DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Gov. Mike DeWine and U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance issued separate statements Saturday regarding the bombing in Israel.

On the morning of Saturday, Oct. 7, the Hamas militant group sent thousands of rockets into Israel, catching the country off guard during a major holiday. More than 40 people have reportedly been killed, with hundreds more injured.

DeWine issued a statement following the news:

“Fran and I extend our deepest sympathies to the victims and their families of the unprovoked attack on Israel today. We offer our support to the people of Israel and condemn this unjustified act by Hamas.”

Gov. Mike DeWine

The governor later declared Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, as “days of prayer” for the people of Israel.

The senator released the following statement:

“The horrible terrorist attacks launched by Hamas are an act of war. We must unequivocally condemn these heinous acts of violence against innocent civilians and the Iranian regime for funding the terrorists who carried them out.

“Today, it is of utmost importance that the United States stand with our allies in Israel and offer our prayers for the victims of these attacks.

“We must also recognize the intent behind these acts of war. As our allies in Israel strive for peace in the Middle East, the Iranians hope these attacks will undermine the progress our allies have made toward stability in the region.

“Israel has a right to self-defense – that includes striking back with overwhelming force against their enemies. Now as ever, we must support our allies in their fight for freedom and security. May God watch over them.”

U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance