Tel Aviv, Israel October 12: The number of Israelis murdered during Hamas’ invasion of southern Israel over the weekend rose to 1,200 on Wednesday morning, as the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) continued to pummel Palestinian terror assets in the Gaza Strip. Overnight Tuesday, the Israeli Air Force hit more than 200 targets in Gaza’s Al Furqan neighbourhood, which it called “a terror nest for Hamas,” from which “many activities against Israel are carried out.” It was Israel’s third strike in the area in the past 24 hours, according to the military.
The IDF “will continue to act powerfully against the infrastructures of the terrorist organization Hamas, which aim terror against Israel, and continues extensive waves of attacks in the Gaza Strip,” it added. Among the Hamas targets hit across the Strip were weapons storage facilities, command and control centers, naval assets and more, the military said.
“We have released all restraints, regained control of the [border] area and are moving to full offense,” Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant told troops during a visit to the south on Tuesday night. “You will have the ability to change reality here. You have seen the prices paid. Hamas wanted a change in Gaza. It will change 180 degrees from what it thought,” the minister said. “They will regret this moment. Gaza will never return to what it was. Whoever comes to decapitate, murder women, Holocaust survivors–we will eliminate them with all our might and without compromise.”
On Wednesday, IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said that over the past 24 hours, Israeli forces had killed 18 Palestinian terrorists who had infiltrated Israeli territory during Hamas’s Oct. 7 assault. “These are the same terrorists who did not flee back to Gaza. They are in hiding places near the border. That’s why the scans are being conducted, and there are tens of thousands of troops in the area surrounding the Strip,” said Hagari.
The IDF said on Tuesday that some 1,500 Palestinian terrorists had been killed in Israel since Hamas launched its cross-border raid on Saturday morning. He defined the elimination of senior Hamas terrorists as the military’s “top priority.” The military is simultaneously reinforcing Israel’s northern frontier, after Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group took responsibility on Tuesday evening for firing anti-tank missiles at the Jewish state. An IDF attack helicopter responded by striking a Hezbollah post.
“The IDF is prepared for all scenarios in all arenas and will continue to operate in order to protect Israeli civilians,” stated the military. Earlier on Tuesday, the IDF attacked two Hezbollah observation posts in Southern Lebanon with artillery fire after terrorists there fired rockets into Israel. Mortar shells were also fired at Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Tuesday evening.