Israeli strikes pound Gaza, deaths pass 1,100

Residents at a Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza City searched through debris and moved people out of damaged buildings on Monday morning after an Israeli air strike.

Explosions have been seen across Gaza on Monday morning as Israel launched retaliatory strikes against Hamas after the militant group launched a surprise attack the day before.

“Without warning, they hit us without any warning. It was a F-16 (plane). There was no warning, nothing. And you can see the destruction, look for yourself,” one unidentified man at the Shati refugee camp told Reuters.

Fighters from Hamas killed 700 Israelis and abducted dozens more as they attacked Israeli towns on Saturday, the deadliest incursion into Israeli territory since Egypt and Syria’s attacks in the Yom Kippur war 50 years ago.

In response, Israeli air strikes hit housing blocks, tunnels, a mosque and homes of Hamas officials in Gaza on Sunday, killing more than 400 people, including 20 children.

Meanwhile, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday congratulated Palestinian militant groups for what he described as “victory” after one of the bloodiest attacks in Israel’s history.

Speaking during a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Raisi said the attack was a “manifestation of resistance.”

“It is a manifestation of resistance and standing up against the fake Zionist regime. The Palestinian people, the Palestinian soldiers, all Palestinian groups, and the Islamic Ummah really should be congratulated for this victory,” Raisi said.

The violence fueled volatility on global markets on Monday with oil prices rising, while several international air carriers have suspended flight services with Tel Aviv.

There have been calls for restraint coming from world leaders following the attacks.