Israel at war: 100 killed in huge Hamas assault; many hostages said taken to Gaza

Over 800 wounded in unprecedented infiltration from Gaza, rocket attacks; gunmen attacking homes in south; thousands of projectiles fired into Israel; reservists called up

Twenty-two people have also been shot dead in Israel so far in fighting with Palestinian militants on Saturday, the Magen David Adom emergency medical services said in a statement.

“As of 13:00 (1000 GMT), Magen David Adom teams have pronounced 22 victims deceased. They have also treated hundreds of further victims,” the statement said.

Hamas deputy chief Saleh al-Arouri tells Al Jazeera that the group has captured “a big number” of Israelis. He says “senior officers” are among them.

The Hamas-run health ministry in the Gaza Strip says 198 Palestinians have been killed and another 1,610 have been wounded in the Gaza Strip since the start of the escalation this morning.

Sporadic rocket fire continues against towns close to the border with the Gaza Strip.

The rate of rocket fire from Gaza appears to have slowed in the last hour, with sirens sounding in several communities.

The Israeli military is still focusing on fighting Hamas terrorists still in Israeli territory.

Ra’am’s Mansour Abbas urges Arab Israelis not to respond to rumors or incitement

Abbas, leader of the Islamist Ra’am party, is the first Arab Israeli political leader to publish a statement reacting to the ongoing deadly Hamas assault on Israel.

The party leader writes in Hebrew: “In light of the sad, tragic events since this morning, and the situation assessments saying that the situation may devolve into a regional war, I call on Arab citizens of Israel and on all citizens, Arabs and Jews alike, to exert restraint and behave responsibly and patiently, to obey the law and maintain public order.”

“I urge [Arab Israeli citizens] to restrain from any type of violence or damage to public or private property, and not respond to rumors or incitement aimed at causing an escalation inside or outside Arab towns, or in mixed cities.”

Abbas further calls for unity and mutual support and to give hospitality to families fleeing the areas under attack, particularly in the Negev and in unrecognized villages, many of which are not equipped with anti-rocket shelters.

Culled from The Times Of Israel