« Residents of Gaza were seen arriving at a local United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) school in Jabalia on Saturday, as the region continues to be pounded by Israeli missiles following the Hamas attack on southern Israel.
Footage shows families carrying personal belongings and walking in the corridors of the school that became their shelter.
« We left our houses because we were afraid of the rockets that might be launched by Israel. In the previous war, Israel attacked us, and we left our houses. My husband was injured while evacuating. I was afraid that my children would be torn into pieces, that is why I left my house », explained a woman seeking shelter at the facilities.
On Saturday, October 7, Hamas militants launched a surprise attack on Israel. Over 2,000 rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip, while armed ground forces entered southern Israel via land, sea, and air. Dozens of Israeli civilians were reportedly killed, and hundreds were injured.
In turn, the Israeli Defense Force launched strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza and deployed forces in dozens of locations where fighting was reported.
Medical sources in Gaza report that at least 200 Palestinians have been killed and over 1,600 injured in retaliatory strikes. The Israeli Air Force reported that two military infrastructures of high-ranking members of Hamas inside high-rise buildings were attacked in the operation.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country was ‘at war’ and that there would be ‘severe retaliation’ in response to the attack by Palestinian militants. Senior Hamas member Saleh al-Arouri said the militant group was ready ‘for all options, including a war and an escalation on all levels’ according to media reports.
The Palestinian offensive comes on the 50th anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, when Israel was attacked by Arab states on Yom Kippur. »