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Hundreds Killed in Surprise Hamas Attacks on Israel; Netanyahu Says Country ‘at War’

Mahmud Hams/AFP
Smoke rises over Gaza City on Oct. 7, during Israeli airstrike. Palestinian militants have begun a ‘war’ against Israel, the country’s defense minister said on Oct. 7, after a barrage of rockets were fired and fighters from the Palestinian enclave infiltrated Israel, a major escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The attacks, which were carried out on the observance of Simchat Torah, arose early on Saturday morning.