The map of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
This Saturday, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas surprised Israel with a ground and air attack. They launched missiles at several cities in the country, while armed fighters killed Israelis on the southern border, posting images of the assault on networks as they advanced on the ground. Other militants kidnapped dozens of Israelis and transported them to Gaza.
The assault comes at a time of serious tensions between Israel and the Palestinian authorities, with the killing of Palestinians in the West Bank, ongoing attacks by Israeli settlers and escalating clashes over Al-Aqsa, the temple disputed by the two communities.