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Israeli official admits 'serious intelligence failure,' says war to extend for ‘weeks’

October 8, 2023 at 12:38 pm

A view of rockets fired by Palestinians in response to Israeli airstrikes as clashes continue between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups at various locations of Gaza on October 08, 2023 in Gaza City, Gaza. [Ali Jadallah – Anadolu Agency]

An Israeli official on Sunday admitted “serious intelligence failure” during the past few days that led to the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestine.

The official, requesting anonymity, stated that the war is expected to extend for “weeks,” according to Hebrew Channel 13.

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.

At least 313 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 2,000 others injured in the attacks, according to medical sources in Gaza, while the Israeli death toll climbed to 400.

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