On the morning of 7th October 2023, (Shabbat 7.10, the holiday of Simchat Torah)
massive rocket fire began from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, while terrorists
infiltrated Israel from a number of different points.
According to Israel officials, the event constitutes an extensive terrorist attack on the civilian population in Israel in the midst of Simchat Torah, when hundreds of thousands of Israelis were on their way to the
synagogues to celebrate with their communities and families.
As part of the attack, which continues at this moment in full force, the terrorist
organization is firing missiles towards cities in the south and center of Israel and
towards Jerusalem. They are indiscriminate fire intended to hit civilian population, according to the officials.
“During this time, Hamas terrorists have infiltrated Israeli territory in order to harm and murder
civilians as much as they can,” a press release from Israel embassy in Rwansa reads in part.
“Israeli security forces are working to protect Israeli civilians on all fronts. The IDF will
protect Israeli citizens, Hamas and all terrorist organizations will pay a heavily for their
As of Now, 40 deaths have been registered and more than 500 innocent Israeli citizens
have been injured in the attack. The death toll as well as maaive property destruction
are likely to increase as rocket shelling continues.
“We are at war,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address,
declaring a mass mobilization of the country’s army reserves. “Not an ‘operation,’ not a
’round,’ but at war.”
“The enemy will pay an unprecedented price,” he added, promising that Israel would
“return fire of a magnitude that the enemy has not known.”