It starts again: rockets from Gaza, Israel retaliates
TEL AVIV, ($1=3.20 Israeli Shekels) – Late on Friday [September 10th], Palestinians from Gaza fired rockets at the nearby Israeli Eshkol region, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing The Times of Israel and Al-Araby. Israel has retaliated.
According to a press release from the Israeli army, the Palestinians fired several rockets from Gaza, but the Israeli Iron Dome air defense system was activated and managed to intercept all of them. There are no reports of damage or injuries, say Israel.
In response to the rocket attack, the IDF launched airstrikes early Saturday morning. The statement that machine guns were used suggested that it was an Israeli attack by low-flying fighters. Israel believes they have hit both Hamas underground facilities and tunnels and ammunition depots near schools and mosques. No casualties were reported.
Israel explains that the reason for the rocket attacks from Hamas is that the Israelis captured two of the escaped prisoners from a high-security prison on Monday. According to sources, it is about terrorists, Islamic State guards. Immediately after the capture, the warning sirens sounded.
A statement from Hamas also supports the thesis that these two prisoners are the reason for the new rocket attack on Israel. “They achieved honor by their successful escape operation, humiliating the occupying power and shattering its prestige. Arresting them will not wash away the shame of occupation, nor will it break [the two prisoners ’] will. They will one day be free outside the jailer’s bars,” said Hamas spokesperson Abd al-Latif al-Qanou.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Qatar’s attempts to finance the Palestinians with $ 500 million failed this week. In the end, the Palestinians even abandoned the deal.
The ‘rocket war’ in 2021
In May, Israel and Gaza have exchanged continuous and intense missile attacks. Israel resorted to using its air force and was very close to sending ground troops and heavy armored vehicles and tanks to Gaza. Still, international pressure on Tel Aviv halted this Netanyahu’s decision.
Gaza has tested Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system by subjecting almost all cities in the country to rocket fire. Pro-palestinians units fired three missiles from Syria; several artillery shells were fired from Lebanon. Hamas uses rockets of its production – Qassam. As we wrote earlier, this decision by the Palestinians is strange, as they have much more technologically advanced missiles and more destructive power.
Israel, for its part, defended itself with the Iron Dome air defense system, which intercepted more than 90% of the missiles fired across the country. Tel Aviv carried out several air raids, one of which was impressive – 150 planes, 165 targets, and more than 1,000 bombs in a few hours. Israel has destroyed much of Hamas’ underground tunnels in Gaza, known as the Hamas subway.
Israel says the IDF has killed 120 members of Hamas and more than 20 members of Islamic Jihad. A total of 232 Palestinians were killed, 65 of them minors. However, it is not clear whether this number includes the killed 120 members of Hamas.
What is happening in the area?
The violence began after the focus fell on controversial judicial and political actions over the Palestinian-populated Sheikh Jara district of East Jerusalem. An Israeli court initially ruled that Palestinians should be evicted from the neighborhood and be populated with Israelis. A hearing on the eviction followed, but it never ended last Sunday and was postponed.
On Monday, May 10, Jerusalem was subjected to a brief rocket attack by al-Quds and Hamas with a request on the eviction decision. Israel did not comply with the Palestinians, which led to a retaliatory strike and a rocket fire between the two countries for the second day in a row.
According to a field source, Israel has involved fighter jets and tanks in the conflict, which are hitting 130 targets in the Gaza Strip. These goals are related to the Hamas movement. According to the Israeli authorities, these goals are also associated with terrorist organizations.
The international community welcomes the actions of Israelis and Palestinians, but as statements from both sides make clear, both sides may reach no agreement soon.
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