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Israel has said it recaptured Gaza border areas from Hamas yesterday, the fourth day of fierce fighting that has left over 1900  dead on both sides since the terrorists launched a surprise attack. However, Israel faced the threat of a multi-front war after three days of clashes with terrorists on the northern border with Lebanon. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Israel's military campaign following Saturday's onslaught is only the start of a sustained war to destroy Hamas and change West Asia. Fears of a regional conflagration have surged ahead of an expected Israeli ground incursion into Gaza, the crowded, impoverished enclave from where Hamas launched its land, air and sea attack on the Jewish Sabbath. The Israeli army has called up 300,000 reservists and massed tanks and other heavy armour both near Gaza and on the northern border with Lebanon, where exchanges of fire continued. 

The military has said its forces had largely reclaimed the embattled south and the border around Gaza, and dislodged holdout Hamas terrorists from more than a dozen towns and kibbutzim. But late Tuesday in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, troops backed by helicopters and drones exchanged fire with several terrorists, leaving three of them dead, the army said. 

A new barrage of rockets was also fired from Gaza towards Ashkelon. This conflict is compared with the Yom Kippur War when Israel fought against Egypt and Syria simultaneously in 1973.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier spoken with



his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on the terror attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on Israel and the subsequent conflict. Mr. Modi reiterated that India strongly and unequivocally condemns terrorism. Prime Minister Modi received a telephone call from the Prime Minister of Israel.

Meanwhile, The United States has rushed aid to Israel as the fighting against Hamas intensified. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will air dash to Israel today, October 11. U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said that Blinken will be arriving in Israel tomorrow to meet with senior Israeli leaders. He added that Blinken will then head to Jordan to meet with senior officials there.

Earlier, US President Joe Biden said that in the wake of the deadly Hamas attack on Israel, the local and federal law enforcement partners in the US cities are closely monitoring for any domestic threats. The US President said, he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the appalling Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel. 

Mr Biden said, he offered America's support and reiterated his unwavering commitment to Israel's security. He also affirmed to the Israeli Prime Minister that the US will continue to make sure Israel has what it needs to defend itself and its people. However, the experts opined that Israel's military option may further boost the standing of non-State Arab militants such as Hamas, Hizbullah, Al-Houthes and various fractions of Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab. 




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