"This is terrorism in its wildest from": how many localities in Israel are captured by Hamas militants and what is known about hostages
The day before, on October 7, Hamas militants managed to capture about 20 settlements in Israel, most of which have already been liberated by the Israeli army, and six of them remain under terrorist control. The number of wounded Israelis has exceeded 1800, some of them in serious condition.
At least 300 Israeli citizens were killed, and an unknown number of people were captured and taken to Gaza. This was stated by the chairman of the Israeli political party A-Hazon, Alon Zion, during a TV marathon.
According to him, the Israeli army has recaptured most of the settlements in Israel from Hamas militants that they had seized the day before.
"Yesterday, terrorist groups that broke through into Israel captured about 15-20 settlements. Most of them were liberated. About six settlements are still being held at the moment. I think they will also be liberated in the coming hours," Alon said.
As of 07:00 a.m., the Israeli Ministry of Health announced that the number of injured residents hospitalized with injuries has reached 1864.
Of these, 19 are in critical condition, 326 are seriously wounded and 359 are in moderate condition. 821 people were slightly injured, 20 are being treated for traumatic stress, and 223 are under medical supervision.
The confirmed death toll has exceeded 300 people.
"Women, children, and the elderly were killed. They were killed in their homes and cars. This is terrorism in its wildest form. We don't have exact data, the censors haven't revealed it yet, maybe the army itself is clarifying how many dozens of people, including soldiers and officers, were abducted to Gaza to bargain with us for certain conditions," Alon said.
The Israeli government has not really made any statements yet about how many Israelis, both military and civilian, may have been taken hostage and transferred to Gaza. But according to the Israeli Embassy in the United States, Hamas has captured and taken at least 100 people to Gaza.
Meanwhile, dozens of relatives of people who went missing during the Hamas attack bring photos and DNA samples of their loved ones to a center set up by the police and the Home Front Command.
The Israeli army has published a list and photos of 26 soldiers who were killed in the Hamas attack. The commander of the Nahal Infantry Brigade, Colonel Yonatan Steinberg, is among them. He was the first Israeli army colonel and brigade commander to be killed in action since 1973.
The day before, on October 7, an unprecedented attack by Hamas militants on Israel was initiated. First, thousands of missiles flew to the south and center of the country, and then the terrorists broke through into Israel. They killed civilians and soldiers, and took some people hostage.
In response, Israel announced the launch of Operation Iron Swords, and the Israeli Security Council unanimously approved a ground operation in the Gaza Strip.
OBOZREVATEL also reported on what happened in Israel overnight and whether Hamas attacks were stopped, monitoring the current situation online.