Israel warns Gaza residents to flee homes ahead of revenge attacks following surprise Hamas attack.
The Israeli army has asked residents of several areas of the Gaza Strip to flee their homes in preparation for revenge attacks against Hamas.
Over 300 Israelis were killed in a sudden and extensive attack launched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Saturday.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed “mighty vengeance” on Palestinian militants for what he called a “black day”.
He pledged to reduce Hamas’ hideouts in Gaza to rubble in response to the attack.
Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a wave of rocket attacks and sent fighters into Israel in the biggest escalation in decades.
Some 300 people in Israel have been killed and dozens of Israelis are believed to have been taken hostage.
Israel has already responded with a wave of air strikes on Gaza, killing more than 230 people, officials say.
The violence continued on Saturday evening – with Tel Aviv and other central Israeli cities hit by a new barrage of rockets and Israel saying they are fighting militants in 22 places.
Throughout the night, intense gun battles ensued between Israeli forces and hundreds of Hamas fighters across at least 22 locations in Israel.
This included at least two areas where gunmen were holding hostages, according to information provided by the Israeli army.
The army further stated that “terrorists rampaged and forcibly entered homes, resulting in the loss of civilian lives.” Over 1,000 individuals in Israel sustained injuries from gunshots or the more than 3,000 incoming rockets.
However, Hamas commander Mohammed Deif says the group had “decided to say enough is enough”.