Two Belarusian citizens were injured as a result of rocket attacks on the city of Ashkelon in southwestern Israel, one of the victims is in serious condition, reported TASS press secretary of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Anatoly Glaz.
According to him, over the past 24 hours, about 30 citizens have contacted the Belarusian embassy in Tel Aviv with various questions. Two of them – a son and his mother – were injured as a result of rocket attacks in Ashkelon, they were hospitalized, Glaz said.
He added that the embassy is in contact with the medical facility and relatives of the victims. Citizens of Belarus were advised to strictly follow the instructions of the home front service and local authorities, the press service noted.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the social network X (formerly Twitter) on the morning of October 8 announced the destruction of “most” of the attackers and the imminent completion of the cleansing of a number of settlements, including cities, previously captured by Hamas and Islamic Jihad (a group recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia). Ashkelon and Sderot.
For the second day, Israel has been in a state of military conflict. On the morning of October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas began shelling the country from the Gaza Strip under its control, calling it the military operation “Al-Aqsa Flood”. The militant attack was a response to Israel’s alleged repeated violations of red lines at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The group’s militants broke into Israeli territory, establishing temporary control over a number of settlements, where they captured hostages from both military and civilians.
On the morning of October 7, the Israeli army announced a “state of readiness for war,” and the country’s Defense Minister Yoav Galant approved the conscription of reservists into the army. An operation called “Iron Swords” was announced in the country. Last night the Israel Defense Forces applied a strike on ten targets of the Palestinian group, including the attack on the movement’s intelligence headquarters.
According to the latest data cited by the media, since October 7, 350 Israelis have been killed, 1,864 people injured, and “dozens” of citizens taken hostage in the Gaza Strip. Known about death two Thai citizens who were in Israel at the time of the militant attack. The Israeli ambassador to Moscow said that Russian citizens could be among those abducted by Hamas.