Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says he has ordered a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip.
The order comes as Israel fights the Hamas terror group.
“I have ordered a complete siege on the Gaza Strip,” Gallant said following an assessment at the IDF Southern Command in Beersheba.
“There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel, everything is closed.
“We are fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly,” he adds.
Shortly after the order was issued, reports emerged that all of Israel has come under the control of the Israeli military.
Israeli forces recaptured areas near the Gaza Strip that had been overrun in a Hamas mass infiltration over the weekend, Reuters reported.
The Israeli Defense Force re-established control of communities but isolated clashes remain throughout the country, a military spokesperson said on Monday.
Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, a former senior advisor to David Friedman, spoke to Fox News on morning from a bomb shelter, where he confirmed the IDF had recaptured the occupied areas.
Earlier on Monday, Israeli Energy Minister Israel Katz said his country would immediately cut off the water supply from Israel to Gaza.
Ambassador Gilad Erdan, who represents Israel at the United Nations, also spoke out to condemn the “savagery” of Hamas’ forces for killing and kidnapping innocent children and separating families.
“These are war crimes, blatant documented war crimes,” he told reporters Sunday.
“The era of reasoning with these savages is over.
“Now is the time to obliterate Hamas terror infrastructure, to completely erase it, so that such horrors are never committed again.”
“Try to digest ruthless inhumanity seen images forever seared in my brain seeing blatant war crimes … no words to describe such savagery,” he added, waving graphic photos of Israeli residents.
“These animal-like terrorists gathered innocents into rooms …. as if stomping on insect(sic), among them who endured the Nazis, survived the holocaust were taken into Gaza,” Erdan continued.
“This is Israel’s 9/11 … and Israel will do everything to bring our sons and daughters back home.”
He also called to “obliterate Hamas terror infrastructure.”
Also on Monday, sirens could be heard ringing out in Jerusalem and across Israel.
A large rocket barrage was also reported coming from the Gaza Strip into Israel, impacting Tel Aviv and other cities.
We just took cover under a huge rocket barrage. Multiple hits in Ashdod. pic.twitter.com/vloaeC15uk
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) October 9, 2023
The war, which began early Saturday morning on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, has killed at least 1,100 people and left more than 2,000 wounded.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video on Saturday that Israel is “at war” and called for a massive military response.
On Saturday, Hamas led a massive operation that included thousands of Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants using hang gliders and trucks to cross the Israeli border.
The organized attack included the forces targeting five points at the border, before crossing into Israel. They then swarmed homes as people were sleeping inside.
They beheaded those inside or dragged occupants back across the border into the Gaza Strip, where they are being held hostage, Israeli officials said.
The militants indiscriminately killed Israeli soldiers, men, women, and children, officials added.
Hamas officials claim their forces have captured approximately 200 Israeli residents.
The major assault has also included Hamas militants firing approximately 1,500 rockets into Israel.
Hamas attacks on Israel have impacted cities near the Gaza Strip including Netiv Haasara, Kfar Aza, Nahal Oz, Sderot, Kibbutz Be’eri, Ofakim, Kissufim, Kerem Shalom, and others.