War in Israel

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By Ketrin Agustine

Rob Szypko, Sydney Harper and

Marc Georges and

Marion Lozano and

Warning: this episode contains descriptions of violence.

Over the weekend, Palestinian militants with Hamas, the Islamic group that controls the Gaza Strip, mounted a stunning and highly coordinated invasion of Israel, rampaging through Israeli towns, killing people in their homes and on the streets, and taking hostages.

Isabel Kershner, who covers Israeli and Palestinian politics and society for The Times, talks about the attack and the all-out war that it has now prompted.

War in Israel

Isabel Kershner, a correspondent in Jerusalem for The New York Times.

A woman is pictured from behind running down a dirt road. In the background, a large pillar of smoke is blowing across the sky.
Evgenia Simanovich runs to the reinforced concrete shelter in her home in Ashkelon, Israel, moments after a rocket siren was sounded.Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
  • Israel and Hamas battled around Gaza on Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a “long and difficult war.”

  • Here is what to know about the surprise attack on Israel.

  • Follow live updates on the war.

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Isabel Kershner contributed reporting.

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