, air, land, airwaves, and cyber-sphere, with troops carrying cameras and machine guns. The narrative has shifted to a calm and professional conduct, creating a tone of legitimacy and leadership for the Palestinian resistance. Melki explains that psychological operations aim to demoralize the enemy and raise the morale of the Israeli troops and people. Melki conveyed this information to Al Jazeera.