Hamas captured a lot of Israelis throughout its lethal assault on Israel on Saturday, the Israeli navy stated, as movies emerged of Israeli troopers and civilians being taken away by fighters from the Palestinian militant group.
Not less than one Israeli soldier has been taken prisoner, a brand new video geolocated and authenticated by CNN exhibits.
Hamas fired rockets from Gaza and despatched gunmen into Israeli territory, prompting Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare that the nation is “at struggle.” Not less than 200 folks in Israel had been killed within the unprecedented assault, in response to Israel’s emergency rescue service, Zaka, and a minimum of 1,452 folks have been wounded, the Israeli Well being Ministry stated on Saturday.
Not less than 232 Palestinians had been killed in Gaza on Saturday, with 1,697 injured, the Palestinian well being ministry in Gaza stated in an announcement.
The video, posted to Hamas’ official social media accounts, exhibits militants yank two clearly terrified and surprised troopers out of a disabled tank. It’s unclear from the video how the tank was disabled, however Hamas has used drones to drop bombs onto Israeli tanks earlier than.
One of many troopers is then seen in a brief snippet of video being kicked on the bottom by the militants. In one other clip, the soldier is seen mendacity immobile on the bottom.
The second soldier is seen being led away by Hamas militants.
A 3rd soldier – his face very bloody – is seen mendacity on the bottom immobile close to the tank monitor. CNN doesn’t know the present whereabouts or standing of the three troopers.
A second video, taken afterward, exhibits a lot of completely different armed males across the tank. The three troopers are nowhere to be seen.
The armed males are then seen pulling a fourth Israeli soldier from the tank.
The soldier is immobile as he’s dragged down the aspect of the tank and onto the bottom. The armed males are seen stomping on his physique.
Israel Protection Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Daniel Hagari stated in an announcement on tv that Israeli troopers had been killed and captured, and that civilians had been additionally kidnapped. He known as any kidnapping a “struggle crime.”
“There are hostages and prisoners of struggle that Hamas took. There are additionally deaths amongst IDF troopers. We don’t have an actual quantity but – we’re at struggle,” he stated, describing any kidnapping as a “struggle crime.”
Hamas has not taken hostages in years. Till now, it was recognized to carry two civilians who crossed the border and had been captured, in addition to the our bodies of two Israeli troopers.
Gilad Shalit, a 19-year-old soldier, was captured in 2006 and saved for 5 years earlier than his launch as a part of a swap that noticed greater than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners freed.
CNN reached out to the Israeli Protection Forces concerning the second video, and the IDF declined to remark.
CNN has geolocated the video and may report that it was taken alongside the jap Gaza border close to the border wall.
Hamas seems to have additionally taken Israelis captive in and close to Gaza, movies geolocated by CNN seem to point out.
In one of many movies, geolocated by CNN to the neighborhood of Shejaiya in Gaza, a barefoot lady is seen being pulled from the trunk of a Jeep by a gunman after which compelled into the again seat of the automotive. Her face is bleeding, and her wrists look like cable-tied behind her again. The Jeep seems to have an IDF license plate, suggesting it could have been stolen and introduced into Gaza.
A second video, which seems to point out Hamas militants taking a number of Israelis captive, was geolocated by CNN to Be’eri in southern Israel, a village near Gaza.
Video seems to point out Hamas taking lady hostage close to Gaza
IDF says two ‘major focal factors’
Hagari says Ofakim within the Negev and Beeri close to the Gaza Strip are the “major focal factors” the place there are hostage conditions.
“We’re preventing in 22 places,” he stated with out specifying additional.
Hagari stated that the IDF is preparing for a floor incursion, and “all choices are on the desk.”
“Tons of of hundreds” of IDF military personnel could be known as up, he stated.
“A large reserve mobilization has begun,” he stated. “There are 4 divisions that we’re instantly bringing all the way down to Gaza; 31 common battalions are already in Otef and the south. Tanks are additionally introduced all the way down to the Strip.”
“The primary effort is to kill all of the terrorists on the fence, all those that attempt to return to the Strip. To begin with, we’ll take care of hearth from the air, after which additionally with heavy floor instruments.”