October 7, 2023: Israel says it is 'at war' after Hamas surprise attack

By Andrew Raine, Chris Lau, Joshua Berlinger, Aditi Sangal, Thom Poole and Matt Meyer, CNN

Updated 8:21 p.m. ET, November 9, 2023
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1:53 a.m. ET, October 7, 2023

Hamas announces 'Al-Aqsa Storm,’ claims to have fired 5,000 rockets

From CNN’s Ibrahim Dahman in Gaza and Abeer Salman in Jerusalem

Rockets are fired from Gaza City as Israel's Iron Dome air defense system attempts to intercept them on October 7, 2023.
Rockets are fired from Gaza City as Israel's Iron Dome air defense system attempts to intercept them on October 7, 2023. Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Hamas military commander Muhammad Al-Deif released a recorded message Saturday, announcing operation “Al-Aqsa Storm” and saying the Palestinian militant group had “targeted the enemy positions, airports and military positions with 5,000 rockets.”

1:22 a.m. ET, October 7, 2023

Netanyahu and Defense Minister conduct security assessments

From CNN’s Richard Allen Greene in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant are conducting security assessments at the Israel Defense Forces headquarters in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu’s office said.

1:22 a.m. ET, October 7, 2023

Militants enter Israel from Gaza, Israel Defense Forces say

From CNN’s Amir Tal in Jerusalem

A number of militants from Gaza have entered Israeli territory, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Saturday, warning Israelis who live near Gaza to stay in their homes.

1:21 a.m. ET, October 7, 2023

One dead in Israel after rocket barrage

The woman in her 70s in Kfar Aviv in the Gderot region, previously described as critically injured, has died, Israel’s Magen David Adom rescue service said.

1:21 a.m. ET, October 7, 2023

Multiple injuries in Israel, including one in critical condition

From CNN’s Amir Tal in Jerusalem

A woman in her 70s in the Gderot region of Israel is in critical condition following a barrage of rockets from Gaza, Israel’s Magen David Adom rescue service said.

Two other people in the Ashkelon area are lightly injured, the rescue service said.

1:20 a.m. ET, October 7, 2023

One in Israel injured in Gaza rocket barrage, reports Israeli rescue service

From CNN’s Amir Tal in Jerusalem

A man in his 20s in Yavne was moderately injured by shrapnel in the barrage of rockets from Gaza towards Israel, Israel’s Magen David Adom rescue service said.

The rockets were fired at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning local time (11:30 p.m.), when most Israelis are likely to have been asleep.

1:31 a.m. ET, October 7, 2023

Multiple rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel: CNN producer

From CNN’s Ibrahim Dahman in Gaza, Hadas Gold and Amir Tal in Jerusalem, and Hande Atay Alam

Rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel on the morning of October 7, 2023.
Rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel on the morning of October 7, 2023. CNN

Multiple rockets were fired from Gaza toward Israel Saturday morning, a CNN producer in Gaza saw.

The rockets prompted sirens as far north as the Tel Aviv area, east to Beer Sheva, and many other locations in between.