The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Hamas Movement, has released video footage showing the storming of two bases of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) near the Gaza Strip on the first day of their surprise large-scale attack.
The attack, codenamed “Operation Al-Qasa Flood,” was launched by Hamas and several other Palestinian armed factions on October 7 morning. It began with a barrage of hundreds of rockets that targeted southern and central Israel. Several groups of Palestinian fighters later infiltrate nearby settlements and military positions from land, sea and air.
On October 10, video footage of the attack on a large IDF base near the settlement of Nahal Oz was released by the media wing of al-Qassam.
The footage shows Palestinian fighters storming the position from land and air, under the cover of heavy mortar, rocket and drone fire, killing or wounding Israeli troops. Several destroyed or damaged main battle tanks and armored personnel carriers of the IDF can be also seen in the footage.
A second video released by al-Qassam on October 11 shows a very similar attack on another IDF base near the settlement of Ein HaBesor. The footage also shows Israeli losses.
Al-Qassam also released footage showing the launch of several locally-made suicide drones in the first hours of the large-scale attack.
According to Israeli officials, more than 1,200 Israelis have been killed since the start of the Palestinian attack. The number includes at least 170 soldiers and officers from the IDF as well as 41 police officers.
In its most recent update, the Israeli Health Ministry said that 3,007 individuals were taken to hospitals throughout Israel after the start of the attack. At this time, 471 remain hospitalized: 109 in serious condition, 199 in moderate condition and 183 in good condition.
The IDF has been carrying out heavy strikes on targets in Gaza in response to the attack and is reportedly preparing to invade the strip.