On October 7, 2023, four thousand terrorists from Hamas and other groups crossed into Israel and attacked over twenty sites in southern Israel. The attacks killed over 1,200 Israelis and the attackers kidnapped 240 hostages, taking them back into Gaza. The attack sparked the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

In this episode of MWI’s Urban Warfare Project Podcast, John Spencer discusses his research on the October 7 attacks. Based on multiple visits to Israel and interviews with first responders, victims, and officials, he describes the details of a number of the sites targeted in the attacks, the tactics and the composition of the Hamas attacking force, and the initial responses to the attacks. He highlights many of the common characteristics of urban warfare that were on display during the attacks and how it might serve as a case study from which to extract lessons on terrorism and urban warfare.

You can find the two articles John references during the episode here:

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