Israel: Middle East Expert Avi Melamed Says Hamas’ Military Operation Was A ‘Total Surprise’ | SKY NEWS

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Israel: Middle East expert Avi Melamed says Hamas’ military operation was a ‘total surprise’ | SKY NEWS | Hamas fighters have crossed the border into Israel after an early morning barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip. The head of the group, Mohammed Deif, says it’s the beginning of Operation Al Aqsa Storm. Israel has called up reservists and is striking targets in Gaza. Middle East expert Avi Melamed says Hamas’ military operation was a ‘total surprise’, and questions what the Israeli response might look like. Full Report here >>

At least 232 Palestinians have been killed after Israeli forces retaliated to a deadly attack by Hamas.

The number of dead inside Israel currently stands at 250, according to local media reports.

Some 1,452 Israelis have been left wounded – and civilians and soldiers taken hostage, Israeli officials confirmed, after thousands of rockets were first launched from Gaza this morning.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that at least 1,610 have been wounded in Gaza.

The scale of injuries and numbers of fatalities so far makes the attack the deadliest in the region for years.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country is “at war” and “will win”. “Our enemy will pay a price the type of which it has never known,” he said in a statement.

Militants breach usually heavily-guarded border

In a highly unusual development, Hamas fighters have also been seen crossing the heavily-guarded Israeli border using paragliders, in an apparent failure of the intelligence services.

As rockets struck Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, Yavne and Kfar Aviv on Saturday morning, militants breached the border by sea and on foot…

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Avi Melamed is an expert on current affairs in the Arab & Muslim World and their impact on Israel & the Middle East. A former Israeli Intelligence Official & Senior Official on Arab Affairs, Fluent in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, he has held high-risk Government, Senior Advisory, Intelligence & Counter-Terrorist intelligence positions in Arab cities & communities - often in very sensitive times - on behalf of Israeli Government agencies. He is the Founder & CEO of Inside the Middle East | Intelligence Perspectives - an apolitical non-partisan curriculum using intelligence methodology to examine the Middle East. As an Author, Educator, Expert, and Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Avi provides Intelligence Analysis, Briefings, and Geopolitical Tours to diplomats, Israeli and foreign policymakers, global media outlets, and a wide variety of international businesses, organizations, and private clients on a range of Israel and Middle East Affairs.

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