Israel formally declared a state of war on Sunday

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Israeli army describes Hamas attack as ‘worst day’ in history as death toll rises

Thousands wounded in Israel and Gaza after escalation of conflict following surprise attack by militants on Saturday

Early on Monday, Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces said: “It is by far the worst day in Israeli history. Never before have so many Israelis been killed by one single thing on one day.”

Drawing an American analogy, he said the weekend’s attack, for Israel, “could be a 9/11 and a Pearl Harbor wrapped into one”.

As the impact of Saturday’s surprise attack was followed by a rising death toll, Israel continued its military build-up. Tens of thousands of reservists have received emergency call-up orders, but it will be days before the army is ready to launch a ground incursion into Gaza.

Israel-Hamas war: Israel imposes ‘complete siege’ of Gaza Strip as overall deaths pass 1,300

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