Yoav Gallant, Israel’s defense minister, has ordered a
“complete siege” and blockade on Gaza.
Gallant said authorities would cut electricity and block the
entry of food and fuel into Gaza.
The Gaza Strip is controlled by the Hamas Palestinian
militant group and borders Israel and Egypt. At the time of reporting, a
barrage of rockets from Israel are being launched into Gaza.
In the early hours of Saturday, Hamas made incursions into
Israel in what was an unprecedented assault.
Mohammed Deif, Hamas military commander, had said the
attacks were a reprisal for Israel’s “desecration” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in
Jerusalem, while alleging that Israel killed and wounded hundreds of Palestinians
According to Times of Israel, the minister said everything
in Gaza will be closed, adding that “there will be no electricity, no food, no
“We are fighting human animals and we are acting
accordingly,” he said.
Over 700 Israeli civilians and members of the military are
reported to have been killed since the attack on Saturday and another 2,150
More than 400 have also reportedly been killed in Gaza.
Abdel-Latif al-Qanoua, Hamas spokesman, had said the group’s
fighters had captured more Israelis.
He said the group aims to free all Palestinian prisoners
held by Israel.
Meanwhile, Iran has rejected allegations that it had a role
in the attack by Hamas.
There were reports that Iranian security officials helped
plan Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel and gave the green light for the assault.
Nasser Kanani, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson, told
reporters that the accusations linked to an Iranian role “are based on
political reasons,” adding that the country does not intervene “in the
decision-making of other countries, including Palestine”.
“The Palestinians had the necessary capacity and will to
defend their nation and recover their rights,” he said.
“Talking about an Iranian role aims at turning public
opinion (away from the facts) and at justifying the potential future actions of
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