The Israeli Army continues to bombard with intensity from the early hours of this Monday morning Gaza Strip with the aim of neutralizing the offensive of Hamas, which this weekend launched a large and unexpected attack against Israeli territory. The Armed Forces of the country are also fighting in many parts of the south of the country where there are militiamen from the armed group and remain alert in the north against the launch of projectiles from Lebanon by Hezbollah. In this context, the government has declared a state of war while in the last few hours it has activated a “emergency” order to arm its citizens in a confrontation that has so far left more than 400 Palestinians dead.
Israel is arming its population
Israel’s Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, announced in the early hours of Monday the activation of a “emergency” order for the Division of Firearms Licensing to be allowed civilians armed themselves within the framework of the war against the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which controls the Gaza Strip. Gvir explained that citizens who meet the requirements for carrying weapons for self-defense and in the service of the security forces will receive within a period of a week permit to carry a firearm, as long as there is no criminal or medical record.
Therefore, people who obtained a permit to own a firearm that has expired and did not acquire such a weapon during this year will receive it. without having to submit a separate application. Those who returned their firearms in the last six months due to not renewing the necessary documents “they will get their weapons back”. “Furthermore, starting next Tuesday, permits will be allowed to carry firearms with a permit to buy up to one hundred bullets instead of the current 50,” he added. The minister thanked the Firearms Licensing Division, Police and the Ministry of Health “for important commitment which will allow the largest possible number of citizens to arm themselves and protect themselves and their surroundings when necessary.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry indicated that around 84 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and France, issued statements of support for Israel, backing its right to self-defense and condemning the Hamas offensive. The head of the portfolio, Eli Cohen, spoke in recent hours to 17 companions, mostly European. He also held a briefing for foreign diplomats in Israel and for Israeli diplomats abroad. Spain, for his part, sent a “message of harmony, unity, and peace.” This is what the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, said on Sunday, calling for the togetherness of “people and religions” in the face of the danger of a war in the Middle East.
More than 435 Palestinians were killed
Among the movements on the part of Israel, the number of Palestinians who died due to attacks against the Gaza Strip after the offensive launched last Saturday by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has increased to at least. more than 435of which another fourteen were added to the operations and clashes in the West Bank, as confirmed by the authorities in the last few hours. The Ministry of Health in Gaza, which is controlled by the armed group, indicated through its account on the social network Facebook that “436 citizens fell martyrs, including 91 children and 61 women”, while 2,271 people the injured “in different considerations” . Among the injured were 244 minors.
For its part, the Palestinian Ministry of Health points out on the same social network that fourteen people died at the hands of Israeli forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where there are also 80 wounded. Thus, The total death toll rose to 450.. Israeli authorities have so far confirmed more than 700 dead and 2,000 injured due to attacks by Hamas, supported by Islamic Jihad, which continues to be active in many parts of the south of the country, including information about a new invasion of the city of Sderot (south). The Israeli Army also stated that in the last hours it bombed more than 500 positions used by Hamas in the Palestinian enclave to “deal a fatal blow of capabilities” of the group.
Hungary repatriated 215 citizens
Meanwhile, Hungary took her countrymen. Two Hungarian Air Force planes returned home from Israel on 215 national, as reported by the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Péter Szijjártó. “215 at home, safe,” wrote the head of Hungarian diplomacy on his Facebook account when referring to the operation sent to return Hungarian citizens to the front of the conflict. The flights were organized in a joint operation by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, whose minister thanked the authorities of Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania “for their cooperation in issuing permits needed to fly quickly.