« Yoav Gallant, Defence Minister of Israel, ordered a “full lockdown” on Gaza on Monday during an army’s Southern Command meting in Beersheva.
“There will be no electricity, no food, no water, no fuel. Everything is closed,” said Gallant, justifying his decision by adding that “we are fighting people who act like animals and we will behave accordingly.”
Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on Saturday, October 7, firing thousands of rockets as militants broke through into Israeli territory as part of what the group described as ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’.
Israel responded with airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and issued a formal declaration of war on Hamas, warning residents in Gaza to leave their homes.
Hamas said the operation was due to the long-running Israeli blockade, raids on West Bank cities and other attacks, while Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed ‘mighty vengeance’ on the group.
At time of publication, hundreds have been reported dead on both sides in the most deadly escalation of the ongoing conflict in decades. According to the UN, over 120,000 Palestinians have been displaced during the current fighting. »