The third day of the war in Israel: IDF strikes Hamas infrastructure, UN fails to adopt statement (update)
On Monday, October 9, the Israeli Defense For ces (IDF) continued to carry out powerful strikes against the concentrations of the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas, wiping out the buildings where the militants are based. Before that, at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, most countries condemned the actions of terrorists, but did not make any decision on this and the settlement of the war.
Today, the death toll from the fighting is approaching a thousand, and several thousand more people have been injured - and among all the victims are not only Israelis, but also foreigners, including citizens of Ukraine. Tel Aviv had warned the country's residents the day before that the war would be long and difficult.
OBOZREVATEL online is following the Palestinian-Israeli conflict (to see photos and videos, scroll down to the bottom of the news).
08:40 - The Israeli Ministry of Health reports that as of Monday morning, 2382 people have been treated in Israeli hospitals for wounds sustained in the war. Of these, 22 are in critical condition, 345 were seriously injured.
08:30 - The approximate number of militants who invaded Israel on October 7 is estimated at 800 to 1000. They entered through gaps in the border fence.
08:10 - El Salvador's President Naib Buchele, who is of Palestinian descent, condemned Hamas after its attack on Israel.
"The best thing that can happen to the Palestinian people is the complete disappearance of Hamas. These wild beasts do not represent the Palestinians. Anyone who supports the Palestinian cause will make a big mistake by siding with these criminals," he said, comparing the militants to the MS-13 gang that terrorized El Salvador for years.
07:50 - Footage of what Gaza looks like in the morning of October 9. The Israeli army reported that fighting continues in six locations in the south of the country.
07:30 - During the night, IDF fighter jets, helicopters and artillery struck more than 800 terrorist t argets in the Gaza Strip. Seven Hamas command centers and the Islamic Jihad command center, as well as numerous high-rise buildings housing the headquarters from which the militants were helped to direct infiltrations into Israel, were hit. Three terrorist tunnels were hit in the Beit Hanoun area.
07:10 - Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky thanks Ukrainians for their support.
06:40 - A UN statement says the only power plant in the Gaza Strip that provides electricity to the enclave's residents could be left without diesel fuel for several days. The Strip is heavily dependent on Israel, which completely cut off supplies on Sunday, so a complete blackout would affect about 2.3 million people living there.
06:20 - In the Israeli city of Ashkelon, a terrorist rocket pierced the roof of a house and stuck in the ceiling. The owner of the house showed the footage.
06:00 - UN member states have not taken any action or decisions on the situation in the Middle East after an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. Deputy US Ambassador to the organization Robert Wood said he did not want to go into details of what was discussed at the briefing. At the same time, he emphasized that there are some states that do not condemn Hamas' attack on Israel.
05:40 - Palestinians claim that 19 members of one family were killed in the southern Gaza Strip by an Israeli strike. The head of the family said that the IDF fired a warning shot for evacuation near his house (a precautionary measure designed to allow the population to evacuate before air strikes), but not all of his family members were oriented and could not hide. Five neighbors who were standing outside in the crowded refugee camp were also allegedly killed.
05:20 - Israeli aircraft continued to bombard the Gaza Strip in order to "destroy the capabilities of the Hamas terrorist group." Among the targets hit during the night were several command posts; a building housing militants; a command center used by a senior navy official of the terrorist movement; an operational facility located in a mosque in Jabaliya; and an asset used by militants for reconnaissance.
05:00 - Israel has asked the United States for guided bombs and additional interceptors for its Iron Dome air defense system, CNN reports. The request also includes JDAM - equipment that turns an unguided bomb into a precision weapon (the IDF uses such munitions to hit targets in Gaza from the air).
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, Hamas militants launched a massive attack on Israel on the morning of October 7, firing 5,000 rockets, then broke through the fence near the Gaza Strip and began committing atrocities, killing civilians. The next day, October 8, Iran announced that it would enter a long war with Palestine. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu advised residents of the Gaza Strip to "flee immediately."
The Wall Street Journal, citing members of the Palestinian terrorist movement and the Lebanese organization Hezbollah, which supported the militants, wrote that Hamas's attacks on Israel had been planned weeks before the invasion. The terrorists were assisted by Iranian intelligence services.