In a startling twist of events, The Jerusalem Post has become the target of persistent cyberattacks, coinciding with the third day of an intense and destructive conflict between Israel and Hamas. The situation continues to evolve, with casualties mounting and tensions escalating between the two factions.
The Jerusalem Post Down Amid Cyberattack
The Jerusalem Post, a prominent news source in the region, has been battling a series of cyberattacks that commenced on the third day of the latest surge in violence between Israel and Hamas. These attacks have temporarily disrupted the newspaper’s services, but it announces it its tweet to remain “committed to its role in delivering updates” on the unfolding crisis.
🔴 The Jerusalem Post is currently experiencing downtime due to a series of cyberattacks initiated against us since yesterday morning.— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) October 9, 2023
We are actively addressing the situation and will be back soon, continuing to serve as your top source of information on Operation Swords of… pic.twitter.com/896sWH07kH
Escalation of Violence
The ongoing conflict has resulted in a staggering death toll, surpassing 1,100 lives lost in just a few days. The violence was initiated by Hamas in a surprise attack on Saturday, leading to tragic consequences for both Israelis and Palestinians.
- Israeli casualties have risen to at least 700, including 44 soldiers, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel was embarking on a “long and difficult war.” Meanwhile, Gaza has borne the brunt of relentless Israeli airstrikes, reporting at least 413 deaths.
- Deborah Lipstadt, the US special antisemitism envoy, decried Hamas’s attacks as “the most lethal assault against Jews since the Holocaust.” She emphasized that there is “no justification” for the “heinous, barbaric terrorism against Israeli civilians.”
- The permanent observer mission of the state of Palestine to the UN offered a contextual perspective, pointing to a history of conflict and violence in the region.
Key Developments in the Conflict
- The Israeli military has launched strikes on more than 500 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets inside Gaza, including command centers and the residence of a senior Hamas official.
- The situation in Israel remains dire, with a rising death toll, as reported by Lt Col Jonathan Conricus of the Israel Defence Forces.
- The presence of up to 100 Israeli hostages in Gaza, including women and children, adds complexity to any potential military operation to free them.
- An Israeli airstrike has tragically claimed the lives of 19 members of a Palestinian family in a Gaza refugee camp.
- The UN Security Council witnessed divisions in its response, with some nations condemning Hamas’s actions while others expressed regret over the lack of unanimity.
- US President Joe Biden pledged additional assistance for the Israeli Defense Forces in response to the ongoing conflict.
- More airlines have suspended flights into Tel Aviv due to the escalating violence.
Israel has initiated “Operation Swords of Iron,” targeting multiple suspected Hamas hideouts within the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that Israel’s response to the Hamas incursion will be severe, promising to “exact a significant price” from the terrorist group.
Simultaneously, the Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that the retaliatory action by Israeli forces has resulted in a tragic toll, with 232 people killed and 1,790 injured in Gaza.