More thansince the Hamas militant group launched a surprise assault on Israel from Gaza early Saturday, leading Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare “we are at war.”
An Israeli embassy spokesperson said Monday the death toll has risen to at least 900 Israelis, most of them civilians. Another 2,500 were reported wounded, IDF international spokesperson Lt. Col. (Res.) Jonathan Conricus told CBS News on Monday. More than 250 of the dead were Israelis whonear the border with Gaza when militants opened fire on the crowd.
Israeli officials also say Hamas fighters captured more than 100, including women, children and elderly people, who were apparently taken into Gaza as captives.
At least 11 U.S. citizens are among the dead, the White House says, while an unknown number of Americans remain missing. U.S. officials say Americans may be among those who were taken hostage.
Meanwhile, at least 765 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip by Israel’s retaliatory airstrikes, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. At least 140 children there have been killed and 4,000 others have been wounded, it said.
The coordinated, multi-front, the Palestinian territory controlled by Hamas, came almost 50 years to the day since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and marked a dramatic escalation in the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict.