Yoav Gallant, Israeli Defense Minister announced a total blockade of Gaza amid intense fighting between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Palestinian’s Hamas militants.
This comes after the Palestinian group launched a massive assault against Israel on Saturday, which was also followed by destructive reprisal from Israel.
Following an assessment meeting at the IDF Southern Command on Monday, Gallant said “I have ordered a complete siege to the Gaza Strip. There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel, everything is closed.”
This suggested that the Palestinians will remain in total blackout in the next period of time yet to be ascertained.
According to SaharaReporters, the Defence Minister declared “We are fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly,” apparently referring to the Hamas militants who have taken control of parts of Gaza.
The latest escalation between Hamas and Israel began early on Saturday when the Palestinian resistance group launched a surprise attack on multiple locations along the Gaza border.
Hamas overran several military installations and infiltrated deep into Israeli territory, attacking multiple settlements and launching thousands of rockets.
Israeli officials have estimated that more than 700 people have been killed in the Hamas assault and over 2,200 have been wounded.
In response, Israel has launched massive airstrikes on Gaza and is apparently preparing a ground operation against the Palestinian enclave killing over 500 people with thousands wounded.