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Israel recaptures areas near the Gaza Strip overrun by Hamas: report


All of Israel is under the control of the Israeli military, according to multiple reports. 

Israeli forces recaptured areas near the Gaza Strip that had been overrun in a Hamas mass-infiltration over the weekend, Reuters reported.

The Israeli Defense Force re-established control of communities but isolated clashes remain throughout the country, a military spokesperson said on Monday.

Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, a former senior advisor to David Friedman, spoke to Fox News Monday morning from a bomb shelter, where he confirmed the IDF had recaptured the occupied areas.

Fire and smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023.  (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

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On Monday, sirens could be heard ringing out in Jerusalem and across Israel. A large rocket barrage was also reported coming from the Gaza Strip into Israel, impacting Tel Aviv and other cities.

Also on Monday, Israel Defense Minister Yoav Gallant ordered a “complete siege” on the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the strikes and as fighting continues.

“I have ordered a complete siege on the Gaza Strip,” Gallant said at the IDF Southern Command in Beersheba. “There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel, everything is closed.”

Israeli tanks

09 October 2023, Israel, Sderot: Tanks and military vehicles are seen as a search for suspects is underway. Fighting between Israeli soldiers and Islamist Hamas militants continues in the border area with Gaza.  (Ilia Yefimovich/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Israeli police

Israeli police officers stand guard as a search for suspects is underway. Fighting between Israeli soldiers and Islamist Hamas militants continues in the border area with Gaza.  (Ilia Yefimovich/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Gallant added: “We are fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly.”

Previous Hamas attacks on Israel have impacted cities near the Gaza Strip including Netiv Haasara, Kfar Aza, Nahal Oz, Sderot, Kibbutz Be’eri, Ofakim, Kissufim, Kerem Shalom and others. 

The war, which began early Saturday morning on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, has killed at least 1,100 people and left more than 2,000 wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video on Saturday that Israel is “at war” and called for a massive military response. 

Buildings in Gaza

TOPSHOT – Palestinians inspect the damage following an Israeli airstrike on the Sousi mosque in Gaza City on October 9, 2023. Israel continued to battle Hamas fighters on October 9 and massed tens of thousands of troops and heavy armour around the Gaza Strip after vowing a massive blow over the Palestinian militants’ surprise attack.  (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

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