The Take: The shockwaves of the Hamas assault on Israel

Smoke rises from an explosion caused by an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip
Smoke rises from an explosion caused by an Israeli air attack in the Gaza Strip, Saturday, October 7, 2023 [Hatem Moussa/AP]

It is a date that is now history. Saturday’s Hamas attack sent shockwaves through Israel, Palestine and the world 50 years and one day after the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War that is etched into memory across the Middle East.

Thousands of rockets were followed on Saturday by an assault by Hamas fighters from land, air and sea. It caught Israel almost completely by surprise. We hear from Al Jazeera journalists in both Gaza and southern Israel about these unprecedented events.

We will be back with more this week.

In this episode: 

  • Hoda Abdel Hamid (@HodaAH), Al Jazeera senior correspondent
  • Safwat al Kahlout (@safwatkahlout), Al Jazeera producer
  • Rob Reynolds (@RobReynoldsAJE), Al Jazeera senior correspondent

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Alexandra Locke and Khaled Soltan, with Sari el Khalili,  Zaina Badr, Ashish Malhotra, Fahrinisa Campana, Chloe K Li, Amy Walters, David Enders, Miranda Lin, Sonia Bhagat and Malika Bilal.

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our lead of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad is our engagement producer.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera