Militants from Gaza - CNN: Israel is at war with Hamas.
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How did the crisis start?

Militants from Gaza fired thousands of rockets towards Israeli towns on October 7, before breaking through the heavily fortified border fence with Israel and sending militants deep into Israeli territory. There, Hamas gunmen killed more than 1,400 people, including civilians and soldiers, and took more than 200 hostages, according to Israeli authorities, in what has been described as the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust.

Friends and relatives of Israeli hostages
Friends and relatives of Israeli hostages abducted by Palestinian militants on October 7 and currently held in the Gaza Strip hold placards bearing their portraits as they demonstrate outside Israel’s parliament demanding government action for their return, in Jerusalem on November 6.

The attacks were unprecedented in tactics and scale as Israel has not faced its adversaries in street battles on its own territory since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. It has also never faced a terror attack of this magnitude that has taken the lives of so many civilians. While militants from Gaza has kidnapped Israelis before, it has never before taken dozens of hostages at once, including children and older people.

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