Israeli death toll from Hamas massacre rises to 1,200 as IDF pounds Gaza

The IAF hit more than 200 targets in Gaza’s “terror nest” Al Furqan neighborhood, according to the Israeli military.

By Charles Bybelezer | | Topics: Hamas, Gaza
Israeli soldiers remove bodies of of Israeli civilians in Kibbutz Kfar Aza, near the Israeli-Gaza border, in southern Israel, October 10, 2023. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90
Israeli soldiers remove bodies of of Israeli civilians in Kibbutz Kfar Aza, near the Israeli-Gaza border, in southern Israel, October 10, 2023. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90

The number of Israelis murdered during Hamas’s invasion of southern Israel over the weekend rose to 1,200 on Wednesday morning, as the Israel Defense Forces continued to pummel Palestinian terror assets in the Gaza Strip.

Overnight Tuesday, the Israeli Air Force hit more than 200 targets in Gaza’s Al Furqan neighborhood, which it called “a terror nest for Hamas,” from which “many activities against Israel are carried out.”

It was Israel’s third strike in the area in the past 24 hours, according to the military.

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The IDF “will continue to act powerfully against the infrastructures of the terrorist organization Hamas, which aim terror against Israel, and continues extensive waves of attacks in the Gaza Strip,” it added.

Among the more than 2,450 Hamas targets that have been hit across the Strip were weapons storage facilities, command and control centers, naval assets and more, said the military.

The operational headquarters used by the rocket force of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization was also hit.

“We have released all restraints, regained control of the [border]area and are moving to full offense,” Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told troops during a visit to the south on Tuesday night.

“You will have the ability to change reality here. You have seen the prices paid. Hamas wanted a change in Gaza. It will change 180 degrees from what it thought,” the minister said. “They will regret this moment. Gaza will never return to what it was. Whoever comes to decapitate, murder women, Holocaust survivors—we will eliminate them with all our might and without compromise.”

On Wednesday, IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said that over the past 24 hours, Israeli forces had killed 18 Palestinian terrorists who had infiltrated Israeli territory during Hamas’s Oct. 7 assault.

“These are the same terrorists who did not flee back to Gaza. They are in hiding places near the border. That’s why the scans are being conducted, and there are tens of thousands of troops in the area surrounding the Strip,” said Hagari.

The IDF said on Tuesday that some 1,500 Palestinian terrorists had been killed in Israel since Hamas launched its cross-border raid on Saturday morning.

Hagari added that Hamas has fired some 5,000 rockets at Israel since the war broke out, targeting the south and center of the country.

He defined the elimination of senior Hamas terrorists as the military’s “top priority.”


The northern front

The military is simultaneously reinforcing Israel’s northern frontier, after Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group took responsibility on Tuesday evening for firing anti-tank missiles at the Jewish state.

An IDF attack helicopter responded by striking a Hezbollah post.

“The IDF is prepared for all scenarios in all arenas, and will continue to operate in order to protect Israeli civilians,” stated the military.

Earlier on Tuesday, the IDF attacked two Hezbollah observation posts in Southern Lebanon with artillery fire after terrorists there fired rockets into Israel.

“Around 15 launches were detected from Lebanese territory. Air-defense systems successfully intercepted four launches, 10 launches fell in Lebanese territory,” the IDF confirmed.

Reuters cited a Lebanese security source as saying that Palestinian terror groups were responsible for the rocket attacks.

Mortar shells were also fired at Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Tuesday evening.


US response

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday night gave a 10-minute televised speech in which he addressed the “unadulterated evil” of Hamas’s attack on Israel.

“The brutality of Hamas, the bloodthirstiness, brings to mind the worst rampages of ISIS [Islamic State]. This is terrorism, but sadly for the Jewish people, it’s not new” said Biden.

“They use Palestinian civilians as human shields,” he said of the Hamas terrorist organization, which has said that it will execute captives, “in violation of every code of human morality.”

The US president distinguished between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and the Palestinian people, saying, “Hamas doesn’t stand for the Palestinian people’s right to dignity and self-determination. Its stated purpose is the annihilation of the state of Israel and the murder of Jewish people.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to head to Jerusalem on Wednesday.

According to the US State Department, Blinken will “reaffirm the United States’ solidarity with the government and people of Israel.  He will also discuss measures to bolster Israel’s security and underscore the United States’ unwavering support for Israel’s right to defend itself.”



On Tuesday night, Israeli President Isaac Herzog met with the families of the hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza.

“I have just finished a deeply moving and painful meeting with the families of those who have been abducted and are missing in the terrible assault that Israel has endured,” said Herzog.

“I met those who do not know the fate of their loved ones and those who know that they are in the hands of a cruel and brutal enemy. It was a difficult and painful meeting, but even so, we saw the strong, amazing spirit of the families—and Israeli society as a whole—in full force,” he added.

Hamas has claimed to have captured more than 100 Israelis and taken them back to the Strip.

Brig. Gen. (res.) Gal Hirsch, tapped by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as coordinator for the captives and the missing, delivered a message to Israelis on Monday that he will do everything he can to return their loved ones to them.

“During these hours, we are engaged in the formation of a complete situational picture,” he said, adding his team is working with all speed to create an “effective array” to address families’ concerns.


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