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Israel-Gaza ConflictIsrael Battles Militants as Netanyahu Warns of a Long War

More than 40 hours after militants from Gaza surged across the border, Israel’s military said its forces were still battling gunmen on Israeli territory. At least 700 Israelis are believed to have been killed and more than 413 Palestinians are dead.


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Israel-Gaza ConflictIsrael Battles Militants as Netanyahu Warns of a Long War

More than 40 hours after militants from Gaza surged across the border, Israel’s military said its forces were still battling gunmen on Israeli territory. At least 700 Israelis are believed to have been killed and more than 413 Palestinians are dead.

  1. Gaza CityRockets from Gaza being intercepted.

    By The Associated Press

  2. Gaza CityA missile explosion from an Israeli air strike.

    Mahmud Hams/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

  3. Israel, near GazaTrucks carrying IDF armored vehicles.

    Avishag Shaar-Yashuv for The New York Times

  4. Sderot, IsraelBlood-stained stretchers on a sidewalk.

    Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

  5. GazaAn injured woman with her child after a strike near their home.

    Samar Abu Elouf for The New York Times

  6. Kibbutz Mishmar HaNegev, IsraelIDF reserve soldiers.

    Avishag Shaar-Yashuv for The New York Times

  7. Sderot, IsraelRockets fired from Gaza are intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system.

    Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

  8. Gaza CityA building damaged in strikes.


  9. Gaza CityA Palestinian father cries next to the body of his son outside of Al-Shifa Hospital.

    Samar Abu Elouf for The New York Times

  10. Kibbutz Mishmar HaNegev, IsraelA dog sitting in a dining room after being rescued with a family from their home.

    Avishag Shaar-Yashuv for The New York Times

  11. Gaza CityAirstrike on the National Bank on Sunday.

    By Reuters

  12. Gaza CityA building damaged in strikes.

    Samar Abu Elouf for The New York Times

  13. Ashkelon, IsraelRunning to a shelter after a siren sounded.

    Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

  14. Khan Younis, GazaSearching through the rubble of a residential building.

    By Reuters

  15. Gaza CityRunning for cover after a strike.


  16. Ashkelon, IsraelIsrael’s Iron Dome antimissile system intercepting rockets.



Here’s the latest on the fighting in Israel and Gaza.

More than 40 hours after the initial surge of armed militants across the border, Israel’s military remained mired in battles with gunmen from Gaza on Sunday evening. As the death toll climbed, leaders worldwide positioned themselves for the war ahead and civilians sought refuge from ongoing attacks.

The continued fighting came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a “long and difficult war” ahead, saying in a statement that Israeli forces were moving into an “offensive phase, which will continue with neither limitations nor respite until the objectives are achieved.”

The Israeli foreign ministry said on Sunday night that 700 Israelis had been killed in the attacks. An additional 2,243 were injured, according to the health ministry.

The land, sea and air assault on Israel launched by Palestinian militants on Saturday — the broadest invasion in 50 years — prompted Israel to respond with heavy strikes on Gazan cities, which continued into Sunday. At least 413 Palestinians have been killed, including 78 children, and 2,300 others have been wounded, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza.

The Israeli military reported fighting in seven border communities and an army base, and tanks were seen crossing farmland in parts of southern Israel, heading south toward Gaza.

Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, continued to fire rockets into Israel, hitting the city of Sderot and injuring at least one person. Israeli authorities ordered residents not to leave their homes because Palestinian militants were believed to be once again infiltrating the city.

Scores of Israeli reservists waited at rural bus stops, trying to get to their bases after Mr. Netanyahu issued a call-up. In one potential indication that Israel might be preparing for a broader operation inside Gaza, the Israeli military said it was evacuating residents of 24 villages in the area of the border.

Here’s what else to know:

  • Hamas has taken Israeli soldiers and civilians into captivity, which could complicate any retaliatory operations. Ziad al-Nakhalah, the head of the Islamic Jihad, a smaller militant faction in Gaza, said his group was holding more than 30 Israelis captive.

  • As Israel’s military began releasing the names of soldiers killed in the assault, witness accounts of the battles with Palestinian militants have been emerging. “There were terrorists inside the kibbutz, inside our neighborhood and — at some point — outside our window,” Amir Tibon recalled in a phone interview. “We could hear them talk. We could hear them run. We could hear them shooting their guns at our house, at our windows.”

  • A National Security Council spokesperson confirmed on Sunday the death of “several” United States citizens, but no further information was immediately available. Other nations have also reported citizens missing or dead.

  • The Pentagon said it was sending additional munitions to Israel and moving more warships, including an aircraft carrier, and combat aircraft closer to Israel in a show of support for its close ally. Officials said the ships are en route but would take a few days to arrive in position.

  • At least 109 people were believed to have been killed at a music festival a few miles from the border with Gaza. Witnesses described dozens of militants firing on the thousands of attendees.

  • Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militant group that fought a war with Israel in 2006, said Sunday morning that it had attacked three Israeli posts with artillery shells and guided missiles in the Shebaa Farms area, land it considers to be occupied Lebanese territory. Hamas had urged armed groups in Lebanon to join its assaults on Israel.

  • The timing of the assault was notable, hitting Israel at one of the most difficult moments in its history. It came after months of profound anxiety about the cohesion of Israeli society and the readiness of its military, a crisis set off by the far-right government’s efforts to reduce the power of the judiciary.

  • Airlines cancelled at least 226 flights at Ben Gurion International Airport, located just outside Tel Aviv, on Saturday and Sunday, including more than a dozen headed to the United States, according to FlightAware, a tracking site. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines cancelled all flights at the airport until further notice. A few carriers, including Austrian Airlines and Wizz Air, drastically reduced flights.

    Brooks Barnes

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    But Israel’s El Al and a couple others continued to operate, including flights to New York and Los Angeles. Nearly 50 percent of El Al flights from the airport were delayed on Sunday.

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    Foreigners among those kidnapped, killed and missing in Israel.

    Nations worldwide were scrambling on Sunday to find citizens who may have been killed or taken hostage when militants from Gaza surged across the Israeli border on Saturday. Lists of missing people have flooded social media.

    • Several American citizens were killed and injured in Israel, a National Security Council spokesman who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed on Sunday evening. The spokesperson, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said officials continued to monitor the situation closely.

      On Sunday morning, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told CBS News that the State Department was also aware of unconfirmed reports of American citizens taken hostage by Hamas. The agency was working to “find out if those reports are accurate,” he said.

    • France’s foreign ministry said a French woman had died in Israel following Hamas’ assault, but it did not elaborate on the circumstances. There were still French citizens unaccounted for on Sunday, the ministry said, but it did not provide further information.

    • Two Thai nationals were killed, Thailand’s prime minister, Srettha Thavisin, said on Sunday. The Foreign Ministry of Thailand said that Hamas took 11 Thai citizens hostage.

    • Two citizens of Ukraine were among those killed in Israel, President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed on Sunday.

    • Two Mexican nationals were believed to be among the hostages taken by Hamas, Mexico’s foreign minister, Alicia Bárcena, said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

    • At least four Nepali students who were studying in southern Israel, near Gaza, were injured, Nepal’s foreign minister, Narayan Prakash Saud, said on X. The status of additional 11 students was unclear.

    • The Israeli Embassy in London confirmed that two British citizens — Dan Darlington and Jake Marlowe — were missing. The embassy also confirmed that Nathanael Young, a British man serving in the Israeli military, was killed on the Gaza border on Saturday.

    • German-Israeli citizen Shani Louk was abducted by Hamas militants while attending an open-air music festival, German officials said.

    Edward Wong,Yonette Joseph, Aurelien Breeden, Matthew Mpoke Bigg, Anushka Patil and Talya Minsberg contributed reporting.

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