On Saturday morning, Oct. 7, 2023, the Hamas terrorist organization launched a massive assault on Israel from the Gaza Strip, infiltrating several Israeli communities, killing at least 350 people, wounding over 1,000 and taking hostages back into Gaza.
An estimated 1,000 terrorists infiltrated Israel by air, land and sea. Israeli forces, caught off guard, continued battling terrorists into the night in Sderot and Be’eri, near Gaza, and even in Ofakim, a distance of some 15 miles from the Strip. The Israel Defense Forces retaliated with airstrikes on Hamas positions in the Strip and called up reservists.
An estimated 3,000 rockets were also fired, triggering alarms in hundreds of Israeli communities, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and central Israel.