Today marks the one-month anniversary of the deadly attack in Israel carried out by Hamas terrorists, resulting the loss of 1,400 lives and triggering a war with Israel. Gaza’s Health Ministry, which is controlled by Hamas, reports over 10,000 casualties on their side of the border since the conflict began. Israeli ground troops have entered Gaza and are asserting their control over Gaza City.
ABC’s inis dequa is reporting live from Jerusalem for further details. As Israel mourns the victims of the October 7 terror attacks, vigils are being held across the country. During that attack, Hamas militants crossed the southern border of Israel and killed over 1,400 people, according to Israeli authorities.
Military officials have also revealed that Hamas has taken around 200 hostages. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared this day as a day of mourning, and citizens throughout the country are taking a pause to remember the victims. Meanwhile, Israel’s defense forces continue their military campaign against Hamas in Gaza.
Smoke rises over Gaza as bombs are dropped from Israel’s air assault. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shared footage showing their troops destroying tunnels built by Hamas in the northern part of Gaza.
According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, which is controlled by Hamas, over 10,000 Palestinians have lost their lives during the conflict, with more than 25,000 others injured. Many displaced individuals are seen fleeing south on foot to escape Israel’s aerial attacks. Family members of the hostages believed to be held by Hamas are urging for their release and keeping their loved ones at the forefront of their thoughts. One individual recounts how her 83-year-old father was kidnapped and held hostage by Hamas, expressing concern for his well-being and unknown whereabouts. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed openness to brief pauses in the fighting to permit humanitarian aid into Gaza.
However, he states that a comprehensive ceasefire will only be considered if Hamas releases all of the hostages..