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At least 750 Israelis missing since fighting broke out early Saturday: Local media

October 8, 2023 at 9:43 am

Israeli forces closed the roads at the Sderot area as the rockets are being fired by Palestinians in response to Israeli airstrikes during an operation in Gaza City, Gaza on October 7, 2023. [Mostafa Alkharouf – Anadolu Agency]

At least 750 Israelis have been missing since fighting broke out on Saturday morning, local media reported early Sunday.

“According to an unofficial report, approximately 750 Israelis are currently missing,” the daily Jerusalem Post said on X.

Hamas launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on Saturday and said the surprise attack was in response to the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and increased settler violence. It said it fired rockets and captured many Israelis.

In turn, the Israeli army initiated Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “We are at war.” He urged civilians in Gaza to leave as the Israeli military is going to turn “all Hamas hiding places into rubble.”

At least 232 Palestinians have been killed in the attacks, according to medical sources in Gaza, while the Israeli death toll climbed to 300.

More than 3,000 rockets have been launched by Hamas toward Israel since Saturday morning, according to the Israeli army.

It acknowledged in a statement on X that soldiers had been captured and taken hostage in Gaza, and confirmed that more than 1,000 Israelis were injured.

MoH: 313 Palestinians killed, 2,000 injured in Israel strikes on Gaza