Israel’s defense minister has ordered a “complete siege” of Gaza on Monday, as the military said it has retaken control of Israeli communities near the coastal enclave that were stormed by Hamas militants in an unprecedented attack on Saturday.
Yoav Gallant said Israel will halt supply of food, water, electricity, and fuel to Gaza. “I have given an order – Gaza will be under complete siege.” He added that the country is fighting barbarians and will act accordingly.
Israel has retaken control of all communities around Gaza and there is no fighting inside the territory of Israel, the Israeli military said on Monday, following continued assaults on both sides.
The announcement by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) comes after more than 48 hours of Hamas surprise attack, wherein they fired thousands of rockets and send armed militants into Israel.
On Sunday, Israel formally declared its war against Islamist terror group Hamas. At least 700 if its civilians have been killed as the war enters its third day.
In response, Israel strikes Gaza, which has claimed lives of 493, including dozens of children, and left 2,651 injured, according to Palestinian Ministry of Health.