Israel Declares “State of War
Israel declared a ‘state of war’ after a rocket attack from the blockaded Gaza strip, in what Palestine’s Hamas militants said was only their “first strike”. Over 5,000 rockets pierced the sky towards Israel on a festive holiday morning as loud sirens blared across the country. The country’s defence forces alerted an alleged infiltration by Hamas militants, who are considered terrorists in Israel. Paragliders were also used in the attack, showed visuals from Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he would shortly convene a meeting of security chiefs. Hamas will pay a heavy price for its actions, his government asserted.